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About NAMI Oklahoma

Who We Are

Our national office, NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health.

In 1985, NAMI Oklahoma was founded by family members of people with serious mental illness as a grassroots volunteer organization joined together to improve services for persons who are living with mental illness. Today we support education, research, advocacy and other efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with a mental illness and their families, which will finally lead to understanding and acceptance for this common health disorder. We are an association of local affiliates and hundreds of volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI Oklahoma relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.

What We Do

  1. We educate 
    • Offered in communities across Oklahoma through NAMI Oklahoma’s affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
  2. We advocate.
    • NAMI Oklahoma shapes the state’s public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in our state.
  3. We listen.
    • Our toll-free NAMI Oklahoma HelpLine allows us to respond personally to thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.
  4. We lead.
    • Public awareness events and activities, including NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI Oklahoma works with reporters each month to make sure our state understands how important mental health is.


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