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Mission: NAMI Vermont supports, educates and advocates so that all communities, families, and individuals affected by mental illness or mental health challenges can build better lives.

Vision: A world where Vermonters affected by mental illness or mental health challenges have the care, support and knowledge that they need.

Values:

  • Empathy: We share common experiences that develop understanding, empathy, and compassion for one another.
  • Acceptance: We practice non-judgmental, unbiased acceptance.
  • Hope: We maintain hope that through treatment and support people can and do recover.
  • Resilience: We believe in the resilience and capacity of individuals to recover and maintain wellness.
  • Honesty: We believe honesty builds self-awareness and open-mindedness.
  • Self-Care: We encourage self-care as a means to cope with challenges and maintain well-being.
  • Empowerment: We support individuals and families rebuilding their lives; we promote personal responsibility and self-advocacy; and we provide education and training that empowers individuals to develop their potential.
  • Inclusion: We value and respect the contributions of each person toward a better understanding of the diversity of needs and capacity among us, and we affirm the importance of those contributions toward empowerment, resiliency, and recovery.

Who We Are: NAMI Vermont is a statewide volunteer organization comprised of family members, friends, and individuals living with a mental illness. We have experienced the struggles and have joined together in membership to help ourselves and others by providing support, information, education and advocacy.

NAMI Vermont began as a spontaneous, grassroots family movement in 1983, just six years after NAMI National was founded. NAMI Vermont was incorporated as a state organization affiliated with NAMI in 1984, and today offers family and peer recovery support groups as well as Family-to-Family, Mental Illness and Recovery, and Provider Education classes. With a dedicated board, over one hundred volunteers, and four staff members, NAMI Vermont provides education, advocacy and support to those in need.

 

Related Files

Read Our FY2016 Annual Report

Read Our FY2015 Annual Report

NAMI Vermont Brochure (PDF File)

NAMI Vermont Bylaws (Nov. 2014)

NAMI Vermont Policies (June 2016)