About NAMI Missouri
3405 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 102,
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone (573) 634-7727 | WARMline 1-800-374-2138
At the national level, NAMI got its start in 1978 thanks to two moms who both had sons with mental illness. They began meeting and soon realized how comforting this sharing and mutual support was for them. They knew there must be others who desperately needed this support. The first NAMI family support group was born! In 1979 people from grassroots family advocacy organizations gathered in Madison, Wisconsin for the first official meeting. NAMI now has a state organization in every state serving more than 1,100 local affiliates dedicated to improving the quality of lives and recovery for persons with mental illness and their families. NAMI Missouri started in St. Louis not long after the establishment of the national organization. The first president of NAMI, George Hecker, was an attorney from St. Louis whose daughter had schizophrenia.