We are here to support and improve the quality of life for family members and those living with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse.


The families and members of NAMI Jacksonville are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that persons with severe and persistent mental illness can recover and lead productive and meaningful lives within their community of choice.


The Mission of NAMI Jacksonville is to support and improve the quality of life for family members and those living with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse through compassion, education, and advocacy.

Interested in learning how to be an advocate for better mental health programs?
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training is for you!

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.  Whether you are new to advocacy or have years of experience you will leave the training with messages, step-by-step tools and the practice you need to feel informed, confident and ready to make a difference.

NAMI Smarts is designed to be taught as a series of four 1-2 hour modules in a single full-day event:

Module 1: Telling Your Story.

Real stories are the most potent motivator for legislators. Telling Your Story guides you through writing and delivering a concise and compelling version of your story that will serve as the springboard for your advocacy.

Module 2: Emails and Phone Calls.

Don’t think your emails and phone calls are making an impact? Emails and Phone Calls shows you how to write emails that get attention and make phone calls that policy makers remember.

Module 3: Meeting Your Legislator.

Want your meetings with policy makers to deliver results? Meeting Your Legislator demonstrates how to orchestrate a successful dialogue with elected officials.

We have limited spaces available for the June 9 NAMI Smarts Training!  If you would like to learn how to be a better advocate, sign up for this free training today.  Here’s the details -

When – Saturday, June 9, 2018 9am - 4 pm

Where – Watson Realty 4194 San Juan Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32210

Cost - Free

How to sign up – email namijax2017@gmail.com and we’ll get right back to you.  The deadline to sign up is 25 May, 2018.

Summer Community Education Meeting Announced!

The NAMI Jax Summer 2018 Community Education meeting will be June 11th at 6PM. The location will be Orange Park Medical Center, Classroom 2, 2001 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Robin O’Hearn, Ph.D.

Dr. O’Hearn has been a practicing psychologist for 18 years, the last eight in the JOPC. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina and completed post-doctoral training at Auburn University followed by clinical internship at the Tuskegee VAMC. She is a national consultant for the VA’s CBT-CP training program. In addition to chronic pain, her clinical interests include anxiety and complimentary therapies such as yoga and mindfulness.

Her topic for our meeting will be “Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Pain”.

Please come and enjoy this very informative presentation!

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2018 Family-to-Family class schedule!

August 28 - November 13, 2018 (Tuesdays)

The class will meet for those 12 Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

The location will be Avondale/Ortega Watson Realty, 4194 San Juan Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32210.

August 19 - November 11, 2018 (Sundays)

The class will meet for those 12 Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 PM.

The location will be Orange Park Medical Center, 2001 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073.

Please note that preregistration is required.  For more information on this course, go to our "NAMI Educational Programs" page or contact us at 904-724-7782.


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Help is immediately available. If you (or someone you know) are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers.



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