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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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2016 Annual Meeting

                                                  Thursday, February 11, 2016
pathfinder logo (2)5:30pm-7:30pm
Copeland Commons Room
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland

Please join NAMI Multnomah for our Annual Meeting and to celebrate the recipients of the inaugural Pathfinder Awards. The awards will be given annually to an individual and business that have lit the path to greater understanding and awareness of mental health in our community.

NAMI Multnomah’s first Pathfinder Awards will be given to Barbara Besand (individual) and Jennifer Pepin (J. Pepin Art Gallery, business).

To RSVP, call 503-228-5692 by Friday, February 5.  For more information, click here.                     

What are the levels/roles within the NAMI organization?

There are three levels within the organization.

NAMI National creates the guidelines and class content. They do the research and create evidence based content. National works on federal legislation that will help the mental health community. Their offices are in Arlington, VA

NAMI Oregon provides training for the volunteer trainers for all the classes and support groups. They are the host organization for the NAMI Walk held on the third Sunday in May, each year.  They also work on state legislation to support the mental health community. Their offices are in SE Portland, Oregon.

NAMI Multnomah offers support groups, educational programs and helpline. NAMI Multnomah also has a Resource Navigator to help find resources in the community. There are several county affiliates in our area: NAMI Clackamas, NAMI Washington County and NAMI SW Washington. At each level, the organization has their own boards, budgets and are their own 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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.


Interested in Volunteering?

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

Portland Police Behavioral Health Unit

The Behavioral Health Unit representatives gave a presentation at a recent “Evening with The Expert.”  NAMI Multnomah thanks them for their work and appreciates the feedback from community and NAMI members. For more information see a new brochure Working Emergency Responders that lists important phone numbers and information about this unit.

ALSO the Service Coordination Team is a free program paid for by the City of Portland to help break the cycle of addiction, find housing, provide job training and mental health services.

Please call 503-823-0345 and ask for Sean or Emilty to get more information and to get started on the program.


Youth Advocates

Speak up and Empowerment video by Latino Network  shares their work training youth with lived experiences around mental health issues to be leaders and advocates. Click here for the video and more information.

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.

Click HERE to see the latest NAMI Multnomah Newsletter

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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

Winter 2016

Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 12 weeks| 9:30am – 12:00pm

Jan. 9   – Mar. 26

Tuesday evenings in Gresham for 12 weeks| 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Jan. 12   – Apr. 5

Tuesday evenings at the VA Portland Health Care System for 12 weeks| 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Jan. 12   – Mar. 29

Wednesday evenings in NW Portland for 12 weeks| 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Jan. 5   – Mar. 22
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Peer to Peer Recovery Education  Class – an experiential learning program for adults living with serious mental illness

Winter 2016

Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 10 weeks| 10:00am – 12:00pm
Jan. 9   – Mar. 12
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NAMI Basics for parents and caregivers of Children & Adolescents is offered 3 times per year.   Click here for more information.


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