We believe that’s worth fighting for.
When we bring the perspective of the family AND the person living with mental illness directly to policymakers, we educate elected officials to prioritize policy decisions that ensure quality services, and enhance recovery for the mental health community in New York.
On July 16, 2022, a new national three-digit crisis number goes live. With the launch of 988, the hope is that this will change how crisis response happens. Listen to a discussion with: Denise Balzer, Director of Crisis, Emergency and Stabilization Initiatives at the NYS Office of Mental Health; Kelly Clarke, Program Director of NYC Well with Vibrant Emotional Health; and Kimberly Blair, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at NAMI-NYC.
Watch our short video to learn more and then share with your family, friends, and elected officials to get the word out! In English with Spanish subtitles.
Join the fight for better mental health services in NYC and share your story with elected officials! The NAMI-NYC Advocacy Ambassador program provides families and individuals impacted by mental illness with the skills and training needed to meet with elected officials and create change in their communities.
We believe in a person-centered approach to healthcare to assist people living with mental illness. Integral to the goal of person-centered healthcare is the ability for people living with a mental illness to access the most appropriate treatments to advance their specific recovery. Healthcare projects NAMI-NYC supports include:
Education is a critical instrument in fighting mental health stigma and creating healthier communities. Education projects NAMI-NYC supports include:
Further, we support improving our criminal legal system and the movement towards decarceration, to help ensure the best outcomes for people living with a mental illness who enter or exit the system. Some ways NAMI-NYC supports decriminalizing mental illness include:
NAMI-NYC is dedicated to making sure elected officials and other decision makers hear directly from families and individuals impacted by mental illness.
We are collecting stories of people’s experiences visiting the psych ER or being admitted into psychiatric hospitals around NYC.