Welcome to the website for the National Alliance on
Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts
Disability Law and Mental Illness:
What You Need to Know
We would like to thank the three attorneys who participated and donated their time and expertise in making this such a huge success:
James B. Winston, Elizabeth M. Dougal, and Seunghee Cha.
NAMI-WM 2nd Annual Art Show
We would like to thank the Western Mass artists living with mental illness
who contibuted all the great works of art!
Artwork is now available to be picked up at our office, Monday through Thursday 8AM to 3PM.
NAMI-WM Walkathon 2013: "A Journey of Hope & Recovery"
May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3 PM
King Philip's Stockade/Forest Park
Hot Dogs - Refreshments - Entertainment
Red Sox Ticket Raffle - Chinese Raffle
Guest Speakers - Wally the Green Monster
For more information or to register, please call (413) 786-9139 or email
Directions: Take Rt 5 South/Longmeadow exit off Rt 91 South. On right side, just off ramp across from Indian sculpture.
Family Support Group Facilitator
Training in Northampton
May 4th and 5th from 9 – 6:00 both days
Training and lunches are FREE
NAMI Mass. will be training family caregivers of persons living with serious mental illness to serve as volunteer facilitators of support groups throughout the state to other family members in your area.
Trained facilitators need to work as a team of two or more and hold their group once a month (at the very least). NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED!
People trained will to commit to facilitating a support group for a minimum of 24 times (two years if doing the group once a month) and must be a member of NAMI (the cost of membership is $35/yr. or $3/yr. for low income).
to register and for more information
Or call 781-938-4048 and ask for Karen Mac.
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Are you living with mental illness and looking for support from others who have lived experience with mental illness and recovery? NAMI-WM offers FREE Peer-to-Peer support groups in Agawam, Easthampton, and Westfield. Our groups are not therapy groups; they offer hope and support through sharing one's own experience in a recovery environment. Individuals with any mental illness are welcome. Our support groups are run by trained NAMI Connections facilitators who use the guidelines of our successful national program. For schedules and more information, please call our office at (413) 786-9139 or email us at
, or visit our support page for more information.
Are you a family member, partner or friend of someone living with mental illness? Would you like to learn more about treatment, get support from other family members, and learn about self-care? NAMI-WM can help! Contact us today to register for our next Family to Family program,
or (413) 786-9139 or toll-free at (800) 295-2121.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
- The course is taught by trained family members
- All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
- Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
Visit the NAMI National site to learn more here.
We are thrilled to announce that NAMI was included this year in a select list of charities that meet the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance” standards and was featured with other charities in a full-page ad in USA Today on November 29, 2011. Along with our recent upgrade to a four-star rating (the highest score) from Charity Navigator, this is a wonderful testament to our efforts to be good stewards of donors’ dollars.
Based in Agawam, Massachusetts our volunteers, board members, and staff, are dedicated to spreading mental health awareness and various support and educational programs across Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. Our office, located at 324A Springfield Street, serves as a resource center for those affected by mental illness and their family and friends. Please stop by and visit with our staff and volunteers to discuss how we can help you or those you love. As one of two (out of 22) NAMI affiliates in Massachusetts with a full-time staffed office, we maintain a resource library, literature on various mental illnesses, and treatment options.
We welcome you to browse our website for events in the area, up to date legislative and news information, area resources and more.
Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-WM