Mental Health

NAMI & Mental Health



Why is the group that you chose to research important?

The reason that I chose this topic for my assignment is because growing up no one really taught the importance of mental health to us in school. Talking about mental health was not really a subject at all. For me mental health is very important because memorial day weekend of last year my boyfriend decided to take his own life and I believe that if i would’ve known more about mental illness it could hace changed things for the both of us.

What NAMI is a brief history of them

In its mission to build healthier lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

Since it was founded in 1979 by a dozen families gathered around a kitchen table, Mind has become the national voice for mental health. As of today, we are a coalition of over 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who mobilize resources in your community to raise awareness and provide resources for those in need that weren’t previously available.

Eventually they achieved a national name which was “The National Alliance on Mental Health”. They are now known as NAMI. As a result of their strong desire to ensure a better mental health system for all, they were unable to do so. They have collaborated with numerous organizations dedicated to the same goal, making this organization one of our largest organizations in the field of basic health.

Who do they serve?

People struggling with mental health issues can find help from this organization. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can assist anyone with mental health issues, specifically those belonging to minority groups. A number of programs are offered by the program, including “Ending the Silence” (ETS), which is an in-school presentation that offers support to those in need. Parents, spouses, children, and others are supported in “Family-to-Family” sessions which are 8 sessions long. Among other offerings are Peer-to-Peer, Family & Friends Seminars and In Our Own Voices (IOOV).

More about NAMI and Mental Health

The community of mental health organizations was the focus of my investigation. Researching this group is essential because mental health is a critical component of a child’s development, especially during teen years. Society and the public don’t seem to spend too much time talking or showing off when it comes to it. For those who are going through hard times, organizations like NAMI may prove to be helpful and helpful. Because of the gazes from their surroundings, a lot of people are reluctant to open up about their mental problems.

No matter what their race or class is, they serve those suffering through tough times. Students are guided through presentations, lectures, and individual lessons to come up with a solution together. In order to teach people how mental illness can harm and hurt someone’s and another’s life, they did presentations for students in middle schools and high schools as well as for parents and teachers. There are programs available for students and adults alike. In this way, someone is able to accept themselves exactly as they are right now.

No matter what their race or class is, they serve those suffering The organization and website could not be improved. Additionally, by providing their website in Spanish, they demonstrate that they care about other people, including minorities. Scholarships give volunteers the opportunity to not only boost their resume, but also receive some financial assistance. picky, I wish they could come tohad to be picky, I would suggest that they should come to high schools or even middle schools and hold a mental health presentation or assembly.

There was a lot of information provided by the organization. According to my search for mental health organizations online, MINA is the most prominent non-profit organization. Its website contains all of the members’ letters in pdf format. Certain illnesses are described in simple terms. Overall, I think the organization kept its vision and mission intact. The closest organization I could find is the Center for Human Services.

Numbers from the last few years

  • 21% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020 (52.9 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
  • 5.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2020 (14.2 million people). This represents 1 in 20 adults.
  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
  • 6.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2020 (17 million people)
  • Annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by demographic group:
    • Non-Hispanic Asian: 13.9%
    • Non-Hispanic white: 22.6%
    • Non-Hispanic black or African-American: 17.3%
    • Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native: 18.7%
    • Non-Hispanic mixed/multiracial: 35.8%
    • Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 16.6%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 18.4%
    • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: 47.4%
  • Annual prevalence among U.S. adults, by condition:
    • Major Depressive Episode: 8.4% (21 million people)
    • Schizophrenia: <1% (estimated 1.5 million people)
    • Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (estimated 7 million people)
    • Anxiety Disorders: 19.1% (estimated 48 million people)
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)
    • Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people)

Mental Health Care Matters

  • 46.2% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2020 
  • 64.5% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2020  
  • 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in 2016  
  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years
  • Annual treatment rates among U.S. adults with any mental illness, by demographic group:
    • Male: 37.4%
    • Female: 51.2%
    • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: 54.3%
    • Non-Hispanic Asian: 20.8%
    • Non-Hispanic white: 51.8%
    • Non-Hispanic black or African-American: 37.1%
    • Non-Hispanic mixed/multiracial: 43.0%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 35.1%
  • 11% of U.S. adults with mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2020
  • 11.3% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2020
  • 55% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist
  • 134 million people live in a designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area

The Ripple Effect Of Mental Illness


  • People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population. People with serious mental illness are nearly twice as likely to develop these conditions.
  • 32.1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020 (17 million individuals)
  • The rate of unemployment is higher among U.S. adults who have mental illness (6.4%) compared to those who do not (5.1%)
  • High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers
  • Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.


  • At least 8.4 million people in the U.S. provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue
  • Caregivers of adults with mental or emotional health issues spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care
2020 Mental Health by the Numbers Youth infographic

Was it accessible? What they could improve on and similar organizations

I found all the information I needed on NAMI’s website regarding what organization does, I can contact, how I can be updated etc. At the bottom of the page, I found resource cards, referrals, opportunities to do and events I could attend. He was browsing the NAMI website and provided all the information I needed. However, I think NAMI could spread their message effectively through social media. Interacting more with their on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter Facebook would help NAMI reach a wider audience. Posting NAMI Seattle Giveaways and Fundraisers on the stories or timeline of the would help raise awareness of NAMI Seattle.

  1. The Healing Center in Seattle provides counseling treatment to young adults and teenagers to help them “discharge” emotional discomfort that has built up in their bodies. Counselors listen, interact, and keep an eye on the situation. The Healing Center’s page may be found here: HOME | co-counseling

2. Residents of King County who are suffering from mental illness will find a lot of help at NAVOS in Seattle. They offer contribution pages and events for persons of all ages who are at risk of sliding between the cracks, in addition to their crisis hotline and events. The page for NAVOS may be found here: Home – Navos


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