About NAMI Greater Orlando
What is NAMI?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is 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 is a national organization and has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. NAMI includes affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research.
NAMI Greater Orlando
Founded in 1986, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando (NAMIGO) is an organization dedicated to the eradication of the stigma associated with mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for all whose lives are affected by these diseases.
NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full and meaningful life for persons who live with them. NAMI advocates at all levels to ensure that, in a timely fashion, all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve.
NAMI Greater Orlando is affiliated with NAMI Florida, Inc., an organization that includes more than 30 local affiliates and 2,000 members across the state of Florida. NAMIGO serves the following areas: Orange and Seminole counties.
How We Help
NAMI Greater Orlando works to achieve equitable services and treatment for central Floridians living with mental illness, and their families. The organization does this by providing educational classes and local support groups, combating stigma and discrimination by creating public awareness in our community, supporting increased funding for research, and advocating for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses and their families.
We offer regular support groups for:
- Adults restored and recovering from mental illness
- Family members and friends of loved ones with mental illness
For further information about our support groups, click here.
We offer classes for people living with mental illness, family and friends, caregivers, and providers:
- Family-to-Family education course
- Peer-to-Peer education course
- NAMI Basics education course
- Provider Education course
- Maintains library of books, tapes, videos, and periodicals for loan to members
- Provides speakers and free literature to clubs, civic groups, church groups, and special meetings
- NAMI newsletters
- Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
For further information about our educational programs, click here.
We advocate with elected officials on legislative issues at the local and state levels for the following:
- A comprehensive system of individualized services and support for recovering people of all ages
- Adequate funding to promote treatment and rehabilitation, including parity under health care insurance
- Equal access to modern medications
For further information about NAMI’s Advocacy Action Center, click here.
If you want pursue mental health advocacy more deeply, you may visit NAMI’s “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote” Center here. You will find a Candidate Toolkit and Action Agenda that provides invaluable fact sheets, policy statements, and plans to effect change in mental health care.
Information & Referral
We provide information and resources regarding Central Florida’s mental health care services.