About Us
NAMI Alameda County/Family Alliance on Mental Illness

Thousands of people in Alameda County have a relative with a serious mental illness - a child, spouse, parent or sibling. Others have a close friend who is mentally ill.  Many of these families and friends have joined together as NAMI Alameda County/ Family Alliance on Mental Illness to provide mutual support and information, and to work together for changes in the mental health system.

THE FAMILY ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS was formed in June of 1977. It is a special program of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County, and is affiliated with NAMI California and NAMI National.

There are no fees for services or participation. Because the Family Alliance is a program of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County, families are encouraged to join the Association as Associate Members. You are invited to join us in working toward these goals


TO PROVIDE . . .group support for families and friends, sharing experience and knowledge, enabling families to maintain control of their lives and to assist their ill family members.

TO EDUCATE . . .families and others about the nature of mental illnesses, and to encourage research into their causes and treatment.

TO OFFER . . .information on community resources, mental health law, and the mental health service system.

TO ENCOURAGE . . .inclusion of family members in planning for the care and treatment of their relatives.

TO ADVOCATE . . .for improved services for persons with disabling mental illness, and to suggest and support legislative efforts that address their needs.

TO ERADICATE . . .stigma, remove prejudice, and attain community acceptance of mental disorders as serious illnesses-rather than failings of character.


MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Authoritative speakers provide information on such topics as: medications, research, schizophrenia, bipolar illness, housing options, family coping techniques, social security benefits.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS meet in different parts of Alameda County. These are generally small groups, which allow families to share experiences and provide mutual support.

THE FAMILIES ADVOCATE NEWSLETTER is sent to all members monthly, and includes the announcement of the general meeting speaker and topic.

A LIBRARY of books, pamphlets, articles, and tapes is available for loan, at the Mental Health Association office.

STATE AND NATIONAL NETWORK members of the Family Alliance are enrolled as members of NAMI California and NAMI National and receive their newsletters.

INFORMATION & REFERRALS are provided to anyone trying to help a mentally ill relative or friend through the Families Information & Referral Service Telephone (FIRST)

The Family Alliance on Mental Illness is affiliated with NAMI California and NAMI National.  NAMI California maintains an office in Sacramento, links together family support groups throughout the State, educates the public about mental illness, and monitors mental health legislation.

NAMI National, with offices in Virginia, coordinates the work of the family groups nationally. It monitors legislation, provides a national newsletter and educational materials, and engages in public education programs to improve services for mentally ill persons and to eradicate stigma.

For more information, write or call the Family Alliance on Mental Illness, Alameda County, 954-60th Street, Suite 10, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 835-5010.