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The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.


NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. At NAMI, they believe that all people should be treated equally and be valued and respected regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status or other dimension of diversity.

NAMI of Washington County is in a unique position to provide education and support to families, and in doing so, address youth mental illness.


This program is unique to NAMI of Washington County

Parent Education

Providing parent education, support, and advocacy to enable you to understand youth mental illness and find support and services for your child.

  • Community presentations including segments on:

    • Youth mental health information

    • Personal story from a parent who supports a school aged child experiencing mental health challenges, challenges the parent faced, and support they were able to access.

    • Youth speaks about their personal story of living with a mental illness during their school aged years.

    • School Psychologist/counselor speaks about prevalence of youth mental illness and supports available in schools and how to access them.

    • Question and answer session

    • Resource packet for all participants

Parent Support Groups

Bi-Monthly support groups available to provide family members a place to tell their story and listen to the stories of others.

  • Support groups provide a place for folks to realize they are not alone, there is help, and there is hope.

  • Groups are available via virtual platform or in-person at the NAMI Washington County building or other locations.  Hybrid groups are also available as needed.

  • Separate support groups can be established for parents of elementary age youth and parents of youth in upper grades as needed.

  • Facilitated by parents who have traveled the journey with a child with mental health challenges.

Parent Meetings

Monthly meetings are available to further support parents

  • Meetings include socializing, information, resources, and support

  • Meetings are held throughout the county in various locations

Youth Presentations

Provide abbreviated classroom presentations which include

  • Youth Mental Health information

  • Youth person sharing their story of living with mental health challenges

  • Resources for the youth in both hard copy and URL codes


Provide abbreviated presentations to service providers including but 

not limited to Hawthorne Walk- in Clinic, government and community organizations