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.

Call to Action: NAMI National Call-In Day: Tuesday, January 17th

Hello NAMI Supporters and Advocates,

A national debate is raging over the future of health care. It’s our job to make sure that mental health remains at the forefront of the conversation on Capitol Hill.

That’s why NAMI is partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, Addiction Policy Forum and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to host a National Call-In Day on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

How can you help?

1. Call Congress.

Ask them to protect Medicaid and insurance safeguards that help millions of Americans who get mental health care.

Call (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code

Here’s our suggested message:
“As a constituent, I would like the Representative to protect people with mental illness who can’t afford to lose health coverage. Please preserve Medicaid and insurance safeguards that help people get mental health care. Thank you.”

Want to do more? Call your Senators with the same message.

Call (202) 224-3121, press #1 and enter your zip code.

2. Promote the National Call-In through your Social Media Channels.

We’ve put together a list of suggested social media posts to make it easy for you to encourage your friends and families to take action.

  • Monday, January 16th—Advocacy Alert, Facebook post and Tweets
  • Tuesday, January 17th— Facebook post and Tweets

Together, let’s tell Congress to protect mental health!

Please feel free to use this image in your posts:

Tell Congress to Protect Mental Health

Call-In Day Posts:

Tweet for Mon, Jan 16th 

Tweet: Insert your voice into the debate over the future of health care and protect #mentalhealth. Call CongressTOMORROWhttp://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Tweets for Tue, Jan 17th (three to post throughout day)

Tweet #1: Protect Medicaid and insurance safeguards that help people get mental health care. Call Congress TODAY. http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Tweet #2: #MentalHealth Care for All? It’s Your Call. Call Congress NOW. http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Tweet #3: Your voice is powerful. Use it to protect mental health care. Call Congress NOW. http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Facebook Post for Mon, Jan 16th 

Facebook Post: Debate is raging over the future of health care—insert your voice into the conversation to protect mental health. Call Congress tomorrowhttp://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Facebook Post for Tue, Jan 17th 
Facebook Post: Mental Health Care for All? It’s Your Call. Call Congress NOW. http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Mental-Health-Care-for-All-It-s-Your-Call

Please feel free to share this message with other warriors of mental health!

Angela Kimball
National Director
Advocacy & Public Policy

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Main: 703-524-7600
Direct: 703-516-7973
Mobile: 503-880-8710

NAMI Day has a New Date,February 20th

Make Your Voice Heard! 

Join us for NAMI Day at the State Capitol!
NAMI members and supporters are the most effective people to educate legislators about mental illness and the need to change our current “mental illness” system to a “mental health” system. Non-NAMI members are welcome to join us.

Date: February 20, 2017
Location: Temple Beth Hatifloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia WA
RSVP: Please RSVP if you are attending NAMI Day. This online reservation system requires you to put in each attendee individually.

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Give Hope on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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NAMI Thurston-Mason is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our counties a better place to live  for the 1 in 4 people affected by mental illness and for those that love them. Our free support groups, classes and education programs are made possible by the generous support of our community members.

Thank you for your donation this Giving Tuesday, and for your endless support of NAMI Thurston-Mason. We are changing the way the world views mental health, and you are a part of that.

Make a donation to NAMI Thurston-Mason

October 19, 2016

Laughter Not Stigma! Join us on October 19th for a Free Night of Stand-Up Comedy at SPSCC

This hilarious free event at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts is not to be missed!

