NAMI-NYS is the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI-NYS provides support to family and friends of individuals with mental illness and persons living with mental illnesses through more than 50 affiliates statewide.


The purpose of the NAMI-New York State shall be to serve as an alliance of local mutual support, advocacy, self-help groups and individual members at-large dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with serious mental illness and to the eventual eradication of the severe effects of mental illnesses.


  • Public Education and Information Activities
  • Peer Education and Support
  • Raising Awareness and Fighting Stigma
  • State and Federal Advocacy

Public Education and Information Activities

NAMI-NYS' Web Site (www.naminys.org) provides information, referral, and education;

NAMI's Helpline 1-800-950-3228 is staffed by a dedicated team.

Peer Education and Support

NAMI-NYS' Educational Programs provide critical education to help individuals and family members gain knowledge and skills for living successfully with mental illness.

Support Groups are provided through many of NAMI-NYS’ affiliates and offer invaluable connections with peers who understand the challenges and joys of living with mental illness.

Raising Awareness and Fighting Stigma

NAMIWalks is a signature NAMI event that draws more than 100,000 participants every year who walk together in over 80 communities across the nation and raise money to fund local NAMI programs.

StigmaBusters responds to inaccurate and hurtful language and portrayals of mental illness in the media and promotes understanding and respect for those who live with mental illness.

In Our Own Voice presents deeply personal and moving journeys of recovery by individuals living with mental illness, reaching more than 30,000 audience participants each year.

State and Federal Advocacy

NAMI Advocacy provides a key voice for state and federal public and private-sector policies that facilitate research, end discrimination, reduce barriers to successful life in the community and promote timely, comprehensive and effective mental health services and supports.

NAMI Action Centers, include the Child & Adolescent Action Center, the Law and Criminal Justice Action Center, the Multicultural Action Center, and the STAR (Consumer Support and Technical Assistance Resource) Center. NAMI’s Action Centers advocate for unique populations and develop and disseminate information to meet specific needs.

NAMI-NYS Annual Report

Click here to view the 2012 NAMI-NYS Annual Report.

NAMI New York State Staff

Donald Capone - Executive Director
Sharon Clairmont - Finance & Business Office Manager
Matthew Shapiro - Development & Events Coordinator
Stephen Oby, Jr. - State Programs Coordinator
Andrew Chakmakas - Affiliate Development Coordinator
Tammie Paradis - Office Assistant

NAMI-NYS Helpline
(518) 462-2000
1-800-950-3228 - NY Only

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