Support, Education & Hope

For the 1 in 4 who are directly affected by mental illness and those who love them, we make the Thurston and Mason county area a better place to live.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Thurston/Mason provides free support groups and education programs. We fight for improvements to our mental health delivery systems – better access to care, standards of care, recovery, housing, jobs, and rehabilitation.

Family Support Group Canceled, Wednesday November 22nd

Family Support Group is canceled due to Thanksgiving. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Contact the NAMI Thurston-Mason office if you have any questions or need additional support.

Family Support Group Changes

We have had big changes in Family Support Group: Meetings are moving to new locations!

1st & 3rd Monday night Family Support group is “Changing locations”
From: Providence St. Peter Hospital To: Capital Christian Center
4431 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516
NEW TIME: 7:00 pm to 8:30 PM
Effective: October 2nd
Facilitators: Tony & Lori Cloud – (509) 370-5638
Email: tonyCloudMHFA@gmail.com
 
2nd & 4th Wednesday night Support group is “Changing locations”
From: Intercity Transit Board Room To:  Providence St. Peter Hospital
Cafeteria Level, Conference Room #202. (Past Cafeteria, 3rd door on right)
413 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506
NEW TIME: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Effective October 25th
Facilitator: Marilyn Roberts – education@namitm.org
Please contact office@namitm.org or call (360) 493-6021 if you have any questions.

October 12, 2017

Join us October 11th & 12th for Laughter! Not Stigma! Stand up for Mental Health

Join us October 12th for an evening of free laughter and entertainment

Join us for a wonderful evening of free entertainment and laughter featuring David Granirer, renowned comic, author and founder of Stand Up for Mental Health, and local comedian and celebrity Sam Miller.

Where: Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512
When: October 12th, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Meet David Granirer: 
David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health, a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. David who himself has depression is featured in the VOICE Award winning documentary Cracking Up. He has worked with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

Meet Sam Miller: 
Sam Miller grew up in rural Pierce County and moved to Olympia at the age of 14. Sam has worked as a farm hand, a ranch hand, been an inmate, a wildland firefighter, a dishwasher, a warehouse worker, assistant preschool teacher, a chemical dependency counselor and a bouncer. He has lived with alcoholism and methamphetamine addiction since his early teens. He is now in recovery and is currently a husband, father, student and comedian. Some people do comedy instead of therapy; we can all be happy that Sam does both.

Help keep the promise of better health care alive.

Tell your Senators NO on BCRA.

One in five Americans are affected by mental illness and more than 50% do not receive treatment. We need more coverage for mental health care, not less.

The Senate health reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), will take us backwards.

The BCRA will allow states to let health insurance plans drop mental health and substance use coverage. It is outrageous to even suggest that mental health coverage is optional.

The Senate bill will also devastate community mental health programs by cutting Medicaid funding, making it harder for people to get psychiatric medications, case management and mental health services.

It will result in less mental health care and shift people with mental illnesses into already-strained emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.

EMAIL NOW: https://nami.quorum.us/campaign/4420/

June 3, 2017

NAMIWalks 2017 – SUPPORT YOUR STIGMA STOMPERS!

Your NAMI TM chapter is walking to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness on Saturday, June 3rd in Washington NAMIWalks 2017 as the THURSTON-MASON STIGMA STOMPERS!

Here’s how you can support your Stigma Stompers:

NAMIWalks is the largest and most successful mental health fundraising and awareness event in America. Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view individuals with mental illness and ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need.

Visit our team page to join us or pledge your support HERE!

We Challenge you to be STIGMA FREE!!

We are celebrating mental health month again here at NAMI Thurston-Mason!
We challenge you to take the STIGMA FREE pledge!   Email us at media@namitm.org once you’ve taken the pledge, and we’ll send you a free NAMI t-shirt!

What does taking the StigmaFree Pledge mean? 

It just takes a few seconds to fill out the form on NAMI National’s site HERE, but the social impact can change the lives of millions of people affected by mental illness.

The StigmaFree Pledge is a simple 3-step oath that you will commit to change your understanding of mental health.

1. I Pledge that I will learn about Mental Health Issues. 

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues, but knowing the actual facts about mental illness can help you reject stigmatizing stereotypes. Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understand mental health isn’t just about identifying symptoms and naming conditions – it’s about dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

2. I pledge that I will see the person and not the illness.

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey. Their story tell more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness, or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional, taking the time to hear a person’s story and treating them with kindness is the first step to ending the personal stigma that surrounds the narrative of mental illness.

3. I pledge that I will take action on Mental Health Issues.

Our mental health care system is in crisis, and often treatment and recovery are unavailable to many who need it most. Taking action and calling for better mental health legislation and policies can improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Lend your support by showing that this cause is important to you.

Take pictures of you wearing a StigmaFree shirt and send them to media@namitm.org and we will post it on our site and Facebook! All we need is your shirt size, and we’ll send it to you!

Also, challenge 5 other people and/or a business and you will get a cool bling covered reusable grocery bag ?

Thank you for supporting NAMI Thurston-Mason this year to help end the stigma that surrounds mental health, and to help us provide support, education and inspiration to those who need it most in our community.

Take the NAMI Thurston-Mason 2017 Annual Survey

We’d love to hear your feedback!

NAMI Thurston-Mason is planning for the 2017-2018 calendar year, and as we grow we’re looking for specific feedback on our programs and public communications. Would you take a few minutes to rate and/or share your NAMI experiences with us by following the secure link below?
Surveys are confidential and data will be used to drive board decisions and our 2017-2018 budget. Thank you for your support!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZCSM8T