January 11, 2019

Share your experience and help impact healthcare at Providence Health & Services

Have you or a family member or loved one received mental health or substance use disorder treatment services at Providence Health & Services in the Portland metro area?

NAMI Oregon is recruiting members to form a new Patient and Family Advisory Council to help influence the evolution of Providence’s healthcare programs as they relate to these health conditions.

Who can apply?

Anyone who has used or currently uses Providence for mental health Read More

    Register now for Mental Health Lobby Day! 

    Join us for our  Mental Health Lobby Day in Salem on Feb. 25! The event will be held at the Willamette Heritage Center, Dye House, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem. Registration is free. Must be a current NAMI Oregon member to attend. Please visit to register.

    Please register by Feb. 8 if you wish to have an appointment with your legislator scheduled for you. (Registrations received after Feb. 8 cannot be guaranteed an 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

    Legislation Targets Gap In Mental Health Support
    By: Alex Visser

    Kevin Fitts suffered through a sleepless night, battling suicidal thoughts and delusions. By early morning, he was hysterical. He needed to escape his apartment and see someone.

    Feeling desperate, he sought help at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Northwest Portland where doctors put him in a room and interviewed him. After 12 hours, they determined that he wasn’t going to immediately harm himself or others, so they made him leave. He went home and went on a Read More

    The Safety Net Is Broken: How  Police Became Mental Health First Responders

    by Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Conrad Wilson

    Andre Gladen was shoeless and scared for his life when he knocked on a stranger’s door in Southeast Portland earlier this month.

    He had come from the emergency room at Adventist Medical Center, less than a mile away. He told the man who answered his knock that he feared someone was trying to kill him.

    Gladen was asked to leave. When he didn’t, the building landlord called 911, hoping police would come help Gladen.

    Instead, Gladen pushed his way into an Read More

    Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises
    By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018

    As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go through and the impact of losing a loved one to suicide.

    It’s what led me to my current role, working with organizations in Read More

    How To Be Supportive Of Your Partner With Mental Illness

    Being in a relationship with someone you love can be beautiful. It can also be difficult, as you face the hurdles of everyday life. But if your partner struggles with mental illness, those issues can become much more intense for both of you. Understanding the needs of someone with mental illness is challenging. And you may not know how to support your partner living with mental illness while caring for your own needs, too. Here are a few ways Read More

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