Welcome to the NAMI-Pierce Website!

We are the Pierce County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

We are your neighbors.  Our whole purpose is to support individuals and families whose lives have been touched by the challenges of mental illness.  Why? Because we have been touched by these challenging conditions ourselves. 

We have walked - and are walking - in your shoes every day as individuals living with a mental illness or their family members.

And things work better if we can take this journey together and support each other along the way.

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NAMI Washington Leaders Answer Questions about Washington’s Mental Health Care System

NAMI Washington’s new Executive Director Lauren Simonds, Public Policy Committee Chair Sandi Ando, and Public Policy Committee Member Jim Bloss were recently interviewed.  Their Question and Answer comments are available on-line at “Q&A: Policy beyond a “crisis-driven” mental health system with NAMI Washington.”  The interview covers a number of topics including:

NAMI DAY IN OLYMPIA WILL BE JANUARY 19, 2015

DONATIONS

We have added two more donation opportunities, the Combined Fund Drive and the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program for you to help us fulfill our Mission to build better lives for both individuals living with mental illness and for their families.  NAMI Pierce will receive 100% of these donations. All donations help us to provide free classes, community outreach and legislative advocacy.

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Local Author Writes About Her Family's Experience With Mental Illness

“Shaking Shame from Mental Illness” is a memoir with a message of hope for anyone who has suffered from depression or trauma.

Tacoma author Evonne Agnello describes dealing with and finally accepting the suicide of her 85-year-old father and four years later, the suicide of her brother. Evonne is available for talks to service clubs and organizations. She is a member of NAMI Pierce County.

NAMI Pierce County Mission Statement

 

VISION STATEMENT

(Focus on what will occur if we succeed)

NAMI Pierce County will be a part of a coalition of services that support our Pierce County friends and neighbors living with mental illness the help and hope they need.

MISSION STATEMENT

(Why do we exist?  Who are our customers?  What do we produce?  Where do we operate?)

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Jordan Binion Project Educates Local High Schoolers About Mental Illness

The Jordan Binion Project is a non-profit organization set up exclusively for the purpose of educating high school students about mental illness.  The Jordan Binion Project was founded by Willie and Deborah Binion in 2013. 

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Congress Considering Major Federal Mental Health Care Changes

What is 135 pages long and could significantly change how the Federal government delivers mental health care services?  The answer is H.R. 3717 “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013.”  This Bill was introduced by Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) who is also a psychologist.  The Bill took its first step towards passage with a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Health.  Passage is not assured.  It will likely be a long and twisting journey before it is enacted and signed into law.

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