August 24, 2018

We have a fantastic lineup of offerings at our annual conference, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Holiday Inn (formerly Red Lion Hotel) in Salem.

Among the highlights:

Andrew Grover, Executive Director, Youth Villages Oregon, will give the keynote speech, presenting how crisis support through an emergency room diversion program can help prevent minors from being hospitalized, and help families connect with effective services at home and in the community. Breakout workshops on Oregon ABLE savings accounts Read More
    Tenth Annual Smith Award Dinner Oct. 4

    Join us and Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith as we celebrate 10 years! We will honor Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and State Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, at our 10th Annual Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award Dinner on Oct. 4 in Portland at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

    The reception opens at 6:00 pm with dinner and program starting promptly at 7:00.  Sponsorships and individual tickets can be purchased at or by calling 503-230-8009.

    Created Read More

    NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide


    NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.

    This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample Read More

    Oregon Tries To Break Cycle Of Jailing People With Mental Health Issues

    A new initiative was created to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system in Oregon.

    There’s been more attention given to the fact that a significant percentage of incarcerated Americans suffer from mental illness.

    “The vast majority of the individuals are not violent criminals,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “Once in jail, many individuals don’t receive the treatment they need and end up getting worse, not better.”

    They also Read More

    Sara Scofield doesn’t remembering calling 911 to report her own suicide attempt nearly 20 years ago. All she recalls is the sense of despair and pain she was feeling that day, waiting until she was alone, swallowing a handful of pills — and then waking up in the hospital.

    A friend who was a paramedic told Scofield after she was released from the hospital that the 911 call that brought help came from her own phone. It was her voice on Read More

    The Top Five Things To Know About Buying Health Insurance

    Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it.

    Here are the top things you need to know:

    Comprehensive coverage is available. HealthCare.Gov plans cannot discriminate against you due to your mental health condition. Additionally, they must include key benefits like mental health care, prescription drug coverage Read More
    Facing Discrimination While Advocating

    I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks can have demoralizing effects lasting for months or more, not to mention the risk of damage to your reputation in the community.

    In July, a Read More

    Colleges increase focus on mental health

    Transition from home to adulthood is stressful


    With the start of college begins a period of transition. Students must learn how to prioritize their responsibilities, manage their time and care for themselves on their own. Such changes can be enormously stressful.

    “In terms of the college population in particular, we know that transition to adulthood is a vulnerable time for all of us,” said Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. Read More

    Unity Center confirms 2 deaths, wants to be free of investigation in September

    Unity Behavioral Health on Northeast 2nd Avenue in Portland.  (Beth Nakamura)

    The president of Unity Center for Behavioral Health said Wednesday he expects the metro area’s troubled mental health hospital to remain open and fix serious safety problems this month.

    “The Unity Center is critical to the community and I can assure you on behalf of our leadership team, our staff at the four organizations, we are 100 percent committed to its success,” Trent Green said in an interview Read More

See More News Stories