National Alliance on Mental Illness:
NAMI Dekalb, Inc.

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The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

About NAMI Dekalb, Inc.

Our Mission:

The mission of NAMI is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life for all who are afflicted by mental illness by providing support, education, and advocacy.

Who We Are

NAMI Dekalb is an affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI Georgia, providing mental health support, education, and resources and advocacu within the local community in Dekalb County. 

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization created in 1979 to unify   hundreds of local groups of people who had banded together locally across the nation in the 1970’s  out of an urgent concern to address the many needs of individuals, families and communities affected by mental illness. Atlanta Friends of the Mentally Ill was one of those original grassroots groups.


In 1979, several leaders of these groups decided to create a national organization, which would reach local communities through state and local affiliates.  Local affiliates in each state were to carry out the grassroots efforts to provide the support, education and advocacy that was the creators’ goal, backed up by state and national NAMI organizations.  The Georgia Alliance for the Mentally Ill, formed in the mid 1980’s, and Atlanta Friends of the Mentally Ill became a part of NAMI, and NAMI DeKalb was formed using the name NAMI followed by DeKalb as was the designation plan for all local affiliates.  The NAMI logo, which is a circle with blades of grass in it, represents this grassroots origin as well as the continuing vital role of local communities in NAMI’s work.


NAMI National advocates on our behalf to promote favorable legislation before Congress.  It also provides training of state leaders who, in turn, train local teachers and facilitators for our many classes and support groups.  NAMI National also provides training guidelines for our many other programs as well as offering a wealth on information on its website and many other programs in support of the NAMI mission.  See  The state organization, NAMI Georgia, advocates on our behalf before the state legislature as well as providing innumerable logistical and practical support for our local efforts. Classes, support groups and many other resources provided by NAMI are free and classes and support groups are, at the present time, mostly held virtually.

Support Group

Connections Support Group

Holding Hands

Family Support Group

Upcoming Events

  • NAMI Dekalb Educational Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Feb 08
    Feb 08, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    NAMI Dekalb will be hosting mental health educational meetings on the second Tuesday of the month six times per year. The meetings will feature speakers who are professionals in the mental health field or individuals with personal experience living with mental illness.
  • Multicultural Mental Health Fair 2022
    Jul 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Clarkston, 3867 Norman Rd, Clarkston, GA 30021, USA

We would love to hear from you!

Please email us with any questions, inquires, or collaboration ideas you may have.

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NAMI Dekalb operates largely on donations which allow us to support and fund other mental health organizations within the Dekalb community. To donate to NAMI Dekalb, click the button below.