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History

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County (NAMI MC) was established in 1978 by five local families, seeking to support each other and to educate others about mental illness.  With little insight easily available, harsh existing approaches to treatment, and few current support services available, the movement of families and caregivers seeking to cope with the mental illness of their loved ones grew across the nation.

A true grassroots movement, this national effort grew and changed names several times over the years to today become the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. NAMI MC pre-dates the national organization (based in Arlington, VA) and provides a large array of different free classes and support group for individuals – and family members of those individuals – living with a mental illness. All classes and support groups are offered free of charge and multiple times a week at various locations within Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

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