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Smith Award Dinner Will Honor Sen. Ron Wyden

July 19, 2019

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, more »

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Advocacy Update 07/17/2019

July 18, 2019

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 more »

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Thanks for a Wonderful 17th Annual NAMIWalks Northwest

March 13, 2019

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 more »

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NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

July 1, 2018

  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, more »

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Feeling Blue? Oregon Students Allowed To Take ‘Mental Health Days’

August 14, 2019

Jul 22, 2019 By Dani Matias GPB News 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 more »

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Psychiatrist shortage is a national crisis as need for mental health care grows

Author: Morgan Romero Published: 5:46 PM PDT July 31, 2019 Updated: 9:49 AM PDT August 2, 2019 KGW8 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 more »

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How To Keep People Engaged In Mental Health Treatment

By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI 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 more »

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Study Shows NAMI Homefront Helps Veteran Family Members

By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI 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 more »

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