When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia WA 98512
What : Two Hours of Free Stand-Up Comedy!
Whom: Critically acclaimed celebrity comic Victoria Maxwell will perform from her celebrated show “That’s Just Crazy Talk”; Local celebrity and rising stand-up star Sam Miller will share his story of living a life in recovery

Join Us on October 19th
Laughter! Not Stigma. A Free Comedy Performance at SPSCC

This program brought to you by NAMI Thurston-Mason

safeTalk Suicide Prevention Training, October 15th, 2016

Next Workshop: Saturday Oct. 15, 2016 at 9:00am
Location: Capital Christian Center – 4431 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516
To register go to: https://go2ccc.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=117
Course fee: $10 .00   CEU fee $5.00

Suicide is preventable and anyone can make a difference.
Attend this half-day safeTALK program and learn to:

  • identify people who may have thoughts of suicide,
  • ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, then
  • connect them to live-saving resources.

safeTALK is open to anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience. Both professionals and members of the general public can benefit from safeTALK.

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Take action this Friday, September 2nd Tell Your Senator to Pass S.2680!

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Take action this Friday, September 2nd
Tell Your Senator to Pass S.2680! 

Despite strong bi-partisan support, the window for the U.S. Senate to act on S.2680 is rapidly closing. NAMI has declared that the TIME IS NOW to tell the Senate to follow the House’s lead, pass S.2680 and enact true mental health reform.

NAMI has made this Friday, September 2nd, as a national call-in day for advocates across the country to call their senators to tell them to pass S.2680.

Take 2 minutes this Friday to call your Senator and tell them to demand a vote on S.2680 now.
Call (202) 224-3121, press #1 and then enter your zip code to reach your Senator.
Here’s our suggested message:

“As a constituent of the Senator’s, I would like him/her to demand a vote on S.2680, the Mental Health Reform Act. The House passed Mental Health Reform 422-2. The Senate should act. There is a mental health crisis in this country. This bill will help. Thank you.”

Click here to view talking points for S.2680 which NAMI has put together. Feel free to incorporate any of these points when making the call.

Thurston County man has served three times his maximum sentence due to mental illness

For 272 days, a 34-year-old Thurston County man has been held prisoner by the state’s mental health system.

He’s served more than triple the 90-day maximum sentence for his alleged crime, felony harassment.

But because of his mental health condition, Farokh Jalil-Al-Ghadr has been found incompetent to stand trial or plead guilty. So he remains in the Thurston County Jail.

Over those 272 days, Jalil-Al-Ghadr twice was sent to Western State Hospital, a Lakewood facility operated by the state Department of Social and Health Services — once for a 15-day mental health evaluation and once for 45 days of competency restoration treatment.

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An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold
By BENEDICT CAREYAUG. 8, 2016

Caroline White at the office of the Hearing Voices Network in Holyoke, Mass. The program, which relies on members supporting one another, does not use the words “patient” or “treatment.” Ms. White, who hears voices in her head, said psychiatric therapy had made her feel “hopeless, because the drugs just made me feel worse.” Credit Sasha Maslov for The New York Times
HOLYOKE, Mass. — Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong comfort, as protective as a favorite aunt. It was the others — “you’re nothing, they’re out to get you, to kill you” — that led her down a rabbit hole of failed treatments and over a decade of hospitalizations, therapy and medications, all aimed at silencing those internal threats.

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What it’s like living with both Depression and Anxiety!

 

What It’s Like Living With Both Depression and Anxiety

By
Anna Buckley
Contributor
I write about Anxiety
Depression is like a sinkhole. One minute you’re standing on firm ground, and the next minute you’re falling into a pit of darkness. Depression is crying over something simple, like dropping a glass on the ground and breaking it, but not crying when something drastic happens, such as a family member passes away.

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Thurston Mason Behavioral Health OMBUDS SERVICE

Thurston Mason Behavioral Health
OMBUDS SERVICE
The Ombuds is available to assist you with:
• Resolving concerns and grievances
• Providing information and referral
• Preparing Mental Health Advance Directives
• Assisting with Appeal and Administrative Hearings pertaining to your Behavioral Health services

Services are CONFIDENTIAL and FREE OF CHARGE.
To contact the OMBUDS please call 360-867-2556 or cell: 360-280-7656. Email: ombuds@co.thurston.wa.us .

OMBUDS services are available to all people receiving BHO funded Medicaid Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services.