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New Family Support Group for Parents and Caregivers
of school-aged children having difficulty during the pandemic – Starting February 11!

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Staying Resilient During COVID

NAMI SW WA has put together a booklet about being resilient.
Please share it with others. We are all in this pandemic together.
If you want to join a support group, visit our Online Support Groups page for the schedule.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Read more about suicide, how to talk to children and teens about suicide, and find resources.
If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


January 26, 2021
Submitted by UnitedHealthcare of Washington.

A new study finds that Washingtonians who reported feeling “frequent mental health distress” increased 25% between 2014 and 2019. The finding, part of United Health Foundation’s annual “America’s Health Rankings” report, aligns with nationwide trends, which show that the percentage of adults who reported their mental health was “not good” 14 or more days in the past 30 days — increased by 11% nationally between 2018 and 2019 alone.

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    December 31, 2020 by Leah LaCivita

    Category: Law Enforcement Emergency Medical Services

    All across the country, some local governments are beginning to reimagine the functions of law enforcement in thier communities. Whether the impetus is to reallocate services,  implement social justice initiatives, or focus on de-escalating potentially dangerous situations involving individuals with behavioral health or substance abuse, increasingly, jurisdiction are considering models that pair local law enforcement with trained mental health professionals to answer non-violent crisis calls.

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    DEC. 21, 2020

    By Anthony Nedelman, Ph.D.

    Like most men, I find myself unable to keep all the plates spinning nicely on their poles.

    As a husband, father of a three-year-old and a four-month old, and a working professional, the only time I can get anything done for me is while everyone is asleep. Which is why I snuck downstairs at 5:00 am to work on this very important topic: dads need help.

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    Late yesterday, Congress passed major legislation (a bill combining the FY 2021 federal budget and COVID-relief provisions) that includes big wins for mental health — provisions that NAMI fought for that will benefit people with mental health conditions as well as nonprofits, like NAMI state and local organizations.

    This legislation is especially critical given the dramatic increases in people experiencing mental health conditions during this pandemic. “NAMI thanks Congress for passing the COVID-19 relief package and new federal budget,” said NAMI CEO Daniel H.

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    Dec. 5, 2020 at 6:14 am Updated Dec. 6, 2020 at 7:14 am Laura Dilts, of Barre, Mass., holds a photograph of her 16-year-old son outside the Worcester Recovery Center, where he is a resident patient receiving assistance for his mental health, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Worcester, Mass. The coronavirus pandemic has led to rising emergency room visits and longer waits for U.S. children and teens facing mental health issues. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Laura Dilts, of Barre, Mass., holds a photograph of her 16-year-old son outside the Worcester Recovery Center, where he is a resident… (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) More By The Associated Press

    When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds.

    The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic,

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    By  on October 24, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we live our lives in almost every way. The impact on the economy has dominated discussions. Yet there’s another potential problem that’s going unaddressed.

    The stay-at-home orders have had a huge psychological impact. They’ve particularly affected those who already had mental health difficulties. Loneliness is a problem for those isolated from their usual support networks.

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    NOV. 18, 2020

    By Linda Snow-Griffin, Ph.D.



    What airline passenger truly loves flying in turbulent conditions? My husband, who is a private pilot, likes to remind me that turbulence is like driving on a bumpy country road. While this can seem reassuring, I still dislike the feeling of being out of control. Thoughts of “will I survive?” still freak me out until we get to a smoother air space.

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    For the last four years NAMI has proudly received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This four-star rating shows that NAMI exceeds industry standards, adheres to best practices and fulfills our mission in a financially responsible and efficient way. NAMI has also earned GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency by voluntarily sharing the measures of progress and results we use to pursue our mission and received a perfect score of 100 for our accountability and transparency.

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    “Speak me fair in death.”—The Merchant of Venice

    Posted Nov 16, 2020

    The circumstances of Edgar Allan Poe’s death are as strange and mysterious as any story he wrote.  Much is known about his last days.  But the facts obscure more than they reveal.

    Consider: On September 27th, 1849, Poe set out for New York via Baltimore and Philadelphia, traveling by steamboat.  The day before his departure, he complained of a fever and went to a doctor

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    How to Cope with the Loss of a Dream

    The loss of a dream can feel like an emotional emergency.

    Posted Nov 04, 2020

    Christian Erfurt/Unsplash Source: Christian Erfurt/Unsplash

    Many of us know what the loss of a dream feels like.

    Perhaps you…

    • tried to get into veterinary school but didn’t.
    • opened a restaurant and it went under.
    • got divorced, broke up,
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