NAMI is the first point of contact for thousands of local people who need mental health services and support. Peer-led and no-cost, our programs and support groups serve those living with mental illness, as well as their family members. We also advocate for those we serve while educating and fighting stigma in the broader community.
One in five of us will experience a mental health disorder in a typical year. And the last two years have been anything but typical. COVID-19 has profoundly challenged people who have conditions such as schizophrenia and major depression, and created issues even for those without a history of illness. NAMI has responded with virtual support and new programs for vulnerable populations, always at no cost.
NAMI needs people who are living in recovery from mental illness to lead Connection Support Groups, where peers seek support and community. All training costs are covered.
In a 2021 Elevated Insights survey, about half of 1,001 El Paso County residents reported worsened emotional well-being and mental health since the start of COVID.
“My aha! moment was in hearing family members share their stories, and [realizing] that we are not all so different.” — Summer 2020 Peer-to-Peer student