National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (also known as NAMI) was founded in 1979 as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. NAMI is a nation-wide American advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental illness. NAMI claims to be a grass roots organization and has affiliates in every American state and in thousands of local communities in the country. NAMI's mission is to provide support, psychoeducation,  and research for people and their families living with mental illness through various public education and awareness activities.
The funding of NAMI by multiple pharmaceutical companies was exposed by the investigative magazine Mother Jones in 1999, including that an Eli Lilly & Company executive was then "on loan" to NAMI working out of NAMI headquarters.
NAMI receives considerably more than half its budget from pharmaceutical companies, and because of this was accused of a conflict of interest by a prominent NAMI member, E. Fuller Torrey (in 2008), and of failing to disclose that funding when promoting the medications sold by its funders.
NAMI came under scrutiny by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley in April 2009. Senator Grassley's investigation of NAMI confirmed that a majority of their funding was coming from the pharmaceutical companies.
In a story written by New York Times journalist Gardiner Harris in 2009, NAMI received over 66 percent of their funding from Pharma. Gardiner, reporting off the findings of a Senate Investigation conducted by Senator Grassley (R) of Iowa.
- Biological psychiatry
- Biopsychiatry controversy
- Cole Resource Center
- E. Fuller Torrey
- Involuntary treatment
- Laura's Law
- Outpatient commitment
- Psychiatric hospital
- Psychiatric survivors movement
- Self-help groups for mental health
- Treatment Advocacy Center
- NAMI About Us
- Richard Gosden and Sharon Beder Pharmaceutical Industry Agenda Setting in Mental Health Policies Ethical Human Sciences and Services 3(3) Fall/Winter 2001, pp. 147-159.
- Torrey, E.F. (2008) A Question of Disclosure Psychiatr Serv 59:935, August 2008 doi:10.1176/appi.ps.59.8.935
-  Harris, Gardinder. New York Times, October 21, 2009
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