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An Update on the Community Health Improvement Plan For the People of Benton and Franklin Counties


Kirk Williamson

Kirk serves as Program Manager of the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance.
Mr. Williamson spent 23 years as a communications consultant for Group Health

Tuesday, August 8th 7-8:30 pm
Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive

Light Refreshments Served


NAMI Tri-Cities, in coordination with NAMI Yakima, is pleased to offer the NAMI Family-to-Family
Program each Saturday for 6 consecutive weeks; July 8th thru August 12th, 10 am – 3pm.

This program will be held at the Lourdes Counseling Center Conference Room,
1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland WA. Lunch provided.
Register at:

What is the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program?

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, education program for family, partners, friends and
significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well- being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

Please register for this free NAMI Family-to-Family class at:
Questions? Contact Pam at 509-396-7003

NAMIWalks Washington
Saturday, June 3
Marina Park, Kirkland, WA
Walk for Mental Health! Sign-up for free today at

Hello from NAMI Tri-Cities!!

Once again it is time for the NAMIWalks. Your generous support combats stigma, supports families and individuals, and advocates for treatment, services, and community support.

As a NAMIWalks donor are an integral part of our  success and our mission. Each dollar you raise goes directly toward providing no-cost resources, support and programs to people in need.

Together, we can strengthen communities across the country and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their loved ones.

Please click on the link below to make your contribution to this worthy tax deductible cause.  The Walk is June 3rd but donations can be accepted up to 60 days after the Walk.

90% of your donation will be utilized in our Tri-Cities Community!

In The News: TriCities Advocates for the Mentally Ill

InVisible NAMI Tri-Cities Art Show May 16, 2017

As part of Mental Health Month, NAMI Tri-Cities, in conjunction with Lourdes, is sponsoring an art show with the theme of mental health awareness on Friday, May 19th.

InVisible: An Art Show about Mental Health

Opening Reception

6:00 – 9:00 PM

DrewBoy Creative

285 Williams Blvd., Richland

The goals of the art show are:

To unravel the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness.

To allow people to openly share Read More


    #Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved



     Tuesday, May 9th 7-8:30 pm


     Lourdes Counseling Center

    Conference Room

    1175 Carondelet Drive

    Richland, WA 99352


    “Improving Services to Inmates with Mental Illness”


    Jerry Hatcher

    Interim Sheriff, Benton County

      Questions:   email 

    phone:  509-396-7003

    May is mental health month. The National Alliance of Mental Illness Tri-Cities kicked off the month by celebrating the major impact advocate Norm Miller had on the community.

    Miller, a former NAMI board member, worked hard to bring better opportunities for those with mental illness.

    Today in his memory, NAMI Tri-Cities donated $5,500 to the Benton County Mental Health Court.

    “We just really appreciate Norm Miller, his widow, the whole community, the commissioners and everyone getting behind this and moving it forward for Read More

    Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.

    Why is it Read More

    Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study.

    As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary Giliberti, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “These statistics paint a pretty bleak picture,” she says. “We think we can do a lot Read More

    What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer.

    That, in turn, could lead to better treatments, earlier diagnosis and more opportunities to head off the emergence of full-blown psychological illness in those at greatest risk.

    Such Read More

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