nami_logo_reflex_1245The families and members of NAMI Wood River Valley (NAMI-WRV) are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.


Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy, and to bridge the gap between urban and rural mental health services.


NAMI-WRV provides education and advocates for effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, community support, research, and recovery. The purpose of NAMI-WRV is to enable those who have mental illness to obtain equal opportunities in medical care, social life, economic security, legal representation, judicial outcomes, and spiritual life; to provide education, support, and advocacy for those who have mental illness and their families; and to cooperate with existing organizations who serve the needs of the mentally ill.


Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness.

• Educate the public about mental illness.
• Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
• Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.


In our envisioned future, mental illness will no longer thwart a person’s fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions, and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.