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Dear Friends,

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated one in five adult suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Children are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. In addition, four of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. and other developed countries are mental disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.

Unlike cancer and cardiac disease, brain disorders often receive a hostile reception from the general public, some businesses, insurance companies, and even some in the medical community. People with mental illness can and do recover. As with other illnesses such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS, early detection is key. Unfortunately, staying in the closet, denial, and postponing treatment is prevalent.

The mental health crisis is having a devastating effect on education, law enforcement, business, and health care, to say nothing of the devastation to families. NAMI’s mission is to educate these communities in order to reduce the stigma and encourage treatment.

Remember NAMI Cape Ann’s motto, "We can’t control the wind. We can adjust our sails."

At present, we can’t prevent or cure mental illness. We can de-stigmatize and treat it.

Please help us "adjust our sails."

Thank you from your friends at NAMI Cape Ann.

NAMI Cape Ann is a 501 ( c ) (3) corporation. Tax deductible donations may be sent to:

NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01931


Two support groups meet every first Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and and two support groups meet every third Thursday from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.  

One is for family and friends of persons who have a psychiatric diagnosis.  At the same time and place, but in a different room, there is a peer group for adults dealing with a psychiatric diagnosis.

Support groups for younger consumers (18 to 35) and their family and friends are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


All groups meet at the NAMI Cape Ann office, 43 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester, Room 2A.

Space is limited at these groups. Please contact us to reserve a space at  978-281-1557 or e-mail:

In case of cancellation due to inclement weather or other emergency, a message will be left the day of the meeting on our Helpline:  978-281-1557, an e-mail will be sent to all members, and notification will be posted here on the Calendar page.

There are a number of NAMI support and education groups throughout the state that can provide understanding, comfort, hope and help for mental health consumers, as well as the family members and friends who care for them.  Most of the groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. It is always a good idea to call the contact person before attending because meeting dates, times and locations may change. You are welcome to attend any  support or education group that is convenient.  Visit for more information.

Informational fact sheets and brochures on a variety of subjects are available, including a Family Resource Book,  Police Response Guide, Missing Person Guide, and Suicide Prevention materials. Many of the publications are available in Spanish as well as English.

In addition, NAMI Cape Ann provides opportunities for consumer artist members to reproduce their works, display and sell them at various local venues, and at the Art Marketplace at state convention.

Call 978-281-1557 or e-mail: for more information about any of these events.

NAMI Cape Ann receives funds for many consumer and educational activities from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation  the Ansara Family Foundation, the Apple Lane Foundation, and the Selma and Bayness Andrews Fund, for which we are profoundly grateful.

NAMI Cape Ann's motto is:   "We can't control the wind ... we can adjust our sails."

NAMI Cape Ann Voice Mail:  978-281-1557   





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