Who We Are


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NAMI Delaware was founded in 1983 by Simon and Jill Shute along with a group of families desperate for support for their loved ones. Over the years the organization has grown to provide a wide range of awareness, advocacy, support, education and housing to support those affected by mental illness in Delaware.

We educate.


Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

NAMI Delaware offers a variety of NAMI Signature Programs, an annual educational conference and many special events and presentations.

We advocate.


NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

NAMI Delaware advocates on behalf of individuals and families, provides legislative advocacy and advocates for systemic change.

We listen.


Our toll-free NAMI Delaware Helpline allows us to respond personally to thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead.


Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI Delaware works with the media, educators, healthcare professionals, elected and appointed officials and many more to raise awareness and shape policy.