About NAMI Mississippi
NAMI Mississippi, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a non-profit, advocacy organization. NAMI groups at the local affiliate, state, and national levels share one common goal: To improve the quality of life of persons living with serious mental illness along with their friends and families. NAMI Mississippi is made up of family members, peers, behavioral health professionals and friends working to accomplish our mission through mutual support, education, advocacy, and research.
In our service areas of Meridian, Vicksburg, Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast, Tupelo, Oxford, McComb, Yazoo City and metro Jackson, there are more than 20,000 people whose lives are touched by mental illness.
We are certified and partially funded by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.
Mission & History
NAMI was founded in Madison, Wisconsin by Harriet Shetler and Beverly Young. The two women both had sons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and "were tired of being blamed for their sons' mental illness". Unhappy with the lack of services available and the treatment of those living with mental illness, the women sought out others with similar concerns. The first meeting held to address these issues in mental health led to the formation of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1979. In 1997, the legal name was changed to the acronym, NAMI.
Meet the Board
Our group works to be a wealth of information to you the consumer, the family member, the friends and relatives of those dealing with day-to-day issues of living with a mental illness.
Check out all of our upcoming groups, meetings, and other events.
Donate to NAMI
Your financial contribution to NAMI helps a create a world where all people affected by mental illness can experience hope, recovery, wellness and freedom from stigma.
Become a member of NAMI today and show that mental health is something we all need to care about.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement: NAMI Mississippi maintains an equal opportunity policy. We recruit, accept, train, promote and dismiss volunteers based on competence and volunteer performance, without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ability, or disability.