Do you know someone in Central Oregon who could benefit from more accurate information about mental illness? Who would like to learn helpful intervention skills?
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Though this is not a NAMI signature program, NAMI-CO supports all efforts to educate, advocate and support through mental health education. NAMI-CO will reimburse all NAMI members $10. after successful completion of the course on Jan. 22, 2014. Please see the attached flyer and registration form. Thank you for helping to pass the word. – NAMI-CO Board
Coming to Redmond in
November - Family Support Group on the 1st Thursday of every month beginning at 5:45 pm at the Redmond Library
Also in Redmond Family to Family class beginning January 20, 2014. E-Mail registration can begin now just send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always looking for new board members to help bring more awareness about mental illness to Central Oregon residents.
help make NAMI-CO a stronger organization for the education, support
and advocacy in our community for better mental health. Please
consider joining one of our committees. Email us at
and let us know which
committee you are interested in.
Peer Education &
Family Education &
Family to Family
Family Support Group
NAMI Walk- Local &
We would like to express a sincere Thank You to the sponsors and organizers of the Bill Martin Memorial Golf Tournament for their generous contribution to NAMI of Central Oregon.
Support Groups around Central Oregon:
Bend Family Support Group:
When: 3rd Tues of every month, 5:30 PM
Where: SCMC-Bend, 2nd floor- Physicians’ Dining Rm. Contact: email@example.com
Bend: Connections (Peer Support) Meets Monday evenings call Marcia Miller 541-480-8269
Redmond: contact – Roger Olson – firstname.lastname@example.org
NO Support Group Scheduled for Summer Months
Madras: contact- Linda McCoy 541-475-1873, NAMImadras@gmail.com
Connections: Peer Support Group - call
Family Support Group – call
All NAMI meetings are free and everyone is welcome
Cascade Peer and Self Help Center, Inc. is having an ongoing group for consumers throughout the county, called Extreme States (dealing with symptoms; voices, etc.) on Tuesdays from noon to 1 pm at Cascade, 1128 NW Hill Street, Bend, 97701,(right across the street from the Annex) phone 541-647-2643. It is being run by Bren Athens, who trained in Voice Hearers Group this last June or July, she also has personal experience with voices so is a very good facilitator.
BEND SUPPORT GROUP: This is a meeting for friends and family members of those living with a mental illness held The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 P.M. to 6:50 P.M., St. Charles Medical Center, Bend. It is led by a trained member of the NAMI Board, and seeks to assist those whose lives have been effected by mental illness, to bring healing and strength to those who attend.
No need to register or call ahead, Drop-ins are welcome and encouraged. (Contact: Eileen White 541-383-3405).
REDMOND SUPPORT GROUP: This is a meeting for friend and family members of those living with a mental illness held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM at the Redmond Library. It is facilitated by a member of the NAMI board and seeks to assist those whose lives have been effected by mental illness by bringing healing and strength to those who attend.
No need to register or call ahead, drop-ins are welcome and encouraged.
MADRAS SUPPORT GROUP: call Linda McCoy for location at 541-475-1873.
Family to Family is a FREE series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well being. Volunteer teams of trained NAMI family members teach the classes. There is no fee to those taking the classes. Participants learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders. There are also workshops on problemsolving, communications, and self-help.
(Contact Christy Maciel 541-419-8844 or Roger Olson 541-480-1960).
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NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
Meets Monday evenings call Marcia Miller 541-480-8269
NAMI Affiliate Meetings
Educational, supportive meetings held every other month on the evening of the 3rd Tuesday immediatly following the support group meeting, with speakers on a variety of topics helpful to those with mental illness and/or their families.
In Our Own Voice
This is a recovery-education program in which people living with mental illness are trained to speak directly to community audiences about their experiences with brain disorders, treatment and recovery. The educational and healing power of In Our Own Voice enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with serious mental disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses. Recovery and claiming productive lives is a powerful message for anyone who’s life has been touched by mental illness. (Contact: Pat Von Riedl,541-647-2643 ).
This is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained ‘mentors’ who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. (Contact: Laurie Lindsey 541-693-4613).
is a FREE six week peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other caregivers of children who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness, or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. The course is taught by trained teachers who are caregivers mental illness during childhood. The course is taught by trained teachers who are caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness during childhood.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy. http://twitter.com/namicommunicatehttp://www.facebook.com/officialNAMI
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness