Alliance on Mental Illness
PO Box 23
Lawn, Illinois 600454-0023
Southwest is your local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance
for the Mentally Ill) and NAMI Illinois, our statewide organization.
We are here to serve the southwest side of Chicago and southwest suburbs.
Mission is to improve the lives of persons with severe mental
illnesses and their families.
History: In April 1979, six independent support groups
for parents of adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses from
around the country joined forces in Madison, Wisconsin, to hold the first
conference of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Attendance
for this historic meeting was 284.
NAMI has evolved, interest and membership has extended beyond parents to
include spouses, siblings, children and friends of people with mental
illness as well as a number of mental health care
professionals. Most recently, a growing number of mental health care
consumers have become active members of NAMI. NAMI currently has
more than 200,000 members in 1,200 affiliates across the country.