Who We Are


The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (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 one of the largest affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, improve the mental health system, and end discrimination.

Support and Education

NAMI’s guiding principle is “families helping families.” And so we have free classes throughout the year: Family-to-Family, Homefront, Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Basics courses.  We also offer almost 30 ongoing support groups for people living with mental illness and for 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.


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.