NAMI Acadiana is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of family members, peers, behavioral health professionals, and friends. The mission and purpose of NAMI Acadiana is to build better lives for individuals and families affected by mental illness. We accomplish this by providing programs and services of education, support, and advocacy.
NAMI, founded in 1979, is the nation’s voice on mental illness. NAMI Acadiana, founded in 2008, is one of 800 affiliates across the Country and one of 8 across Louisiana. NAMI Acadiana services a 7 parish area called Acadiana. NAMI volunteers have the lived experience that can provide help and hope to others.
NAMI Acadiana is dedicated to eradicating the stigma, myths, and misconceptions of mental illnesses, to improving the quality of life for all who are affected by these illnesses, and to supporting recovery. We are dedicated to serving our community by empowering peers and families and promoting meaningful systems change. Our membership is open to anyone who may benefit from the mutual support we offer. A single NAMI membership provides membership at all levels of the organization, NAMI National, NAMI Louisiana, and NAMI Acadiana.
As mental illness strikes people regardless of age, race, creed, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or many other differences we may have on the surface, we are working to be inclusive of everyone. Financial support for NAMI Acadiana is obtained by donations to the affiliate through this website, mail, NAMIWalks Acadiana, South LA Giving Day and annual membership fees.
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