In 2007, NAMI Hernando became involved in a community discussion regarding the large number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons. These offenders find themselves involved in the criminal justice system for the non-violent crimes related to their mental illness. In May of 2008, the Mental Health Court was formed in an attempt to divert those offenders away from jail and into treatment. We look forward to a future where mental illness is talked about as openly as other illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
What is NAMI?
Improving Lives - NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nations' largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. The national and local organizations are made up of families, professionals in Mental Health and persons with a diagnosis. NAMI has national/state organizations and local affiliates in more than 1,100 communites across the country that focuses on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform and health; Support, education & advocacy.
Education: The Face and Voice of Mental Illness
Expericence the Revolution, Join NAMI today! Be a Voice for your friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers that suffer from one of the many brain dysfunctions of mental illness. Your financial support of NAMI will strengthen an organization that advocates for those that cannot speak for themselves. National awareness of mental health issues encourages parents, families and individuals to recognize signs of issues that benefit from early intervention, diagnonsis and management options. Your contribution to this organization has a wide reaching effect on the entire Hernando County community!