The National Alliance on Mental Illness in New York City (NAMI-NYC) provides much-needed support and resources for people living with mental illness and their loved ones. Through political advocacy, education, and the work of many devoted volunteers, NAMI-NYC acts to lessen the stigma of mental illness and improve the quality of life of those with the disease.

Videos from NAMI-NYC

Mental Illness in Early Adulthood

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NAMI-NYC members talk about the services the organization provides and how accessibility gives young adults the chance to get the support they need to better their mental health.

Ending the Silence

NAMI-NYC 05:10 Health

Two young adults share their mental illness symptoms and how they help others going through similar experiences.

NAMI-NYC 02:40 Health

Musical artists join the #IWillListen movement to stop mental illness from being a taboo.

Lucy and Deniece

NAMI-NYC 05:47 Health

Lucy and Deniece share their emotional story of battling their mental illness and being misunderstood within their Hispanic culture.

NAMI-NYC 03:29 Health

A suicide attempt survivor shares her story on coming across NAMI and how they got involved to help others suffering with mental illness.

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Much of the NAMI-NYC family is a network of well-trained volunteers, devoted to making mental health care services accessible. These volunteers are often the faces of the organization, leading specialized classes on mental health understanding, skills training, peer and family mediation with specific outreach aimed towards veterans. Many classes are available in English and in Spanish. If you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health condition, consider the many options available within NYC with NAMI.

While anyone with the goal of advocating for mental health resources is open to applying, most of the unique volunteers of NAMI are specifically experienced in mental health crises as they have lived through it via their family members. With firsthand experience, they approach their roles with compassion and learned patience, serving as the doorway for many seeking resources. New York City has long underserved those in need of mental health care, but you can help too.

Volunteer with NAMI-NYC


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