OUR MISSION:

We provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

About NAMI Missoula

Who We Are:

NAMI Missoula is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one of over six hundred such affiliates around the country. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization devoted to mental health issues; it has been in existence since 1983. NAMI Missoula was formed in 1997 after having started as an independent local group called “A New Beginning”. NAMI Missoula is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit organization and as a registered charity in the state of Montana.

NAMI Missoula reports both to the NAMI Montana state office in Helena and to the NAMI national office in Arlington, Virginia. NAMI Missoula has a local Board of Directors (elected by the members) which is responsible for overseeing all NAMI Missoula programs, events, and finances; an Executive Committee provides leadership and direction. The NAMI Missoula board meets monthly (since the summer of 2020, meetings have been conducted via Zoom); minutes of the board meetings are on file in our office and can be accessed there by the public, including members of NAMI Missoula.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At NAMI Missoula, we believe a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization is one where all employees, volunteers, and members — regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status, or other marker of identity or dimension of diversity — feel valued and respected. This same belief informs our groups, programs, events, and advocacy.

Outreach:

NAMI Missoula is active in the community. We work with local mental health professionals to assist individuals through our “Benevolent Fund,” which helps with rental application fees, security deposits, phone cards, clothing, and more. The program is funded in part by monies received at “NAMI Missoula” donation boxes around town and is administered in partnership with local mental health agencies and providers.

Our “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) presentations are given regularly, either in person or via Zoom, at local high schools and to classes at the university.  “IOOV” presenters have also spoken to community organizations such as Missoula Food Bank, Missoula Aging Services, the Poverello Center, and to various church and faith groups.

NAMI Missoula works with the city of Missoula’s “Crisis Intervention Team,” including participating in their annual “Crisis Intervention Training”. We have also worked with student groups at the University of Montana, participating in campus projects designed to increase awareness of mental health issues and to reduce the stigma surrounding those issues.

Fighting stigma is a large part of NAMI Missoula’s mission. In addition to our other activities, we have launched a public “anti-stigma” campaign, including billboards, bus signs, PSA’s, “NAMI Forums” at the Missoula Public Library, the NAMI Walk in September, and more.

Lastly: the NAMI Missoula community resource booklet (“You Are Not Alone”) includes links to, and information about, mental health resources, legal resources, housing resources, and more. “You Are Not Alone” is updated periodically, and we distribute the booklet for free throughout the community. You can download a copy of “You Are Not Alone” here:

You Are Not Alone – Spring 2022 updated version.pdf

 

 

 

Support NAMI Missoula

NAMI Missoula relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work. Every donation, however small, makes a difference. Your financial contribution to NAMI Missoula helps us to work towards a better tomorrow, to fight the stigma associated with mental illness, and to ensure that no individual or family in our community is alone on their mental health journey.

Join NAMI Missoula!

Members of NAMI Missoula automatically become members of NAMI Montana and NAMI National as well. Membership benefits include a subscription to the quarterly NAMI Advocate magazine; the opportunity to attend the NAMI national convention at a discount rate; online access to member-only content (at www.nami.org). Most importantly, you will be part of a movement to improve the lives of people right here in this community.

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What we do:

  • Advocate
  • Educate
  • Support
  • Lead
  • Listen
  • Care
  • Understand

Touching hearts. Healing minds. Connecting people. Offering hope. Changing lives. That’s what NAMI Missoula does. We hope you will be part of our efforts.

Depression is Treatable — Suicide is Preventable

If you are in crisis and want help, call or text 988 (the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline). The service is free, and it is available 24/7. Help is only a phone call away!