Children and Teens

American Mental Health Facts

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Getting the Right Start

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How to Help a Friend

Supporting a Loved One

Mental Health Parity

Is NAMI a provider for mental health care?

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is not a provider and does not have professionals. It is a group of individuals who live with mental illness and family members who have adult loved ones with mental illness. NAMI provides free education courses and free support groups for family members and individuals living with mental illness.

Click here for NAMI’s facts and figures on mental illness and its impact on America.

How can a loved one be motivated to seek help if they don’t think there is anything wrong with them?

Often, the individual does not want to go to a psychiatrist or psychologist, because there is nothing wrong with them. In those cases, the family member can try to get their loved one to go to a primary care doctor to get a physical. If the family member can get some information to the primary care doctor on symptoms they have observed, it would be helpful for the doctor. There is no stigma associated with going for a check-up, and other causes for a change in behavior should be ruled out.