mental illness, legal

mental illness, legal

mental illness, legal: see insanity.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (aka NAMI), founded in 1979 as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is a nation-wide American advocacy group, representing families and people affected by serious Mental disorders as a non-profit grass roots organization. NAMI has advocated for the routine availability of evidence-based practices and promotes assertive community treatment.


NAMI's mission is to provide support, education, advocacy, and research for people and their families living with mental illness through various public education and awareness activities, including:

  • Internet websites for local chapters and nationwide programs
  • A toll-free telephone HelpLine
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week, held during the first week of each October, which is conducted for the stated purpose of dispelling the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to encourage early intervention and medical treatment
  • In Our Own Voice, an educational speakers bureau available in certain communities across the US, presented by trained consumers living with mental illness.
  • Family and consumer peer education, such as its Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, Hearts and Minds, Provider Education and other state and local programs, conducted by trained family members and consumer teachers to help educate other families, consumers, and professionals
  • Support groups, such as NAMI Connection for consumers of mental health services
  • Advocacy


NAMI receives more than half its budget from pharmaceutical companies, and because of this has been accused of a conflict of interest by a prominent NAMI member, E. Fuller Torrey.

See also


External links

  • - Official NAMI website
  • - Official NAMI Texas curriculum website
  • - 'Donations tie drug firms and nonprofits - Many patient groups reveal few, if any, details on relationships with pharmaceutical donors', Thomas Ginsberg, The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 28, 2006)
  • - 'Testimony of Ron Honberg, JD, MEd, Legal Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Arlington, Va., Hearing on New York State’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program' (April 21, 2005)

* - 'The case for caring coercion', Steve Sharfstein, MD, Sheppard Pratt Health System

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