NAMI Multnomah, with a handful of affiliates from around the country, met in Wisconsin in 1979 to found the National organization. NAMI Multnomah has remained independent to serve the local community, providing family support and education and advocacy under its own 501(c)3.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. NAMI Multnomah helps educate people in the Portland metro area about mental health issues. We hold regular educational events, weekly support groups, and quarterly classes to help individuals and families better understand how to live with mental illness, begin the process of recovery, and sustain wellness.
Our volunteers teach free classes, lead support groups, and provide resource information to family members and individuals living with mental illness.
What does NAMI Multnomah offer?
- Free education programs for families and consumers (peers)
- Support groups for families and consumers, as well as free informational materials
- Community resources directory for mental health services and social services in the Portland, OR metro area
- Important local news and upcoming events
- Advocacy for improved mental health services
NAMI Multnomah Helpline & Resource Navigator
The NAMI Multnomah Helpline is a free service that provides information to peers, family members, and friends. The Helpline staff assists callers with a variety of questions and needs. They are very knowledgeable about NAMI support groups and education programs, treatment options, and local resource. It is staffed Monday-Friday 10am-3pm.
If it is clear that a caller would benefit from a longer conversation or an in-person appointment, the HelpLine will refer them to a Resource Navigator, a peer or family member with experience in the mental health system. After a preliminary phone conversation, the Resource Navigator conducts research and meets with clients. They provide a safe and supportive place, assist in identifying barriers and prioritizing needs, and refer people to community resources.
Please note that the HelpLine and Resource Navigators are not able to provide counseling, long-term advocacy, case management services, or housing. However, we are happy to connect you with organizations that do provide these services.
Please call NAMI Multnomah Helpline at 503-228-5692.
The best way to support NAMI and stay informed is to become a member.