WHO WE ARE

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.

 

Since 1984, NAMI Anchorage has been working to fill the need in our community for support, education and advocacy for individuals who experience mental illness, their families, and friends. We provide classes and support groups at no charge, connecting people with shared experiences and providing information and guidance on navigating our complex mental health system.

OUR MISSION

OUR VISION

Provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals affected by mental illness, their families, friends, and community.

Resiliency, recovery, and wellness for all.​

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

NAMI Anchorage's Principles of Support represent goals that we are striving for. They are important universal truths that guide and strengthen us when we face the challenges of living with mental illness.

We will see the individual first, not the illness.

We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.

We understand that a person's belief, norms, values, and language affect how we perceive and experience mental illness.

We understand that mental illness is traumatic.

We aim for better coping skills.

​We find strength in sharing experiences.

We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.

We won't judge anyone's pain as less or more than our own.

We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.

We embrace humor as healthy.

We accept we cannot resolve all problems.

We expect a better future in a realistic way.

We will never give up hope!

OUR STAFF

Jason Lessard

Executive Director

Lily Frey

Office Manager

Avee Evans

Mini Grant Coordinator

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kate Yenik

President

Judy Moose

Vice President

Lisa Combs

At-Large

Ute Olsson

At-Large

Louanne Lum

Treasurer

Juli Vierthaler

At-Large

Jane Thomas

Secretary

Liz Hunt

At-Large

To contact a member of the board, send an email to info@namianchorage.org and your email will be routed accordingly.