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NAMI-CO Monthly 2018 Newsletter
Community Education Series: "Evening with the Experts"
Trauma-Informed Care

7:00PM - 8:30PM
Central Oregon Collective at 62070 27th Street in Bend, OR 97701

Join us as Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at Deschutes County, presents about mental health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma-Informed Care. Topics will include ACEs, the neurobiology of trauma, relationship dynamics, resilience, and practical things each of us can do to move from fear to trust. Our inherent need for love, safety, acceptance, and opportunities to express our goals and dreams will be at the center of Elizabeth’s talk. The presentation will include an experiential group activity and time for questions and conversation.

The meeting is preceded by our Bend Family Support Group, 5:15-6:45 PM. Please join us in support of good mental health in our community. Our meetings are free and open to all.

3rd Tuesdays, 7-8:
at C.O. Collective 62070 27th St., Bend, OR 97701
April 16 (Deschutes County Stabilization Center)
May 21 (Collaborative Problem Solving)

What is the NAMI Basics Education Program?
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.

NAMI Central Oregon, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Basics Education Program for the spring beginning April 17th. It will be held on Fridays from 
6:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Charles Medical Center's Bend Conference Room D.

Call, text or email
Nancy Bennett 541-350-3694
Becky Dolf 541-408-3103

Support Group
Family Support Groups

Bend Family Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of Every Month. 5:15PM - 6:45PM. Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th St. Contact Bud Manley at
Redmond Family Support Group: 1st Thursday of Every Month.
5:30PM - 7:00PM. Redmond Library Community Room. Contact Linda at
LaPine Family Support Group: 1st Wednesday of Every Month. 
4:30PM - 6:00PM. LaPine Public Library. Contact Karen Lynn at
Prineville Family Support Group: Contact Dawn Mountz at
Drug Addiction Family Support Group - Life Raft: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of Every Month at
6:00PM. Water Church at 21300 Bear Creek Road in Bend. Please email for more information.
Connections Peer Support Groups
Bend Connections Peer Support Group: Every Monday. 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Bend Methodist Church. Contact Marcia at (541) 480-8269 AND Every Thursday. 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Cascade Peer and Self Help Center at 1128 NW Harriman Street. Contact Joe at (431) 640-9069 for more information. 
Redmond Connections Peer Support Group: On hiatus. Contact NAMI Central Oregon to learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming facilitator 
Suicide Bereavement Support: Contact Alison Sorenson ( at (541) 610-9500 or Herb Baker ( at (503) 708-3047 for more information.
Wise Warriors Suicide Prevention: Contact Margaret Kuehn at (503) 402-2857 for more information.
New Faith-Based Support Group for Teens - SOS (Saving Ourselves): For teens struggling with depression, anxiety, at Westside Church. There is both a teen and parent support group.
Please for more information.
Food & Body Recovery Groups for 2019: New group starting for January 28th - May 21st, 2019. Contact Nancy Curfman at (541) 385-7408. Pre-consult required.
Monthly Newsletter - Help create and write content for our monthly newsletter.  
PR - Create flyers, distribute brochures, spread the word in our community. 
Fundraising - Work with our STOMP out Stigma Event planning team/ fundraising events. 
Administration - Room reservations, bring food to meetings, write “thank you” notes, maintain electronic mailing lists, special projects. 
Membership - help spread the word about NAMI and go out into the community and build relationships with Clinicians Network, community members, brochure distribution
Website - Maintain NAMI-CO website, be creative. Also, help us with automation if possible.

To volunteer please contact:
Nunzia at  or Marcy at
Community F.Y.I.

Virtual Mental Health Lobby Day planned - NAMIOregon
Due to severe weather conditions in most of the state, we regrettably had to cancel our 2019 Mental Health Day at the Capitol. However, NAMI Oregon is planning a virtual Mental Health Lobby day for members this spring. Stay tuned! Information about this day will be shared in our e-news, on social media, and over email. For a list of our policy priorities, click here.

Community Resource Huddle
Tues, April 2,
9:30AM to 11:00AM at Bend Elks Club. Presenters: Lines for Life; JBarJ Youth Services; CSEC Response Team on Human Trafficking.
Coming Up
Hope, Help & Heal
Interactive evenings by
partnership with school district & Safe Schools Alliance, to help parents learn how to normalize conversations about suicide and preventing it; to find resources in our community:
          LaPine H.S. March 12, 5-7:
45PM           Sisters H.S. March 20 6:00-7:45 PM
          Mt. View H.S. April 23, 5:00-7:45            Ridgeview H.S. April 25, 5:30-7:45 PM 

Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference
The conference will be held on March 13-15, 2019 in Sunriver. Contact: Asa Wright, Lines for Life Prevention Projects Coordinator: 971.247.9072 or

Samara Community Education Conference and Fair
St. Charles Sat. March 16, 2019 12:30 to 4PM;   
Redmond Schools Community Resource Fair
April 10, 5-7 PM, 850 W. Antler Ave. If your organization would like to reserve a booth space, please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. Contact Marisa Calvert at (541) 923-4868 x4416 or

Bending Perspectives – an Art Event
SAVE THE DATE – May 3, 5-8PM – Organized by Liz Aliberti, art therapist at Telecare Corp. This will be
the third
year for this art event to highlight how art helps in recovery for mental health issues and to increase understanding and fight stigma surrounding mental illness. Artists submit their artwork along with an artist’s statement about the role that creativity plays in their life/recovery. To be held First Friday Art Walk in May 3rd, 2019 at Bright Place Gallery, 909 SE Armour Road Bend, OR, 97702 during Mental Health Awareness month.
Need artists and volunteers! Contact Liz –

