About NAMI Finger Lakes

NAMI-Finger Lakes is the Ithaca, NY affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

In 1986, our founder, Jean Walters, of Ithaca, NY, welcomed families to her home for support and education about mental illness. Hear her tell the history of NAMI FL’s beginnings in the audio provided below.

Jean Walters Interview on Talk Tompkins by Ben Altman

We seek to:

  • Support families and friends of people diagnosed with major mental illnesses
  • Educate families and the public about mental illness
  • Advocate for families and their ill relative

NAMI-Finger Lakes is a non-profit organization of volunteers. All programming volunteers are trained and certified by NAMI and have loved ones living with mental illness. As a result, we’re very familiar with local human services for people experiencing and living in recovery from mental illnesses. Our volunteers and staff can share their knowledge and experience with you.

Our programs include:

In addition, NAMI FL maintains a Crisis File of local, State and national organizations and services of need and interest to families impacted by mental illness. We can help you navigate the many concerns surrounding mental illness such as:

  • Psychiatric care in Ithaca and in surrounding communities
  • Missing and homeless relatives
  • Dual-diagnosis (diagnosed with mental illness & addicted to alcohol/drugs)
  • Mental illness and the criminal justice system
  • Estate planning when you have ill relatives
  • Avoiding other health problems caused by mental illness

Please contact us – we are a safe harbor for your family’s struggle with mental illness.

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