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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City Metro, Inc. (NAMI- NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides free support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who live with mental illness.

As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates and other stakeholders in the community to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.

Support and Education: NAMI’s guiding principle is “families helping families.” To this end, we offer the following free psycho education courses throughout the year:

Family-to-Family, Homefront, Peer-to- Peer, and NAMI Basics courses. Additionally, NAMI-NYC Metro offers more than 20 ongoing support groups for individuals living with mental illness and their family members. Groups are facilitated by trained peer volunteers.

Public Education: Our events bring together panels of experts (psychiatrists, public officials, lawyers, and other professionals,) as well as family members and people living with mental illness, to present information and lead discussion on a broad range of mental health issues.

Annual awareness and fundraising events include our fall Seeds of Hope gala and NAMI WalksNYC. Our office also houses the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library, which has the latest books on mental illness. The library, which includes computer terminals, is open to all.

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