Advocacy / Outreach

NAMI In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions. These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.

This presentation provides:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

For more information about In Our Own Voice, contact NAMI Central Oregon at

NAMI FaithNet

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy, and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.

Through this website and through efforts nationally and in local communities, NAMI and NAMI Affiliates encourage an exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.

NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations. Learn more about awareness events and dates and how to get involved

For more information about FaithNet, contact NAMI Central Oregon at


Board members speak about NAMI at community groups. For more information about having NAMI Central Oregon speak at your community group, contact NAMI Central Oregon at


NAMI Oregon members and allies band together to influence and improve state and local health care and government systems as they relate to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Members and allies contact state legislators, local government officials, health care administrators, law enforcement representatives, and many other people and agencies that touch our lives on a daily basis.

Like NAMI Oregon, NAMI Central Oregon uses the term advocacy in the broadest sense. Nearly everything we do concerning public outreach and education we believe contributes to our advocacy.

As our parent state organization, NAMI Oregon’s primary role is to interact with state agencies and the Oregon Legislature to advance NAMI’s mission and policy priorities.

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