NAMI Lansing, the Tri-county’s Voice on Mental Illness, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families who are affected by neurobiological brain disorders through support, education, advocacy, and research.
NAMI Lansing exists to build a community of support. NAMI Lansing reaches out with compassion to persons with mental illness and their families who may at times feel alone, overwhelmed, or hopeless, to connect them to resources, support, and hope. NAMI Lansing recognizes the depth of love required when dealing with mental illness. NAMI Lansing exists to educate people of the need for research, system reform, and improved supports for those with mental illness and their families. Education promotes acceptance and hope for recovery. NAMI Lansing exists to advocate for legal and policy changes that would improve the lives of those with mental illness and their families. NAMI Lansing promotes research about mental illness and the application of research to improve the lives of families and individuals.
NAMI Lansing is affiliated with NAMI and NAMI Michigan.
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
NAMI Michigan’s purpose is to assist affiliates, provide support, promote education, pursue advocacy and encourage research on mental illness.
NAMI Lansing began in 1974 as the Oasis Fellowship — one of the first groups for family members of persons with mental illnesses. The main impetus was to arrange housing in the Lansing area for patients exiting state hospitals. Although met with objections by residents living in selected areas, the Oasis Fellowship forged on to continue to support and advocate for persons with mental illness. When the National Alliance for Mental Illness was formed, the Oasis Fellowship became the Alliance for Mental Illness of Greater Lansing. In 1999, groups from across the country changed their names to NAMI in an effort to become a nationally recognized organization.