According to a December 3 article in The Times of Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood, FEMA is still accepting applications for disaster assistance from those affected by the recent wildfires despite the November 30 application deadline having past. “No one eligible for assistance will be turned away,” a spokesperson for FEMA is quoted as saying. Recovery resources available include:Free Crisis Counseling — For help, call the Safe+Strong Helpline at 800-923- 4357 or visit online at safestrongoregon.org/mental-emotional-health Disaster Legal Assistance — Read More
From: Treatment Advocacy Center Research WeeklyRisk of severe illness from COVID-19 among people with serious mental illness As the Treatment Advocacy Center wrote in a blog in March when the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping across the United States, people with serious mental illness may be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to their high prevalence of comorbid chronic medical conditions. Eight months later and now that we know more about COVID-19 and its Read More
One more reason to stay vigilant about COVID-19 safety practices–a study conducted by researchers in the UK have found that people with pre-existing mental health conditions are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than the general population. Read about the study in Forbes: https://apple.news/ADU15TenIQr-pYrXZ7moqfw.Read More
NAMI Oregon will be offering two 8-week Peer-to-Peer courses via Zoom starting in January targeted to residents who live outside of the state’s major urban areas–Portland, Eugene, & Salem. The intent is to bring this course to communities where it has generally not been available in recent years. Other Peer-to-Peer courses will be available to those who live in Oregon’s larger cities.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better Read More
Our communities are under a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Covid-19, economic uncertainty, wildfires, current events — it can seem like the world is spiraling. You, your child, or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or coping with emotional impacts that are causing some level of disruption to daily living.
Sometimes we can cope on our own. But sometimes, we benefit from recognizing what’s happening to ourselves or our loved ones and reaching out for Read More
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by wildfires this year. A new website, https://wildfire.oregon.gov/, has many resources available, including:How to apply for federal disaster relief assistance, even if you sustained uninsured losses How to receive your ballot to vote if you have been displaced by wildfires If you need to replace prescriptions and medical equipment lost due to fire damage, and have the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you can contact your coordinated care organization at 800-273-0557 Read More
We are six months into a pandemic that has no end in sight yet. Fatigue definitely has set in. As individuals and families living with mental health disorders, our plate is often full. And it’s hard to stay up to date.
With cold weather months and flu season coming soon, NAMI Oregon is embarking on a short public education campaign about Covid-19. Continued vigilance is key to keeping ourselves and our communities safe. The simple things that we tend to overlook Read More
NAMI Oregon is committed to providing support and resources during these unprecedented times. You need not be alone if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder. Here is a roundup of what is currently available:Helpline: Our Resource Helpline remains available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to help connect callers with needed mental health resources in their local communities across the state. Call us at 503-230-8009 or toll-free at 800-343-6264 for help finding Read More
Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 30+ online support groups for individuals and families living with mental illness.
We have groups for:Adults living with mental illness. Family members and friends with a loved one living with mental illness. Parents/caregivers raising children and teenagers with mental health or behavior issues.
NAMI Oregon is committed to providing live responses to phone and email Helpline queries during our state’s crisis response to the coronavirus. We will be answering calls and emails on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.
Please feel free to call us at 503-230-8009, or toll free at 800-343-6264. You can email us at: email@example.com. We will do our best to help callers navigate local resources given current circumstances.
(If you do not get through to a live person, please Read More
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
Nov 4, 2020 By Donald Morrison The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/oregon-votes-to-decriminalize-all-drugs-allow-psilocybin-for-mental-health-treatment-11604477494
Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize the possession of all illegal drugs and also legalize the use of psilocybin—the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms—for mental-health treatment, after voters passed a pair of ballot measures this week.
Both are the first of their kind in any U.S. state and represent the next frontier in the relaxation of drug laws beyond marijuana.Read More
November 11, 2020 By Wesleigh Ogle KVAL https://kval.com/features/travel-oregon/you-start-feeling-kind-of-grimy-head-outdoors-to-help-your-mental-health
With another coronavirus surge during flu season and the days getting colder, wetter, and shorter, health experts say it’s even more important to get outside.
Barton Robison knows first-hand the negative side effects of too much time indoors. He says his mental health used to be really poor.
“If you’re stuck doomscrolling or maybe you’ve had one too many zoom [calls], you start not seeing as well; you start feeling kind of grimy,” Robison Read More
Nov 4, 3030 By Gina Perkins https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2020/When-You-Have-an-Anxiety-Disorder-Courage-Is-Subjective
“I’m dying. Right here on this sidewalk. Alone. I’m going to die.”
Nov. 1st began the annual enrollment period to get health insurance. If you don’t have health insurance, or you need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before open enrollment ends on Dec. 15th.
Some companies advertise health plans that don’t cover mental health or substance use care or may deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. One way to make sure you have mental health coverage in 2021 is to visit HealthCare.gov. All health Read More