More about NAMI Orange County

NAMI Orange County publishes an electronic newsletter "E-News" called "The Bridge Builder" providing the latest local, state, and national news. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE

NAMI Orange County works tirelessly to educate the community in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.

NAMI Orange County, a volunteer based non-profit organization, is the leading self-help organization in the County for families and friends of those suffering from serious mental disorders. Founded in 1980, NAMI Orange County offers family support groups, advocates for legislation, supports research efforts and works to educate the public to reduce stigma. NAMI Orange County, affiliated with NAMI California and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), receives its funding from its membership and from the community and provides services free to the public.

At NAMI Orange County, we define ourselves by the value we can provide to those that need our services.  We believe that this website helps support our “value” goal.  It is easy to navigate. 

What is sometimes forgotten when dealing with people suffering from a mental illness is that they are people, sick and suffering from a disease of the brain.  It was not their choice.  Mental illness is a disease just like diabetes or cancer.  Mental illnesses are quite common.  At least 12% - 20% of the people living in Orange County will experience a diagnosable and disabling mental illness each year. Because of stigma and the fact that these diseases can affect cognitive abilities, fewer than one in four people will ever seek any medical or other help.   A great number of them commit suicide and those that do not have a life span 25 years shorter than the average American.  The impact on the families whose loved ones are affected by these diseases is equally as devastating. NAMI-OC is here to help.

Join us in our work to educate, support and advocate for all persons affected by mental illness, by becoming a member of NAMI Orange County. CLICK HERE TO JOIN



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