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What is NAMI?

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nationís largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nationís voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

We are the NAMI Central Mississippi Affiliate . . .

Our Mission

NAMI Central Mississippi is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

NAMI Central Mississippi is an affiliate of the state chapter, NAMI Mississippi. Our mission, stated above extends to the 5 county area around Jackson, Mississippi. To accomplish our mission, our affiliate supports, educates and advocates for people and families coping with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Support: Support groups are available for family members and for individuals with an illness. Support helps people realize they are not aloneĖthat there are families in their own communities who understand and want to help them meet the challenges they face.

Education: Free education classes are available so that people can learn about the disease affecting them or a family member and about the resources available for treatment, housing and financial aid. Education and outreach help to inform the general public about severe and persistent brain disorders to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to build understanding

Advocacy: As people experience firsthand the difficulties of living with serious and persistent brain disorders, they need opportunities to advocate for change such as improved services, greater access to treatment, housing, employment, insurance parity, etc. As an advocacy organization, NAMI tracks and keeps members informed about important political and social issues affecting people with mental illnesses and their families.

Education, Training & Peer Support

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For Consumers

a free course for consumers containing individual relapse prevention planning, a debriefing/storytelling week, and an advance directive for psychiatric care.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
a 90-minute weekly support group run by persons who live with mental illness for other persons with any diagnosis who also live with mental illness.

For Families & Caregivers

a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

For the General Public

In Our Own Voice
a one-and-a-half hour interactive, multimedia presentation by consumers that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness.

For Providers

Provider Education
an education program for mental health service providers co-taught by consumers, professionals, and family members.

Contact Information

(601) 899-9058 / (800) 357-0388
Fax:  (601) 956-6380

411 Briarwood Dr., Ste 401
Jackson, MS 39206-3058



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