The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Block Island
NAMI Block Island is affiliated with NAMI Rhode Island and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. our vision has three strands: advocacy for services on-island; education; and support for friends and families.
We are a non-profit organization whose purposes are to bring mental health services to the island, to educate the public about mental illness in order to reduce stigma, and to provide support for families with mental illness. NAMI Block Island is now able to provide programs for islanders, and donations can be tax deductible.
We believe in Recovery as well as in support.
Recovery is a Journey
It may not mean returning to the same life as before the onset of a mental illness. However, with services tailored to their needs, many people can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and live satisfying lives. Recovery is a process. It needs patience.
One of the biggest impediments to recovery, wellness and return to a working world is social STIGMA, hence our programs to offer information and a forum for sharing experience.
We look forward to a day when openness replaces shame and secrecy, when the signs of illness are seen with sympathy. This is doubly important as with effective and timely care, relapses can often be prevented.