NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Anxiety and Depression among young people ages 13-24 has tripled in the past decade. Sadly because of the stigma surrounding mental health, only 20% of people seek help. Unaddressed mental health conditions can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, lower academic performance, and other risky or violent behaviors, ultimately suicide. In fact, statistics show that:
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-24
- 90 % of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental health condition
- Half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14, 75% develop by age 24
- Recent data shows that the bulk of crisis calls requiring police intervention in Central and Southern CCC have come from Danville
NAMI provides resources that help identify and support individuals living with and families struggling with a mental health condition though outreach, education and advocacy. Programs for early intervention can spare people unnecessary suffering.