News & Press Releases

Oregonian Article

See the following article about staff member Julie Magers who has led Basics class that is offered free of charge several times a year. Article How to talk about mental illness

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 2016 Updated 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.


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.

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)


Summer 2013 Multnomah County Wraparound Newsletter (PDF file)

Fall 2012 Multnomah County Wraparound Newsletter  (PDF file)

Summer 2012 Multnomah County Wraparound Newsletter (PDF file)

Spring 2012 Multnomah County Wraparound Newsletter (PDF file)

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Speak Up & Empower (with Spanish subtitles)

NAMI Offers Unique App for Mental Health Support—Just in Time for Mental Health Month

ARLINGTON, Va., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has unveiled NAMI AIR, a unique iPhone and Android app to provide support and access to information both for persons living with mental health conditions and for family members, friends and other caregivers.

The app represents the latest step in using mobile technology to expand the reach of mental health support and comes just in time for Mental Health Month, beginning May 1.

AIR stands for “Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable.”

NAMI AIR is available for free download from the Google Play and iPhone App Stores—which can be accessed from

“NAMI AIR is unique. It is designed for both individuals and families affected by mental illness,” said NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti.

“A person can be heard and acknowledged without being judged or getting unsolicited advice. Users can share experiences or encouragement and receive responses such as ‘like’ or ‘me too.'”

Posts are anonymous to preserve privacy, but monitored by NAMI’s HelpLine in case special, confidential assistance is needed.

“NAMI wants to acknowledge and thank AstraZeneca for its support in launching NAMIAIR. It reflects our mutual dedication to improving the lives of persons affected by mental illness and an exciting ‘out-of-the box’ collaboration that will expand support for recovery,” Giliberti said.

NAMI AIR enables users to connect to NAMI’s newly-designed website,, and NAMI’s HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or Both provide contact information for local NAMI Affiliates and their programs.

The app also connects to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

“Users are anonymous, but they are not alone,” Giliberti said.

“Feeling grateful, happy, inspired, loved, thankful,” said one recent NAMI AIR post.

“Pain is real. But so is hope and recovery,” said another.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through research, education, support and advocacy.

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SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness


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