The 2018 NAMI Washington State Conference will be held at the Yakima Conference Center on September 28-29. Plenary sessions and workshops will focus on the Conference theme: Mental Health at the Intersections. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nami-washington-2018-annual-state-conference-tickets-46887826752
Join NAMI Yakima on Wednesday ,August 22, at 5 p.m. at Comprehensive Healthcare Auditorium for our Annual Meeting. We will be voting on By-laws changes that will complete our NAMI affiliation. We will also vote for the FY 2018-19 budget, and for officers, Vice-President and Treasurer. There’ll be food and fun as well as important business to conduct. All members are urged to attend.
Come to the NAMI Yakima Booth at the Moxee Hop Festival, August 2, 3 and 4. We’ll be hosting the dunk tank and giving folks an opportunity to cool off, during the 3 day event. It’s lots of fun and we hope to see you there.
A Community Forum, Navigating a Mental Health Crisis, will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1604 West Yakima Avenue, Yakima WA. A panel of service providers and crisis responders will discuss questions such as, How to prepare for a crisis, What to do during and following a crisis, and What should be included in a crisis plan. The community is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served.
Carrie Huie Pascua will provide training on Cross Cultural Communication at the quarterly dinner meeting of the NAMI teachers and facilitators, scheduled for 6:00 p.m., June 18, 2018 at the Comprehensive Healthcare Auditorium. Deanna Roy will provide an update on NAMI programs and the program schedule for Summer and Fall 2018 will be developed. All certified teachers/facilitators are urged to attend.
Join us for NAMI Walks on June 2 in Kirkland. We are walking to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. You can register for the event or donate to TEAM YAKIMA by going to https://www.namiwalks.org/team/Yakima
The NAMI Yakima Advocacy Committee will meet March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Comprehensive Healthcare, Room B-210. The agenda will include follow-up on legislation supported at NAMI Lobby Day. Several bills have passed both houses and will go to the Governor for signature. They include House Bill 1377 the Student Mental Health Bill, HB 1783 regarding Legal Financial Obligations and SB 6491 Increasing Availability of Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Please join our advocacy team as we work to ensure comprehensive mental health care in Washington State.
NAMI Yakima Winter/Spring 2018 Programs
NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group – An ongoing support group for individuals with a mental health condition; meets Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Comprehensive Healthcare, Entrance #1. No registration necessary.
NAMI Family Support Group – An ongoing support group for family members of individuals with a mental health condition; meets Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Comprehensive Healthcare, Entrance #1. No registration necessary
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy – This workshop will prepare you to tell your story and to meet with your legislators. Two workshops are scheduled: Tuesday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m., or Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m.Contact the NAMI office 509-453-8229, firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
NAMI Family and Friends Seminars – a 5-hour seminar to inform and support people with loved ones who have a mental health condition. Provides information about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Lunch is provided. Scheduled monthly: February 10, March 24 and April 21, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register online at https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Friends or contact the NAMI office 509-453-8229.
NAMI Family to Family Class – 12 week course for family members of persons with a mental health condition will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning April 10 to June 26. This class provides in depth information about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Contact the NAMI Yakima office to register, 509-453-8229, email@example.com.
NAMI Peer to Peer Class – a 10 week course for persons with a mental health condition, scheduled for Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning April 12 to June 14. Peer facilitators provide information about mental health and will help individuals develop a recovery plan. Contact the NAMI Yakima office to register, 509-453-8229, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All NAMI Yakima Programs are Free of Charge.
NAMI Family and Friends is a FREE 5 hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families. Lunch is provided. For more information contact us at 509-453-8229. Please register for the course by going to https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Friends
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy workshops have been scheduled in preparation for NAMI Lobby Day (February 19) in Olympia. Two workshops will be held, Tuesday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m or Thursday January 25 at 6 p.m. Both workshops will be held at the Comprehensive Healthcare auditorium. 402 S. 4th Ave. Yakima WA 98902. You will prepare your story in order to speak to policy makers with confidence, and you will be provided tips and tools for an effective meeting with your legislator. Contact the NAMI Yakima Office, 509-453-8229, to register for either workshop.