National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wyoming
I. MISSION NAMI Wyoming’s mission is to be a force for change in the lives of all those affected by mental illness.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Wyoming is the State’s primary organization for information about relevant issues, advancements and progress in the field of mental illness and the leader for positive change in the attitudes of the general public, public officials and the media. NAMI WY empowers local affiliates and collaborates with other mental health organizations to form a powerful grassroots advocacy network, able to mobilize quickly to respond to state/local policy issues surrounding mental illness. NAMI Wyoming strives to ensure the availability and accessibility of the highest quality services and research ultimately leading to a better quality of life for people affected by mental illness. Fundamentally, NAMI WY eliminates barriers and confronts prejudices helping people recognize mental illness is a challenge like any other illness.
II. History and Purpose
NAMI Wyoming is a grassroots organization composed of nine local affiliates and more than 300 members across Wyoming. NAMI Wyoming members are individuals living with a mental illness, their family members and other allies, such as health care professionals. NAMI is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and their families through education, support and advocacy.
NAMI Wyoming started in 1985 by a group of parents discouraged by the lack of services available to their mentally ill children. Over the last 25 years, NAMI Wyoming has grown to become the largest organization representing adults with severe mental illnesses and their families in the State of Wyoming.
NAMI Wyoming currently offers a variety of services to both families and individuals with mental illness including education programs, support groups, statewide information and referral services, and one-on-one support.