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Save the Date! 2015 Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award Dinner

Save the date! NAMI Oregon will honor Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz; her late husband, Dr. Steven Fritz; and Max Williams, President and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, with the Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award at a dinner in Portland on October 6. Created by NAMI Oregon in 2009 to honor the mental health advocacy efforts of former United States Senator Gordon Smith and his wife, Sharon, the New Freedom Award is presented annually and recognizes an individual or individuals for their leadership on mental health issues. Click here to buy tickets or a table. Click here for the news release.

Legislature approves $20M in new mental health and addictions housing

Thank you to all of our members and allies who advocated for new housing funds for people living with mental illness and addictions! The Legislature has approved $20 million for new housing, allocated to the state's affordable housing agency, Housing and Community Services. NAMI Oregon and the Oregon Residential Providers Association will work with the Oregon Health Authority on approving new projects in the 2015-2017 biennium and beyond. Click here for more information.

Mental Health First Aid

NAMI Oregon, with generous support from Providence Health and Services, will be holding an Adult Mental Health First Aid class November 3rd and 4th 9 am to 1 pm at Providence Portland Medical Center. The class is free and includes a printed textbook, but registration is required. To register, download and complete the registration form and return it to Peter Link, NAMI Oregon Education Programs Manager, via email (, fax (503-230-2751), or US mail (NAMI Oregon, 4701 SE 24th Ave., Suite E, Portland, OR 97202). Space is limited so register ASAP.


Thanks so much to everyone for making the 13th annual NAMIWalks Northwest event, presented by Providence Health & Services, our biggest yet! More than 5,000 people showed up to raised funds and awareness and make a statement that mental health matters, and we beat our goal, raising more than $226,000.

Thanks to all of our sponsors, team captains, walkers, donors, and volunteers. You are helping us make a difference for people living with mental illness, as well as families and loved ones. See you in 2016!

Annual Conference - Save the date!

NAMI Oregon's annual conference will be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Village Green Resort in Cottage Grove.  We are currently choosing workshop topics and need your feedback.  Please take two minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what you'd like to see at the conference.

NIH Depression Research Study Enrolling Participants:

Several studies are identifying the physical traits of adult depression and investigating medications that rapidly reduce symptoms. For info and eligibility criteria go to or call: 1-877-MIND-NIH (1-877-646-3644) TTY: 1-866-411-1010, E-mail: For a flyer regarding NIH research studies, click here.

Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

About NAMI Oregon

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon) is a statewide grassroots organization with more than 1,700 members in 14 affiliates; it is one of 50 state organizations that comprise the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families and loved ones through education, support, and advocacy. Our statewide toll-free Helpline (800-343-6264) is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources.

See a list of our current education courses and support groups around Oregon.

NAMI Oregon's affiliates, which rely on the support of dedicated volunteers, are vital to providing programs and services locally to let you know you are not alone. NAMI Oregon also works to ensure that everyone affected by mental illness is represented wherever decisions are made. NAMI Oregon testifies before the state legislature, serves on state planning and advisory committees, actively partners with strategic coalitions, and participates in task forces and other policy forums. 

Read below for the latest news and events at NAMI Oregon.

NAMI in the News

Check out the video below for more information about NAMI Oregon and our advocacy efforts. Executive Director Chris Bouneff is interviewed by television news anchor Ken Ackerman.

Community Resources

NAMI Oregon is rebuilding its Community Resources webpage. We have added many new resources statewide and will continue adding more in the weeks to come. Please take a look. If you know of a resource in your community that falls under one of the categories covered and should be included but is not, please email the suggested addition to

We are located at:

4701 SE 24th St., Suite E
Portland, OR 97202

Click here for a map. Our office is upstairs.


NAMI Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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Related Files

NAMI Oregon Transformation Policy Guide (PDF File)
Monthly Giving Form (PDF File)
Checklist for Providers (PDF File)
Checklist for Family Members (PDF File)
Enrollment Assistance Flyer (PDF File)
Support graphic
2014 Smith Dinner Release
2014 Smith Dinner Release (PDF File)
MHFA Flyer (PDF File)
Smith Dinner Group Photo 2014
Walk 2014 Ribbon Cutting
2015 Starting Line
Walk 2015 Ribbon Cutting
Nov 2015 MHFA Registration Flyer (PDF File)
Mental Health First Aid
2015 Starting Line Balloons
2015 Smith Dinner Release (PDF File)