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NAMI-CO Monthly 2019 Newsletter
Family & Friends

S  E  M  I  N  A  R
NAMI Family & Friends is a FREE, 4-hour seminar that informs and supports family members, partners, friends and significant others who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one with a mental health condition.
Saturday June 1, 2019
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
134 SE E Street, Madras, OR 97741
Seminar is free but you must register by following
this link.
For more information regarding the seminar, please contact our facilitators.
Linda Jackson-Shaw (541) 279-0589 and Roger Olson (541) 480-1960
“Nobody can remember (the Idaho number),” said Nilsson Troy, a member of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention. “You have to go online and look it up, and if you’re in a crisis, who has time to do that?”
In 2018, while attending the American Association of Suicidology Conference in Washington DC, The Speedy Foundation ran into Rep. Steve Eliason (Utah) & Ross Van Vranken (UNI's Executive Director) who happened to be on Capitol Hill promoting the West's urgent need to address suicide rates. The need for the US to have a three digit hotline to help prevent suicide.

In 2019, Rep. Caroline Troy (Idaho) passed a bill urging Idaho’s congressional delegation to support designating a simpler number — 611— to the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. In a state where suicide rates are among the highest in the nation...she believes it’s important to provide easy access to help in a time of crisis.


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
La Pine Family Support Group: June 19th. 4:30PM - 6:00PM. LaPine Public Library. Then on hiatus for the summer to return in September. 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. 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 St. Contact Joe at (431) 640-9069. 
Redmond Connections Peer Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Every Month. 12:00PM - 1:30PM. Best Care Redmond at 340 NW 5th St., 2nd Floor. Contact Laurie at (541) 693-4613 or Mike at
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.

Communications - more volunteers needed to help us spread the word about our classes, presentations and Community Ed Series ”Evening with the Experts”. Contact Nunzia listed below to help.
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.

SAVE THE DATE - Stomp Out Stigma!
Saturday, September 14th
12:00PM to 3:00PM
Skyview Middle School

NAMI National Convention - Our Movement, Our Moment

Dates: June 19th - 22nd
Location: Hyatt Regency in Seattle, Washington
This year in the PNW! Learn more about the convention, available scholarships, registration, and more by visiting NAMI's National Convention page, their Convention FAQ page, and their Convention Schedule page.
Community Trainings

Ending the Silence Presenter Training
Dates: June 22nd & 23rd
Location: Douglas Education Service District
1871 NE Stephens St., Roseburg, OR 97470
Applications due by Friday, June 7th.

Basics Teacher Training

Dates: July 20th & 21st
Location: Ford Family Foundation
1600 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471
Applications due by Friday,
 July 5th

QPR training at Westside Church in Bend

Contact Ronni Wilde at 818-419-7089 about future trainings.
Community Resources

NAMI National Website – Navigating a Mental Health Crisis 
NAMI National has a helpful new tool, a guide to navigating a mental health crisis. Please take the time to visit to explore the resources they have available for access. Some topics to explore could include their information on medications and their NAMI Blogs. You're welcome to either click on the links, or use the search bar tool on the top of their webpage to explore different topics on the website yourself.

The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s website
Officially launched and live! Check it out
The website contains information on training offerings, the ability to request a training, local resources for all three counties, and many other great features.
**If you are a mental health or behavioral health provider, we encourage you to promote your expertise on the Mental Health Provider Directory. To learn more and get answers to frequently asked questions visit:

Drug Addiction Family Support Group - Life Raft: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of Every Month. 6:00PM. Water Church at 21300 Bear Creek Road in Bend. Please email for more information.

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.

Dental Clinic
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 7:00pm
Snacks are provided; activities for children
Only two loads per adult            
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
Only two loads per adult           
Cost: Free

The Bend Drop 
Location: 1340 Wall St., South Entrance
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and on Thursdays from 5:00PM - 7:00PM for activities, laundry, a clothing closet, art activities, and hanging out.
The Club (for adults) is open from 9:00AM - 2:00PM 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). 
Advantage Dental Walk-In Appointments
On the first Monday of the month, an Advantage Dental van is available for walk-in appointments outside of The Drop.
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 littlehelp making friends. Check out and for more information.

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.

