One in five people are affected by mental health conditions each year. Since the pandemic, that number has been on the rise. NAMI Hawaii, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the state organization that supports our community’s mental health and gives them hope.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, with over 600 affiliates in the US and four affiliates in each county in the state. NAMI’s mission is to provide support, education, advocacy and awareness so that all individuals and families can build better lives.
NAMI provides free programs across the state on Zoom and in person. Family-to-Family is a free, eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. NAMI provides support for families and caregivers..
Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.
NAMI also provides connection recovery support groups, a speakers’ bureau, crisis intervention team training and workshops for law enforcement, Ending the Silence for youth, and general help and information.
In September, NAMI National will release its first book, called, “You Are Not Alone” (zandoprojects.com/books/). The book is the “NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health — With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families… resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on diagnosis, treatment and recovery, featuring true stories from real people from across the country — including the Aloha State.”
On Dec. 10, attend NAMI Hawaii’s You Are Not Alone event. Enjoy a free breakfast with NAMI and hear National Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth, discuss the book’s amazing stories.