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Save the Date

January 30, 2020

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 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 Oregon honors NAMI Hall of Fame inductees

November 6, 2019

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 more »

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Smith Award Dinner a Success

October 17, 2019

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 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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Short Session Update

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020 On our advocacy call last month, we highlighted the fast pace of a short legislative session. We are now in the second week of a five-week session, and policy bills are moving quickly with little time for deliberation. And budget discussions will soon commence at a similar pace with the latest revenue more »

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Oregon has highest rate of ‘mental distress’ for Millennials, new study says

February 12, 2020

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 more »

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Oregon Lawmakers Looking For Answers To Mental Health Crisis

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 more »

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How To Move Forward After Going Through A Crisis

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 more »

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5 Reminders For Survivors Of Trauma

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 more »

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