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NAMIWalks: May 30 Day of Hope

May 15, 2020

May is normally our happiest month at NAMI. It marks Mental Health Awareness Month. And the third Sunday in May is when we hold our annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, the largest mental health awareness event on the West Coast with some 7,000 participants. We aren’t able to gather in person this year, but we can more »

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Online Support Groups Now Available

April 17, 2020

Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 20-plus online weekly 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 more »

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We’re Here. Reach Out.

April 6, 2020

Need help? NAMI Oregon’s Helpline continues to operate during the Covid-19 crisis and remains available from 9 am to 5 pm each weekday. We also now have 20 weekly online support groups available for individuals and families living with mental illness. These are peer-led support groups for: Parents/caregivers raising school-age children with behavioral health concerns. more »

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Our mission continues!

April 1, 2020

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation. On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast more »

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NAMI Oregon Helpline Active During Crisis

March 17, 2020

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: more »

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Annual conference a success

November 10, 2019

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.

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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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As Oregon State Hospital limits admissions during pandemic, mental health advocates press for a different solution

May 12, 2020

April 30, 2020 By Jayati Ramakrishnan The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/as-oregon-state-hospital-limits-admissions-during-pandemic-activists-press-for-a-different-solution.html The Oregon State Hospital has reopened to patients waiting in county jails for mental health treatment, after temporarily halting those admissions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the new, slower admissions process has left dozens of defendants sitting in jail days or weeks longer than allowed under a 2002 federal court order. more »

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Fast-track mental health beds, governor is urged: ‘Oregonians in crisis do not have time to wait’

April 14, 2020 By Molly Harbarger The Oregonian/OregonLive https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2020/04/oregon-officials-call-for-governor-to-use-coronavirus-related-powers-to-fast-track-mental-health-beds.html A laundry list of powerful Oregon politicians asked Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday to use her coronavirus emergency powers to fast-track a privately operated 100-bed inpatient mental health facility in Wilsonville. Universal Health Services, which already operates Cedar Hills in Southwest Portland, is several months into a more »

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What Is The Role of Activity for Mental Health?

April 30, 2020 By Brad Bowins, M.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2020/What-Is-The-Role-Of-Activity-For-Mental-Health Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option? One possible answer is activity! As more »

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This Mental Health Month NAMI Spreads Message: You Are Not Alone

May 1, 2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/This-Mental-Health-Month-NAMI-Spreads-Message-You-Are-Not-Alone Arlington, VA — This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. more »

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