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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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Mental health nurses could play big role in shrinking psychiatrist shortage

September 18, 2019

Published: 5:12 PM PDT August 27, 2019 Updated: 8:22 AM PDT August 28, 2019 By Morgan Romero KGW8 PORTLAND, Ore. — A mental health care crisis is gripping our nation. The stigma around mental health is slowly crumbling as people open up more and talk about it – which is a shift in the right direction. more »

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In Oregon, academic pressures, existential fears help explain rising rates of suicide, mental health conditions

Updated Sep 10, 2019; Posted Sep 08, 2019 By Casey Chaffin The Oregonian/OregonLive Portland teen Sheherazade Weyland, 18, answers young people’s crisis calls and texts at a crisis hotline for children and teens. Calls to the Oregon YouthLine range in severity from distress about a thwarted crush to a young person actively considering suicide. And more »

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NAMI Statement On Release Of U.S. Presidential Candidate Positions On Mental Health And Addiction

8/27/2019 NAMI Arlington, VA— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. Today, the coalition released candidate responses to their survey which asked 11 questions addressing mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice reform, equal more »

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What It Feels Like To Be In Psychosis

By Andrea Paquette | Aug. 14, 2019 NAMI I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder with psychotic features when I was 25 years old. My mental health journey unraveled my life to the point where I nearly died. An entire year, spanning most of 2005, drove me entirely out of reality. It remains extremely difficult to explain how something more »

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