PO Box 2180

Decatur, GA 30031


SUICIDE HOTLINE: 800-273-8255

Georgia Crisis and Access Line: 800-715-4225

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About Us

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

What does NAMI mean?

NAMI, which stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization. Our circle logo contains blades that represent grass. There were hundreds of local groups of people, banding together out of urgent need, which existed in the 1970s.  Atlanta Friends of the Mentally Ill was one of those groups.

In 1979 a few leaders decided to unify these groups into a national organization, governing through state affiliates. The Georgia Alliance for the Mentally Ill, formed in the mid 80s, was further unified nationally by using the acronym NAMI before the local area name.

NAMI National advocates on our behalf to promote favorable legislation before Congress. It provides training of state leaders who, in turn, train local teachers for the Family to Family courses, Visions for Tomorrow classes for parents of mentally ill children, and for new consumer led programs. Many free educational booklets are available at nami.org.



Angela Anderson

Finance Chair

Dianne Hiltman


Eric Roberts


Cynthia Moorer


Justina Edwards

Vice President

Renee Dryfoos


Dave Saunders

Board Member


Board Member


Board Member


Administrative Assistant

Denisia “Dee” Waltower,

Dee Waltower graduated from Chattahoochee Technical College in 2018 with an Associate’s in Business Management. She has volunteered in various ways for NAMI DeKalb in the past few years by helping out with events and sending out postcards. In her free time she likes to spend time outside with her dog. Dee can be reached at info@namidekalb.org or (762)-585-4734.