The families and members of NAMI Newton Wellesley are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.
NAMI Newton Wellesley was organized in 1980 by parents whose children had mental illnesses. We are one of 21 local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI of Massachusetts. We provide services for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston.
The mission of NAMI Newton Wellesley is to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses and of their families.
- Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illness.
- Educate the public about mental illness.
- Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
- Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
We seek to extend the education, support and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we can reach out to all peers and their families in Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley. and Weston.
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.
Our message to people living with mental illness and their families is “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”. NAMI Newton Wellesley has three family caregiver support groups: Please see our calendar for details. These groups are facilitated by trained volunteer family members and are free of charge.