NAMI-DAC, Grassroots Advocacy and Education

Welcome to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Doña Ana County affiliate, NAMI-DAC.

We serve Doña Ana County and much of southern New Mexico. NAMI-DAC is a grassroots advocacy and education organization for persons who have mental health conditions and their families. We offer educational classes, inspiring speakers, and a wide range of information to people in the community who are interested in mental health issues.

New Family-to-Family Class Schedule

Two Family-to-Family classes will start in July, one in Las Cruces, the other in Alamogordo. Click here for more information and to register for the classes.

We Stand with Those Affected by the Orlando Tragedyhalf-mast-rainbow

My name is Micah Pearson, and I am the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Doña Ana County Affiliate (NAMI-DAC).

I just returned from the beautiful and powerful Candlelight Vigil honoring the lives of the Orlando LGBTQ victims put on by local organizations like PFLAG Las Cruces and Equality New Mexico. While I am not a member of the LGBTQIA community, many of our members are, and we stand with you.

In this time of grief and anger, we stand with you and mourn your loss. We stand with you and mourn our loss. We mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters and we mourn the hatred that fueled this terrorist action. However in this time, we also say to you:

Bipolar disorder is a Mental Health Condition.
Depression is a Mental Health Condition.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Schizophrenia are Mental Health Conditions.

But Hatred is NOT a Mental Health Condition.
Bigotry is NOT a Mental Health Condition.

And when we talk about these criminals who perpetrated this heinous act, don’t call them “crazy.” Because I’m “crazy,” and I stand with you.

NAMI-DAC has recently formed groups dedicated to working with the LGBTQIA and Faith Communities in Doña Ana County so that we can begin to break down the barriers of bigotry that lead to situations like these, and while choosing whom you love or how to worship is NOT a mental health condition…

We stand with you.