Support, Education, & Hope

For the 1 in 4 who are directly affected by mental illness and those who love them, we make the Thurston and Mason county area a better place to live.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Thurston/Mason provides free support groups and education programs. We fight for improvements to our mental health delivery systems – better access to care, standards of care, recovery, housing, jobs, and rehabilitation.

Getting Ready for NAMI Day Washington

We’ve made it easier for you to talk with your legislators about improving mental health care and access in Washington State.

Below are downloadable documents (in Word format and PDFs) that can help you educate legislators on doing the right thing. They are also available on this website (so you can read them off of your phone or mobile device) in the Advocacy News & Actions section

Find out more about NAMI Day.

Welcome to our new site!

Thanks for visiting our new site. It has been designed to make it easier for you to find good information on mental health, anti-stigma efforts, and NAMI Thurston-Mason’s work in our community.  We worked closely with Matt Kreiling of Tinynow Design to create an accessible and easy to manage website, allowing us to update and add fresh and timely content on a regular basis.

The web team brainstormed and mind-mapped content that we thought would be most useful, but we hope to keep improving and adding things – with your help!

If you have ideas, or if anything seems broken please tap the feedback button below or email

The NAMI Effect

The NAMI Effect

We like to call it the NAMI effect.

Every time you offer your hand to pick someone up.
Every time you share your strength and ability to persevere.
Every time you offer support and understanding to a family who is caring for a loved one.
You help change lives.

Mental illness affects everyone. With your help, we can reach more people in need of help and hope.

Hope starts with you.

Share the NAMI effect.

Share your story or experience to become a part of the NAMI effect and join the hundreds of individuals who have shared their stories about living with mental illness.

Share your hope or the challenges you’ve faced. Share your inspiration or frustration. 1 in 4 Americans experience mental illness. You Are Not Alone.