NAMI Chicago is the local Chicago affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are one of the largest, most active NAMI affiliates in the country, with full-time and part-time staff, graduate level interns, and dedicated weekly volunteers. We offer referrals, education, and support through our Helpline, which can be reached at 833-NAMI-CHI (833-626-4244) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. We also offer education courses, trainings and support groups for families and individuals.
Our organization was formed in February of 1979 and was originally known as the Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) of Chicago. In September of 1979, Chicago AMI members participated in the organizational meeting which chartered the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and we became an affiliate. Our services have changed with the needs of the community, and since 1995 NAMI Chicago has concentrated on providing information, referrals, support, education, advocacy, and hope. Learn more on our programs page.
The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness.
NAMI Chicago maintains many important partnerships in the community. Through our education and programming, we work with mental health providers, providers of support services, schools, community based organizations, faith based organizations, first responders, the criminal court system, and many others. With these partnerships as the cornerstone of our work, we maintain a robust and up-to-date referral database.
Our annual financial report is available in a PDF format to read, download, or print: