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  • News | NAMI Skagit

    What's New Now, students can take a mental health day without cutting class This month school districts across the state face a deadline to update their absence policies to cover mental health-related reasons as an excused absence. Parents will be able to call to excuse their child from class as they would for reasons such as illness, family emergency, scholarship interviews or court proceedings. ​ Read more What role should police play in mental health calls? Seattle has small, limited crisis staff Evidence shows people with mental health problems experience worse — sometimes lethal — outcomes when police get involved. According to a national 2015 study by the Treatment Advocacy Center, people with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police interaction than other residents. ​ Read more Stop conflating mass shootings with mental illness | Mental Health Perspectives Authored by Lauren Simons, CEO of NAMI Washington "These events have brought a renewed focus on mental illness and attempts to link mental illness to violence. As the CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington, I beg of you to stop. Violence is not a product of mental illness. Violence is a product of untreated anger." ​ Read more Texas school shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror Recent events is forcing parents and schools to once again confront how to talk to kids about violence. Experts have told The Times these are complex and sensitive conversations, but also vital — especially for the children of today, who've endured a pandemic. Here are some tips experts have suggested. ​ Read more Should Will Smith's Slap Be Condemned More Harshly Than Chris Rock's Words? The age-old phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is disproven time and time again when I watch the mental health, and subsequently, physical health, of children and adults decline due to verbal abuse or bullying. ​ Read more How Washington lawmakers did — and didn’t — boost mental health care this year New laws around mental health issues were often placed on the back burner during this year’s legislative session, as hot topics like policing and affordable housing demanded legislators’ attention. ​ Read more Where are you most likely to catch COVID? New study highlights high risk locations It’s well known that certain places and activities carry varying risks of coronavirus exposure, but a new study takes away much of the guesswork, offering clear estimates instead. ​ Read more The Pocket Guide to Mental Strength and Fitness Mental strength and fitness refers to your internal game; it’s the ability to stay in shape for life: To manage your thoughts and emotions in healthy, adaptable ways. ​ Read more Much-Needed Everett Mental Health Unit Opens With 24 Beds Nature photos. A view of the water. Foam doors. Comfortable rocking chairs. Those are a few of the features at Providence Regional Medical Center’s new 24-bed in-patient behavioral health unit that opened Thursday in Everett. ​ Read more Compass Health’s New Supportive Housing Facility On May 21, 2021 Compass Health opened its permanent supportive housing facility as part of the Broadway Campus Redevelopment project. The new supportive housing facility includes 82 units of housing and many other features that will provide a lasting impact on the community. ​ Read more

  • NAMI Skagit

    A change in crisis response 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is now live on all devices! People can dial 988 if they are having thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Learn more Find Support If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. NAMI Skagit provides many support groups and courses throughout the year. ​ ​ Learn more → Quick navigation Get Involved Take a look at the ways you can get involved with NAMI Skagit and make a difference in the lives of Americans living with mental health conditions. ​ Learn more → Find Resources Crisis lines for when you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis. Resources for teens including crisis lines and wellness apps. Recursos de ayuda recursos para todas las edades More resources → ¡Encuentra ayuda, encuentra esperanza! NAMI Skagit se dedica a mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con enfermedades mentales y sus familias a través del apoyo, la educación y la defensa. Learn more View the latest What role should police play in mental health calls? Seattle has small, limited crisis staff Read more Now, students can take a mental health day without cutting class HB 1834 – Concerning student excused absences for mental health reasons Read more 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health * Trigger Warning: Suicide View survey More news → "Gracias por tu buen trabajo. ¡Estás marcando la diferencia! " - Pareja de La Conner, WA Leer más voces de la comunidad

  • Events | NAMI Skagit

    EVENTOS Consulte a continuación para obtener una lista de los próximos eventos. NAMIWalks 2022! On June 4th, 2022 NAMI Skagit hosted a satellite event locally at the beautiful Port of Skagit Nature Trails in Mount Vernon! Thank you to all who came out and participated! ​ Check back next year for more details on our next NAMIWalks event!

  • Support Groups | NAMI Skagit

    Support Groups NAMI support groups are peer-led and offer participants an opportunity to share their experiences and gain support from other attendees. Open Support Group Interested in attending future groups? Fill out our program interest form! NAMI Open Support Group is a group for both family members and/or those living with mental illness. Participate together or each on your own. Grab a beverage, a snack, and get comfortable. The topics for the evening are the groups to choose, based on the needs. ​ Open support groups occur on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in person at the NAMI Skagit office ( 2222 Riverside Dr. Suite 403, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) ​ View our calendar for upcoming groups Family Support Group Interested in attending future groups? Fill out our program interest form! NAMI Family Support Group is a support group for family members 18+, significant others and friends of people with mental health challenges. Join us in a group that understands your journey, led by leaders with lived experience. We focus on: Finding strength by sharing experiences - you are not alone. Accepting that we cannot solve every problem Providing a welcoming and confidential space Learning self care tips & sharing resources ​ Family support groups occur on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Zoom ​ View our calendar for upcoming groups NAMI Snohomish Connection Recovery Support Group Interested in attending future groups? Fill out our program interest form! NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who've been there. ​ NAMI Snohomish Connections group is now meeting in person at the Verdant Health Commission 4710 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30. Contact Kathy at kathy@namisnohomishcounty.org Click here for more information

