The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Washington (NAMI SW WA) is dedicated to helping all people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy, whether they are individuals living with a diagnosis, family members, or friends and coworkers. NAMI SW WA’s service area is Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties in Washington State.
Every year, 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health disorder and 1 in 5 youth will receive a mental health diagnosis before the age of 18. We educate individuals and families through NAMI Signature Classes including BASICS, Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, and Parents and Teachers as Allies and through our own programs such as STRivE, a 36-week psychoeducational curriculum that allows individuals to learn about and acquire for their own use many skills and tools to help them get into and stay in recovery. In addition, we have created training programs to help children and their parents and caregivers learn more about resiliency, the one thing that can help people overcome adverse events that may lead to mental and physical health problems in adulthood. SEE ME is an educational program that combines facts about mental health issues with first hand presentations by individuals who courageously talk about their lives with mental health diagnoses that is greatly reducing the stigma of mental illness in SW WA.
NAMI SW WA’s mission is to provide support to individuals with any mental health diagnosis and to their family members and friends through a NAMI Signature group, CONNECTION, and weekly Family Support Groups. Our mental health services include one-on-one short-term counseling through our licensed professional staff, supervised interns, and trained peer support specialists. We offer medication consultation by a registered pharmacist who specializes in psychiatric medications. We also offer consultation with a Peer Benefits Specialist who assists in navigation and job-hunting opportunities within the Social Security system, among other services.
NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research, and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need. Our advocacy occurs at the local, county, state, and national level.
We Believe That:
- People can recover from a mental health disorder or learn to manage their illness, taking responsibility for their recovery
- Persons with brain disorders are entitled to live the highest quality of life possible, in their own communities
- Family and social support is essential to recovery
- Family members can learn how to cope and to take care of themselves
There is no charge for NAMI services.