About Us

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Learn about the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI) and how it got its start; and
get to know NAMI Jacksonville and learn about
our involvement in Northeast Florida.

group of people with their hands in a huddle

National Alliance On Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

In 1979, a small group of families with a shared secret – family members with severe mental illness – met around a kitchen table. Together, these families battled the stigma of mental illness and the discrimination toward those living with it, to make positive changes for their loved ones.

What started as a small group of people who were determined to make a difference has grown into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Over the past two decades, thousands of parents, spouses, siblings, friends, and those living with mental health conditions, have worked tirelessly to bring mental illness out of the shadows.

Today NAMI is an alliance of more than 700 state organizations and local affiliates who work to advocate, raise awareness, and provide support and education to those who need it.

Click here to learn more about the NAMI National Alliance.

abstract colorful image of holding hands
Image of Jacksonville skyline

NAMI Jacksonville

NAMI Jacksonville, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was founded in 1987. NAMI Jax is made up of adults with mental illness, and families and friends of individuals with mental illness. We provide free mental health educational and support programs, and advocate for more, better-quality services for those who are affected by mental illness.

We give support and friendship to each other, and share the knowledge gained through our own experiences – both successes and failures. Shared experiences foster supportive networks that can help those going through a time of crisis or heartache.

Our Mission

The mission of NAMI Jacksonville is to support and improve the quality of life for family members and those living with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse through compassion, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision

Our vision is that individuals with severe and persistent mental illness can recover and lead productive and meaningful lives within their community of choice.

2023 Community Impact

Blue circular icon of abstract people in a group

15,470 people in the Jacksonville area have been equipped with mental health education and resources.

Blue circular icon of abstract people standing under a video slide

More than 65 community events were held and informational presentations given in Northeast Florida.

Blue circular icon of blue telephone

More than 400 people in our community have received assistance through the NAMI Jax Helpline.

Blue circular icon of abstract networking web with two figures in the middle

NAMI Jax has held 226 support group meetings for individuals and families, sharing compassion and hope.

The NAMI Jax Team

Our Board of Directors provides strategic guidance in the fulfillment of NAMI Jacksonville's mission. Each member is actively involved in different aspects of mental health in our community, and with NAMI Jax programs.

NAMI Jacksonville leadership and staff share a passion for helping people affected by mental illness. They set the strategic direction for the organization, and manage the programs and events that help us achieve our goals.

Meet Our Team
image of woman talking to man that is blurred in the foreground
image of a cute pink plushy piggy bank


Our mission would not be possible without the generous organizations, companies and people who support us on so many levels.

See Our Supporters
solid white facebook icon
solid white instagram icon
solid white twitter icon
solid white linkedin icon
solid white NAMI Jacksonville logo

© 2024 NAMI Jacksonville Florida, Inc. |   All Rights Reserved