Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families.
The values that inform all NAMI actions affect human health and welfare by:
- Empowerment and education of families and their relatives with mental illness
- Peer-based programming and services: family member and consumer peers helping peers
- Experts for the community: Family members and consumers of mental health services as experts to effect systems improvements and to provide community and peer education
- Volunteers and community partners: we leverage the power and networks of volunteers and community partners to do our work
- A strong network of over 5,000 families, individuals and community based organizations and providers. The majority of this network is located in Central Maryland.
- Effective, free, peer education and support programs delivered at the local level, primarily in Central Maryland, including the NAMI Family-to-Family family education, NAMI Basics (for relatives of children with behavioral issues) and the NAMI Peer to Peer recovery and relapse prevention courses, peer support groups for relatives and for consumers of mental health services of all backgrounds.