  • Get Involved ▼ | NAMI Skagit

    NAMI Walks NAMIWalks Your Way Washington 2022 is part of a nationwide movement that brings together like-minded supporters who are determined to reach one goal -- Mental Health for All. The statewide NAMIWalks Your Way took place on June 4th, 2022 in Kirkland, Washington. NAMI Skagit hosted a satellite event locally at the beautiful Port of Skagit Walking Trails in Mount Vernon. NAMI on Campus Some of the best support a student can receive is from peers. Start or join a NAMI on Campus club and connect with other students to find support and take action at your school. ​ Learn more Bring Ending The SIlence to your school! Offered in person by NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the country since 2014, NAMI Ending the Silence has reached more than 800,000 people through an evidence-based presentation. The presentation, intended to fill about one class period, teaches the basics of mental health and is accompanied by a testimonial from a young adult who has experienced a mental health condition, sharing their journey to recovery. Learn more NAMI Ending the Silence , is now available on a virtual platform that can be used anywhere. Learn more here Interested in becoming a group leader? Apply to attend state training to become a leader of a NAMI program! We need more facilitators! Trainings in NAMI Signature programs allow NAMI Skagit to bring programs to our community. ​ Learn more Interested in volunteering with NAMI Skagit? Volunteers are essential to the work that NAMI does. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please fill out the form below. ​ Volunteer Interest Form

  • NAMI Skagit | About

    Sobre NAMI Skagit Nuestra misión NAMI Skagit se dedica a mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con enfermedades mentales y sus familias a través del apoyo, la educación y la defensa. ​ Abogamos a nivel del condado, estatal y nacional por el acceso no discriminatorio a la atención médica, la vivienda, la educación y el empleo de calidad para las personas con enfermedades mentales. También trabajamos para educar al público sobre las enfermedades mentales, trabajamos para eliminar el estigma de las enfermedades mentales y abogamos por una mayor financiación para la investigación de las causas y el tratamiento de las enfermedades mentales. Nuestra visión En el futuro que imaginamos, la enfermedad mental ya no frustrará la realización de su potencial por parte de una persona. Con diagnósticos precisos tempranos, intervenciones y medicamentos y servicios específicos, no existe una discapacidad generalizada. En última instancia, imaginamos el día en que se encuentre la prevención o la cura. Nuestro propósito Abogar a nivel nacional, estatal y del condado por el acceso no discriminatorio a la atención médica, la vivienda, la educación y el empleo de calidad para las personas con enfermedades mentales. Nuestro objetivo es educar al público sobre las enfermedades mentales, trabajar para eliminar el estigma de las enfermedades mentales y abogar por una mayor financiación para la investigación de las causas y el tratamiento de las enfermedades mentales. Historia La Alianza Nacional de Enfermedades Mentales, NAMI, es la organización de salud mental de base más grande del país. Fundada en 1979 en Madison, Wisconsin, NAMI comenzó cuando dos madres se unieron para abogar por mejores servicios de salud mental para sus hijos adultos y se opusieron a la idea de que ellas eran las culpables de los trastornos psiquiátricos de sus hijos. Desde entonces, NAMI ha crecido para incluir a miles de voluntarios, personas que viven con enfermedades mentales, familiares, amigos y otros defensores, que son el rostro y la voz del movimiento NAMI. A través de la divulgación, la educación, la promoción y la investigación, trabajamos juntos para combatir el estigma, promover la conciencia, mejorar el acceso a servicios y asistencia de tratamiento de calidad, y para apoyar y celebrar el proceso de recuperación para nosotros, los miembros de nuestra familia y nuestros amigos. NAMI tiene más de 950 afiliados en todos los estados, el Distrito de Columbia, Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes. ​

  • Recursos de ayuda | NAMI Skagit

    Recursos de ayuda Recursos generales NAMI La salud mental en la comunidad latina ​ ​ Cómo lidiar con una crisis de salud mental (PDF) ¿Cómo te sientes? Qué hacer ahora Depresión o ansiedad recursos Adolescentes y jóvenes Website (ES) Ansiedad por los tiroteos en las escuelas Website (Select language)

  • NAMI Walks 2022 | NAMI Skagit

    Thank you walkers! NAMIWalks Your Way Washington 2022 was part of a nationwide movement that brings together like-minded supporters who are determined to reach one goal -- Mental Health for All. ​ On June 4th, 2022, in tandem with the NAMI Washington's team, NAMI Skagit hosted a satellite event locally at the beautiful Port of Skagit Walking Trails in Mount Vernon. ​ Thank you to those who came out and walked with us! Left to Right: Maggie, Lindsy, Arletta Lori, Julie, Penny, Jerry, Crystal (foreground) Penny & Jerry Starting the walk at Port of Skagit nature trail!

