NAMI Seattle provides educational courses and support to all individuals impacted by mental illness: Those living with a mental illness, family members & friends, the community and professionals. All of our programs are offered at no cost to participants. However, we gladly accept donations to help cover the cost of materials. Call our office for support with resources, or to receive more information on upcoming course dates!
Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am-5pm, and Wednesday: 9am-7pm. NAMI Seattle operates Support Link, a referral and information line to connect callers to the support and resources that they need. Call (206) 783-9264 or (800) 782-9264.
We host family and social support groups at the NAMI Seattle office and other locations in the greater Seattle area. All groups hosted by NAMI Seattle are free, open to drop-ins, and operate on a peer-support model.
As a public service to our community, we update a free support group list each month which provides information on not only NAMI Seattle groups, but also other NAMI affiliate and mental health agency support groups in the community.
Not in greater Seattle? Find your local affiliate through the NAMI Nationwide website, including information on your closest affiliate's support groups and classes.
If you need assistance for a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.
If you are experiencing a crisis need that is not life-threatening or are seeking help outside of our office hours, you may contact one of the crisis hotlines listed at the bottom of the page.
We provide classes to individuals living with a mental illness, family members, friends, and professionals. All of our individual and family education programs are offered at no cost to participants. However, we gladly accept donations to help cover the cost of materials. Call our office for more information on upcoming course dates!
In Our Own Voice
A 60-90 minute presentation which unmasks mental illness, using personal stories to illuminate what it is like to live with a mental illness and maintain recovery. In Our Own Voice presenters change attitudes, misconceptions, and stereotypes regarding mental illness by sharing their experience and participating in an open Q&A at the end of the session.
Ending the Silence
Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions
12-week course taught by two trained volunteer teachers who themselves have a family member or loved one with a mental illness. In 2013, Family-to-Family was added to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults working to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.
NAMI Seattle's bi-monthly newsletter for members, covering issues of interest to those living with mental illness, their families and friends.
Connections is a Self-Help Guide is for anyone navigating the mental health system in the greater Seattle area.
Connections is currently undergoing revisions and will be available again in 2016.
We provide a free, wallet-sized Resource Guide as a public service to our community. This guide lists contact information for critical services for people impacted by mental illness in the greater Seattle area, and are updated annually. We distribute these guides at speaking engagements, classes, and other NAMI Seattle events. They are also available for mental health providers and agencies upon request.
NAMI Seattle runs the King County Scholarship Program and is able to offer one scholarship of up to $500 a year for mental health conferences or training.
NAMI Seattle, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Seattle Affiliate, is one of the founding affiliates of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness NAMI. NAMI Seattle provides support, education and advocacy and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
Mission: To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.
Vision: A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.
We would be pleased to welcome you to the family of NAMI Seattle members!
Click here to become a full NAMI GS member. The annual dues are $35/year or reduced rate for those with financial need.
The benefits of a membership include continued support of NAMI GS free programs to all those in need, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, first invitations to our new speaker series, the NAMI Advocate magazine, discounts on resources in the NAMI store, discounts at NAMI’s Annual Convention, full access to all the information and features on the NAMI website.
A part of NAMI's is mission to educate the public about mental illnesses. NAMI GS offers our brochure and fact sheets on a variety of topics, including particular mental disorders, crisis worksheets and resources.
The NAMI GS Support Link provides a limited number of paper resources at no charge. To keep costs down and to provide materials to the greatest number of people, it is necessary to limit the number of publications we provide.
NAMI GS is currently working on making literature and classes available in other languages. We would love your help.
If you are a member and you know your username and password, you can log in to www.nami.org and make the changes easily on your own.
NAMI GS runs the King County Scholarship Program and are able to offer one scholarship of up to $500 a year for a mental health conference or training. Those eligible to receive scholarships must reside in King County, Washington and include the following in descending order of priority:
- Clients in the public mental health system in King County, Washington, or
- Family members of clients in the King County public mental health system, or
- Advocates for persons with a mental illness
- Paid employees of mental health agencies
- Any paid King County employee
- Paid employees of NAMI Seattle
- A professional in the field of mental health
NAMI periodically recruits qualified candidates for various volunteer, intern, and staff positions. Please fill out our volunteer application here. You will be contacted in 7 business days if your skill fit our current need.
You can see some stats and numbers about Mental illness by clicking here.
Myth vs. Fact
Myth: Mental illnesses are brought on by a weakness of character.
Fact: Mental illnesses are a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors.
Myth: Children do not experience mental illnesses. Their actions are just a product of bad parenting.
Fact: A report from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health showed that in any given year 5-9% of children experience serious emotional disturbances.
Myth: There's no hope for people with mental illnesses.
Fact: There are more treatments, strategies, and community supports than ever before, and even more are on the horizon. People with mental illnesses lead active, productive lives
Myth: Mental illnesses cannot affect me.
Fact: Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family in America. Mental illnesses do not discriminate - they can affect anyone.
Myth:Myth: I can't do anything for someone with mental health needs.
Fact: You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak. You can nurture an environment that builds on people's strengths and promotes good mental health.