You Are Not Alone: Finding Help for People with Mental Illnesses and Their Families

What is NAMI? NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the national umbrella organization for more than 1,200 local support and advocacy groups for families and individuals affected by serious mental illnesses.

When people are diagnosed with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, finding appropriate medical and psychiatric care is the first priority.  But once such treatment begins, they and their families soon discover that the illness affects many aspects of their lives and they need more than medical help.

No single, coordinated system of services currently exists across the country.  When someone has a serious mental illness, his or her family often has to assume responsibility for managing the person’s comprehensive care.  Although the service system is fragmented, support groups of other families and people with mental illnesses (often called consumers) who have faced the same challenge exist in every state.

If you or someone you love has a serious mental illness, the information provided through NAMI can help you find and evaluate the services in your community, find others who are asking the same questions you are, and perhaps join those across the country who are working to create more coordinated and comprehensive services for those with mental illnesses in every community.

NAMI Chelan-Douglas
208 N. Chelan
Wenatchee, WA 98801

First Monday of the Month – 4-5:30pm
Third Thursday of the Month – 7-9pm
Open to all mental health consumers and family members


**NAMI is an independent community resource for clients and their families. NCWBH does not govern or oversee the activities