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February 16, 2016 Public Education Meeting

In Our Own Voice Presentation

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

7:000 PM – St. Charles Medical Center – Conference room “tba”  – All NAMI meetings are free and open to everyone

 NAMI thanks our panel members from the January meeting “When Mental Health Issues intersect with Law Enforcement” for a very informative discussion.

Captain Cory Darling from City of Bend Police Department
Terry Schroeder , Deschutes County Behavioral Health
Molly Wells, St. Charles Health System, Behavioral Health
Jim LaPorte, Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Dept.
Lisa Rosen, Deschutes County Adult Corrections, Jail
Keisia Weaver, Bend Police Department Community Resource Team

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.

What We Do

We Support. NAMI Central Oregon offers separate support groups for individuals living with a mental illness and for friends and family members:

CONNECTIONS Support Group for individuals living with a mental illness meets in:                  Bend on Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond St (in room with entrance on Kansas Av.)

FAMILY SUPPORT for family members and friends of someone living with a mental illness, regardless of diagnosis, or lack of a diagnosis. Learn from, or help, others maintaining family relationships and navigating the mental health system and judicial system.

Bend on the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 PM at St. Charles Hospital. Currently meeting in the Heart Center conference room located at the far west end. Contact Eileen at:  whitefam@bendcable.com

Redmond on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Redmond Library,  827 SW Deschutes Ave. beginning at 5:30 PM. Contact Linda at:  longjourneyhome40@gmail.com

LaPine on the 1st Wednesday of the month a LaPine High School beginning at 6:00 PM. Contact Karenlynn at:  karless2003@yahoo.com

Prineville Contact Dawn at dawnmountz@gmail.com

Madras Contact Linda at:  lindamccoy79@gmail.com

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across America through our NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our free education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.


Family-to-Family Classes – Find out More

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Participants  gain comfort in knowing they are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

Winter Classes are now forming. Classes are free, but registration is required.

PRINEVILLE – January 2016 – Contact Dawn at 541-306-1230

BEND – February 1st, 2016 Contact Karyn at 541-541-420-0527

MADRAS – March 2016 Contact Linda at lindamccoy79@gmail.com

or send an email to namicentraloregon@gmail.com


Peer-to-Peer Classes:  Find our More

p2p  NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer    Enroll in Fall Classes now!  BEND and REDMOND

February Class Now Forming!!!

NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program is a free, ten-week course that provides a holistic approach to recovery for adults living with mental illness.

  • Learning to live well
  • Sharing experiences with peers who also are working toward recovery
  • Learning how to strengthen interpersonal relationships
  • Gaining knowledge of how to manage and cope with difficult   circumstances
  • Learning to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and events that can result in a possible relapse.
    • Gaining further insight into mental illness.
    • Experiencing new hope and inspiration in regard to recovery
    • Having fun and support
              Contact us to register!

Mentors:        Becky:     541-408-3103- beckydolf@yahoo.com

                            Kristin 541-974-8511

Laurie–  lauriezlindsey@yahoo.com

Sally- 541-280-4002

 Location and Dates to be announced

Classes will be either in Bend or Redmond, as needed

  • Transportation help available!
  •  Class projected to start Early January!
  •  Classes Limited in size: Call/e-mail to reserve your seat!

NAMI Basics- Find out More


NAMI Basics is a FREE education course for parents or caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental health issues, including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and others. The course provides the fundamentals a caregiver needs to care for themselves, their family, and their child.


We advocate. NAMI shapes the national and local public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families. NAMI provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

We listenOur toll-free NAMI HelpLine 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.



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