NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support.
We envision a world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.
Our peer-led presentations, classes and support groups 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 and families navigating their own mental health journey.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others who’ve been there.
NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
Open to all BIPOC individuals looking for mental health support and connection. This group is a collaboration between NAMI Seattle and NAMI South King County.
NAMI Family-to-Family (available in Spanish as De Familia a Familia) is a free, 8-session educational program for family, partners and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions. These 40- 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to live with a mental health condition.
NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students, parents/caregivers, and teachers about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.
Before I took the [Family-to-Family] course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.
I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, [Family-to-Family] is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.
I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.
I am more moved than I expected to be. There is help available. The key is to avail oneself of these treasures of assistance.
It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.
It is so inspiring to experience the level of engagement, inquisitiveness, and genuine desire to learn about mental illness found in In Our Own Voice (IOOV) audiences. The questions and comments I get during presentations tells me my story is having a positive impact. IOOV changes the way people think about mental illness. The program has been essential to my recovery. I feel so fortunate to be able to share my story that is filled with deep shame, guilt, and unworthiness to bring understanding and compassion to the lives of others who are affected by mental illness. Indeed, being an IOOV presenter has given me a sense of purpose, self-empathy, and encouragement to continue my path of recovery. I take great pride in presenting my unique face of recovery to as many audiences as I can!
It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.