Mission: Improve the quality of life for all whose lives are affected by mental health issues through support, education, advocacy and outreach.
Target demographics: improve quality of life for families and individuals impacted by mental illness
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of individuals and families
Geographic areas served: Clackamas County
Programs: • Support and education for family members of people living with mental illness through Family-to-Family classes, de Familia a Familia classes offered in Spanish, NAMI Basics classes and Family Support Groups. In the last past year 101 family members graduated from a NAMI Clackamas class for family members.
• Support and education for people living with mental illness through Peer-to-Peer classes and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups. NAMI Clackamas has hosted over 200 peer support groups in the past year.
• One-on-one peer support and help finding resources through our Peer Resource Connection program, which helped over 100 people who were able to talk to someone who “has been there’ and find support, resources and help to navigate our complicated mental health system.
• Community education to bust the stigma and end discrimination that people like Melanie, who live with mental illness, face every day.
• And so much more—from the first ever NAMI programs in Oregon to be offered in Spanish to community health fairs, NAMI Clackamas is always striving to make our community a better place to live, work and play for everyone.
Our family has been dealing with affects of mental illness our whole lives. My sister, my brother and myself have finally come together as a family after years of separation, anger and frustration. By taking the Family to Family class four years ago, which provided so much valuable information, the healing has begun. We are finally learning to enjoy each other and have learned to put much of our past in a proper perspective.
It was because of NAMI Clackamas and it volunteers that I was better able to understand my daughter, learn how to advocate for her and navigate complex systems of care. It is because of NAMI Clackamas volunteers that the housing that she lived in for 5 years as she became more stable, existed. I owe my daughter's life to NAMI and my sanity. For full disclosure, I was so impressed by this organization and what they did for my family, that I went back to school, Portland State University, in nonprofit management and development. I later wrote a grant that provided funds for NAMI Clackamas' first paid employee and applied for the position. I am pleased to say I have worked here for 4 years now and love NAMI Clackamas and those we serve as much as when I began.