About NAMI

“The Area’s Voice on Mental Illness”

What is NAMI Southwest Missouri?

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Southwest Missouri is the local affiliate for NAMI in the Springfield, Missouri area. NAMI SWMO is also a partner agency with United Way of the Ozarks. We are a grassroots, not for profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to individuals and family members impacted by mental illness. Our services include a Drop-In Center which includes support groups, and other activities for individuals with mental illness that help them to work toward recovery. Our services also include family education and support groups and community education programs that aide in breaking down stigma and discrimination. NAMI also contracts with the state to provide a Peer Support Warm Line that is available from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday and 4:00 pm – 10:00 on Sunday. You can reach the Warm Line at 417-864-3676 or toll free at 1-877-535-4357. For information about all NAMI services you may contact 864-7119. Collectively, we are the “Areas Voice on Mental Illness”.

History:

NAMI Southwest Missouri is in its 30th year of serving people with mental illness. NAMI is committed to improving the lives of people with mental illness and serves anyone affected by these illnesses.

Severe mental illnesses are catastrophic diseases with unknown causes and cures, but treatment can be effective. They often strike young people in their most productive years and can devastate families emotionally, physically, and financially. People with mental illness deserve appropriate care; but because of stigma and discrimination, many are not able to access needed treatment, services, education, housing, and employment opportunities.

NAMI Southwest Missouri offers a wide variety of services and support and has continued to increase programs and services to meet the expanding needs of this area. The number of support groups and activities has grown significantly to meet the increased needs.

NAMI Southwest Missouri is directed by an active Board of Directors and managed by a full time Executive Director.

Mission:

To improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy.

NAMI Southwest Missouri works to provide a total commitment to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness, both persons with these brain disorders and their families. This includes providing needed programs, information, services, support, and referrals. We also use education, community outreach, and advocacy to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of mental illness
  • Improve access to quality care, services, treatment, and opportunities; eradicate stigma and discrimination
  • Promote equal rights and greater research funding

Board of Directors

Officers

Neil Frost–  President
Kelly Hall – 1st Vice President
Lee Ann Walker, P.C.  2nd Vice President
Alan Chapman – Secretary
Doug Haning– Treasurer

Members

  • Shane Appleby
  • Gail Cyr
  • Liz Delany
  • Chuck Gilpin
  • Dayna Harbin
  • Mike Jones
  • Les Joslyn
  • Jana Letterman
  • Larry Madox
  • Michelle Mincks
  • Deborah Walker