November 10, 2019

Thanks so much to all of our friends who joined us for our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2! It was great to see NAMI members and allies from around the state. Missed the conference, or want to see another presentation again? We have slides from several of the presentations posted on our 2019 Annual Conference page.

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    NAMI Oregon honors NAMI Hall of Fame inductees

    We were thrilled to induct 17 stellar volunteers into the NAMI Hall of Fame at our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2 including Aaron Moore and Kevin Kirby, pictured here, Connection Support Group facilitators for NAMI Washington County.

    Each year, NAMI honors volunteer signature program leaders at two levels:

    Silver – Taught 10 classes, made 30 presentations, facilitated a group for 2 years, or conducted 10 trainings;

    Gold  – Taught 20 classes, made 60 presentations, facilitated a group for 5 years, or Read More

    Smith Award Dinner a Success

    Thanks to all who made our 11th annual Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award, presented by Providence Health & Services, a success! We were thrilled to honor Sen. Ron Wyden with the award, graciously presented by inaugural honorees former U.S. Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith. Special thanks to our gold sponsors: the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, PhRMA, and Trillium Community Health Plans. To see 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

    Clubhouse Program Director Exempt Position 40 hours per week Location: Astoria, OR Weekend and evening hours occasionally required; occasional travel required.

    NAMI Oregon is seeking a leader to become Program Director for the newly forming Beacon Clubhouse in the beautiful coastal community of Astoria, Oregon. The Program Director will work closely with the NAMI Clatsop County Affiliate Steering Committee to get the Clubhouse off the ground following the Clubhouse International model. This is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial candidate Read More

    NAMI Oregon seeks a Program Director to help oversee the launch of the newly forming Beacon Clubhouse in Astoria, Oregon, following the Clubhouse International model. This is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial candidate who enjoys the rewards and challenges of launching a new venture in a collaborative environment. (Please note that this position is in Astoria.) Read the full announcement and job description.




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    October 23, 2019, 6:48 PM By Omar Villafranca CBS News

    Eugene, Oregon — When a mental health-related 911 call comes in, a specialized team in Eugene, Oregon, rolls out.

    “Pretty much everybody we see is for one reason or another is in a state of crisis,” said Manning Walker.

    Walker is a medic and Laurel Lisovskis is a mental health crisis manager. The pair are members of a mobile mental health crisis intervention team called CAHOOTS, which stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out Read More

    November 6, 2019 1:o3pm By Sam Sites, Oregon Capital Bureau Malheur Enterprise

    Finding a director to run a key new division of the Oregon Health Authority vexed Pat Allen for months.

    The agency director worked with hundreds of internal and external stakeholders to search for someone who would bring experience and familiarity with Oregon’s forlorn behavioral health system. Allen needed someone to overhaul critical state services provided to the one in six Oregonians dealing with mental illness or substance abuse.

    “Over Read More

    Nov. 04, 2019 By Izzy Gonçalves NAMI

    Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together.

    I now know that the most effective treatment requires the person with the mental illness, their doctors and their supporters to work together. Frankly, through much of my spouse’s Read More

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