When NAMI San Francisco was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency in 1983 it was known as the San Francisco Alliance for Mental Illness. The monthly newsletter and Family Support Line were created in the 1980s and we also started holding monthly meeting at the Family Service Agency at that time.


In 1996, the first NAMI San Francisco members were trained and began providing Family-to-Family education classes. Two prior NAMI San Francisco Presidents went on to serve as President of NAMI California. The first San Francisco Bay Area NAMI Walk (benefiting the seven Bay Area affiliates) was held in 2005 and set a national record by raising more than $269,000.


Today, NAMI San Francisco depends on the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers to provide a telephone Help Line, education programs, support groups, as well as newsletters and community meetings.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness.

With organizations and affiliates in every state, NAMI effectively provides advocacy, research, support, and education about serious mental illness. Members of NAMI include consumers, families and friends of people living with mental illnesses, mental health providers, students, educators, law enforcement, public officials, politicians, members of faith communities, and concerned citizens.