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
Join us Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Holiday Inn in Salem, for a day of informative workshops and a keynote speech from Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Director for the Oregon Health Authority. All presentations will be held in the hotel’s Conference Center. Presentation highlights include:Bringing a Clubhouse to your Community. Coleen Roberts, board member at NAMI Douglas County, shares how this all-volunteer NAMI affiliate opened Chadwick Clubhouse in Roseburg. Addressing Youth Mental Health: Engaging Youth on Their Own Terms. Attend a 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
Published Oct. 13, 2019 at 08:58PM By LJ Dawson The Bulletin https://www.bendbulletin.com/lifestyle/7494366-151/program-started-in-oregon-takes-cops-out-of
DENVER — Every day Janet van der Laak drives between car dealerships in her sales job, she keeps size 12 shoes, some clothes and a packed lunch — a PB&J sandwich, fruit and a granola bar — beside her in case she sees her 27-year-old son on the streets.
“‘Jito, come home,” she always tells him, using a Spanish endearment. There he can have a bed and Read More
Thursday, September 19th 2019 By Angelina Dixson and KVAL.com Staff https://kval.com/news/local/oregon-lawmakers-consider-mental-health-checkups-for-students
EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon ranks the highest in the country for the prevalence of mental illness according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Now, Oregon health officials are working to reduce that number.
Oregon lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require students in grades 6 through 12 to take a mental health wellness check once every school year.
But Roger Brubaker, a Suicide Prevention Coordinator, says it doesn’t just Read More
Arlington, VA– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Participants can sign up at basics.nami.org.Read More
NAMI is thrilled by the introduction of H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This would make it easier for Americans experiencing a crisis to receive immediate and appropriate mental health support and referral.
A strong crisis response system is an essential part of every community’s strategy for mental health Read More
PORTLAND, Ore. — A mental health care crisis is gripping our nation.
The stigma around mental health is slowly crumbling as people open up more and talk about it – which is a shift in the right direction. Combine that with expanded mental health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act and there’s increasing demand for access to quality care.Read More
In Oregon, academic pressures, existential fears help explain rising rates of suicide, mental health conditions
Updated Sep 10, 2019; Posted Sep 08, 2019 By Casey Chaffin The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/health/2019/09/in-oregon-academic-pressures-existential-fears-help-explain-rising-rates-of-suicide-mental-health-conditions.html
Portland teen Sheherazade Weyland, 18, answers young people’s crisis calls and texts at a crisis hotline for children and teens. Calls to the Oregon YouthLine range in severity from distress about a thwarted crush to a young person actively considering suicide. And Weyland and other volunteers at the YouthLine see a clear trend: Among young people, mental health issues are revealing themselves more often and Read More