Mission Statement

NAMI’s dedicated volunteers have made it the nation’s leading grassroots advocacy organization to improve the lives and support the families of persons with mental illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, schizoaffective disorder, and anxiety disorders.

The Mission of NAMI-Central Oregon is to improve the quality of life for persons living with mental health issues, and their families through support, education and advocacy.

   We Educate 


Family–to–Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.  Starting THIS month!  Click here to sign up!!

Peer-to-PeerCOMING SOON- SIGN UP NOW!!  May 4th- July 6th

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

   We Support


Support Groups 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. Participants learn from one another’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer mutual encouragement. See Dates and Times

Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group program for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. In these groups which meet weekly or monthly, family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. See Dates and Times

See Additional Support Groups Throughout Central Oregon

   We Advocate

 NAMI at the National Level

 Take Action on Advocacy Issues

Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI’s legislative and public policy priority is to support Americans affected by mental illness’ opportunities to build better lives. NAMI advocates for an array of issues including:

  • Securing better funding for research
  • Protecting people’s access to treatment and services
  • Attaining mental health parity

We maintain an active presence in the U.S. Capitol on priority issues, driven by our board-directed NAMI Public Policy Platform and emerging issues. NAMI also has a strong presence in all 50 states, advocating for state laws, as well as county and local policies and ordinances that will ensure that people get the help they need. 

Learn About the Issues

Mental health public policy is a complicated topic, learn more about the current issues impacting the lives of those living with mental illness.  Learn More

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NAMI Ask The Doctor: Understanding and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

We  hope you will join us for the upcoming NAMI Ask The Doctor Webinar hosted by NAMI Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth M.D. and featuring Dr. Ross Green, Ph.D.

In this webinar, Dr. Greene will discuss innovative strategies from the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model for working with behaviorally challenging kids including how to teach children skills like frustration tolerance, flexibility/adaptability and problem-solving, and how to collaborate with the child to proactively to solve problems.

Dr. Greene originated the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. He is also the author of several influential books including the recently released, Raising Human Beings.

During this webinar, Dr. Greene will share:

1.) How parents and caregivers can move away from focusing on challenging behaviors and attempting to modifying them and move towards identifying the problems that are causing the behaviors and solving the problems as the best way to change the challenging behaviors.

2.) How to achieve better results by approaching problem solving with the child in a proactive, collaborative and planned way instead of attempting to impose unilateral solutions.

3.) How to teach important, positive attributes and life skills including:

• Empathy
• Appreciating how one’s behavior is affecting others
• Resolving disagreements without conflict
• Appreciating another’s perspective
• Honesty

Dr. Greene’s approach is based on the empirically-supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model which best known for helping kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, but works well for all children.

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NAMI Ask The Doctor: Understanding and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges
When: Thursday 16 February 2017, 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To register now, please visit the following link:
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Conference Code : 309918
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USA : +1-8888586021

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