It's Mental Health Awareness Month! Prioritize mental health for stronger minds & communities in May.

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NAMI Walks Returns Saturday June 1st, 2024!

Summer is just around the corner, and so is our annual NAMI Walks! Grab a friend and join us at Marina Park in Kirkland to walk for mental health for all!

We walk to raise awareness, stop the stigma, build community, and remind folks that they are not alone. Why do you walk?

Free Monthly Forum May 28

Join us to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month as we host our friends from Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS).

Learn more and register on our forums page

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.

GiveBIG May 7-8

It's time to GiveBIG! NAMI Eastside has $3,000 pledged in matching donations and we need your help reaching the 3k mark.  

The GiveBIG platform makes it easy to donate and share. Click on the “share this organization link on our page to share it to Facebook, Twitter or email. You can also click the Fundraise button to start your own fundraiser to share.  

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.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Weekly $100 Drawing for Bellevue Program Participants

Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Month! We’ll be sharing info, resources and words of inspiration all month, but we’re kicking off the festivities with an announcement: Weekly giveaways. The City of Bellevue recognized that NAMI programs are a powerful way to strengthen the community and decided to invest in the healing power of connection. They…

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This week in the community: April 29

Looking for something to do in East King County or beyond this week? We can help. Here’s a list of community events, mental health support groups, educational opportunities and more that you can use to have plans every day this week. Housing instability support group Mondays until May 20 Running Start Program workshop at Centro…

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5 Upcoming Events – Week of 4/22

Here are five great opportuntities you should know about coming up in East King County! Send us a message or comment on our social posts with other great community events that people on the Eastside should know about! Tuesday April 23 at 7 p.m. EvergreenHealth Forum  Join us this month to hear about how to…

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An evening chat with Edie Myers-Power, NAMI Eastside program manager

View and download the pdf – view the text-only version at the bottom of this page.   “Every time we bring up the topic of mental health in a normalized way, the stigma goes down more and more, and that normalization reaches more and more people.” An evening chat with Edie Myers-Power, NAMI Eastside program…

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NAMI on campus at UW Bothell students during an activity

A Conversation with Raveena Sarai, Founder of NAMI on Campus Club at UW Bothell

View and download PDF – Text only version below   Despite all the positive work of the club, funding remains limited, hindering longevity and further expansion. NAMI, a non-profit 501(c)(3), accepts donations to fund much of their work. We leave our readers with one final comment from Raveena:  “I hope the club still exists in…

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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Eating Disorders

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 Eating Disorders NAMI Eastside Youth Ambassador Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee The sixth mental disorder that WHO has classified is eating disorders. Some may wonder how this is a mental…

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“We all need second or even third chances in life” – a Conversation with Joey Wilson

An interview with Joey Wilson, graduate of Bellevue College’s OLS program and star of mental health biographical documentary “The Voice Inside”. By Nathanial Stotler, Rupesh Bayalkoti, and Zhi Xuan Jiang University of Washington Bothell School of Business. Featured image: Model: Joey Wilson | Photo Credit: Rupesh Bayalkoti | Photo location: Professor Umetsu’s classroom UWB It…

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation explained

TCS – Transcranial magnetic stimulation explained Maybe I was the only NAMI member that had to Google the term Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TCS) after hearing it for the first time in 2024. I doubt it. Hearing about effective mental health treatment for the first time is a good reminder that there will always be more…

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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