Mission: NAMI Plymouth Area is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, education and advocacy throughout the Plymouth Massachusetts area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Target demographics: Families, those working on their recovery, and friends of those a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Through four classes, more than 50 families. Board members and other members as well are contacted for information and support regularly. Our membership of 130 represents families and single members. We are all volunteers.
Geographic areas served: Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth & Plympton. Rockland, Abington, Whitman, Wareham & Marion are currently without an affiliate and we have made ourselves available to them.
Programs: Family to Family Support Groups, F2F 12 week classes listed on the SAMSHA registry of evidence based recovery programs, Peer Support programs and an Educating the Educator program to help classroom teachers learn techniques and skills for addressing classroom issues.
NAMI Plymouth Area, Inc was founded in 1987 and has offered support and education through the family-to-family sharing that has always been a NAMI standard. The volunteer teachers and facilitators are trained with curriculums that are included on SAMSHA's National registry of evidence-based programs. When a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness, we found the medical and therapeutic care systems confusing and sometimes inappropriate. The NAMI members shared their own successes and some of the approaches and processes that were not self evident. From wandering in the weeds, our family began to find help and hope. I am a family, volunteer and board member in this organization. NAMI volunteers advocate, educate and support.