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.

No Family Support Group July 3rd

The Family Support Group meeting scheduled for tonight, July 3rd, at St. Peter’s Hospital has been canceled. Meetings will resume on their normal schedule next week.

Please email info@namitm.org if you have any questions.

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