Mission Statement

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is dedicated to providing support, advocacy, and educational resources for those with a mental illness and family, friends and loved ones of those with mental illness. The local affiliate, NAMI San Luis Obispo County (NAMI SLOCO), holds educational meetings at 6:45 on the fourth Tuesday of every month at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo. All are invited to attend.

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Dear NAMI SLOCO Members,

It is with great sadness that I share that our immediate Past President, Darryl Elliott, passed away last month at his home in San Luis Obispo.

Darryl served for two years as President of NAMI San Luis Obispo County after serving for 5 years as Vice President. He was a volunteer for T-MHA for many years on the phones at Hotline. He also served on their Board of Directors and was instrumental in the forzmation of the PAAT program. He was a member of the Mental Health Services Act Advisory Council and also served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Council. He helped conduct the Beautiful Minds Walks, which raised over $60,000 for NAMI San Luis Obispo County over the years.It is inspirational that he accomplished so much for those struggling with mental illness and their loved ones, while juggling a serious mental health condition of his own.

Before moving to San Luis Obispo County Darryl was a manager at Robinson’s and May Company Department Stores. His management skills were used to set up and open new stores.

Darryl is survived by his daughter, Sarah, who lives in Bloomington, Illinois, as well as his son, who lives in Arizona. He enjoyed spending many vacations and holidays with his brother and family in Utah. He was especially devoted to his little dog, Sheldon, who will be adopted by his brother. We mourn the passing of an ally and friend.

We will be holding a memorial celebration for Darryl on Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. After a time of sharing our memories of Darryl, we will have a reception with cake and pizza (Darryl’s favorite!). We hope you are able to join us. If you would like to share a story about Darryl at this memorial, please contact me at

Pam Zweifel
NAMI SLOCO President

What is NAMI? 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. 

Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 family members and consumers who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses. There are 1,200 state and local affiliates of NAMI. All of these groups work on the national, state, and local levels to educate about severe brain disorders, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses. 


Pam Zweifel, President
(805) 543-1825


P.O. Box 3158
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403





San Luis Obispo County Affiliate (NAMI SLOCO)

NAMI SLOCO is a 501 (c) (3) charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt organization of consumers as well as families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. Members provide educational and emotional support for each other and advocate for better understanding, treatment and care of people with mental illness. Extensive training is provided by NAMI for those members leading support groups and classes. NAMI SLOCO is affiliated with the NAMI California and NAMI National.


  • All who are trying to understand or live with the mental illness of a relative, a friend, or themselves.

  • All who wish to support better treatment and a better life for the mentally ill.

  • All who are ready to join our rapidly growing network of support and help us achieve these goals.