NAMI Maine (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the only state-wide, grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.
· NAMI Maine was named as the Advocate of the Year in 2004.
· NAMI Maine received the most prestigious health award in 2004, a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award for its effort on behalf of people with mental illness who had been incarcerated.
· Worth Magazine calls NAMI the nonprofit most likely to change the world.
Starting in 2003, as the State faced budget shortfalls, funding to NAMI began to fall. During these same years, staff had to be laid off, and remaining NAMI staff began to multi-task.They provided the same amount of assistance and raised private dollars. Between 2000 and 2003, private foundations, like the Maine Health Access Foundation, funded NAMI to provide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training (a nationally recognized evidence-based pre-booking diversion program that creates specialized teams of first responders who divert people in crisis to treatment and reduce the chance that they will be arrested).
Private donations enabled NAMI to start Up and Running, a juvenile mentoring program at the Long Creek Youth Development Center.
Private grants were used to start TeenScreen, Maine’s only in-school screening of students for suicidal thoughts, mental health and substance abuse issues
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine is the only state-wide, grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.
NAMI Maine has been providing support, education, and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families since 1984. Support groups are available across the state, our help line responds to thousands of calls each year, and we provide education about mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse issues to all who need it.
NAMI Maine has been recognized on numerous occasions for the excellence of its work.
To do what it does best – serve as a voice for people with mental illness and their families, a place to turn when all doors have been shut, and to speak out when service gaps and lack of access occur, NAMI Maine needs volunteer support and funds.
Help NAMI Maine today. YOUR skills, enthusiasm, energy and commitment are needed!
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