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Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Raising awareness on your own, as part of a small group or part of your community can make a difference.

Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery. Learn how you can make a difference in your Orange County fr your community.

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NAMI-OC has been dedicated to continually building our programs, outreach and advocacy efforts and working to discover innovative new ways to serve all persons affected by mental illness.

NAMI-OC is YOU...our members, who are truly responsible for making our growth possible.

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Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI advocates for an array of issues including:

Protecting people’s access to treatment and services

Attaining mental health parity

Securing better funding for research

We maintain an active presence in the U.S. Capitol on priority issues with relationships on both sides of the aisle. NAMI also has a strong presence in all 50 states, advocating for state laws, as well as county and local policies that will ensure that people get the help they need.

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Kindness, empathy, and understanding must replace stigma in our hearts and minds … It means teaching our children, so that if they are confronted with a mental illness in themselves, their families, or friends and neighbors, they aren’t afraid or ashamed to seek help.

"Helping Someone with Mental Illness:
A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers"
-Rosalyn Carter, Published by Random House.