IN THE NEWS: NAMI Oregon

October 23, 2020

NAMI Oregon will be offering two 8-week Peer-to-Peer courses via Zoom starting in January targeted to residents who live outside of the state’s major urban areas–Portland, Eugene, & Salem. The intent is to bring this course to communities where it has generally not been available in recent years. Other Peer-to-Peer courses will be available to those who live in Oregon’s larger cities.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better Read More

    Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event Wednesday October 28, 4:30 – 7 pm, at the Polk County Fairgrounds (Building C, 520 S Pacific Hwy., Rickreall, OR 97371). Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, contact Enedina Lopez, Interface Network, at 503-910-4908 or elopezpaz@interfacenw.net or visit: alluv.org/events. For more information, see a flyer in English or Spanish.

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    Our communities are under a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Covid-19, economic uncertainty, wildfires, current events — it can seem like the world is spiraling. You, your child, or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or coping with emotional impacts that are causing some level of disruption to daily living.

    Sometimes we can cope on our own. But sometimes, we benefit from recognizing what’s happening to ourselves or our loved ones and reaching out for Read More

    Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by wildfires this year. A new website, https://wildfire.oregon.gov/, has many resources available, including:

    How to apply for federal disaster relief assistance, even if you sustained uninsured losses How to receive your ballot to vote if you have been displaced by wildfires If you need to replace prescriptions and medical equipment lost due to fire damage, and have the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you can contact your coordinated care organization at 800-273-0557 Read More
    Covid-19: Vigilance Is the Key

    We are six months into a pandemic that has no end in sight yet. Fatigue definitely has set in. As individuals and families living with mental health disorders, our plate is often full. And it’s hard to stay up to date.

    With cold weather months and flu season coming soon, NAMI Oregon is embarking on a short public education campaign about Covid-19. Continued vigilance is key to keeping ourselves and our communities safe. The simple things that we tend to overlook Read More

    NAMI Oregon is committed to providing support and resources during these unprecedented times. You need not be alone if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder. Here is a roundup of what is currently available:

    Helpline: Our Resource Helpline remains available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to help connect callers with needed mental health resources in their local communities across the state. Call us at 503-230-8009 or toll-free at 800-343-6264 for help finding Read More

    Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 30+ online 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.

    You can join our peer-led support groups using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, a laptop or desktop 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: namioregon@namior.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

    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

    NAMI Oregon announces that it endorses Measure 108, which would increases taxes on tobacco and introduce a tax on vape products. Proceeds will fund continued Medicaid expansion in Oregon, which is among NAMI’s top policy priorities. We urge members and allies to vote yes on Measure 108.

    We’ve been asked by a number of people and organizations where we stand on three ballot measures this election that impact our population. Because of this, we’re providing the following summary on all three Read More

    September 23, 2020 By Latisha Jensen Willamette Week https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/09/23/black-mental-health-care-providers-are-greatly-underrepresented-in-oregon/

    Oregonians have plenty of fuel for anxiety these days. The air outside can be too smoky to breathe, and the air indoors might contain droplets from coronavirus-carrying sneezes. For Black residents, the worry may be worse: Imagine the national conversation were focused on how to respond responsibly to police killing you.

    However, when Black Oregonians seek mental health care from a Black counselor to talk about these experiences, Read More

    Sept 9, 2020 By Lauren Dake OPB https://www.opb.org/article/2020/09/09/state-audit-oregon-failing-young-people-struggling-with-mental-health/

    The number of people ages 12 to 17 who have been diagnosed with a mental illness in Oregon outpaces the national average, yet Oregon ranks as one of the worst states in its ability to address mental health needs.

    Driving the poor outcomes is a dizzying array of problems: the lack of accurate and adequate data to monitor mental health plans and outcomes, chronic workforce Read More

    Oct 5, 2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/Join-NAMI-this-Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week-to-Raise-the-Voices-of-Lived-Experience

    Arlington, VA – This year we’ve seen the numbers of Americans impacted by mental health conditions on the rise as a result of the pandemic and more people than ever need help. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on Oct. 4-10, 2020, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country are raising awareness and educating about mental illness warning signs and symptoms.

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