About Us

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800-273-talk or text HOME to 741741

Who We Are

NAMI Syracuse, an affiliate of NAMI-NYS and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), is a non-profit, self-help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of all persons affected by mental illness through outreach, education, and community collaboration.

In May 1981, 12 people met to form PROMISE, an acronym for “Parents and Relatives Of the Mentally Ill Supporting Each other.” By 1984, PROMISE had grown to include a Board of Directors with by-laws, incorporation as a non-profit, and had become a member of NAMI-NYS and the national NAMI organization. Eventually the name was changed to NAMI-PROMISE and most recently to NAMI Syracuse.

Today, NAMI Syracuse is a vital and active non-profit advocacy organization with a membership of over 500 families. In 1998, PROMISE Residential Project, Inc. was established and manages two houses to serve persons with mental illness.

NAMI Syracuse provides:

Monthly Support Group Meetings.
Information and Resources through our NAMI Syracuse office.

Bimonthly NAMI Syracuse newsletter and website: namisyracuse.org.

Family-2-Family, a free 8 week family support and education program.

A free speakers bureau of family members, peers, and professionals who will do presentations about mental illness and the stigma associated with mental illness.

Events: educational conferences, speaking engagements at churches/schools/organizations, social engagements, and our main fundraising event “Hopela”.

Officers & Board of Directors

Officers

Marla Byrnes

Marla Byrnes

President

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden

Vice President

J. Thomas Bassett

J. Thomas Bassett

Treasurer

Patricia Moore

Patricia Moore

Rec. Secretary

Board of Directors

Margaret Bristol

Margaret Bristol

Beth Carmosino

Beth Carmosino

August Cornell

August Cornell

Laura Hand

Laura Hand

Jim Livi

Jim Livi

Susan Lyons

Susan Lyons

Joule Mtanos

Joule Mtanos

Carol Notar

Carol Notar

MaryBeth Oyer

MaryBeth Oyer

Spencer Plavacos

Spencer Plavacos

Joseph Ridgway

Joseph Ridgway

Joe Salzone

Joe Salzone

Tanisha Wiggins

Tanisha Wiggins

Hank Wilcox

Hank Wilcox

Consultants to Board

Dr. Sunny Aslam

Dr. Sunny Aslam

Dr. Mantosh Dewan

Dr. Mantosh Dewan

Stephen Glatt, PhD

Stephen Glatt, PhD

Sheila LeGacy

Sheila LeGacy

Dr. Raslaan Nizar

Dr. Raslaan Nizar

Ann Canastra

Ann Canastra

Steven Comer

Steven Comer

Office Manager

Mary Gandino

Mary Gandino

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NAMI Syracuse

We are here for you.

This is an awesome place! If you have a loved one or you yourself are struggling Nami is a great place to provide information, and support groups.”

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