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  • NAMI Signature Programs | NAMI Skagit

    Signature Programs All NAMI Signature programs are peer-led by trained NAMI volunteers with lived experience. Signature programs include classes, support groups and presentations. They offer skills training, recovery tools and support—all at no cost. Interested in attending future groups? Fill out our program interest form! NAMI Peer-to-Peer (Our 2022 program attendees!) NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment. ​ View our calendar for upcoming groups NAMI Family-to-Family NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. ​ Register by Monday, June 6th at noon by emailing: contact@namiskagit.org ​ Family-to-Family starts June 16th! ​ View our calendar for upcoming groups NAMI Homefront Interested in attending future groups? Fill out our program interest form! NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions. ​ Dates coming soon! ​ View our calendar for upcoming groups

  • 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

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  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer | NAMI Skagit

    NAMI Peer-to-Peer NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches. What you'll gain NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment. NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you: Set a vision and goals for the future Partner with health care providers Develop confidence for making decisions Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools Share your story Strengthen relationships Enhance communication skills Learn about mental health treatment options What people are saying “I am now aware that I’m not alone. I’d like to become more involved with NAMI and advocacy.” “I’ve really learned how to cope with my triggers better, and I’m now on the path to truly loving myself.” “NAMI Peer-to-Peer gave me hope when I was close to giving up. I realized that things can and do get better and that my mental health condition doesn’t define me. I learned how to speak up for myself, build a strong support network and make plans for my future. I felt welcome and like I was among friends. Most importantly, I felt heard and understood.” “I’ve learned how to communicate with my parents about what’s going on with me.” “It was really nice being with people who understood.”

  • 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! Learn more about us View the latest Neighbors, advocates at odds over mental health center near Stanwood Read More 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 More news → "Gracias por tu buen trabajo. ¡Estás marcando la diferencia! " - Pareja de La Conner, WA Leer más voces de la comunidad

  • Community | NAMI Skagit

    Voces de la comunidad Every year, [name of company] makes a donation to a local cause that we want to support that makes our community a better place to live. In the past we’ve given to causes like Helping Hands, Friendship House, and Hospice of Skagit County. Thanks to local customers who shop here, we are able to do the same thing again this year around the holidays. Your organization is our recipient of choice this year. In part, that is because, earlier this year we lost a beloved co-worker and friend who suffered from depression. Thank you for your work, and for improving life in Skagit County. ​ A message from a Mount Vernon business Thank you for the work you do toward making our community a better place ​ Skagit Valley Food Co-op , Mount Vernon, WA Thank you for the great work you do in our communities! We wish you and your team all the very best. ​ Lisa from North Coast Credit Union Thank you for your good work. You're making a difference! ​ La Conner, WA couple Enclosed is a donation of $500 given in recognition of your contribution to improving the lives of others. We appreciate your time and hard work. ​ Camano Island, WA couple Thank you for your dedication to impactful programs and support in our community . ​ Anonymous

  • 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!

  • News | NAMI Skagit

    What's New Neighbors, advocates at odds over mental health center near Stanwood A treatment center that would add up to 32 beds for those struggling with mental illness has drawn resistance. ​ Read more 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 | 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

  • NAMI Homefront | NAMI Skagit

    NAMI Homefront NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. ​ Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions. What you'll gain Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental health conditions. This in-person experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. NAMI Homefront teaches you how to: Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress Support your family member with compassion Identify and access federal, state and local services Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively What people are saying "This training has been really helpful for me to process much of my own emotions. I am at a point now that being able to stop and look back at exactly how far we've come and being reminded of the painful past but positive changes was very empowering. Sometimes when we get stuck in the routine of moving on we lose sight of how far we've come." "I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD but did not know how to handle my loved one — I know better how to handle situations." “You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic “We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital

  • NAMI Family-to-Family | NAMI Skagit

    NAMI Family-to Family NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. ​ NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. What you'll gain NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you'll learn about: How to solve problems and communicate effectively Taking care of yourself and managing your stress Supporting your loved one with compassion Finding and using local supports and services Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain How to handle a crisis Current treatments and therapies The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family What people are saying "The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness." "I wish I'd known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven't been comfortable expressing elsewhere." "Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed." "I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."

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