We are here to help. NAMI Multnomah offers a variety of resources to help individuals with mental illness and their families — from our free support groups and classes, to a Mental Health Resource Guide published annually, and Peer Support Specialist volunteers.
Information on specific mental illnesses can be found on the NAMI National website.
Our Help Line is staffed Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm.
Simply call 503.228.5692 and our receptionist will assist you with resource referrals, class registration, support group information, or other resources.
Coming by the NAMI Multnomah office?
Be sure you check out our library of free brochures, books, and videos. And you can pick up a copy of the recommended reading list from NAMI National.
Peer Advocacy and Community Supports
NAMI Oregon is now offering Peer Advocacy and Community Supports (PACS) appointments for Multnomah County residents. Started by staff at NAMI of Washington County, PACS is a one-on-one resource referral service to help individuals living with mental illness access a wide range of resources. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact NAMI Oregon at 503.230.8009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.