Our Mission and Goals
Our mission is to:
SUPPORT people with mental illnesses including children, and their friends and families.
EDUCATE and inform people with mental illnesses and their families about services and treatment available in the community.
ELIMINATE STIGMA by developing public understanding of the challenges of living with a serious mental illness.
ADVOCATE for better services and treatments, protection of rights and research.
To accomplish these goals we provide support groups, educational presentations, and classes that are free of charge and open to the public.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, started in 1979 as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table and has since blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are part of an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
NAMI Farmington Valley started with a group of family members who started a monthly NAMI support group for family members of those living with a mental illness in Avon, CT in the mid 1990s. Shortly thereafter, the annual Family-to-Family classes were started. In 2004, the group involved in these support groups and classes formed an official local chapter (affiliate) of NAMI with the paperwork filed just in time to enable the newly formed NAMI Farmington Valley affiliate to participate in the first annual NAMI CT Walk in May 2004. Since then, NAMI FV, under the guidance of a robust 15 member board, has grown substantially. We now offer numerous educational events, support groups, classes, book talks and more.