Mission: NAMI Westchester is the premier grassroots advocacy organization in the county dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with brain disorders known as mental illnesses and their families. Through our programs, we are a primary source of support for families and friends of people with mental illnesses. As advocates, we educate the community on issues that impact the lives of our members. We are committed to seeking better treatment for these illnesses and eliminating the stigma associated with these disorders. We have been engaged in this important work since 1980. Our Goal is to improve the Quality of Life for People Living with Mental Illness: • By changing public attitudes through encouraging a climate of respect and dignity for individuals with mental illness. • By providing mutual support. • By expanding and supporting research on the causes and more effective treatments of mental illness. • By assuring access to care. • By advocating for legislation to support our goals. • By exchanging information.
Target demographics: The families and those with a mental health condition.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of students throughout the county with our Ending the Silence presentations. This presentation that talks about the warning signs of a mental health condition are given to middle and high school students. We have several other presentations that we do all over Westchester. We helped hundreds with our support groups and educational classes. Our helpline answers thousands of calls throughout the year.
Geographic areas served: Westchester County, NY.
Programs: Educational classes and support groups for the families of those with a mental health condition. We also have educational classes and support groups for those who are in or working toward recovery from a mental health condition. We help everyone understand that where there is help, there is hope.