2019 Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) Spring Conference
Bend, Oregon. May 15-17, 2019
Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center at1850 Rippling River Court, Bend, OR
To learn more about the event & REGISTER click here
Trauma Healing Conference, May 18, 2019, Mountain View High School
Exploring healing tools for people who have experienced trauma

Contact: Cheryl Mills 541-350-3049
Susanne Frilot, 541-241-4149

OCA Peerpocalypse Salem from May 20th through May 23rd
24 Peerpocalypse scholarships are available to peers and behavioral health consumers. The OCA will be accepting applications from now until 11:
59pm on March 25, 2019. The OCA will put together a scoring committee which will meet during the week of March 25th, and applicants will be notified about the status of their application by April 5, 2019. Contact: Brandy L. Hemsley, Director, Office of Consumer Activities - Oregon Health Authority Desk: 503-945-6190 or
Save the Date: May 29-31
Lines for Life, the Oregon Pain Guidance, the Oregon Health Authority
and others will convene stakeholders to confront the challenge of opioid and other drug abuse and pain and addiction treatment in Oregon. The conference will be held at The Riverhouse in Bend on May 29-31, 2019.
Save the Date: NAMI National Convention – June 19-22, Seattle, Washington.


April 7th - In Our Own Voice Training
Clackamas – Comfort Suites Hotel, 15929 SE McKinley Ave. Clackamas, OR 97015
Applications due by Friday, March 22
Contact: Pete Link at

QPR training at Westside Church in Bend will be held January 7 at
3PM.  Contact Ronni Wilde 818-419-7089 about future ones.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on April 4th & 5th at Westside Church in Bend.
Registration required:

DENTAL WORK: COCC has a dental clinic that helps low-income adults with fillings and extractions if you know of a client that could benefit from these services. There is a $20 supply fee but otherwise there is no charge for the services. Be patient - the clinic is held only 2 Fridays per month October through June. Call 541-322-7400 for more information.

Laundry Love partners with local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens of low-income or no-income families and individuals. Registered Laundry Love Locations:
- Express Eco Laundromat 805-448-4655
2570 NE Twin Knolls Dr # 105
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesday of each month, 5:00 pm to
Snacks are provided; activities for children
Per adult only two loads              
Cost: Free 
- Westside Coin-op 541-788-4329
738 NW Columbia St
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Contact to learn which Sundays in the month they provide services
Per adult only two loads              
Cost: Free

The Bend Drop is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and on Thursday from 5-7 PM for activities, laundry, a clothing closet, art activities and hanging out. The Club (for adults) is open from 9-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays. Free walk-in wellness checks available on Wednesdays through Mosaic Medical via a traveling van (parked in front of The Drop).  On the first Monday of the month, an Advantage Dental van is available for walk-in appointments outside of The Drop. 1340 Wall St.- South Entrance – is a new resource to help parents find friends for their child. The service is safe and strictly for parental use.  The resource is for children who have difficulty finding, making or sustaining friendships. Daniel Kriz, a pediatric neuropsychologist at St. Charles Medical Center developed this website to help pair families with kids who need a little help making friends.      

Recovery Bend for Food, Body & Spirit – Conquer food and body struggles and create a healthy relationship with your body. Franki Mauti MS, RDN, CDE & Nancy Curfman, LCSW Call 541-385-7408 or text 541-420-7613 for more information.
The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s website is officially launched and live. You can visit it at Special thank you to the St. Charles Health Systems Foundation, Your Life Matters Grant opportunity
and Sublime Creative Agency for making this website a reality. The website contains information on training offerings, the ability to request a training, local resources for all three counties, a Mental Health Providers List, and some other great features.

THRIVE – Connecting individual needs for housing, health, employment, Social Security, & basic needs to community resources. For sites for Walk-in assistance:
If your organization is interested in learning more, please reach out to TRACES for opportunities they can offer.
SAMARA LEARNING CENTER – programs for students trying to find their unique ways
to succeed. We welcome diverse learners, including, but not limited to, those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, and or High Functioning Autism.
Shared Future Coalition – promotes Youthline text teen2teen to 839863 or call 877-968-8491 4-10PM PT for confidential crisis and
helpline. Youth Committee- to focus on issues related to substance use prevention.

NIMH Update: Physical activity may reduce depression symptoms
The January 15 issue of NIH Research Matters highlights findings from a study, partly funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and co-led by NIMH scientist Dr. Kathleen Merikangas, showing that sleep problems, a lack of energy, and physical inactivity may lead to a depressed mood and mood changes. The findings suggest that physical activity could be an effective target for strategies to change mood states.
Read more.
Growing Up Without Mental Health Support
"It’s baffling, as a mental health advocate now, that no teacher, no adult or anyone close to me had noticed the warning signs. I had no therapy, no one asking me how I was doing. There were no questions about my wellbeing. I was just labeled as a shy child."
Read More »

NAMI's Ask the Expert Webinar
Skills You Can Use to Support a Loved One Experiencing Psychosis

Event Date & Time: Friday 22 March 2019, 04:00-5:30PM - Eastern Time
As a member or of NAMI, you have the opportunity to register in advance for NAMI's Ask the Expert Webinar! Advance registration is open ONLY to NAMI members and leaders, as a way to show thanks for your support and involvement.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an evidence-based intervention recommended as a complementary treatment for psychosis. This webinar will provide an overview of this therapy, discuss its key skills and explore how family members may draw upon these skills to support their loved one.
- Registration space is limited and expected to fill quickly! To register, click: 

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