NAMI DC is the local chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the District of Columbia, providing education, support, and advocacy for individuals and their families with mental illness.


Established in 1981, NAMI DC is dedicated to providing opportunities to participate in programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental health conditions.  NAMI Signature Programs and Classes are specifically designed to deliver psychosocial education to help facilitate better understanding, coping skills, and mutual support. 


Samantha Joy Fay, NAMI DC Member, Youth Ambassador to Compete for Miss District of Columbia USA

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the 2019 Miss District of Columbia USA & Miss District of Columbia Teen USA pageants will be held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Theatre of the Arts. Tickets for the preliminary and final shows can be purchased on Eventbrite. Samantha Joy Fay, a NAMI DC member and youth ambassador, will compete next month for the title of Miss District of Columbia USA. A native Washingtonian, she is a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and a volunteer crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line. Read more about Sam by clicking here.

From the moment I decided to compete for Miss District of Columbia USA, I knew I had to champion mental health and resilience. The fear of being stigmatized was there at first, but what kind of role model would I be if I didn’t share this defining part of my story or demonstrate the courage I try to inspire in others? As someone with lived experience, I want to say and do something that matters, and that starts with showing people in the District what recovery looks like. It means sharing those skills and practices that are the foundation for a healthy life, and have allowed me to keep moving in the direction of this dream.”
— Samantha Joy Fay, NAMI DC Member, Youth Ambassador


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Coming in 2019 (click here for flyer)

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

What:  Enrollment Now Open for 2019 Classes

Where: District of Columbia – registration is required to participate.

How:  For more information, updates, eligibility, and registration, call NAMI DC at 202-546-0646 or email