NAMI Metro – Oakland, Wayne, Macomb Counties in Southeastern Michigan
NAMI Metro is grass roots, all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with serious mental illness and their families through, advocacy, support and education. In addition, NAMI Metro promotes research that will lead to improvements for all those diagnosed and living with a mental illness. It is our endeavor to erase the stigma that is associated with mental illness and we will not rest until mental illness is accepted the same as any other illness.
NAMI Metro members and friends work tirelessly to meet shared NAMI goals through many activities. These include:
- Family and Consumer Peer Education and Support
- NAMI Metro’s education programs include Families in Action, Monthly General Meetings, In Our Own Voice, Family Basics, Support Groups, and various other programs.
- Public Education and Information, referrals, and education to our website visitors each day, the NAMI Metro Help Line, fields requests every day. Public awareness activities, including Mental Health 101 seminars.
- In Our Own Voice helps dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and encourages early intervention and treatment.
- Advocacy on Behalf of People Living with Mental Illness. We have advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for nondiscriminatory and equitable public and private-sector policies, as well as for federally-funded research for treatment and cures for mental illness. NAMI advocates for policies that are reflective of the best economic, science, recovery, and systems choices.
- Public Events That Raise Funds and Awareness
- NAMIWalks is NAMI’s signature fundraising event. NAMI Metro joins with thousands of concerned citizens across the state to Walk for the Mind of America to raise funds and awareness.
NAMI is organized as community affiliates within state associations such as Michigan, which are grouped to form a national organization.
In April 1979, six independent support groups for parents of adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses from around the country joined forces in Madison, Wisconsin, to hold the first conference of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Thirty people from Michigan were among the two hundred eighty four present. In Michigan, this pattern of joining together continued as advocacy groups throughout the state of Michigan formed NAMI Michigan with incorporation on January 10, 1986.
As NAMI Michigan has evolved, interest and membership has extended beyond parents to include other family and friends of people suffering from mental illnesses, professionals involved in treatment and care and most importantly individuals who are diagnosed with mental illness.
As one of the newest and fastest growing affiliates in Michigan, NAMI Metro was established in January of 2008. It was created by a group of seasoned NAMI members who in some cases had over 20 years of experience with NAMI. In addition, this group had years of experience in putting together and offering a very successful Families In Action ten-week educational program that is offered twice a year in Oakland and Wayne County. NAMI Metro now offer’s a variety of educational opportunities, two new support groups, a variety of advocacy initiatives and monthly communications to all its members.