Welcome to NAMI Anchorage!
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.
Located in Anchorage, Alaska, NAMI Anchorage is a NAMI Affiliate. NAMI Anchorage and dedicated volunteer grassroots leaders work together to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people living with mental illness and their loved ones.
August 12th, 2021
Support Groups Starting
NAMI Connection support groups start on Saturday, Aug 21st at Central Lutheran Church.
What is the NAMI Connection Support Group?
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-led support group program for any adult (18+) with a mental health condition, regardless of diagnosis. This group offers participants the support of peers who understand their point of view and celebrate their successes. Meetings provide a sense of community for individuals experiencing similar challenges and a confidential place to be heard, offer insight and hope, and receive support. Please note: only individuals who are living with a mental health condition may attend.
What you’ll learn:
How others share your same challenges
What success can look like
How to develop better coping skills
Finding strength in shared experiences
Laugh – because humor is healthy
How to hold on to hope – because we never give up!
June 9th, 2021
Mysteries of Mental Illness: Exclusive Screening and Panel Discussion
Join NAMI Anchorage on Tuesday June 15th at 7pm as we exploring mental illness in historical, scientific, and social contexts, watch clips of "Mysteries of Mental Illness" before it premieres, and enjoy a live Q&A with a panel of local mental health experts.
The event is free, and virtual so you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
At a time when mental health has been thrust to the fore by COVID-19, "Mysteries of Mental Illness" provides an invaluable framework to create deeper national understanding and dialogue. This landmark series, places the stories of those living with mental health issues today in a broader historic, scientific, and social context.
The series traces how our understanding of mental illness has evolved from an ancient conception of spiritual affliction to the latest 21st century neurobiological breakthroughs.
Watch the premiere of the new PBS series, "Mysteries of Mental Illness", Tuesday, June 22,
Our event will be held on Zoom and streamed live on the NAMI Anchorage Facebook. Zoom link to the event here.
July 29th, 2020
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Sound Over Silence concert and who watched the live stream! Even with very windy conditions, we had a very full parking lot! It is so important to be connected to each other, especially now, and you showed us how strong our community truly is.
Together we raised OVER $1500 for mental health education in our community! We couldn't do this without you and your support. Thank you to all who donated their time, music, art, and funds to make this possible!
Remember to continue reaching out to the people you love, send them a song by a local artist, or by dropping some fresh veggies off at their house. If you'd like to stay connected with us and learn of upcoming opportunities and events, view this website, follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or join our mailing list.
March 18th, 2020 - UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
Dear NAMI Anchorage community,
We hope this communication finds you healthy and well. We have been monitoring the changing situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely and are taking the health and safety of our community seriously. As of today (Wednesday, March 18th), we are suspending and canceling all upcoming support groups, events, and classes. Our office will be closed to the public, but meetings by appointment may be requested by calling 907-272-0227. We will post any updates on our programs on our mailing list, website, and Facebook page.
In partnership with NAMI Alaska, NAMI Juneau, and NAMI Fairbanks, we will be expanding our online support group offerings. To learn more about our online support groups, please go to NAMI Alaska's online support groups page. You can view the most current schedule and register for meetings here.
In these challenging times, people may be experiencing more mental health symptoms including, but not limited to, feelings of anxiety or depression. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please take one of the safety actions described below:
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, dial 911, explain that the situation involves a mental health emergency, and request that a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) office be dispatched; OR go immediately to your local emergency room.
Call Careline Alaska at 1-877-266-4357 (HELP). Careline Alaska is available by phone statewide 24/7.
In Anchorage, call the local mental health line at 907-563-3200.
NAMI offers these tips for people with mental health conditions:
For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.
Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
You can find current information and advice on COVID-19 at the Municipality's COVID-19 updates page, through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services email and text updates, and the CDC's COVID-19 page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. We hope that the situation will improve soon. Until we next meet, we hope you live in health and peace.
February 14th, 2020