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NAMI Statement on Seperating Families on the Boarder


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was created based on the foundation of family involvement and through our years of experience, we believe that strong family support is vital to a child’s long-term mental health.

The forced separation of families is highly stressful and can result in trauma – and these separations can profoundly impact children who do not yet have a mental health condition, as well as those who are experiencing sypmtoms, by ripping away vital family support. There is growing evidence that exposing you children to trauma is toxic to the development of their brains. Traumatic experiences can negatively impact development and mental health as children grow.

NAMI joins the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and others in urging an immediate end to the practice of separating families. The future well-being of vulnerable children is at stake. We believe it’s critical to children’s mental health to be with their families and caregivers.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Washington State provides governance, advocacy and fundraising support for the 20 NAMI affiliate offices, large and small, throughout the state. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. We do this by providing a statewide, unifying voice of advocacy and coordinating the delivery of education, support and recovery. NAMI Washington trains affiliate volunteers to teach and lead NAMI’s programs in their communities.

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