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Member Spotlight: NAMI Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, August 26, 2019

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues in Palm Beach County.

Lots of nonprofits provide direct mental health services – but few agencies focus solely on education, support, and advocacy.

One of those is National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Palm Beach County, which is our August member spotlight.

We asked Katherine Murphy, the organization’s director of programs, to tell us what NAMI Palm Beach County does and how we can all support their important mission.


Why is NAMI Palm Beach County’s work so important right now? 

Katherine Murphy: Mental health conditions affect the lives of 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth in the United States. NAMI works to reduce stigma so people feel more comfortable to connect to care and allow them to build and maintain supportive relationships in their own community.

All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided free of cost, which is important since Florida ranks near the bottom in per-capita state mental health funding. All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided by individuals with “lived experience” who can relate and offer encouragement.


What does NAMI Palm Beach County do?   

Katherine Murphy: NAMI Palm Beach County is comprised of families, friends, and individuals living with mental health conditions who are helping others facing mental health challenges. Providing educational and support services to those living with mental illness and their families is the essential function of NAMI.

Support groups for individuals and family members are offered throughout the county. A full-time Family Support Specialist helps those in need to navigate the complex system of mental health care. Education programs are offered to middle and high school students, family members, the community, and those living with a mental health condition. NAMI Palm Beach County also provides peer mentoring to youth and adults.


How can people support NAMI Palm Beach County’s work?

Katherine Murphy: Please join us at the 2019 NAMIWalks on November 2, 2019: Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing our community and ensuring that resources are available for those in need.

Come out to our Annual Luncheon on December 12, 2019:

Pledge to be StigmaFree!

Talk about it!

Discuss mental health and wellness with your community.


Be supportive of colleagues, friends, and families who have mental illness or are caregivers.

Educate yourself!

Join us for our monthly General Meetings, or invite us to do a talk for your agency.



Why does NAMI support Nonprofits First, and how has your organization benefited from Nonprofits First’s services?                     

Katherine Murphy: Nonprofits First’s Accreditation sets a respected standard, accepted by local funders, which provides an easier and more streamlined approach to grant writing.

NAMI Palm Beach County staff benefit from the quality training, including computer classes, offed by Nonprofits First.

Learn more about NAMI Palm Beach County here.


If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is:

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