First Step: inpatient outreach

[socialring]Dedicated to assisting psychiatric patients on their journey of recovery.

First Step, a NAMI Multnomah outreach program, started as a pilot project in April 2008. The program provides hope and recovery information to psychiatric patients to help better prepare them for leaving the hospital setting. First Step volunteers are Peers with mental illness who’ve been trained to tell their personal story and share ideas about relapse prevention and recovery. We believe the program is successful in helping speed a patient’s transition from the hospital to the community and their recovery.

First Step volunteers share the history of NAMI and its goals, the benefits of membership, and explain their reasons for being involved. Plus they cover the support resources available from NAMI Multnomah, including:

  • Free classes
  • Support groups
  • Lending library of books and videos
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • One-on-one Resource Assistance appointments
  • NorthStar clubhouse (supports transitional employment)

This interchange helps reduce the stigma associated with having a mental illness and provides patients with a “First Step” to take when they are released from the hospital. To learn more about First Step, contact Amy Myers, education programs coordinator for NAMI Multnomah.



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NAMI Multnomah
524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
Fax: 503.235.8959
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm