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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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An Evening with an Expert

Learn about housing issues & solutions from NAMI Member Ledena Mattox from JOIN and her fellow housing specialists.
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NAMI Multnomah and Portland Police Bureau presents:

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 A Police Body Camera Conversation

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Providence Hospital

4805 NE Glisan St. (map)

HCC1 (basement of the hospital)

RSVP by calling 503-228-5692


Portland Police Bureau is considering requiring all officers to wear body worn cameras. They are very interesting in learning about the possible concerns and implications of a policy like this to individuals dealing with mental health conditions. Lt John Scruggs, the PPB officer in charge of developing the policy will present background information on this policy, be available to answer questions and to take our input into the development and implementation of body worn cameras at the Portland Police Bureau. This is a perfect opportunity to make your voice heard. Please RSVP to come to this discussion.

Join your NAMI friends for casual local hikes!

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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.

Now taking applications for Spring Classes

Family to Family Classes
Spring 2015

Thursday evenings in North Portland for 12 weeks | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
April 2 – June 18
Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 12 weeks | 9:30am – 12:00pm
April 4 – June 20
Saturday mornings in downtown/SW Portland for 12 weeks| 10:00am – 12:30pm
April 4 – June 20
Spring 2015 
Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 10 weeks | 10:00am – 12 noon
April 4 – June 6

Basics Class

NAMI Basics for Parent of Children & Adolescents is offered 3 times per year.  We are starting a wait list for 2015 classes.  Click here for more information.


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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