Help is here: Find support
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 help connect callers with needed mental health resources in their local communities across the state. Call us at 503-230-8009 or toll-free at 800-343-6264 for help finding other services. Or send email to: email@example.com.
- Support groups: We have more than 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, and parents/caregivers raising children and teenagers with mental health or behavior issues.You can join our peer-led support groups using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, a laptop or desktop computer, or by phone using audio only.
- Education classes: A growing number of our education classes are now available online. Please contact the NAMI affiliate nearest you for more information.
- Culturally-specific mental health resources: We support access to culturally-specific mental health services for all communities. Visit this page to find out more about what is available in your community.
If you or a loved one are in crisis, it’s best to turn to more immediate resources than NAMI provides.
For behavioral health crises, consider contacting your county mental health department’s crisis line. If the situation escalates to the point you need to call 9-1-1, be clear that your loved one is suffering a mental health crisis. If police are directed to respond, make sure to request a “CIT Officer.” CIT officers are trained in Crisis Intervention Team Training, which is a specialized training for law enforcement to better respond to people in crisis. For further guidance, see NAMI’s publication Navigating a Mental Health Crisis.
Other crisis resources:
Suicide Lifeline, 800-273-8255. 24/7 crisis intervention for individuals at risk of self-harm and/or families and friends with a loved one who they believe is at risk. https://www.linesforlife.org
Disaster Distress Helpline, 800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746: provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Additional crisis resources, including for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, can be found here.