May is normally our happiest month at NAMI. It marks Mental Health Awareness Month. And the third Sunday in May is when we hold our annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, the largest mental health awareness event on the West Coast with some 7,000 participants.
We aren’t able to gather in person this year, but we can and will gather in spirit. Despite our new challenges, we still need hope in our lives.
On May 30, NAMI Walk sites Read More
Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 20-plus online weekly 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
NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.
On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.
We call this 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
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.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
As Oregon State Hospital limits admissions during pandemic, mental health advocates press for a different solution
April 30, 2020 By Jayati Ramakrishnan The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/as-oregon-state-hospital-limits-admissions-during-pandemic-activists-press-for-a-different-solution.html
The Oregon State Hospital has reopened to patients waiting in county jails for mental health treatment, after temporarily halting those admissions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet the new, slower admissions process has left dozens of defendants sitting in jail days or weeks longer than allowed under a 2002 federal court order. The ruling requires the state hospital to admit defendants ordered to mental health treatment within seven days of a judge making that decision.Read More
April 14, 2020 By Molly Harbarger The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2020/04/oregon-officials-call-for-governor-to-use-coronavirus-related-powers-to-fast-track-mental-health-beds.html
A laundry list of powerful Oregon politicians asked Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday to use her coronavirus emergency powers to fast-track a privately operated 100-bed inpatient mental health facility in Wilsonville.
Universal Health Services, which already operates Cedar Hills in Southwest Portland, is several months into a second attempt to earn state approval to build an inpatient mental health hospital. The Oregon Health Authority usually must issue Read More
April 30, 2020 By Brad Bowins, M.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2020/What-Is-The-Role-Of-Activity-For-Mental-Health
Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option?
One possible answer is activity! As a psychiatrist treating a wide range of conditions, I have seen first-hand the benefit of activity and routinely apply it to clients, both in terms of Read More
Arlington, VA — This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.
This year, NAMI’s You Are Not Read More
NAMI Multnomah is offering FREE virtual presentations on youth mental health!
Sunday, May 17th Parents, Caregivers, and Families of Youth: 1-2 PM Staff Working with Youth: 2:30-3:30 PM
To register: email email@example.com or call 503-228-5692
We are excited to offer two options for upcoming Ending the Silence presentations: Ending the Silence for Families and Ending the Silence for Staff. These are presentations that include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult living Read More