Welcome to NAMI Jacksonville
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.
JOIN NAMI JACKSONVILLE and help support mental health in our community!
We rely on Annual Membership Dues to help support the many successful and FREE programs we offer throughout the city. To become a member or for information on how to join, please click here. Membership in NAMI Jacksonville includes membership in NAMI National and NAMI Florida Alliances on Mental Illness.
To see what NAMI JACKSONVILLE is up to in our community or for more information on our programs and support groups, check out of newsletter. Click here to see our most recent newsletter as well as past editions
ABOUT OUR ADVOCACY WORK: NAMI JACKSONVILLE’S goal is to advocate for a greater number and better quality of available housing. To advocate for new treatment facilities and improvements of existing facilities, both state and local. To advocate for vocational training and placement for individuals capable of employment. To educate our Legislators through current information on mental health issues and the expected outcomes. To promote research on mental illnesses. To advocate for the general welfare and better treatment of all persons with mental illnesses.
TAKE THE STIGMA FREE PLEDGE
1. Educate Yourself and Others
Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well.
2. See the Person and Not the Illness
1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.
3. Take Action on Mental Health Issues
Our mental health care systems have been in crisis for far too long and often keeps treatment and recovery out of the hands of many who need it. We can take action now as we push for better legislation and policies to improve lives for everyone. By lending your support you can show that this cause is important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.