IN THE NEWS: NAMI Oregon

March 13, 2019

On Sunday, May 19, NAMI Oregon will host the 17th annual 5K NAMIWalks Northwest event in Portland at the Eastbank Esplanade (near SE Water and SE Main) in Portland. We’re excited to have you participate and make a statement that mental health matters, and that no one should be ashamed to ask for help. Whether you volunteer, raise funds, lead a team, or all of the above, your support helps us fight for mental health parity, housing, Read More

    NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff and other mental health advocates are interviewed in this story from The Oregonian about how a state program has been denying individuals with severe mental illness higher levels of care. An internal review from the state warned that many could become homeless, and at least three vulnerable patients have been injured after being discharged to lower levels of care.

     

    “People have been harmed, and needlessly so,” said Bouneff.

    Read more here and here.

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    NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

     

    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

    SALEM — Steve Allen is the new state behavioral health director at Oregon Health Authority, the agency announced Monday. He will begin work April 29.

    Steve Allen, a skilled clinician, national expert on behavioral health policy and state government reform and experienced behavioral health administrator, will fill the role created in July 2018, when OHA reorganized its behavioral health program, OHA said in a press release. Mike Morris had been serving in the role on an interim basis until he retired Read More

    SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s next State Health Improvement Plan will take on social factors that can affect people’s health, including exposure to racism, childhood trauma, living-wage jobs, food security and access to health care, the Oregon Health Authority said Friday.

    The PartnerSHIP, a steering committee responsible for developing the 2020-2024 SHIP, determined the priorities during a meeting on Feb. 12. They include:

    Institutional bias: This is defined as the systematic distribution of resources, power and opportunity in society to the benefit of people who are Read More
    Advancing Discovery For New, Better Treatments

    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness for Read More

    Maintaining Healthy Friendships With Mental Illness

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many reasons why friendships fade, Read More

    How The Digital Age Has Impacted Mental Health Care
    By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 04, 2019

    Almost the entirety of my experience in seeking mental health care (apart from the actual therapy) has been online.

    I looked for a therapist using different “find a therapist” search engines, clicking filters that would account for my insurance and location. I’ve read blogs and personal accounts of others’ experiences with therapy to determine if I found the right therapist. I’ve sought validation and support from friends and family by posting about my anxiety Read More

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