Tickets and tables are now available for the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award reception and dinner! Join us, along with former Sen. Smith and Sharon Smith, as we honor Sen. Ron Wyden for his advocacy on behalf of mental health.
The event will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner program begins at 7 p.m.
Advocacy Update July 17, 2019
We’re a few weeks removed from the end of the 2019 legislative session and finally able to take stock of what happened. As the session progressed toward adjournment, the worry was that behavioral health would take a back seat to other issues.
And as predicted, the session ended without any major new reforms or investments in the behavioral health system, with the exception of Senate Bills 1/221 companion legislation that infused about $40 million into the children’s system Read More
Thanks to all who helped make the 17th annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, presented by Providence Health & Services, a huge success!
Approximately 5,000 participated to make a statement that mental health matters, and that no one should be ashamed to ask for help. Whether you volunteered, raised funds, led a team, or all of the above, your support helps us fight for mental health parity, housing, access to treatment, and dignity for all.
You can still support this 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
Jul 22, 2019 By Dani Matias GPB News https://www.gpbnews.org/post/feeling-blue-oregon-students-allowed-take-mental-health-days
Oregon’s suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law.
Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked Read More
PORTLAND, Oregon — A mental health care crisis is gripping our nation.
There is still a deeply-rooted stigma around mental illness, but that stigma is slowly starting to crumble. Meanwhile, the demand for psychiatric services is increasing.
People can’t access the care they so desperately need, and the limited number of providers is spread unevenly across the country, mostly concentrated Read More
By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2019/How-to-Keep-People-Engaged-in-Mental-Health-Treatm
Mental illness affects every age group, gender, socio-economic status and culture, yet not all Americans have the same access to proper care. For example, only 20% of Asian Americans with mental illness receive treatment compared to 48% of white adults. And only 56% of African Americans and Latinx adults with serious mental illness receive treatment compared to 71% of white adults.
That’s why National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008: to help increase awareness Read More
By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/Study-Shows-NAMI-Homefront-Helps-Veteran-Family-Me
It’s no secret that the transition from war to civilian life is not easy for service members or their families. Add mental illness, and the already difficult experience can become a debilitating one. Unfortunately, this situation is very common.
A 2014 study showed that nearly one out of four active duty service members showed signs of a mental health condition. Another study in 2008 found that about 20% of returning service members from Iraq or Afghanistan report experiencing Read More
Updated Jun 11, 2019Posted Jun 11, 2019 By Gordon R. Friedman The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/06/court-case-raises-fundamental-questions-about-power-in-oregons-mental-health-system.html
A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday over the rights of mentally ill people charged with crimes that went to the heart of Oregon’s plagued mental health care system: Who’s in charge and what should be done to make things better?
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman will rule later on the motion seeking to have Oregon held in contempt for violating a longstanding Read More
By Amy Willer | Jun. 24, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2019/Responding-to-Bipolar-Psychotic-Symptoms
A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though.
For example, during my first psychotic break, it felt as though my cognitive abilities had reduced to that of a toddler. I couldn’t understand what people said to me, and I Read More