Giving Hope, Building Connection

Giving Tuesday is all about coming together to make the world a little brighter. Join us and let's spread laughter, kindness, and connection. Your gift is the key to making a difference in the lives of those facing mental health challenges. 

Join our community this Giving Tuesday (November 28) by supporting NAMI Eastside. Your gift today will help ensure we can continue to give hope and build connections for people and families affected by mental health conditions.

A Message From U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Missed the luncheon? You can still watch U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, accept the NAMI Eastside Mental Health Champion award. In this video, Dr. Murthy addresses the vital importance of connection in our lives and confronts the urgent mental health crisis facing our community. 

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.

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.


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November's EvergreenHealth Forum is Just Around the Corner!

This month's presenters: UW Forefront

When: November 28th, 2023, at 7 PM (PST)

Forefront Suicide Prevention is a Center of Excellence at the University of Washington focused on reducing suicide by empowering individuals and communities to take sustainable action, championing systemic change, and restoring hope.

Click the link below to tune in!

Become a Part of our NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training!

NAMI Eastside will be hosting a NAMI Smarts Advocacy training on December 9, 2023, at the Together Center in Redmond.
NAMI's goal is to empower and mobilize our grassroots advocates to ensure that every person who needs mental health care can get the services and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
When: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: Together Center - 16305 NE 87th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Lunch and snacks provided!
For questions, please email


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.

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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Giving Tuesday thanks: Matching extended through Dec. 1

Thank you to everyone that donated for Giving Tuesday yesterday. It’s very encouraging to see the outpouring of support for mental health services and awareness. A huge thank you as well to everyone that created fundraisers like Richard’s on Facebook, and Margaret’s WAGives fundraiser💕 We’re excited to announce that our anonymous donor is extending their matching funds offer…

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Support Youth Mental Health on #GivingTuesday

Friends of NAMI have never been afraid to think big – tackling the complicated subject of mental health, and ultimately breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness is no small task. To explain our strategies and services, NAMI Eastside often points to our work in advocacy, education, support, and awareness. But these are still broad…

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Honoring a Legacy: Remembering Susan Rynas, Co-Founder of NAMI Eastside

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Susan Rynas, a remarkable woman who, together with her husband Mike, and with their friend, Brigitte ‘Bri’ Wiechmann, founded NAMI Eastside. Their inspiration came from loved ones and their journey led to the creation of a community lifeline for those affected by mental illness in East…

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Luncheon Press Release

NAMI Eastside Luncheon to Explore Loneliness Epidemic, Award Surgeon General The theme is inspired by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy’s work confronting the loneliness epidemic. NAMI Eastside’s luncheon seeks to use his Surgeon General’s Advisory as a conversation starter that will connect, educate, and inspire participants. REDMOND, WA – NAMI Eastside. 27th September 2023…

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Profiles in Mental Health: Noah Kahan

Who is Noah Kahan   Noah Kahan is a rising star in the music world, and an outlier in today’s pop music scene. Not only does his stripped-down intimate style of folk music differ from the heavily produced hits you hear on the radio, but the subject matter in them is real, raw, and meaningful….

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Photos from YMHC 2023

Enjoy some of the images from our 2023 Youth Mental Health Conference in Redmond. If you attended the conference please fill out this quick feedback form. It helps our organization tremendously.   You can contact us at if you would like high-quality versions of any of these images Or this slideshow

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GiveBIG for Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s mental health awareness month and there is no better way to kick it off than with the annual GiveBIG event   We are pleased to announce that all donations during the GiveBIG event ending on May 3 will be matched 1:1 up to $100,000! GiveBIG is a statewide fundraising campaign organized by 501 Commons…

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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.


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.”