June 15, 2018

A recent study revealed that suicides rose 28.2 percent in Oregon from 1999 to 2016. Many Oregon families are not getting the mental health and substance use treatment they desperately need, even though state and federal laws have been passed to improve access.


Wait times and claim denials are common for individuals and families needing to see mental health specialists to address issues such as eating disorders, substance use, depression, and autism.


To help Oregonians understand their rights and how to Read More

    Your feedback needed: Help shape the future of the  

    Oregon Health Plan!


    Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen will hold ten community meetings across the state this summer to gather public input about the future of the Oregon Health Plan:


    Monday, June 18

    Hood River, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Hood River Inn

    1108 E Marina Drive


    Tuesday, June 19

    Hermiston, noon to 2 p.m.

    Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center

    1750 E Airport Road


    Ontario, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Treasure Valley Community College, Weese Building, Room 110

    650 College Boulevard


    Wednesday, June 20

    Bend, noon to 2 p.m.

    Central Read More

    Thank you for our biggest walk yet!

    Thanks to all who made the 16th annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, our biggest walk to date! Approximately 7,500 people turned out to make a statement that mental health matters, and 5,000 walked – whether you volunteered, sponsored our event, walked, led a team, or donated, we are so grateful!

    We will be accepting donations online and via snail mail until 60 days after the walk. Please send check donations with a Read More

    Congratulations to all NAMI affiliate staff and volunteers on a job well done in 2017. NAMI affiliates in Oregon reported a 42 percent increase in NAMI signature program offerings last year as compared with 2016. In all, affiliates reported offering 951 signature programs events, such as support group meetings, education classes, and presentations such as In Our Own Voice and Ending the Silence.

    Affiliates provided more programs and did a more thorough job of reporting program data, accounting for the significant Read More

    Ensuring Your Child Is Supported At School

    May 14, 2018 | By Deborah Offner, Ph.D.

    At least 1 in 5 school-aged children is affected by a mental health condition. The two most common conditions among children and adolescents are anxiety followed by depression, but children can have other difficulties that affect their ability to fully take part in and benefit from their classroom experiences. These include attention deficit-hyperactivity, autism spectrum disorder and eating disorders.

    Many children can also suffer from emotional reactions to the strain Read More

    May 9, 2018 | By Lillian Schrock

    Corvallis police officer Josh Zessin on Friday sat next to a woman who was forlorn over a breakup. He asked her what happened.

    “I’d be upset, too,” Zessin told the woman.

    After talking more about the woman’s separation with her boyfriend, Zessin asked her if she had tried to harm herself. She told him “yes,” and revealed her wrists. He asked if he could take her to the hospital to see a doctor, and she consented.

    The 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

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