What is NAMI?

NAMI of Hancock County offers support, education and advocacy to anyone with mental illness as well as their family, friends, caregivers, providers, and anyone else interested in learning more about the struggle and recovery of serious brain disorders.

History and Membership

The National Alliance on Mental Illness was established in 1979 for individuals with mental illness and their families as a self-help organization that provides support, education and advocacy to anyone affected by serious and persistent biologically-based brain disorders.


There are approximately 220,000 NAMI members nationwide with 1200 affiliates throughout the country. NAMI of Hancock County is a chapter of NAMI Ohio joining 60 county affiliates. Brain disorders are real diseases causing disturbances in feeling and thinking. These diseases affect people of all ages, races, cultures and socio-economic classes.


NAMI advocates at the local, state and national level for a system of adequate care and for increased support for research from both the federal government and private resources.

Faces of Mental Illness

One out of every four families in America has a member who suffers from a serious mental illness. Two out of every 100 young adults will be affected by serious brain disease between the ages of 18 and 30. Of the approximately 74,300 residents in our county, as many as 14,860 may be diagnosed with a serious brain disorder such as bipolar, major depression, schizophrenia or post traumatic stress disorder. Is it you, your neighbor, your loved one, your co-worker, or the next person that passes by?

Some Famous People with Mental Illness

Dick Cavett, Francis Ford Coppola, Winston Churchill, Princess Dianna, Carrie Fisher, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Pauley, Margaret Trudeau,  Robert Downey Jr., Patty Duke, Sally Field, Axl Rose, Ben Stiller, Sting, Darryl Strawberry, Michelangelo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Barbara Bush, Drew Carey, Jim Carey, Dick Clark, Sheryl Crow, Queen Elizabeth, Sarah Ferguson, Harrison Ford, James Garner, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, Ashley Judd, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Barbara Mandrell, Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Simon, Mike Wallace, Montel Williams, Maurice Bernard, Sir Isaac Newton, Shawn Colvin, William Styron, John Nash, Ludwig van Beethoven, Buzz Aldrin, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Irving Berlin, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Linda Hamilton, Jimmy Piersall, Vincent Van Gogh, Lionel Aldridge, Eugene O'Neill, Viven Leigh, Leo Tolstoy, John Keats, Tennessee Williams, Vaslov Nijinsky, Jack Kerouac, Graham Greene, Partick J. Kennedy, Florence Nightingale, Graeme Obree, Jackson Pollack, Sidney Sheldon, Terry Bradshaw, Soren Kierkegaard, Hugh Laurie, Calvin Coolidge