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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. We are one of more than 1,100 local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness — focused directly on helping people in Multnomah County, Oregon.

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Announcing NAMI Homefront

The NAMI Homefront Education Program is for loved ones of Military Service Members and Veterans who experience symptoms of a mental health condition.

See Homefront for more information.

Break the Silence
Break the Stigma

Join Portland Playback Theatre in collaboration with NAMI Multnomah & Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare for a unique evening of interactive community theatre to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Tuesday – September 15, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Aritsts Reparatory Theatre, Alder Stage
1515 SW Morrison, Portland, Or

Tickets: $25, available at breakthesilence.brownpapertickets.com

Proceeds benefit NAMI Multnomah & Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

Flyer (PDF Document)

The Flowers of Van Gogh FLOWER SALE

Thanks to board, staff and volunteers for getting out the word on suicide prevention and bringing a smile to those who received flowers.

Beyond the Clouds, There are Stars
The winner of the painting: Above the Clouds, There are Stars painting
was Moya Lehman.


The new work is inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh in acknowledgement of the 125th anniversary of his death by suicide. This beautiful painting created just for NAMI Multnomah was raffled to support programming.
Thanks to our sponsors Portland Police Bureau and Cascadia Behavioral Health for their support of the Starry Night Reception.


Get Trained to Help

The public is rapidly becoming aware of the need for new attitudes and approaches to mental health in our country. We recognize those of us with mental health issues have been stigmatized by the general attitude toward mental health. In the past, we have separated our mental well being from our physical health. Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties have joined together to create a one-stop gateway where community members can register for free mental health trainings. By visiting this website today and investing some of your time in a training, you are joining the movement to close the gap between physical and mental health.


NAMI Offers Unique App for Mental Health Support—Just in Time for Mental Health Month

ARLINGTON, Va., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has unveiled NAMI AIR, a unique iPhone and Android app to provide support and access to information both for persons living with mental health conditions and for family members, friends and other caregivers.

The app represents the latest step in using mobile technology to expand the reach of mental health support and comes just in time for Mental Health Month, beginning May 1.

AIR stands for “Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable.”

Find out more…

Interested in Volunteering?

You can now show your interest in volunteering by applying on line!
Please click here to go to the volunteer page.

Suicide Prevention and Improved Communication

Good communication between care providers and family members of patients seeking treatment for mental illness is imperative in order to improve the quality of care and reduces the risk of suicide for these patients. While confidentiality is a fundamental component of a therapeutic/medical relationship, misunderstandings by clinicians about the limitations created by HIPAA, FERPA, and state laws for preserving confidentiality have caused unnecessary concern regarding disclosure of relevant clinical information.

To address the misunderstandings and lack of clear communication, the Oregon Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published a checklist for mental health providers in 2012.  The authors, Dr. Stewart Newman and Jerry Gabay (NAMI Oregon Board Member), have created a companion checklist to help families seek information from providers.

Suicide Prevention Communication Checklist for Providers (PDF File)

Suicide Prevention Communication Checklist for Families (PDF File)

I Have A Mental Health

Let’s normalize the notion that we all have a mental health!

Taking care of our mental health and addressing issues at the earliest signs or symptoms ought to be no more challenging than addressing a physical health concern.

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Upcoming Classes

All classes offered by NAMI Multnomah are offered free of charge, but preregistration is required. Please call our help line at 503-228-5692 with questions, to register or you can now register online.

Family to Family – For family members and loved ones of adults living with mental illness

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 classes are currently in session, and registration is now closed. Please check back soon for January 2016 dates!

Peer to Peer Recovery Education  Class – an experiential learning program for adults living with serious mental illness

Fall 2015

Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 10 weeks| 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sept. 12   – Nov. 14

NAMI Basics for parents and caregivers of Children & Adolescents is offered 3 times per year.   Click here for more information.

Spring Basics Class 2015
10:00am – 12:30pm April 27, 30 May 4, 11, 14, and 18


To see community partners… click here!

People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives

Abraham Lincoln ~ Catherine Zeta Jones ~ John Nash ~ Ernest Hemingway

Lionel Aldridge ~ Carrie Fisher ~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Patty Duke

Harrison Ford ~ Kurt Cobain ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~ Winston Churchill ~

Michelangelo ~ Charles Dickens ~ Brandon Marshall ~ Macy Gray ~ Patrick J. Kennedy

Contact Us

NAMI Multnomah
524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
Fax: 503.235.8959
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Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm