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Hi and happy December! We are collecting for and filling holiday gift bags for people in need and are looking for hand warmers, hats, scarves, lip balm, sanitary wipes, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. For more info, keep scrolling. Thank you for contributing!
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I do presentations several times a week about who NAMI is and what we do. I have always said that NAMI is the best kept secret out there and have a personal campaign to change that. I speak with organizations, public and private agencies, private businesses, clubs, pretty much anyone who wants to know or will sit still through it. We have others, many of them volunteers who speak with neighborhood associations, faith communities and other audiences.

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John McDonald to win the John Freeburg Award!
NAMI Washington is awarding our Peer Leader, John McDonald with the John Freeburg Award for advocacy and Peer Work in the Washington community. 

John has come a long way with NAMI SW WA and has been facilitating support groups for NAMI SW WA for a few years now. He is a State Trainer for the NAMI Connection Recovery Group, is the leader of Peer Groups, and currently facilitates 5 groups including the Hearing Voices Network Group.

He tells his story and teaches STRivE, an educational program for teaching coping skills for those with mental health issues, to the Clark County Jail as well as at the NAMI SW WA office and Bridgeview Resource Center.

He coordinates the SEE ME program which educates first responders about mental health issues in our community, how to deescalate crisis situations, and how to negotiation with people in severe mental health situations.

John will be accepting his award in Seattle on December 10.
We will once again be filling bags for people dealing with mental health challenges for the holidays. With the closing of so many units around SW Washington, we will be working with another local non-profit to get these bags into the hands of people experiencing homelessness and mental health complications. We are looking for donations which include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, candy, hats, gloves, scarves, lip balm, hand warmers, and wipes.

We will fill the bags on Saturday, December 21 at 10 AM at the NAMI SW WA Holiday Party!

Thank you for yout time, energy, and contributions!!!
We are planning a holiday party for staff and members, please join us on December 21, 2019 at 10 am for a morning of fun and holiday spirit. There will be a selfie area, treats & eats, and we will work on filling the holiday gift bags for those in need. Feel free to come attired in your favorite holiday character or decorations! Thank you for being part of NAMI SW WA!

Coping with the Holidays Survival Guide

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
Last updated: 6 Nov 2019

~ 7 MIN READ

For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year’s end can also be very stressful. Old patterns of behavior emerge, our stress levels rise, and our ability to cope flies out the window. People with unloving parents or problematic families face a whole different set of challenges.

No sooner than we have put away the Thanksgiving tableware and decorations, we begin the hunt for Christmas presents and wrapping. The final days of the year bring a few weeks of stress and constant motion for many. For others, the holiday season can bring about feelings of being overwhelmed, depression, and loneliness.

We can’t stop the world from turning, but perhaps a few of the articles in our annual guide will help you better manage the emotional challenges that the holidays present.

This year’s guide includes fresh topics and content, updated posts from previous years, and some perennial favorites covering a wide variety of holiday-related issues. We wish you a peaceful, stress-free, and joyful holiday!

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We have been hosting a full Hearing Voices Network group for almost two months now and it is an amazing group. Many of us are learning to let down our guard and talk openly and frankly about our experiences without fear of judgement.

We value confidentiality and the meaning we find as we explore our experiences with others. Facilitators approach participants from a place of curiosity and are peers to the phenomenon.

Consider attending a group at our office on 2500 Main Street, suite 120 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm NOTE the new time! on Wednesdays. 

If you want to read more about the Hearing Voices Network philosophy, visit: https://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/.
Notice our Longview office location is closed. 
STRivE, NAMI Connection, and NAMI Family Support Groups will be offered at the same times at a new location!

Canterbury Inn
1324 3rd Ave
Longview, WA 98632


Check the Calendar Below for days and times. Location mentioned beneath Group Title.


Thank you very much for continuing to attend our groups and classes through the transitions.
NEW LOCATION IN LONGVIEW: Canterbury Inn

1324 3rd Ave

Longview, WA 98632

Note there's a new Longview Location for STRivE, Family Support, and Connection Recovery groups from here on out. Thank you for understanding!


Family Support Group

Meets in Vancouver at
Bridgeview Resource Center
505 Omaha Way Vancouver, WA 98661
Every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm 


NEW: New Tradition Homes
11815 NE 113th St #110, Vancouver, WA 98662
Meeting December 10 this month, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Starting in January 2020, the First and Third Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm 


NEW: The Quarry Senior Living
415 SE 177th Ave, 2nd Floor, Marble Room Vancouver, WA 98663

Starting December 12, 2019, the Second and Fourth Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm 



Meets in Longview at
Canterbury Inn
1324 3rd Ave. Longview, WA 98632
First and Third Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm


Connection Recovery
Support Group

Meets in Vancouver at
Bridgeview Resource Center
505 Omaha Way Vancouver, WA 98661
Every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm 

 

Meets in Longview at
Canterbury Inn
1324 3rd Ave. Longview, WA 98632

Every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

 


Women's Support Group

Meets in Vancouver at
NAMI Southwest Washington
2500 Main Street, Suite 120, Vancouver, WA 98660
Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:30 am

 


Hearing Voices Network Group

Meets in Vancouver at
NAMI Southwest Washington

2500 Main Street, Suite 120, Vancouver, WA 98660
Every Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:00 pm

 

STRivE

Meets in Vancouver at
NAMI Southwest Washington

2500 Main Street, Suite 120, Vancouver, WA 98660
Every Tuesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm


NEW: Bridgeview Resource Center

505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA 98661
First and Third Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm


Meets in Longview at
Canterbury Inn
1324 3rd Ave. Longview, WA 98632

Every Thursday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm


Meets in Skamania County at
Hegewald Center (in the Arts & Crafts Room)
710 Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson, WA 98648
Phone: (877) 401-2823

Every Thursday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm


Schedule and Locations

 

December 2019 Vancouver Schedule

Classes and groups are at our Vancouver Office on
2500 Main St. Suite 120 unless otherwise specified.

Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm; Friday 9 am- 4 pm.


December 2019 Longview Schedule

Support groups meet at Canterbury Inn.
Social groups will still be meeting at the Broadway St. location until the end of this month.
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