About NAMI Southwest Missouri
About Mental Illness
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
What is Recovery?
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.
We're Here to Listen
The families and members of NAMI Southwest Missouri are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.
Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illness.
- Educate the public about mental illness.
- Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
- Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person’s fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.
NAMI Southwest Missouri, which began in 1982, serves people with mental illness and their families. NAMI SWMO is committed to improving the lives of people with mental illness and serves anyone affected by these illnesses.
Severe mental illnesses are catastrophic diseases with unknown causes and cures, but treatment can be effective. They often strike young people in their most productive years and can devastate families emotionally, physically, and financially. People with mental illness deserve appropriate care; but because of stigma and discrimination, many are not able to access needed treatment, services, education, housing, and employment opportunities.
NAMI Southwest Missouri offers a wide variety of services and support and has continued to increase programs and services to meet the expanding needs of this area. The number of support groups and activities has grown significantly to meet the increased needs.
NAMI Southwest Missouri is directed by an active Board of Directors and managed by a full time Executive Director.
From Next Door To Across NAMI Southwest Missouri
Become a Member
Join NAMI Southwest Missouri and join a movement to inspire better lives for NAMI Southwest Missourins who are affected by mental illness. With membership, you’ll receive newsletters and updates on mental health news, you’ll be able to engage in discussion groups, and you’ll have the opportunity to support others who are affected by mental illness financially and emotionally.
If you’re not ready to become a member but still would like to support NAMI Southwest Missouri, we welcome and appreciate donations of any value. You'll be supporting others who are affected by mental illness financially and emotionally.
Get In Touch
The families and members of NAMI Southwest Missouri are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness. There’s a community here for you, and we’re here to help you however you need it. You will be so very glad that you did!