The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI started in 1979 as a small group of families gathered at a kitchen table and has blossomed to the voice about mental health.
NAMI Northeast Essex Affiliate, NNEA, operates as one of the18 affiliates of NAMI Massachusetts. We work collaboratively with our state and national affiliate to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health care system. Our volunteers are facilitators and teachers who have learned coping skills from personal experiences with mental health challenges, and the friends and families who support them. As a community, we strive to promote empathy, conversation, and engagement.