Who We Are
At NAMI Seattle, we help people impacted by mental health conditions feel less alone, and like they’re important. We are the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through peer-led education, referrals, and support. Originally established as “Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill” in 1978, we worked with other concerned groups across the country to create a national advocacy and support organization: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI. Today, NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation. NAMI Seattle is the largest affiliate in Washington State.
We help people know what to do when a mental illness strikes. Our peer-led services bridge the gap when medical models fail to meet our needs. We have over 40 years of experience elevating stories of lived experience and shining a spotlight on the unique needs of people navigating their mental health journey.