Welcome to NAMI Alaska!

NAMI Alaska is the statewide umbrella organization for Alaska's four local and regional NAMI affiliates. We provide education, support, advocacy, and public awareness so that all individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives. You're not alone, and we're glad you're here.

An update for our community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

In these challenging times, people may be experiencing more mental health symptoms including, but not limited to, feelings of anxiety or depression. In response, we are partnering with NAMI Anchorage, NAMI Juneau, and NAMI Fairbanks to expand our online support group offerings. To learn more about our online support groups and view the current schedule, please go to our online support groups page.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please take one of the safety actions described below:

  • IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, dial 911, explain that the situation involves a mental health emergency, and request that a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) office be dispatched; OR go immediately to your local emergency room.

  • Call Careline Alaska at 1-877-266-4357 (HELP). Careline Alaska is available by phone statewide 24/7.

  • You can view more crisis resources on our Crisis Resources page.

NAMI offers these tips for people with mental health conditions:

  • For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.

  • For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.

  • Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.

  • Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.

  • Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.

  • You can view a COVID-19 Resource and Information guide here.


You can find current information and advice on COVID-19 at the Municipality's COVID-19 updates page, through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services email and text updates, and the CDC's COVID-19 page.

Thursday, July 30th 2020 - NAMI Alaska Seeking an Executive Director

NAMI Alaska, the Alaska state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is seeking a half-time, nonprofit professional to serve as its Executive Director (ED). The ED serves as the key management leader to further the NAMI Alaska (NAK) mission, manage fund development, community outreach, programs, and administration.


Work Environment and Schedule

This is a half-time, remote position, located in Alaska, preferably Anchorage or Juneau. The ED must be able to work from a home office and perform duties, including attending periodic meetings scheduled outside standard business hours (e.g., evenings and/or weekends.). The ED’s office must be equipped with reliable and high-speed internet connection, phone service, and office supplies and equipment necessary to conduct business. The ED must be comfortable with Microsoft Office, Zoom, Google Suite, and social media platforms.



  • Passion for the area of mental health and wellness, and deep commitment to supporting those who live with mental illnesses and their loved ones.

  • Working knowledge of fundraising strategies, grant writing and donor relations.

  • Bachelor’s degree required with preference given to a master’s degree in social work, public administration, nonprofit management, or related fields. 

  • 3-5 years management-level experience in non-profit organizations required. 

  • 2-3 years experience in the areas of education, public speaking, writing, management, and leadership. 

  • Clear sense of integrity, with a commitment to ethically and empathically serving individuals and families living with mental illness.

  • Strong critical thinking and interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships and advocacy across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.

  • Willingness to accept new challenges and assignments



Compensation, for the first year, is $42,000 - $50,000 DOE paid on a contract basis.

Paid travel for training opportunities, including NAMI National’s annual conference.


Questions and Application Process

Position open until filled. Submit resume and letter of interest to:

NAMI Alaska Board of Directors


For full job description, click this link: NAMI Alaska ED Job Description