The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon) is a statewide grassroots organization with more than 1,500 members in 15 affiliates; it is one of 50 state organizations that comprise the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).†† Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families and loved ones through education, support, and advocacy. Our statewide toll-freeHelpline (800-343-6264) is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources.
NAMI Oregon's affiliates, which rely on the support of dedicated volunteers, are vital to providing programs and services locally to let you know you are not alone. NAMI Oregon also works to ensure that everyone affected by mental illness is represented wherever decisions are made. NAMI Oregon testifies before the state legislature, serves on state planning and advisory committees, actively partners with strategic coalitions, and participates in task forces and other policy forums.
Read below for the latest news and events at NAMI Oregon.
See NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff on KGW's Straight Talk discussing suicide prevention in Portland and Oregon's mental health services statewide.
Save the date!
Fifth Annual Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award Dinner Oct. 10
Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith will present Multnomah County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Nan Waller and former Multnomah County Commissioner Lisa Naito with the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award at a dinner to be held at the Portland Downtown Waterfront Marriott on October 10.
Created by NAMI Oregon in 2009 to honor the mental health advocacy efforts of former U.S. Sen.Gordon Smith and his wife Sharon, the New Freedom Award is presented annually and recognizes an individual or individuals for their leadership on mental health issues.
“Both Judge Waller and Lisa Naito have worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of individuals and families battling mental health issues,” said former Sen. Smith. “NAMI Oregon has chosen very wisely in recognizing them for the positive and life-changing difference they have made and continue to make.”
To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, click here and return the completed form to NAMI Oregon via fax or mail. Reservations and payments may also be made by calling the NAMI Oregon office at (503) 230-8009.
NAMI Housing Bill Advances
NAMI Oregonís proposal to create a special housing-development incentive fund recently won unanimous approval before the House Human Services and Housing Committee.
Read abut this and NAMI Oregon's other legislative priorities on our Advocacy page.
See the Upcoming Trainings page of the NAMI Oregon website for information on trainings to become a NAMI teacher, support group facilitator, or presenter. Training schedules and application forms are included. Contact Education Programs Manager Peter Link at (503) 230-8009 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any question about trainings.
Peer Advocacy and Community Supports
NAMI Oregon is now offering Peer Advocacy and Community Supports (PACS) appointments for Multnomah county residents. Started by staff at NAMI of Washington County, PACS is a one-on-one resource referral service to help individuals living with mental illness access a wide range of resources. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009 or email@example.com.
NAMI Oregon is rebuilding its Community Resources webpage. We have added many new resources statewide and will continue adding more in the weeks to come. Please take a look. If you know of a resource in your community that falls under one of the categories covered and should be included but is not, please email the suggested addition to firstname.lastname@example.org.