April 30, 2018

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with mental health issues? Your lived experience can help families in crisis feel supported and give them the tools they need to maintain recovery.

Consider becoming a NAMI Basics teacher. We are hosting a free training June 2 and 3 led by Dr. Teri Brister, who developed the Basics education program for NAMI National. No previous teaching experience is necessary, and NAMI Oregon will cover the costs of all training and Read More

    Join us! The 16th annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, will be held on Sunday, May 20, at the Eastbank Esplanade (near SE Water and SE Main) in Portland. This is a free event to help us raise awareness, fight discrimination and raise funds to keep NAMI programs offered at no cost to those who need them. Click here for an event FAQ. Click here to see Read More

    Congratulations to all NAMI affiliate staff and volunteers on a job well done in 2017. NAMI affiliates in Oregon reported a 42 percent increase in NAMI signature program offerings last year as compared with 2016. In all, affiliates reported offering 951 signature programs events, such as support group meetings, education classes, and presentations such as In Our Own Voice and Ending the Silence.

    Affiliates provided more programs and did a more thorough job of reporting program data, accounting for the significant Read More

    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

    Encouraging Youth To Share Their Stories

    April 27, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Far too often, young people experience stigma that invalidates their struggles with mental health. Far too often, young people are treated as if they are incapable of experiencing mental illness. Far too often, young people don’t get the help they need.

    How can we expect our youth to reach out for help with challenging symptoms when they often only receive more pain than help? When they think they will be stigmatized or told they are “too Read More

    April 14, 2018 | By Traci Pedersen

    Heightened inflammation during pregnancy may increase the risk of mental illness or brain development problems in children, according to a new study led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland.

    The research team discovered a link between inflammation in pregnant women and the way the newborn brain is organized into networks. The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may offer promising avenues for treating such negative impacts on newborn brain Read More

    Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018

    Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

    Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned Read More

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