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. To date, two residences have been purchased and serve the housing needs of several clients.
NAMI Syracuse provides:
- Monthly Support Group Meetings.
- Information and Resources through our NAMI Syracuse office.
- Bimonthly NAMI Syracuse newsletter and website: namisyracuse.org.
- Referral to free 12 week family support and education classes.
- Information about NAMI and/or speakers to participate in local health fairs and other community events.
- Breaking the Silence lesson plans to upper elementary, middle, and high school students which teaches our students about mental illness and the stigma associated with mental illness.
- Events: yearly Children’s Conference, Fall Educational Conference, “SEE ME” art show, Touched with Fire Concert, Annual Picnic, and Holiday party.