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NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

We are your local NAMI affiliate, one of hundreds of affiliates throughout the nation, at work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. 

Breaking Barriers, Life Beyond Labels

April 24, 2015 - Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond, Oregon

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"The vision for this conference is to have an inclusive community where barriers don't exist and labels such as disability have no meaning.  This conference will serve as a platform to share the unique and diverse perspectives of all members of our community.  Together we will learn to create a truly inclusive society, where all people will enjoy a fulfilling and self directed life beyond labels."

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across America through our NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

We advocate. NAMI shapes the national public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. 

We listenOur toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

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NAMI Central Oregon


Young People Connect

Fun and support specific for those ages 18-30

Join us for food, fun, and friends

Friday April 4th. 6:00 to 9:00 PM 

1128 NW Harriman St

adjacent to the County Annex Bldg



*We’ll be designing our official logo and benefit T-Shirt!

RSVP to Anna at: annalovesbreakfast@gmail.com

What Families Can Do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, follow your instincts. Unexplained changes in your child’s behavior and/or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges children face. One way to begin if you are concerned is to get an evaluation for your child or teen by a licensed mental health professional....CONTINUE READING...

Mental Health First Aid 

Please call Eileen at 541-383-3405 to Register

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk 
factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early 
intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental 
Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select 
interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.


Support Groups around Central Oregon:

Bend Family Support Group:
When: 3rd Tues of every month, 5:30 PM
Where: SCMC-Bend, (Room Varies) Contact: whitefam@bendcable.com

Connections Peer Support Groups:


             Meets Monday evenings call Marcia Miller 541-480-8269

             Meets Mondays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM  
              1128 NW Harriman Street, call Janet at 541-408-8675

             Meets Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30PM 
             1128 NW Harriman Street, call Janet 541-408-8675 


                Meets Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00PM
                St. Charles Hospital cafeteria conference room 
                               Call Laurie 541-693-4613


Redmond: Free Drop In - Family Support Group meets the first Thursday in the Redmond Library beginning at 5:30PM contact – Linda Shaw – 541-548-8637 namicentraloregon@gmail.com 

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 Harriman Street, Bend, 97701, phone 541-322-7459. It is being facilitated by Bren Athens.

Support Groups
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 5:30 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.
(Contact Linda Shaw at 541-548-8637)

MADRAS SUPPORT GROUP:   call Linda McCoy for location at 541-475-1873.

Education Classes
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).
CLICK HERE For more class details

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. 
Call 541-322-7459

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: Becky 541-408-3103 ).
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).

NAMI Basics 
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. (Contact Becky Dolf 541-408-3103)
About NAMI
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.
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness

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