  • NAMI Skagit | Crisis Lines

    LINEAS DE CRISIS If you are in a life-threatening situation, please call 911! Washington State Línea directa las 24 horas: 800-584-3578 (Condados de Island, Skagit, Snohomish y Whatcom) Suicidio nacional 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana Línea de vida de prevención: 800-273-8255 o envía un mensaje de texto con HOME al 741741 Línea de texto de crisis: envía NAMI al 741-741 Conéctese con un consejero de crisis capacitado para recibir apoyo en caso de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, a través de un mensaje de texto. Youth Enlace para adolescentes: llamar o enviar un mensaje de texto 800-273-8255 Conéctese con adolescentes voluntarios capacitados que escucharán sus inquietudes y hablarán con usted sobre lo que tenga en mente. LGBTQ+ Suicide Hotline (Trevor Project): Call 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678 Teen Dating Violence Hotline 24/7: Call or Text 1-866-331-9474 Domestic Abuse National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 Substance Abuse and Addiction National Drug Hotline: 1-844-289-0879 Call the helpline and put yourself on the path to recovery. Get private, confidential help from trusted professionals day and night. Veterans and older adults Veteran Suicide Hotline: Call 800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255 , or chat online Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Línea gratuita de amistad de Institute on Aging las 24 horas: Llame 800-971-0016 Conéctese con voluntarios capacitados que se especializan en ofrecer un oído atento y tener una conversación amistosa con adultos mayores deprimidos. Behavioral Health Servicios de atención urgente de salud conductual de Providence: 435-261-4210

  • NAMI Skagit | Resources

    Recursos de NAMI Skagit General Meet Little Monster! Download here! “Meet Little Monster” is a brand new coloring book from NAMI Washington designed to facilitate the conversation about mental and emotional health with children and their parents and caretakers. ​ The coloring book is 100% Free! ​ “Meet Little Monster” is available in both English and Spanish Tools2Thrive Toolkits Washington’s United General District 304 has created Tools2Thrive toolkits that can be used throughout the year. Resources include information and ideas that individuals can use throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19. There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, regardless of the situations they are dealing with. Learn more Have a complaint about your insurance? Is your health insurance company making it hard for you to get coverage for mental health and/or substance use disorder services? The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner can help you if you are on a commercial, fully insured plan or a Qualified Health Plan through the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange. Learn more Island County's new Autism Spectrum Disorder website! Island County now has an Autism Spectrum Disorder website. Want to know more about: Screening, Evaluations, Resources (check out our disability resource guides), Support, FAQs and more? The website is designed to easily walk you through the process of potential concern, diagnosis and beyond. View here! University of Washington's Forefront Suicide Prevention University of Washington’s Forefront Suicide Prevention is translating the research and expertise of leading experts in suicide prevention into innovative approaches that can save lives. The laws, programs and partnerships they have developed across Washington state are serving as a national model for bringing suicide prevention and mental health to the forefront of legislative agendas, school curricula and public awareness. Learn more Wellness Resources Maureen Kane Counseling Resources A collection of breathing exercise videos as well as a collection of books and mobile apps. ​ *These calming video resources may be useful to you or family members. We teach some of these in NAMI's Signature Courses. They are not an endorsement of this therapist by NAMI Skagit. Learn more ​ Right as Rain is a digital publication dedicated to helping you feel healthy and well. It is published by UW Medicine, an international leader in research, patient care and physician training, located in Seattle. Healthy ideas in your inbox! provides empathetic, affordable, person-to-person care at scale, including medication management, behavioral health treatment, support groups, and care coordination, supporting patients wherever they’re at in their recovery journey. Learn more Eventos What The Science Says about Substance Use and Mental Health with Jason Kilmer Jason Kilmer, Ph.D. a Univ. of WA Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences speaks on the topic of how increased THC potency, combined with daily use of cannabis over 10% THC (defined as high potency), increases the risk of psychosis five to six times compared to people who don’t use. Watch the conversation Asistencia COVID-19 Eviction help in Skagit County A helpful and extensive list of resources by Washington LawHelp for those experiencing eviction during this time. Includes resources in multiple languages. Learn more COVID Bill Assistance Puget Sound Energy has launched an assistance program for its customers who may have been impacted by the pandemic. It’s called CACAP and if you qualify, PSE will credit your account for past-due balances up to $2,500. Eligibility is dependent on income. Learn more