Join us for NAMIWalks Northwest, presented by Providence Health & Services, on Sunday, May 17! Now the largest mental health event on the West Coast, we’re walking to raise funds and awareness and support NAMI’s mission of providing support, education and advocacy for everyone impacted by mental illness. All funds raised support NAMI’s education, support and advocacy programs, which are offered at no cost to participants. Sign up for free at Read More
Thanks so much to all of our friends who joined us for our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2! It was great to see NAMI members and allies from around the state. Missed the conference, or want to see another presentation again? We have slides from several of the presentations posted on our 2019 Annual Conference page.Read More
We were thrilled to induct 17 stellar volunteers into the NAMI Hall of Fame at our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2 including Aaron Moore and Kevin Kirby, pictured here, Connection Support Group facilitators for NAMI Washington County.
Each year, NAMI honors volunteer signature program leaders at two levels:
Silver – Taught 10 classes, made 30 presentations, facilitated a group for 2 years, or conducted 10 trainings;
Gold – Taught 20 classes, made 60 presentations, facilitated a group for 5 years, or Read More
Thanks to all who made our 11th annual Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award, presented by Providence Health & Services, a success! We were thrilled to honor Sen. Ron Wyden with the award, graciously presented by inaugural honorees former U.S. Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith. Special thanks to our gold sponsors: the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, PhRMA, and Trillium Community Health Plans. To see Read More
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
January 29, 2020 By Lizzy Acker The Oregonian https://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2020/01/oregon-has-highest-rate-of-mental-distress-for-millennials-new-study-says.html
Are you feeling sad Oregon Millennial? You aren’t alone, and it isn’t just the ceaseless rain.
The new study put together by “Direct CBD,” which might have a vested interest in telling people they are sad and need some CBD, says a higher percentage of Oregon’s Millennials reported “mental distress” in 2018 than Millennials from any other state.
The study uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to Read More
February 3, 2020 By Ben Botkin The Lund Report https://www.thelundreport.org/content/oregon-lawmakers-looking-answers-mental-health-crisis%C2%A0
Oregon lawmakers are eying a proposal that would cost the state $15 million for behavioral health clinics.
The goal is to get the federal government to pour millions more into Oregon’s mental health system as part of a state-federal matching program that’s now being tested in a pilot program.
If approved, Oregon would have a total of nearly $80 million of state and federal funds to operate certified behavioral health clinics. These Read More
Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis
After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?Read More
Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma
In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe room, where we bolted the door and sealed it for protection.
About three minutes later we felt and then heard huge blasts. Our house shook and Read More
Dec 16, 2019 By Christian Wihtol The Lund Report https://www.thelundreport.org/content/behavioral-health-director-workforce-one-my-key-priorities
Gov. Kate Brown has identified behavioral health as an area in which Oregon needs to improve, particularly in serving the 1 million people on Medicaid. She’s formed a task force to look at the issue, and the Oregon Health Authority hired a director of behavioral health services after a months-long search.
Steve Allen, 63, has been Oregon’s behavioral health director since April, overseeing a biennial budget of $36.5 million and a staff Read More
Dec 23, 2019 By Madeline Shannon News Times https://newportnewstimes.com/article/oregon-film-trail-sign-unveiled
DEPOE BAY — A forecast of rain and 60-mile-per-hour winds couldn’t stop the unveiling of the latest Oregon Film Trail sign in Depoe Bay.
City officials, members of the community and at least one state politician came out in the wind and the rain Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, to witness the unveiling the sign adjacent to Depoe Bay Harbor, which was erected to commemorate Depoe Bay as the site of at least one Read More