Tickets and tables are now available for the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award reception and dinner! Join, along with former Sen. Smith and Sharon Smith, as we honor Sen. Wyden for his advocacy on behalf of mental health.
Advocacy Update July 17, 2019
We’re a few weeks removed from the end of the 2019 legislative session and finally able to take stock of what happened. As the session progressed toward adjournment, the worry was that behavioral health would take a back seat to other issues.
And as predicted, the session ended without any major new reforms or investments in the behavioral health system, with the exception of Senate Bills 1/221 companion legislation that infused about $40 million into the children’s system Read More
Thanks to all who helped make the 17th annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, presented by Providence Health & Services, a huge success!
Approximately 5,000 participated to make a statement that mental health matters, and that no one should be ashamed to ask for help. Whether you volunteered, raised funds, led a team, or all of the above, your support helps us fight for mental health parity, housing, access to treatment, and dignity for all.
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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
Updated Jun 11, 2019Posted Jun 11, 2019 By Gordon R. Friedman The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/06/court-case-raises-fundamental-questions-about-power-in-oregons-mental-health-system.html
A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday over the rights of mentally ill people charged with crimes that went to the heart of Oregon’s plagued mental health care system: Who’s in charge and what should be done to make things better?
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman will rule later on the motion seeking to have Oregon held in contempt for violating a longstanding Read More
By Amy Willer | Jun. 24, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2019/Responding-to-Bipolar-Psychotic-Symptoms
A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though.
For example, during my first psychotic break, it felt as though my cognitive abilities had reduced to that of a toddler. I couldn’t understand what people said to me, and I Read More
NAMI, along with other prominent mental health and addiction organizations, launched Mental Health for US: a nonpartisan educational coalition aimed at elevating mental health issues on the 2020 campaign trail. The coalition is dedicated to uniting Americans to call for bipartisan support and systematic change through grassroots activation.Read More
Angela Kimball, NAMI’s Acting CEO, was on C-SPAN Washington Journal for a 30-minute segment about the state of mental health in America. Angela discussed mental health issues, the importance of parity for mental health care, NAMI’s WhyCare? campaign and the importance of reducing stigma and discrimination around mental illness. The segment also included call-in questions from the public where Angela talked personally with individuals who face the day-to-day reality of mental illness.
By Carrie Cantwell | May. 10, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/May-2019/Why-It-s-Important-to-Unplug-Sometimes
I love technology. I can keep in touch with friends all over the world through social media. With the click of a button, I can order groceries, shoes and furniture. I can even use apps on my phone to help manage my mental health and medications. Having easy access to so many things can be wonderful, but it can also be dangerous, especially for someone with bipolar disorder.
KTVZ.COM news sources Posted: Apr 11, 2019 04:11 PM PDT Updated: Apr 11, 2019 04:16 PM PDT KTVZ
PORTLAND, Ore. – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oregon announced Thursday that it has partnered with the Ford Family Foundation to expand two proven mental health education programs serving youth in rural communities in Oregon.
NAMI Oregon is actively seeking young adults in recovery and parents/caregivers of children with mental health symptoms to share their journeys to help others find and navigate help.Read More