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 www.namior.org/smithaward or by calling 503-230-8009.
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August 1, 2018 | By Michael Haines
What does it mean to be a peer support specialist?
To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often means educating community members and outside providers about First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs like the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)—a program where I transformed from a Read More
July 17, 2018 | By Adrienne Kennedy
On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise this important movement.
When I found NAMI in 2005, our son and our family had logged 6 years coping with serious mental illness: five Read More
July 3, 2018 | By Nick Budnick
Thanks to the unfulfilled promise of state health reforms, the local mental health system is not much of a system, according to a new report. Rather, it is a confusing and fragmented labyrinth whose different parts don’t work well together, making it difficult to navigate for the people who need it most.
The $60,000 study, done for Multnomah County by Boston-based consultant Human Services Research Institute, concluded that the county needs a mental health leader 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
By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018
I’m a helper. Over the years, I’ve supported those living with serious and persistent mental illness, people with substance use disorders and survivors of rape and other traumas. Each day, people come to me with their biggest worries and their biggest wins. They look to me for insight, guidance and condolence.
My clients are not alone. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness. And ever since I can remember, I’ve displayed my Read More