April 17, 2018

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with mental health issues? Your lived experience can help families in crisis feel supported and give them the tools they need to maintain recovery.

Consider becoming a NAMI Basics teacher. We are hosting a free training June 2 and 3 led by Dr. Teri Brister, who developed the Basics education program for NAMI National. No previous teaching experience is necessary, and NAMI Oregon will cover the costs of all training and 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

    Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018

    Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

    Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned Read More

    FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & Families  Mar 22 2018

    Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a crucial step to support individuals with mental illness and their families.

    The bill substantially boosts several of NAMI’s key priorities. It includes significant investments in research at the Read More

    March 6, 2018 | By Rob Manning

    A “State Of Our Schools” report released Tuesday gives insight into Oregon high schools from the people who know them best: the students.

    More than a dozen high schoolers from a group called Oregon Student Voice worked with polling firm DHM Research and the nonprofit Chalkboard Project to survey more than 2,000 students at 42 Oregon high schools.

    Grant High School junior and Oregon Student Voice member Amelia Ernst helped author the 41-page report. She Read More

    March 2, 2018 | By Natalie Pate

    For Salem school psychologist Chris Moore, it isn’t uncommon to see a student come to school, settle into a routine and then, without warning, go into crisis.

    Maybe the student punches another kid in the face, flips over a desk and curses at the teacher, Moore said. Then they run out of the school. And the teacher has to chase after them.

    “In their mind, they are trying to survive,” he said.

    Severe depression Read More

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