August 24, 2018

We have a fantastic lineup of offerings at our annual conference, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Holiday Inn (formerly Red Lion Hotel) in Salem.

Among the highlights:

Andrew Grover, Executive Director, Youth Villages Oregon, will give the keynote speech, presenting how crisis support through an emergency room diversion program can help prevent minors from being hospitalized, and help families connect with effective services at home and in the community. Breakout workshops on Oregon ABLE savings accounts Read More
    Tenth Annual Smith Award Dinner Oct. 4

    Join us and Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith as we celebrate 10 years! We will honor Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and State Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, at our 10th Annual Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award Dinner on Oct. 4 in Portland at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

    The reception opens at 6:00 pm with dinner and program starting promptly at 7:00.  Sponsorships and individual tickets can be purchased at or by calling 503-230-8009.

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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

    Colleges increase focus on mental health

    Transition from home to adulthood is stressful


    With the start of college begins a period of transition. Students must learn how to prioritize their responsibilities, manage their time and care for themselves on their own. Such changes can be enormously stressful.

    “In terms of the college population in particular, we know that transition to adulthood is a vulnerable time for all of us,” said Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. Read More

    Unity Center confirms 2 deaths, wants to be free of investigation in September

    Unity Behavioral Health on Northeast 2nd Avenue in Portland.  (Beth Nakamura)

    The president of Unity Center for Behavioral Health said Wednesday he expects the metro area’s troubled mental health hospital to remain open and fix serious safety problems this month.

    “The Unity Center is critical to the community and I can assure you on behalf of our leadership team, our staff at the four organizations, we are 100 percent committed to its success,” Trent Green said in an interview Read More

    Addressing Male Suicide

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

    August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

    My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

    “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    August 10, 2018 | By Kristian Foden-Vencil

    The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the ribbon on a new behavioral health unit at the state penitentiary in Salem on Friday.

    A couple of years ago, an investigation by Disability Rights Oregon found that inmates with mental illness at the state penitentiary spent only about an hour a day outside their cells.

    Now, by lifting nine mobile buildings over the prison wall, the state has opened a new unit so those inmates can get more Read More

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