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 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.

The Grave Concerns Association Restoring Western State Hospital Patients' Cemetery

the years more than 3,000 former Western State Hospital patients were buried on the Hospital grounds in graves marked only by a number.  Today the old Western State Hospital Cemetery is located within Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Grave Concerns Association grew from John Lucas’s desire to rededicate the prairie cemetery.  The Grave Concerns Association is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of this historic cemetery.  The goal is to recognize each patient by replacing their numbered stone with a gravestone bearing their name.

Tacoma Pierce County League of Women Voters Looks at Pierce County Mental Health Services

Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters (LWV) four units listened to invited speakers talk about Pierce County's mental health services at their November 2013 meetings.  The LWV created a combined report from these four meetings.  You can read their report by clicking on the attached link. The report:

Western State Hospital's NGRI Patents Seeking Restoration of Their Rights

Disability Rights Washington has created "The Megaphone Effect: Reclaiming Recovery" video highlighting the need to restore rights to some Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity patients in Washington's two state hospitals.

Congressional Medal of Award Winner Talks About His PTSD

Army SSgt Ty M Carter received the Congressional Medal of Honor Award in August 2013 for his heroism in Afghanistan in 2009. SSgt Carter is based at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He has fought a successful personal battle to conquer his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since 2009. Now he has taken on the task of drawing the public's attention to "the mental wounds of war."

You can listen to his NPR interview or read The News Tribune article:

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