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NAMIWalks Northwest is now online!

January 20, 2021

Join us for the Northwest’s largest mental health event, presented by Providence Health & Services, now online! We may be physically distant, but the virtual walk is a great way for us to stay connected. In 2020, we had thousands of participants joins us for a virtual walk “their way”: walking, hiking, spending time with family more »

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Help end hunger in Oregon

January 15, 2021

Our communities have faced fear, grief and uncertainty throughout 2020. This year, we have a voice in advocating for resources to help our communities thrive. Oregon Food Bank is a resource for Safe + Strong community partners to find help getting food, and now they are sharing a survey to learn how our communities can more »

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FEMA Still Accepting Wildfire Assistance Applications

According to a December 3 article in The Times of Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood, FEMA is still accepting applications for disaster assistance from those affected by the recent wildfires despite the November 30 application deadline having past. “No one eligible for assistance will be turned away,” a spokesperson for FEMA is quoted as saying. Recovery resources available include: more »

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People with serious mental illness may be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19

November 25, 2020

From: Treatment Advocacy Center Research Weekly Risk of severe illness from COVID-19 among people with serious mental illness  As the Treatment Advocacy Center wrote in a blog in March when the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping across the United States, people with serious mental illness may be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to their high prevalence of comorbid chronic more »

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People living with mental illness more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19

November 11, 2020

One more reason to stay vigilant about COVID-19 safety practices–a study conducted by researchers in the UK have found that people with pre-existing mental health conditions are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than the general population. Read about the study in Forbes:

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Peer-to-Peer coming to rural communities

October 23, 2020

NAMI Oregon will be offering two 8-week Peer-to-Peer courses via Zoom starting in January targeted to residents who live outside of the state’s major urban areas–Portland, Eugene, & Salem. The intent is to bring this course to communities where it has generally not been available in recent years. Other Peer-to-Peer courses will be available to more »

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Find Help. Find Hope. At NAMI.

October 2, 2020

Our communities are under a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Covid-19, economic uncertainty, wildfires, current events — it can seem like the world is spiraling. You, your child, or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or coping with emotional impacts that are causing some level of disruption to daily more »

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Oregon Wildfire Resources Available

September 24, 2020

Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by wildfires this year. A new website,, has many resources available, including: How to apply for federal disaster relief assistance, even if you sustained uninsured losses How to receive your ballot to vote if you have been displaced by wildfires If you need to replace prescriptions and more »

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Covid-19: Vigilance Is the Key

September 3, 2020

We are six months into a pandemic that has no end in sight yet. Fatigue definitely has set in. As individuals and families living with mental health disorders, our plate is often full. And it’s hard to stay up to date. With cold weather months and flu season coming soon, NAMI Oregon is embarking on more »

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Help is here: Find support

July 23, 2020

NAMI Oregon is committed to providing support and resources during these unprecedented times. You need not be alone if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder. Here is a roundup of what is currently available: Helpline: Our Resource Helpline remains available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to 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 30+ online 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 and 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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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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Report Finds Conditions Improved for Mentally Ill Prisoners in Oregon’s Maximum Security Prison

January 25, 2021

January 11, 2021 By Nigel Jaquiss Willamette Week A new report by the federally funded watchdog group Disability Rights Oregon finds that five years after a damning examination of conditions for Oregon State Penitentiary inmates experiencing severe mental illness, conditions have improved. DRO found that inmates in the behavioral health unit, who number about 50, got better treatment more »

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Oregon City police hire a behavioral health specialist

Jan 11, 2021 By Sage Van Wing OPB Oregon City police now have the option of calling a behavioral health specialist when they encounter someone experiencing a mental-health crisis. Valentina Muggia started the job a few weeks ago, but she’s spent the last five years working with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in a similar more »

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The Mental Health of the Modern Dad

Dec 21, 2020 By Anthony Nedelman, Ph.D. NAMI Like most men, I find myself unable to keep all the plates spinning nicely on their poles. As a husband, father of a three-year-old and a four-month old, and a working professional, the only time I can get anything done for me is while everyone is more »

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NAMI Celebrates Wins For Mental Health In COVID Relief And FY 2021 Federal Budget

12/22/2020 NAMI Late yesterday, Congress passed major legislation (a bill combining the FY 2021 federal budget and COVID-relief provisions) that includes big wins for mental health — provisions that NAMI fought for that will benefit people with mental health conditions as well as nonprofits, like NAMI state and local organizations. This legislation is especially critical given more »

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