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The families and members of NAMI Wood River Valley (NAMI-WRV) are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental health challenges and the treatment of these challenges.

Mental health conditions are brain disorders that are biologically based on medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating. This results in a substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of the weakness of character.


Our mission is to support the mental health of our community members through education, support, and advocacy.


Our vision is to support mental health wellness in the Wood River Valley. We aim to link community members with local health resources to educate the community on mental health topics, cultivate the acceptance of mental health challenges, and foster inclusion for individuals, families, and friends.



  • Increase Community  Awareness & Education
  • Increase Attendance In Support Groups
  • Attract, Retain, Increase Productivity Of Board & Staff
  • Advocate at the local, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental health challenges.


Julie Carney, LCSW, Blaine County Schools

Amber Larna, Family & Peer Advocate

Jodie Fuller, Blaine County Probation Officer

Sally & Tom Hanson, President Emeritus

Mike Higgs, FaithNet Representative

Joyce Mills, Family Support

Roger Olson, Founding Member

Andrew Schiers, Deputy, Ketchum PD

Jan Sommer, Ph.D., Private Practice

Eric Thomas, Blaine County Probation

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