NAMI Oregon is committed to providing support and resources during these unprecedented times. You need not be alone if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder. Here is a roundup of what is currently available:Helpline: Our Resource Helpline remains available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to help connect callers with needed mental health resources in their local communities across the state. Call us at 503-230-8009 or toll-free at 800-343-6264 for help finding Read More
Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 35-plus online support groups for individuals and families living with mental illness.
We have groups for:Adults living with mental illness. Family members and friends with a loved one living with mental illness. Parents/caregivers raising children and teenagers with mental health or behavior issues.
Need help? NAMI Oregon’s Helpline continues to operate during the Covid-19 crisis and remains available from 9 am to 5 pm each weekday.
We also now have 20 weekly online support groups available for individuals and families living with mental illness. These are peer-led support groups for:Parents/caregivers raising school-age children with behavioral health concerns. Adults living with mental health disorders. Family members and friends with a loved one in their lives living with mental health disorders.
We will have a more complete list posted Read More
NAMI Oregon is committed to providing live responses to phone and email Helpline queries during our state’s crisis response to the coronavirus. We will be answering calls and emails on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.
Please feel free to call us at 503-230-8009, or toll free at 800-343-6264. You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to help callers navigate local resources given current circumstances.
(If you do not get through to a live person, please 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
Posted Jun 14, 2020/Updated Jun 15, 2020 By Suzanne Roig The Bulletin https://www.bendbulletin.com/business/covid-19-strikes-hard-for-those-experiencing-mental-health-issues/article_6e7a3004-aaab-11ea-9bc4-0b3c8588c4c6.html
Scuffling out from the scrub brush at Juniper Ridge in Bend, pushing a green-hand-me-down medical scooter on one foot with no toes, Todd Yoder heads to the Mosaic Medical mobile van.
His leg that rests on the scooter is bandaged. The homeless man isn’t healing from his latest amputation surgery, his third in the past year, because he keeps falling.
“I already have trouble getting to town,” Yoder said. Read More
July 6, 2020 By Scottie Andrew, CNN KOMU http://www1.komu.com/news/an-oregon-town-has-replaced-some-cops-with-medics-and-mental-health-workers-for-nearly-30-years
(CNN) — Around 30 years ago, a town in Oregon retrofitted an old van, staffed it with young medics and mental health counselors and sent them out to respond to the kinds of 911 calls that wouldn’t necessarily require police intervention.
In the town of 172,000, they were the first responders for mental health crises, homelessness, substance abuse, threats of suicide — the problems for which there are no easy fixes. The Read More
July 6, 2020 By Kylie M. Smith, Ph.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2020/Discrimination-and-Racism-in-the-History-of-Mental-Health-Care
People with mental illness have always been discriminated against. They have been denied full participation in society and labeled as dangerous and criminal. Many have been locked in institutions that acted more like prisons designed to punish than hospitals designed to treat.
In the 1960s, a series of federal legislation and court cases tried to end this discrimination. In the process, these cases revealed how deep the inequalities ran. And as Read More
This Minority Mental Health Month, NAMI is Raising Awareness About Mental Health in Underrepresented Communities
Arlington, VA — NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has the goal of raising awareness about mental health care in underrepresented communities. Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. It is essential for culture and identity to be a part of the conversation about mental health care.Read More
May 21, 2020 By Elizabeth Miller OPB https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-coronavirus-covid-19-students-mental-health/
Nadia Hasan has three children – two go to Barnes Elementary in Beaverton. She said her 8-year-old son used to love school, but now he gets overwhelmed with his online assignments.
“Instead of trying any of it, he just refuses to do any of it,” she said.
Hasan has watched him lash out and get angry. She hadn’t seen that before.
“He won’t communicate what he’s feeling,” Hasan said. “And what will happen is that he will throw Read More