What is NAMI
NAMI is a national, non-profit grassroots organization comprised of consumers, family members, and friends of people affected by biological brain disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.
Founded in 1979, NAMI is hundreds of thousands of members strong and seeks to provide education, support, and advocacy for people affected by severe and persistent mental illness.
The NAMI Mission
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all who are affected by these diseases.
NAMI acknowledges the dramatically changed environment of data linkages, data integration and initial inability to control access or identify recipients once data has been communicated without prior approval. With the advent of electronic medical record systems, NAMI supports having safeguards for patient confidentiality to prevent inappropriate access to psychiatric information and drug and alcohol information.