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What is NAMI?

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

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.


Who is NAMI Southwest Washington?

NAMI Southwest Washington, or NAMI SW WA is an affiliate of NAMI. We currently serve Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties. As an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, NAMI SW WA has access to the excellent educational resources of the national organization and the independent status to create and implement our own innovative programs to serve our local community.

NAMI SW WA advocates for access to services, treatment, and support for individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges; we offer our services at no charge. We are steadfast in our commitment to raising awareness and building our community of hope for all those in need through education, support, and advocacy. We provide unique mental health services that otherwise are unavailable or inaccessible to many individuals and families.


Who Leads NAMI SW WA?

NAMI SW WA has a Board of Directors and 3 full-time staff members. But who matters most is our volunteers. They are the ones that keep our organization going. Without them, we could not have weekly support groups, community presentations, or offer life-changing education for individuals and their families.

Read more about our Board of Directors.

Meet the Staff.

Become a volunteer.


Where Does NAMI Get Money?

The majority of NAMI SW WA’s funding comes from individual contributions, which is something we’re quite proud of. The remainder comes from sponsorships, membership dues, grants, events, and other partnerships. As a member, you have access to financial reports. To become a member, visit our membership page. To donate, visit our donation page.


What Does NAMI SW WA Do?

For more information about our Support Groups, Signature Classes, and Presentations, visit the Mission and Services Overview page.

We do not have licensed counselors. If you need a one-on-one counselor, please contact your insurance company for a list of counselors in your area.