NAMI Michigan Records

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NAMI Michigan records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger NAMI Michigan record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

Researchers may also be interested in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Web Archives.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is a grassroots support and advocacy group for the mentally ill and their families. This record group focuses on the NAMI Michigan and NAMI Lansing chapters of the national organization. Records in this collection include annual reports, bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, event materials, educational and advocacy program materials, brochures, newspapers, newsletters, resource guides, and various other printed materials.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) was founded in April of 1979. It is comprised of various support groups for parents of adults with mental illness. NAMI soon establsihed many affiliated groups within communities around the United States. In 1999, those groups changed their names to NAMI in order to become a nationally recognized organization. NAMI is now the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization that exists, not only for parents of adults with mental illness, but also for families, friends, individuals, and business that have come together to provide support, education, and advocacy for all who have been affected by mental illness.

NAMI Michigan was formed in January 1986 when several smaller mental illness support and advocacy groups combined into one organization. Their mission is to work at the state level to "improve the quality of life for persons, families and others, who are affected by mental illness, including children with serious emotional disorders, through support, education, advocacy and research"(NAMI Michigan Mission Statement, 2012).

NAMI Lansing was orignally established in 1974 as the Oasis Fellowship, an organization that assisted with housing arrangements for the mentally ill leaving state hospitals. It was also one of the first groups for family members, not just parents, of individuals with mental illness. When the National Alliance for Mental Illness was established in 1979, the Oasis Fellowship changed it's named to the National Alliance for Mental Illness of Greater Lansing. The name was officially shortened to NAMI Lansing in 1999. The organization has evolved into the "Tri-county's Voice on Mental Illness," and has expanded their mission to "improve the lives of those who suffer from neurobiological brain disorders and their families through support, education, advocacy, and research" (NAMI Lansing Mission Statement, 2012).

Please note:

Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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