NAMI - Wood River Valley
National Alliance on Mental Illness
PO Box 95,  Hailey, Idaho  83333
NAMI Helpline  208.309.1987       Email
 NAMI National has over
1,500 chapters throughout
the United States.
Wherever you are, you're never very far from a NAMI Chapter.
Visit NAMI's website at
Until mental illness can be cured, we'll be here.
 Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families.  Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment. 

NAMI's goal is to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery. 
The members of NAMI-WRV are ordinary people in the community who've been touched by mental illness.  "When my family started down this path in 1993, we hadn't a clue where to turn. There wasn't even a psychiatrist available. We had to educate ourselves about mental illness, find resources ourselves, and support our family member in every way we could," says a NAMI member. 
Due to the efforts of our members, NAMI-WRV was  officially organized in 2001 and became an affiliate of NAMI National. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness.  
NAMI's  efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.
"It's unbelievable how far we've come since 1993: dozens of good medications, much greater public awareness, more psychiatrists and pyschologists, movies and books, and internet resources." The NAMI member continued, "But we still don't have a cure and, until we do, we 'll be here to provide help to everyone who needs it."
  • Members of NAMI-WRV have personal experience with bi-polar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental illlnesses. We can relate to what you are experiencing. 
  • Often those with mental illness will "self medicate" with drugs or alcohol. 
  • Sometimes those with mental illness will stop taking medications, because they  think they're cured after their medications take effect and their lives improve.
  • Often families have difficulty convincing their family member to seek treatment.
  • Even children can have mental illness that affects their behavior and performance.
A free 10-week recovery-focused  education program for adults living with mental illness who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to their mental health challenges.
Each weekly 2-hour session is taught by a team of trained individuals living in recovery from their own mental illness. This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance, and our Core Philosophy includes: we have more in common than not, we are all experts on our own experience, we respect individual experiences and individual choices, we are free to choose our own path, and there is no one true way to do or be anything.
Classes are held weekly on Monday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning May 5th and
continuing through July 7th, on the
Lower Level of the offices of NAMI – Wood River Valley located at the southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets in Hailey.
To register or for more information,
please call Carla Young at (208) 309-1987,
or e-mail her at