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 12 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”.