Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has grown into the nation’s leading voice on mental health.

NAMI Boulder County evolved from an organization called Families and Friends of the Adult Mentally Ill (FFAMI), which was founded in Boulder in 1977 by Mary Jean Willis. FFAMI members attended the founding convention for NAMI National in 1979.

Today, NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NAMI Boulder County serves Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Our members are families, friends, and individuals coping with mental illness. NAMI Boulder County members are available when you most need a helping hand through the struggles and challenges of mental illness. NAMI is there with acceptance, understanding, information and emotional support.

View the latest NAMI Boulder County Newsletter.

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding.

Find Support

NAMI HelpLine:

  • 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org
  • The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET

In An Emergency:

If you or a loved one is in immediate danger calling 911 and talking with police may be necessary. It is important to notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

In A Crisis:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
    If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. Your call is confidential and free.
  • Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741
    Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

Upcoming Events

View NAMI educational classes and the community events that are offered below. Remember that you are not alone. It’s easier to get support from people who have a mental illness or from family and friends of someone who has a mental illness. They know exactly what you are going through. Register for a NAMI class or attend a community event today.

If you want to suggest an event to be added to this calendar please email admin@bouldercounty.org.

NAMI Education Classes

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

The course covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school, and juvenile justice system
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

  • Class started September 19, 2017 – November 24, 2017 in Broomfield
  • On Tuesday nights from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Next Basics class will start in January. Register TODAY.

Contact Helen for more information or to register:

htodd@namibouldercounty.org
303.601.4330


NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
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NAMI Family-to-Family Class

This is a free 12-session program for family members, friends or caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness.

The course covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

  • Class started September 10, 2017 – November 19, 2017 in Longmont and Louisville
  • On Sunday nights from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Next Family-to-Family class will start in January. Register TODAY.

Contact Helen for more information and to register:

htodd@namibouldercounty.org
303.601.4330

NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members.
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