Individuals and families who are living in poverty are often in need of social services and support. A lack of knowledge of what the community has to offer, transportation and access barriers, and difficulty in navigating systems are primary reasons individuals and families are unable to access these community service supports. THRIVE bridges the gap for community members, meeting them where they are in public spaces, providing vital connection to services and support that for many would otherwise not happen.
For more information and a step-by-step process on how to navigate this resource, visit For more information, clarification, and/or assistance, please contact or

The Central Oregon TRACES (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Partnership
Inviting individuals, organizations and communities to partner in a shared commitment to make our region a place where every individual has the strength, social connections, and community support they need to be resilient and thrive in the face of adversity. Toxic stress and trauma have similar impacts; all of which show up in each of our Central Oregon communities. Together, we will learn:
- How toxic stress, adverse experiences and trauma impact those in our community;
- Why this matters to education, health, and the economy; and
- How each of us can make it easier for people to thrive in the face of adversity.
If you or your organization are 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 success. We welcome diverse learners, including, but not limited to, those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, and or High Functioning Autism. Learn more at

Shared Future Coalition 
The Shared Future Coalition contributes to the well-being of our County and reducing substance abuse by empowering youth and young adults to make safe, healthy, and legal choices through community education, collaboration, and policy.
The Deschutes County Youth Committee aims to actively engage high school youth in substance use prevention in their community and specifically among their peers. If you’re interested in learning more or know a young person who may be interested in joining, please contact Lauren Wood at
The YouthLine ( recently expanded operations to Central Oregon. It is a youth volunteer operated resource for young adults aged 11 to 21. Central Oregon YouthLine volunteers help figure out next steps or just listen while the teen talks things out, and may direct teens to where they can get more information or long-term help. The next teen co-hort training will occur in June 2019. To access Youthline, text "teen2teen" to 839863 or call 877-968-8491 between 4:00PM - 10PM PT for their confidential crisis support and helpline.
Learn more about these programs and other projects by exploring their website at

Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative
Available to assist those on a fixed income! Will pay up to $50,000 to reduce unpaid principal balance so the loan may be re-amortized for sustainable lower monthly payments. Visit their website for more information at

Cellphones for Low-Income Neighbors
Assurance Wireless with Virgin Mobile. Lifeline Assistance program. Visit for qualifications and information.

OHP/ACA Flexible Services Request Form
For services that do not have a medical code but would provide improved health benefits. A Primary Care Provider (PCP) requests the service, fills out and submits the form. Fill out a separate form for each item or service. You can get this document in another language, large print, or another way that’s best for you. Call (800) 431-4135, TTY (800) 735-2900 or email for more information.

Oregon Child Abuse Hotline
Call (541) 693-2854, contact for feedback, comments, and/or concerns regarding the hotline or questions regarding the service.

Friendship Line/Warm/Hotline
Call (800) 971-0016. For 60 yrs+ or living with a disability, call IOA Connect at (415) 750-4111 or fill out an intake form online at

The Drop In
Location: Lutheran Community Services NW at 1103 NE Elm St. in Prineville
For youth and adults ages 14-24. Open and available Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9:00AM-12:00PM, same days at 3:00PM-6PM for ages 14-18. The Drop In is available as a 24/7 crisis line, housing assistance, employment assistance, an ACT team, community support programming, case management, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient behavioral health. Call (541) 323-5330 for services.

Military/Veterans Assistance:
Veterans Services: (541) 385-3214
Veterans Crisis Line: 1(800) 273-8255, text 838255, or visit
Central Oregon Veterans Outreach: (541) 383-2793 or
Central Oregon Veterans Center: (541) 749-2112.
Reintegration Team Helpline 24/7: 1(888) 688-2264.
Oregon Military Assistance Helpline: 1(800) 511-6944.
Military Helpline: 1(888) 457-4838 or text mil1 to 839863.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch:
Make the Connection:   
Vet Center: 1(877) 927-8387 or
Help for Homeless Veterans: 1(877) 424-3838 or

Phone apps for help:
Moving Forward: problem solving skills for stress. Available on Apple.
My3: safety plan and support during crisis. Available on Apple and Android.
Virtual Hope Box: coping, relaxation & positive thinking. Available on Apple and Android.
Tactical Breather: control physical & emotional stress. Available on Apple and Android.
PTSD Coach: monitor and manage PTSD related symptoms. Available on Apple and Android.
CBT-i Coach: enhance sleep quality and duration. Available on Apple and Android.
Reach Out to NAMI Central Oregon
P.O. Box 7462, Bend, OR 97708

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