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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

In Crisis?

Call the Missouri Crisis Line
Available 24-hours/7-days

Call 1-877-535-4357

You can chat one-to-one online at:
www.Foundation2CrisisChat.org
Online & texting chats are available from 9am-3pm M-F. All contacts are confidential

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-273-8255

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

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Education is a key to helping eliminate and reduce stigma in our society. It also helps in enhancing a desire to seek treatment, therapy and support that inspires a focus on recovery. NAMI Southwest Missouri offers several education opportunities for the general public.

Mental Illnesses historically have been diseases that others dreaded and feared — often because they were uninformed.

When diagnosed with a mental illness:

  • Many people are confused and frightened, and they do not understand what has happened to them.
  • They may find it hard to believe they have a brain disorder.
  • They may wonder whether their lives will ever seem “normal” again.

Family Members have questions and concerns themselves for their loved one.

  • What do I do if there is a crisis?
  • How can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative?
  • What local services in my community am I missing out on?

NAMI SWMO and the HOPE Center offers various support groups and educational courses for individuals with mental illness and their family members/caregivers:

If you have questions about any programs or services call 417-864-7119.

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A free six-week group education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed.

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A free 12-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness.

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A free 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and help in their journey toward recovery.

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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.