About NAMI Wood River Valley

Until mental illness can be cured, we’ll be here.
Mental Illness is a Brain Disorder
Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families.  Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment.
NAMI’s goal is to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery. 
The members of NAMI-WRV are ordinary people in the community who’ve been touched by mental illness.  “When my family started down this path in 1993, we hadn’t a clue where to turn. There wasn’t even a psychiatrist available. We had to educate ourselves about mental illness, find resources ourselves, and support our family member in every way we could,” says a NAMI member. 

Due to the efforts of our members, NAMI-WRV was officially organized in 2001 and became an affiliate of NAMI National. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness.

NAMI’s  efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.

“It’s unbelievable how far we’ve come since 1993: dozens of good medications, much greater public awareness, more psychiatrists and psychologists, movies and books, and internet resources.” The NAMI member continued, “But we still don’t have a cure and, until we do, we ‘ll be here to provide help to everyone who needs it.”
  • Members of NAMI-WRV have personal experience with bi-polar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental illnesses. We can relate to what you are experiencing.
  • Often those with mental illness will “self medicate” with drugs or alcohol.
  • Sometimes those with mental illness will stop taking medications, because they think they’re cured after their medications take effect and their lives improve.
  • Often families have difficulty convincing their family member to seek treatment.
  • Even children can have mental illness that affects their behavior and performance.


NAMI National has over 1,500 chapters throughout the United States.

Wherever you are,
you’re never very far from a NAMI Chapter.

Visit NAMI’s website at www.nami.org.