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“Meet & Greet”
Lauren Simonds, Executive Director
Krystal Marx, Director of Development

Thursday, October 26th 10am – Noon
at the
Conference Room, Main Level
955 Northgate Dr
Richland WA 99352
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Light Refreshments Served
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Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 1-7th, 2017

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, we educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, our movement grows stronger.

We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.
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Kick Off Meeting for the FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

For more information on NAMI Family Support Groups

Wednesday October 4
6:30 pm -8:00 pm

Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive

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Light Refreshments Served

Fall 2017 NAMI Signature Program Trainings

NAMI Washington Training Classes are offered at no-cost to those participating. Travel costs are the responsibility of the local affiliate and lodging, meals, and all training materials are provided by NAMI Washington.

Applications Due by: September 14, 2017

Kirkland: October 13-15, 2017

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is NAMI’s legislative advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family members transform their passion and lived experience into grassroots advocacy. The step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts will help make you a stronger mental health advocate. Participants often share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or make a clear “ask.” NAMI Smarts provides the tools to do just that. You will come out of the training confident and able to share your story in a way that moves policymakers, and with the skills to train members of your affiliate in the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy program. Applicants should have had some experience in legislative advocacy to be the most successful in this training.

Download Smarts Application

Kirkland: October 13-15, 2017

Application Due by:  October 2, 2017

NAMI Basics is a signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It focuses on the fundamentals of caring for the parent or caregiver, others in the family, and the child living with mental illness. Participants will learn the necessary skills to conduct a rigorous and effective 6-week course in your community. Topics covered in the training include recognizing mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family; facing the emotional issues and objective burdens faced by family caregivers and others in the family; gaining confidence and stamina to foster family understanding and support; and empowering family caregivers as effective advocates for their children. 

Download Basics Application

Yakima: October 20-22, 2017

Application Due by:  October 13, 2017

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a peer-led recovery education course open to any person with a serious mental illness. The course emphasizes recovery from mental illness as a feasible, supportable goal and challenges the stigma often wrongly associated with mental illness.  Completing the NAMI Washington Peer to Peer training allows the Affiliates to bring this Peer-led Evidence Based Class to your local NAMI Community!  

Download Yakima Peer-to-Peer Application


Kirkland: November 11-12, 2017 

Application Due by:  October 30, 2017

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults. Groups are led by NAMI-trained Peer Facilitators. are peer-based mutual support groups that meet weekly for 90 minutes of safe, confidential personal sharing in a flexible group setting. Groups are open to any adult living with a mental illness or a psychiatric condition and willing in share with others confidentially in an atmosphere of respect, encouragement, and hope.

Download Connection Application

In The News: TriCities Advocates for the Mentally Ill

Jerry Hatcher Interim Sherrif May 8, 2017


#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

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