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NAMI Washington has our annual convention and is not to be missed on Sept. 15th through 17th. Our convention is of comparable quality to the NAMI National Convention, but shorter and nearby. 

This year our conference will be in Olympia at the Red Lion (RL).  At this upscale hotel we will hear speakers on a variety of essential topics.  For example, our own Ron Honberg who is our chief attorney at NAMI National will speak.  He takes a personal interest in NAMI Washington.  Always approachable and he even initiated a conversation with me at the recent National Convention is DC.  He will speak on Friday evening.

Earlier on Friday a representative of The Gates Foundation will speak.  I look forward to getting to see how a real mover and shaker addresses mental illness and substance use disorders as he addresses his topic. 

Over the three days the workshops will be interesting covering a variety of topics--HIPPA and confidentiality (ever think you can't get enough info in our state (things   have changed)).   Other workshops include:  supportive housing and education (feel you or a relative could be on their own with just a little help), de-escalation (avoid a crisis by cooling things down), traumatic brain injury and the up and coming ABLE program which makes it possible to work without jeopardizing benefits.  We need to reduce the disincentives to employment. 

On a more personal level there will be a workshop on resilience.  Determination and persistence can happen while utilizing ideas about resilience.

Plus, in keeping with the script on a  new NAMI t-shirt, at the convention you find out that "you are not alone."  You can make new friends and learn of their ideas.  What have they tried?  Hotels always have an exercise room so you can integrate the information while working out and being healthy.

See you in Olympia!

John Freeburg
Former President NAMI Kitsap
Former NAMI Washington Board Member

Action alert! With your help, Washington Legislature ​can pass a bill to support children's mental health in schools before summer break.

Did you know there is still a children’s mental health bill that can be put into action? SHB 1377 (Improving student mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services) is supported by NAMI & the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) of Washington, and is still alive in the Washington State Legislature as part of the ongoing budget discussions in the second special session which begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

My name is Quinn and I am:

A dog lover, a gamer, 31 years old, a writer, transgender, a snack enthusiast, a hiker, and someone who lives with treatment resistant bipolar disorder.

Quinn

I guess it might seem like being open about having a mental illness is a scary thing, but I like to believe that the manner in which I confront it says a lot about me. I definitely haven’t always felt that way, but things have changed a lot in the last few years. 

Having representation of mental health conditions in the media is so important - that's why for Mental Health Month 2017, we put together this list of recommended reads for teens and parents. We have many of these titles available for members to check out in our library.

 

If you purchase a book through the links below, NAMI Seattle gets a portion of the proceeds from Amazon!

 

10 Recommended Mental Health Reads for Youth



1. Crazy  by Han Nolan (Grades 7-10)

Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen on bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance. Both heartbreaking and funny, Crazy provides more of the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for.

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NAMI Greater Seattle's bi-monthly newsletter for members, covering issues of interest to those living with mental illness, their families and friends.

Education

NAMI Greater Seattle will provide a brief, 20-30 minute "NAMI Overview" presentation upon request. If you are interested in a NAMI Greater Seattle general presentation, or have a specific topic in mind, please contact our office at (206) 783-9264.

In Our Own Voice

A 60-90 minute presentation which unmasks mental illness, using personal stories to illuminate what it is like to live with a mental illness and maintain recovery. In Our Own Voice presenters change attitudes, misconceptions, and stereotypes regarding mental illness by sharing their experience and participating in an open Q&A at the end of the session.

Educating the Next Generation

Brings the truth about mental health, mental illness, and local resources to middle and high school students using trained interns to teach a 45 minute, interactive class. Students complete pre and post tests to measure change in their understanding of stigma, bias, and stereotypes associated with mental illness.

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