NAMI South Dakotahttps://namisouthdakota.org
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a grassroots, self-help, support, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of all those affected by serious mental illness. This includes consumers diagnosed with mental illness; their family members, relatives and friends; mental health professionals; and all who share NAMI's vision and mission. NAMI welcomes as members all who share our mission to advocate on behalf of consumers and family members, to promote research into the causes of and treatments for mental illnesses, and to combat the stigma and discrimination faced by consumers and their families. Consumers are an essential and growing part of the NAMI membership and leadership. Millions of Americans, involving an estimated one in four families, are living with mental illness. Most NAMI members are either a consumer or family member whose life is personally touched by a severe brain disorder such as: *Schizophrenia and other schizophrenia spectrum disorders *Bipolar disorder *Major depressive disorder *Severe anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. NAMIWALKS for the Mind of America is a fundraising component started in 2003. All proceeds from the Walk will be used to fund NAMI's programs, which include support, education, advocacy and the encouragement of research involving mental illness.