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NAMI Rhode Island is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We offer an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

NAMI Rhode Island was founded in 1983 by family members of people with serious mental illness. This  grassroots volunteer organization is dedicated to improving services for persons who are diagnosed with mental illness. Today, we support education, research and other efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and prevent discrimination against consumers of mental health services and their families. We envision a future in which there is greater understanding of these common health disorders and significant progress toward cures.



The mission of NAMI Rhode Island is to educate the public about mental illness; to offer resources and support to all whose lives are touched by mental illness; to advocate at every level to ensure the rights and dignity of those with mental illness; and to promote research in the science and treatment of mental illness.


Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illness.

  • Educate the public about mental illness.
  • Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
  • Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.


In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person’s fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.

NAMI Rhode Island is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that depends on charitable support, memberships, grants and volunteers. Contributions to NAMI Rhode Island are tax deductible.

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