NAMI SLO County 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.

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.