Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, especially those with serious mental illness. NAMI advocates for effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, support, research and recovery that improves the quality of life of persons of all ages who are affected by mental illness.

NAMI Topeka is the local affiliate in the Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas area.  NAMI Topeka offers peer support, advocacy and education programs for people with mental illnesses and those who love them.   

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes national and state public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 

We listen. Our toll-free national NAMI helpline allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.  Locally, you can reach NAMI Topeka at 785-580-3021.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.


Family to Family Education class


What is Family-to-Family?


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

For more information, please contact:

Marilyn Rowland at mrowland533110@yahoo.com  785-806-3049

Susan Wallace at 785-231-7253 

To enroll in an upcoming class


Support Groups

Take the next step toward wellness for yourself. You can meet people from your community who can relate to your experiences.  You may also learn valuable information about mental health professionals and services in our area, as well as tips and techniques others use to manage their condition.    






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