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NAMI

Rating: 4.56 stars   9 reviews 2,018

Address:

3803 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100 Arlington VA 22203 USA

Mission:

Building better lives for the millions impacted by mental illness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NAMI has many shoes to fill. It fulfills many diverse roles of educating, advocating, and assisting for those who are in need of mental health assistance. They have seven programs which speak to different needs wherein they reach out to the community. They involve community members and are sensitive to diversity concerns. They hold some classes in Spanish, for example. They also have an online service whereby anyone can go to speak to others who are in the same role. I find this organization to be grossly underappreciated. They are single handedly assisting everyone who has ANY mental health issue. They do insist that mental health issues are biologically based, and I wonder why the need is there to press that etiology paradigm. Otherwise, I don't know what I would do without them. I am highly educated but I knew little about mental health when my own daughter was diagnosed with major depression. Ironically, I work in the non-profit sector and am familiar with the criteria necessary for a good organization. They have exceeded this. In my case, I was assisted by Howard T. in NH and MA as well as Laurie in MA. My daughter volunteered there and it helped her in her fight against stigma. In fact, she is doing a research project as a grad student which was based on stigma she saw in her classmates when she did a survey in her statistics class. Not surprisingly, NAMI was already addressing STIGMA. I can't say enough good things about this organization. I wish they would provide a voting tool on their state sites so that one can vote for their organization here. Thank you!

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

NAMI is way too cozy with pharmaceutical companies. Maybe less than before being investigated by Sen. Grassly of Iowa in 2009, but still enough to be influenced in its teaching programs and advocacy. Ask you state and local affilliates what percentage of their income is received from Provider companies or Drug companies.

I am not an active member now, as I see that both NAMI and the MHA are going down this same path. I have served in the past on local boards of both organizations, and on NAMI state Board as an officer. NAMI has become rigid in its programs, too, requiring a "by the Book" method for facilitation of its sponsored support groups, at least according to a local person, who was a longtime member of its local affiliate's BOD,

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

NAMI is a GREAT Nonprofit! It is the single, most-comprehensive resource for getting real education, real facts and real help for family members of and/or those suffering with a mental illness. NAMI seeks to deteriorate the stigma associated with mental illness and links you up with others that will walk along side your family to support your loved one's mental journey. You can look up things all day long on the internet but until you get around like-minded and like-experienced individuals, the solutions never come. It is a light at the end of a tunnel to the antiquated viewpoints and funding our country, and especially my state (Texas), has towards mental illness. NAMI is propelling change and giving a voice to the voiceless, DEMANDING our loved ones with a mental health diagnosis are treated as human beings and not as a diagnosis!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask all volunteers/individuals involved to step out in boldness. Call legislators, call judges, support each other and fight the urge to keep their issues private. There is a community called to help one another.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been with NAMI Greater Orlando for more than 12 years. Without them and their free programs I would not be alive today. I am an Instructor for Peer to Peer, and Provider Training . They are a group of very dedicated individuals with so much knowledge and compassion. I am proud to be a consumer as well as a Instructor for National Alliance for Mental illness.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 4 stars  

NAMI is a great organization that helps people who desperately need it. People with mental illnesses need help and I'm happy this charity is trying to do that. Great people

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

Since 1997 NAMI has been a friend to my family. I am a Family to Family Teacher and Trainer, Support Group Facilitator, and Provider Trainer. Having family members understand and be able to cope with these illnesses is a huge support to the mental health community of providers and to the consumers who so need our support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough in support of the Nami Dallas organization. In the past 12 years since my son was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar, the volunteers, teacher, counselors, support group members and board members have always been there for my son and I. When you are living with mental illness and experiencing its effects first hand, NAMI Dallas has been like a parachute helping you land. My son doesn't know it yet, but NAMI will be his guardian angel. Thank you for being the great non-profit organization that you are!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When my son was suicidal from bi-polar depression and we didn't know how to help him or ourselves, we found the NAMI Family-to-Family class and it was life-saving. To learn about mental illness from people who had been in our shoes and knew what we were going through was like finding a lifeboat in a storm. No one understands like someone who's been there. I learned how to help myself and my son, and I learned that there was hope. And there IS hope - my son is now happy and self-supporting. NAMI is a life-saver.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

NAMI is an absolutely great organization.

After being diagnosed with a mental illness I thought my whole entire life was over.

It was in an Intensive Outpatient Program that I met a speaker from NAMI that gave me hope that recovery was possible.

I have since been compliant with taking my medication, going to therapy bi-weekly, and attending support group meetings weekly and monthly through NAMI.

They have provided me with a place where I no longer feel alone.

I have been given back my life and my voice as a result of being involved with NAMI.

I am a Peer to Peer Mentor, Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator, a Delegate on the NAMI Texas Consumer Council, and on June 18-19, 2011 I will train to be a Provider Education Program Consumer Member.


Thank you.

Teena Adler

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I am truly empowered now and volunteering and advocating with NAMI is how I love to spend my days. NAMI has made me whole again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes other than figuring out a way to get them more money so that they can help more people in a bigger way.

 
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