Who We Are


The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.


Our national #IWILLLISTEN campaign is dedicated to increas­ing mental health awareness and encouraging family members and peers to listen to the experiences of individuals living with mental illness without judgment.

Support and Education

NAMI’s guiding principle is “families helping families.” To this end, we offer the following no-cost courses throughout the year: Family-to-Family, Homefront, Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Basics courses. Ad­ditionally, NAMI-NYC Metro offers more than 20 ongoing support groups for individuals living with mental illness and their family members. Groups are facilitated by trained peer volunteers.


We work closely with NAMI National and NAMI-New York State to advocate for improved services for people with mental illness and their families, health insurance parity, the allocation of more resources for research into neurobiological disorders and comprehensive, accessible treatment options. Our staff and volunteers provide professional testimony; sit on task forces, boards and commissions; and collaborate with other advocacy organi­zations.