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.

Core Competency: Lived experience is key in the success of our organization and our programs.  All of our board members, staff, and volunteers have lived experience with mental health issues, either personally or through a loved one.


  • 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 non-profit, grassroots volunteer organization comprised of people who live with a mental health condition, families, and advocates. We provide education, support, and advocacy on mental health issues.

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.

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Related Files

FY2019 Annual Report

FY2018 Annual Report

FY2017 Annual Report

FY2016 Annual Report

FY2015 Annual Report

2020-BROCHURE-NAMIVermont (PDF File)

NAMI Vermont Bylaws (Nov. 2020)

NAMI Vermont Policies (Sept. 2021)

NAMI Vermont Strategic Objectives FY2022


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