About Us

NAMI 30 yrs. A remakable journey.NAMI Multnomah is the Portland metro affiliate and one of 1,100 nationwide affiliates of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

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? 

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.

NAMI Membership

The best way to support NAMI and stay informed is to become a member.

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