ANNOUNCEMENT:
2024 Youth Mental Health Conference Tickets Available NOW!

 

The Youth Mental Health Conference is coming up on March 22, and you can get a ticket at early bird prices through February 2024. Youth admission will always be free.

Our annual event is for those passionate about mental health advocacy and eager to engage with their peers and leading experts in the field.

Register by clicking the button below!

Evergreen Health Forum in February "Centering Black Mental Health: A Panel Discussion"

February's monthly educational forum will center discussion about mental health in the Black community. The forum will feature a panel of providers of mental health treatment and human services in the Black community to discuss their work and what needs we are seeing in the community.

Register by clicking the button below!

Get Trained in NAMI Support and Education Programs!

Interested in Leading?

  • Apply for a state training to become a leader of a NAMI program!

  • Trainings in NAMI Signature programs allow our affiliate to bring programs to your community.

  • You must be a NAMI member or planning to be on to apply to attend State Training programs.

  • All trainings are offered at no cost to participants.

  • All trainings are online over Zoom unless otherwise noted.

 

Follow the link below to learn more!

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Lobby Days Returns on Feburary 19th, 2024!

NAMI Washington Lobby Day is on Monday February 19, 2024. We will be meeting with Eastside reps and Senators and joining other NAMI affiliate groups at the Capitol building on President's Day, Feb. 19. Meeting times will be somewhat in flux until legislators and their staff can confirm times, so we are asking that anyone interested in coming down let us know so we can keep you up to date - even if something changes at the last minute,

We will relay the details to you via email as soon as we have meetings set in stone, but if you have questions in the meantime, you can email info@nami-eastside.org or Anna Nepomuceno, NAMI Washington's Director of Public Policy anepomuceno@namiwa.org

You Are Not Alone

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience a mental health condition.

We support families, friends, and individuals living with mental health conditions.

WE ARE NAMI EASTSIDE

East King County Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

We are a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those impacted by a mental health condition through Advocacy, Education, and Support.

Our Mission

The mission of NAMI Eastside is to provide advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all people impacted by mental illness and mental health conditions can lead healthy and productive lives.

Black History Month Resources

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Schizophrenia

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Schizophrenia NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee The fifth mental disorder that the World Health Organization classified is schizophrenia.  The word comes from Greek origins, “schizo”…

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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – PTSD

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) By NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee Have you lived through or observed such a traumatic event that you felt stressed after…

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Black History Month

February 2024 – Perspectives during Black History Month  In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month “to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.   In 2024, the month is an opportunity for more than historical recognition. Individuals and organizations celebrate various aspects of culture,…

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1-19-24 email: New support groups

This is the plain text Spanish translation of the NAMI Eastside weekly newsletter. View this email in English in your browser here Los grupos de apoyo están dirigidos por voluntarios de NAMI Eastside, quienes han sido capacitados para ejecutar los grupos de apoyo de manera efectiva y según los estandares NAMI. Nuestros grupos de apoyo…

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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Depression

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Depression By NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee Do you remember the first post about anxiety disorder? As a third mental health disorder that WHO classified,…

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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Bipolar Disorder

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Bipolar Disorder By NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo Antonio Lee What makes you upset? When are you upset? Are you confident in how to relieve yourself when…

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You Don’t Have to Suffer with Seasonal Depression – Tackling SAD

By Donna Lurie, a person managing seasonal depression for 20+ years What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern – starting in the Fall and continuing through the winter months. This disorder affects…

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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Anxiety Disorder

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Anxiety Disorder By NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo Antonio Lee People from diverse individual, family, and cultural backgrounds can suffer from mental illness. Mental illness can start…

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Contact Us

In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic. Callers will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous.

The support line is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method.

TAKING A STAND FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

In the face of the killing of George Floyd and so many persons of color before him, we cannot carry on with “business as usual”. It is up to each of us, and all of us together, to express our solidarity and our support for the eradication of systemic racism.
Silence communicates acquiescence. We will not be silent. We will raise our voices to challenge the denial of human rights and basic decency. Our nation is in crisis and out of this crisis comes the imperative for structural change. We must work to significantly change our systems, institutions, and attitudes. As a community, we insist on the positive changes sought by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. It is simply not enough to make statements. NAMI Eastside board members and staff commit to educating ourselves more about systemic racism. As we learn, we will take an ongoing inventory of our mental health programs and communication systems in order to identify and eliminate racism and bias within our organization.

You are not alone. Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

NAMI Eastside Board of Directors and Staff

If you’re looking for ways to get involved, here are a few organizations looking for volunteers and donations:

“Before NAMI Eastside, I was afraid to talk about my mental health diagnosis. I was afraid people would think of me differently. Today, I am not afraid to tell people that I have struggled through things.”

SUNSHINE GRAHAM,
Volunteer