Our Mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds who are living with mental illness. NAMI Rochester is dedicated to educating the community about mental illness, offering resources to those in need and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.

NAMI Rochester is an independent affiliate of the National Alliance On Mental Illness and NAMI New York State. We are a grassroots, not for profit, volunteer driven organization that has been in Monroe County for over 35 years.

Mental Illness affects 1-in-5, or 20% of Americans regardless of their age, race, religion, education or income. These devastating medical conditions can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

NAMI Rochester sponsors and hosts numerous events and programs that are facilitated by trained NAMI volunteers who are the heart and soul of the organization. They are supported by a Board of Directors and a small staff of two full time and one part time employees. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and classes which are offered at no cost. Members who join pay dues of $ 35 a year to belong to the local, state and national NAMI. Currently there are over 400 members in the NAMI Rochester family.

NAMI’s greatest achievement is the dedication of its families, friends and individuals who serve to strengthen communities across the country. NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country.