NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Advocacy is an important part of our work in our homes, in our communities, and beyond.

To learn more about our current local initiative to host conversations regarding Mental Health Crisis Response, visit our Mental Health Crisis Response link here.

Locally, NAMI members:

  • Provide experienced support through our HELPLine (607-273-2462)
  • Serve on local community boards that impact mental health services
  • Teach NAMI programs to educate families and community members about mental health and mental illness
  • Provide support for family members and friends of people experiencing mental health conditions that impact their lives and the lives of those around them
  • Connect with families at Cayuga Medical Center Behavioral Unit to support and educate regarding the experience their loved one may be having that brought them there
  • Provide presentations and educational events regarding mental health services and initiatives
  • Share opportunities to support local initiatives on our website, Facebook page, and newsletter and local media
  • Provide a free lending library of curated books relating to mental health and mental illness
  • Work to end the stigma associated with mental illness

State-wide and Nationally:

  • Provide opportunities to participate in state-wide initiatives
  • Educate and inform on legislation and policies that impact the lives of people living with mental illness and their families
  • Encourage voting
  • Educate voters and candidates on the mental health issues
  • Provide Help Lines for anyone seeking information and/or support regarding mental health
    • The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
    • NAMI NYS HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday  (518)-248-7634
  • Work to end the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Provide data and information for decision-makers
  • Develop education programs that teach everyone important information regarding living with mental illness, mental health initiatives, advocacy, communication, diagnoses, community services, coping skills, and so much more

For NYS and National advocacy information, visit:

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