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National Alliance on Mental Illness loses funding, seeks help from the community

Posted at 8:44 AM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 09:44:34-04

A local non-profit that provides statewide support to families and friends of individuals with mental illness may have to close its doors. 

NAMI Nebraska is the latest non-profit that will no longer receive state funding and they are asking the community for help. 

Tom Adams, the executive director of the program, says the non-profit receives about $35,000 a year frm the state, not including funding from other sources. 

"It's about people mostly needing a place to go in the community where people understand what they are going through," he said. 

The non-profit provides more than a dozen support groups statewide, something local woman Suzanne Noonan looks forward to. NAMI has given her hope. She has made new friends and learned how to connect with people.

"There's nothing more powerful than peer support," she said. "Talking with someone who truly understands."