January 11, 2019

Share your experience and help impact healthcare at Providence Health & Services

Have you or a family member or loved one received mental health or substance use disorder treatment services at Providence Health & Services?

NAMI Oregon is recruiting members to form a new Patient and Family Advisory Council to help influence the evolution of Providence’s healthcare programs as they relate to these health conditions.

Who can apply?

Anyone who has used or currently uses Providence for mental health or substance use disorder services Read More

    Register now for Mental Health Lobby Day! 

    Join us for our  Mental Health Lobby Day in Salem on Feb. 25! The event will be held at the Willamette Heritage Center, Dye House, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem. Registration is free. Must be a current NAMI Oregon member to attend. Please visit to register.

    Please register by Feb. 8 if you wish to have an appointment with your legislator scheduled for you. (Registrations received after Feb. 8 cannot be guaranteed an Read More

    NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff and other mental health advocates are interviewed in this story from The Oregonian about how a state program has been denying individuals with severe mental illness higher levels of care. An internal review from the state warned that many could become homeless, and at least three vulnerable patients have been injured after being discharged to lower levels of care.


    “People have been harmed, and needlessly so,” said Bouneff.

    Read more here and here.

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    Thanks to all who made our annual conference a success! We were thrilled to have about 120 participants from NAMI affiliates all over the state. Couldn’t join us? Click here to see slides from many of the presentations.

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    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

    MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon ranks as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness.

    It’s why Oregon lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require students in grades 6 to 12 to take a mental health wellness check once every school year.

    “We have seen in increase over the past 2 to 3 years of younger and younger students wanting to die…,” said Principal Sallie Johnson, Washington Elementary.

    Depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder are some Read More

    Oregon students will advocate for 2 mental health bills in Salem

    Derek Evans, second from the right, is helping to lead an effort to pass mental health legislation during the upcoming legislative session.

    By Elizabeth Hayes  – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal

    Derek Evans, a senior at Sandy High School, stayed home the other day, purportedly with a cold. In reality, he was feeling anxiety stemming from a school shooting scare, the second in two weeks.

    But depression and anxiety aren’t considered legitimate excuses for an absence — and that’s Read More

    How To Create A Workplace That Supports Mental Health

    Mental health can have a serious impact on a business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of adults with depression reported at least some difficulty with work, home, or social activities because of their depression symptoms.

    Unfortunately, disorders like anxiety and depression often go undetected for months or years. Unlike physical illnesses, mental health issues are more challenging to pinpoint.

    Even though mental health can often be a taboo topic, Read More

    The state’s attorney general said the rate of recidivism among defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity is “too high,” and key lawmakers said they plan to rewrite the state’s laws after an analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica.

    This article was produced in partnership with the Malheur Enterprise, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

    Oregon’s attorney general said the number of people deemed criminally insane who commit new crimes after Read More

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