About NAMI of Erie County
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) was established nationally in 1979, while NAMI of Erie County is a local non-profit organization established in 1984 to address the increasing need for families and individuals to have a stronger voice in the mental health system. Often, parents of children with mental illness or individuals with mental health challenges find themselves battling several barriers such as stigma, confusion over medical advice, and a lack of support within the family unit and community. However, NAMI of Erie County strives to ease these challenges for parents and individuals by offering mental health education and support.
Our membership consists of families, consumers, and friends of individuals with mental illness. Through peer-led volunteer activities, NAMI of Erie County provides education programs, support groups, and self-help to enable families and individuals to become more effective self-advocates. We work with individuals, family members, and professionals, enabling them to gain access to vital resources to become partners in care. At NAMI, we know that mental illnesses are illnesses of the brain and can be treated successfully. We work to combat stigma and stereotyping by providing factual information to the community.
NAMI of Erie County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education, and advocacy.