Welcome to NAMI Alaska!

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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NAMI Alaska is the statewide umbrella organization for Alaska's four regional NAMI affiliates in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and the North Slope. 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.

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.

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.

To learn more about our online support groups and view the current schedule, please go to our online support groups page.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that teaches participants about mental health conditions and how best to support loved ones undergoing a mental health challenge. The seminar provides current information about mental health conditions, introduces effective communication skills, and promotes self care and stress management. Taught by trained teachers who are family members of people with mental illness, the seminar covers the following topics: understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery; effective communication strategies; the importance of self-care; and crisis preparation strategies.

This seminar will take place online in real-time via Support Groups Central. Connect with seminar leaders and other participants all across Alaska. You can access the seminar from your computer, tablet, or smart phone, all from the comfort of your own home.

This seminar is open to the public, all may attend. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is necessary to access the seminar. Pre-register for the NAMI Family & Friends Seminar via this link: https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/NMAK