About NAMI Skagit

Our Mission

NAMI Skagit is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.​ We advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness. We also work to educate the public about mental illness, work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, and advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.

Our Vision

In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person’s fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.

Our Purpose

Advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness. We aim to educate the public about mental illness, work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.

History

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Founded in 1979 in Madison, Wisconsin, NAMI began when two mothers came together to advocate for better mental health services for their adult sons and opposing the idea that they were to blame for their sons’ psychiatric disorders.  Since that time NAMI has grown to include thousands of volunteers–people living with mental illness, family members, friends and other advocates–who are the face and voice of the NAMI movement.  Through outreach, education, advocacy and research, we work together to combat stigma, promote awareness, enhance access to quality treatment services and assistance, and to support and celebrate the process of recovery for ourselves, our family members, and our friends. NAMI has more than 950 affiliates in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.