The mission of NAMI Missouri is to improve the quality of life and recovery for children and adults with mental illness and their families. We accomplish this through support, education, and advocacy.
NAMI Missouri is committed to advocating at the local, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illness. We will work to:
- Eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
- Educate the public about mental illness.
- Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person’s fulfillment of his or her potential, with early diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and service.
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What is mental illness?
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.