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National Dialogue

A Nation Sets Its Sights on Mental Health

A National Dialogue on Mental Health began in June 2013, led by the Obama Administration and aided by mental health organizations and community champions across America—including NAMI. After 30 years of advocacy, we now sit on the precipice of sweeping changes to our nation's health care system. NAMI continues to address the needs in every community for improved mental health care, fighting stigma to facilitate a better understanding about how mental health affects everyone and making sure the people who are affected by mental illness can get the support they need.

Read about how crucial these efforts are to the President of the United States, NAMI advocates and, most of all, the individuals and families who face mental illness in their daily lives.

Let the Dialogue Begin

By Katrina Gay, NAMI National Communications Director

For the first time in 13 years, the White House held a conference on mental health, on June 3, 2013. On this day, President Obama hosted a day-long conference with health care experts, psychologists, faith leaders, advocates for veterans and a host of administration officials to kick off a national conversation about mental health in the United States. Read More

A Message to NAMI from the President of the United States

Struggling with a mental illness or caring for someone who does can be isolating. But the truth is, in any given year, millions of Americans suffer from things like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or PTSD. All of us—Michelle and myself included—know a family member, a neighbor, or a friend who struggles with mental health issues at some point in their lives. Read More

Through the Decades: Highlights of NAMI's Victories

Timeline of Mental Illness Victories

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