NAMI of Southwest Missouri
Springfield, Missouri | http://www.namiswmo.org
NAMI Southwest Missouri (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) strives to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy. It is a chapter of the state NAMI Missouri and NAMI National that has over 1,300 organizations nationwide with over 250,000 members. NAMI SWMO fills the gap of what typical healthcare does not provide by offering support groups, education classes, referrals, and the Warmline which is a peer support phone line that is available 365 days a year for those in need. Additional services such as a computer lab, resource area and lending library free of charge. NAMI SWMO is committed to improving the lives of people with mental illness and serves anyone affected by these illnesses. Our focus is in the Springfield, Branson and surrounding communities of Southwest Missouri. The ongoing support groups in these communities provide a valuable service to those with mental illness and to families whose lives are impacted as well. NAMI SWMO is affiliated with The United Way, which contributes substantially to help NAMI SWMO with various operations.
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 Education and Outreach programs to the community. The Hope Drop In Center and Peer Phone Support are services of NAMI and provides support programs and services that embrace recovery principles. The number of support groups and activities has grown significantly to meet the increased needs. The Resource Center is considered one of the best on mental illness resources available to the public in Southwest Missouri and is constantly being expanded.