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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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See an article here from NAMI National regarding the recent plane tragedy in France.

Fern Momyer brought Family to Family classes to NAMI Multnomah in 1992. Sadly, her son, Danny, passed away unexpectedly last week. Here is a brief article that was written about Fern and her significant contribution to the Family to Family program with NAMI Multnomah.

Details for the funeral are listed below.

“Fern Momyer brought the Family-to-Family curriculum to Oregon. Shortly after her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1986, Fern became active in a NAMI support group, eventually becoming its leader.  In 1992, the local NAMI chapter sent her back east to the National Convention, where she learned about a pilot program, developed by NAMI founder Dr Joyce Burland, that combined family education with support.  Upon her return to Portland, Fern, a former schoolteacher, did a presentation at a Board meeting and passed out flyers.  Before long, representatives of eight Oregon chapters signed up to be trained to teach the new course.  Fern’s husband, a NAMI board member and former trainer for the US Forest Service, encouraged and advised her.  She and Beth Quakenbush, a Salem-based psychologist and fellow NAMI activist, became coordinators of the new Family-to-Family course.  Beginning in 1992, they together did at least two trainings a year all over the state for about six years.  Until the program became well-established and secure funding was offered, Fern spent several years soliciting donations from church groups and other organizations, as well as from grateful participants in the classes, in order to keep the program going.  “It was empowering to find skills you never knew you had,” Fern remembers.  “I had, and still have, an extraordinary amount of passion for this program.” ”

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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
Spring 2015 
Saturday mornings in NE Portland for 10 weeks | 10:00am – 12 noon
April 4 – June 6

Basics Class

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


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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