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The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness


What is NAMI?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. 

Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 family members and consumers who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses. There are 1,200 state and local affiliates of NAMI. All of these groups work on the national, state, and local levels to educate about severe brain disorders, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses. 

San Luis Obispo County Affiliate (NAMI SLOCO)

NAMI SLOCO is a charitable non-profit organization (501 C3) of consumers as well as families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses  Members provide educational and emotional support for each other and advocate for better understanding, treatment and care of people with mental illness.  Extensive training is provided by NAMI for those members leading support groups and classes.   NAMI SLOCO is affiliated with the NAMI California and NAMI National.

NAMI SLOCO Welcomes:

There is Hope!

With proper management of the disease and use of current medications, many of the mentally ill become productive citizens able to integrate with society.  Good care in appropriate living arrangements, plus the support of family and friends, can also make a difference.

What do I do if my loved one has been arrested?

A step by step guide to help families cope with the mental health / criminal justice systems in San Luis Obispo County when a family member afflicted with a severe and persistent brain disorder is arrested.

Medical Information Form for submittal to agency holding your loved one.

Meeting information:

Monthly general meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at  6:45PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, corner of Pismo and Nipomo in SLO.       

See the Resources Tab for other meetings that may be helpful


Beautiful Minds Walk 2014










Saturday, October 4,  9:00am, Laguna Lake Park
Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA
Donations and/or Information may be sent to:  
BMW  San Luis Obispo NAMI
P.O. Box 3158
San Luis Obispo, CA  93403

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