Founded in 1984, NAMI Central Texas, formerly NAMI Austin, is a member of the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Through innovative education, support and advocacy programs, we are changing the way our community addresses mental health.
NAMI Central Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy programs.
NAMI Central Texas envisions a community that addresses mental illness as a health issue and provides the systems, resources and education for all people to achieve recovery.
What is NAMI?
Presentation for community groups
NAMI Central Texas provides a variety of programs to the community. Want to share what we do with your school, workplace, faith community or other group? Our 30-minute "What is NAMI?" presentation is great for any group to learn about how we are educating the community on important mental health topics and providing support to those who need it.
“Hearing personal stories, struggles, and lifestyle was most important to me. We had wonderful and amazing guest speakers and appreciate hearing their stories.”
In Our Own Voice
Presentation for all communities
This presentation is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental health conditions that are often invisible to others.
You'll hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to achieve recovery. You'll have a chance to ask questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
Cecilia Acuff, MSW
Central Texas Community Outreach Coordinator
512-420-9810 ext. 1008
Our Board of Directors
President: Lissa Adams, BS
J.L. Powers & Associates
Vice President: Leo J. Paterra, MBA, CPA
Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Texas Workforce Commission
Treasurer: Jennifer Perkins, MBA
Advocacy Communication Manager
Texas Medical Association
Secretary: Julie Almendral, MBA
Communications and Multimedia Manager
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Barbara Johnson, MBA
Austin Area Research Organization
Adrienne Kennedy, MA
NAMI National Board President
Courtney Bailey, BA
Director of Issues and Engagement
Steve Strakowski, MD
Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School
Paul Trylko, BBA
President and CEO
Amplify Credit Union
Brianna McKinney, BA