The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest mental health organization dedicated to making lives better for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. It started in 1979 with a small group of families around a kitchen table. Today it is the leading voice on mental illness and made up of hundreds of state chapters, local affiliates and volunteers who work to raise awareness and provide support and education.

Maine’s NAMI chapter is headquartered in Augusta. There are seven NAMI affiliates in Maine and many additional support groups, including groups in Rumford and Farmington.

NAMI Maine offers an expanding number of courses and programs. Some of them have earned national certification as an evidence-based practice.

The NAMI Family to Family education course for family, friends and caregivers of persons with mental illness was taught in Farmington last fall and will be offered again starting Thursday, April 16, at Mountain Valley High School.

It is free and will meet one night a week for 12 weeks.

Register by calling: Dottie at 364-2197, Louise at 592-9933, or NAMI Maine at 1-800-464-5767, ext. 305.

For information about any of NAMI Maine’s programs, call 1-800-464-5767 or visit

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