What Is NAMI?

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a nationwide organization with affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Michigan's Mission & Vision


The mission of NAMI Michigan is to provide advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.


NAMI Michigan will be the foremost advocate at the state level for persons affected by mental illness, including children with serious emotional disorders, and the leading proponent on consumer and family involvement in care, treatment and recovery.  We will strengthen local affiliates to provide support, education and advocacy in their communities.  NAMI Michigan will link National resources with local affiliate passion and action.  We will influence public policy and coordinate affiliate, family and consumer involvement to influence our public policy at the state level.

What Does NAMI Do?

NAMI members and friends work tirelessly to meet shared NAMI goals through many activities. These include:

  • Family and Consumer Peer Education and Support
  • NAMI’s education programs include Family-to-Family, the Provider Education Program, Peer-to-Peer, support groups, and various state and local programs.
  • Public Education and Information, provides information, referrals, and education to over 15,000 visitors each day. 1(800)950-6264, the NAMI HelpLine, fields over 4,000 requests each month. Public awareness activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and the StigmaBusters network, and In Our Own Voice help dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage early intervention and treatment.
  • Advocacy on Behalf of People Living with Mental Illness NAMI advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for nondiscriminatory and equitable public and private-sector policies, as well as for federally-funded research for treatment and cures for mental illness. NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America is a political partnership initiative to strengthen relationships with community leaders and elected officials. Through the Campaign, NAMI advocates for policies that are reflective of the best economic, science, recovery, and systems choices.
  • Nine NAMI Action Centers include the Multicultural Action Center, the Child & Adolescent Action Center, and the Law and Criminal Justice Action Center. These Centers advocate for unique populations and develop and disseminate information to meet specific needs.
  • Public Events That Raise Funds and Awareness
  • NAMIWalks is NAMI’s signature fundraising event. Thousands of concerned citizens in over 50 communities across the nation Walk for the Mind of America to raise funds and awareness.
What We Do

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine (800) 950-6264 allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

Contacting NAMI

You can reach the national office for NAMI at: 2107 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300 * Arlington, VA * 22201-3042 Main: 703-524-7600 * Fax: 703-524-9094 * TDD: 703-516-7227 * HelpLine: 800-950-NAMI (6264) * Email:

Michigan’s NAMI affiliate, known as NAMI Michigan, is based in Lansing, Michigan, and is a point of contact for anyone in Michigan seeking information about mental illness or access to services and support groups for the mentally ill and their families.  Please visit our contact NAMI Michigan page!

You can reach NAMI Michigan at ...


401 S. Washington, Suite 104
Lansing, MI 48933

Phone: 517-485-4049


or the national office for NAMI at

4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203

Main: 703-524-7600
Fax: 703-524-9094
TDD: 703-516-7227
HelpLine: 800-950-NAMI (6264)