What is NAMI?
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
No different than other NAMI affiliates, NAMI Rome was established in the 1980's by a tireless and very small group who sought to improve the lives of their loved ones. They would meet and comfort each other. Many times only three attended the meetings. Never giving up on their loved ones, this small group became advocates and expressed their concern when situations arose. Others heard their voices and joined the effort. In the late 1990's two became trained to facilitate the Family-To-Family education course. From this and subsequent classes came additional interested family members and individuals with a mental illness who wanted to join the movement.
Meetings have been held in various locations, primarily churches.
Call our info line for more information about NAMI Rome and our programs: 706-506-5010