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A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.

The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible, and probable, with support and treatment.

The recovery journey is unique for each individual. One of the most important principles of recovery is this: recovery is a process, not an event.

Choosing the right mix of treatments, services and supports that work for you is an important step in the recovery process. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face. Treatment choices for mental health conditions will vary from person to person. Even people with the same diagnosis will have different experiences, needs, goals and objectives for treatment. There is no “one size fits all” treatment.

Together with a treatment team you can develop a well-rounded and integrated recovery plan. When people are directly involved in designing their own treatment plan, including defining recovery and wellness goals, choosing services that support them and evaluating treatment decisions and progress, the experience of care and outcomes are improved.

Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms.

Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, click here for crisis resources. 


We invite you to use NAMIGO’s education programs, support groups and resources to assist in recovery and contribute to a pathway toward wellness.

NAMIGO’s Central Florida Educational Programs & Support Groups 

NAMI Greater Orlando’s free education programs are designed to empower, inform and support all individuals affected by mental illness, their families, caregivers and the community. They are taught by trained peer volunteers who possess lived experience. We offer additional services, based upon individual and community needs.

NAMI Helpline Top 10 FAQ’s Answered

  • What to do in a crisis
  • Friend/family member with a mental health condition doesn’t want medication or therapy
  • The next step after getting a diagnosis
  • Getting a recommendation for a doctor or facility
  • Assistance paying for medication
  • Disability benefits for mental health conditions
  • Understanding health insurance, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Finding residential treatment or a group home
  • Finding legal representation

NAMI National 
Learn more about mental health conditions, treatment, statistics, research and public policy.

Helplines, Agencies and Services

This section also includes details on Central Florida and national resources on mental health and related services. Click on topic names in the navigation bar or the listing above for details on services specific to:

Further info | NAMIGO | 407.253.1900 |


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Mental Health Conditions | Mental health conditions, substance use disorders and how SAMHSA works to reduce their impact on America’s communities.

Recovery | How recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and/or substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Statistics, clinical trials and research.

American Psychiatric Association
Mental health conditions, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. In the Patients & Families section, find answers to your questions written by leading psychiatrists, stories from people living with mental illness and links to additional resources.

American Psychological Association
General information, resources and links.

NAMIGO Library
Office | 5051 North Lane | Suite 21 | Orlando, FL 32808
Located at the back of the Aspire Complex
Hours | M-F 9 am-5 pm

NAMIGO maintains a library of books, videotapes, DVDs, CDs and periodicals for loan to NAMI members. Topics include general mental health, mental health conditions, medical/pharmaceutical and children/youth. We also have brochures, booklets and pamphlets on various mental health topics that visitors may keep. Resources may be checked out for 21 days. Limit of 2 books or 1 DVD checked out at one time. Checked out resources must be returned prior to checking out other resources. NAMIGO may restrict access to members who are delinquent in the return of resources. NAMIGO may charge members resource replacement costs if lost or not returned. Please contact us to suggest authors or titles or to donate resources.


Further info | NAMIGO | 407.253.1900 |

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