2015 state conference in Richland Aug. 21-23

The 2015 NAMI Washington State Conference will be held in Richland, Washington, Aug. 21-23. The theme will be "Mental Health in Sync: Working Together to Improve Lives."


2015 NAMI Washington conference agenda available

The complete agenda for the 2015 NAMI Washington conference Aug. 21-23 in Richland is now available for download here. You can register here. Registration rates increase on Aug. 15.
Just a few of the highlights on the agenda:
  • A workshop on mental illness and the justice system.

NAMI Washington 2015 legislative agenda

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington with our 22 affiliates advocates that the 2015 Washington Legislature expand treatment and facilities for those with mental health conditions.

2015 NAMIWalks Washington is open for business

NAMIWalks Washington website is now open!  We are very excited about this year’s Walk, to be held on Saturday, June 6 at Marina Park in Kirkland, WA.

We are planning our LARGEST and most FUN Walk ever! Like in previous years, the funds from NAMIWalks Washington will support our crucial programs and services for individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones.


2015 NAMI Washington education and training schedule

All NAMI affiliate members may apply to attend the State Education and Training Programs. Applications will be available in January 2015.


'60 Minutes': When insurers deny mental-health benefits

60 Minutes, "Denied."

In some chronic cases, denial of health-care benefits means a patient is discharged from a hospital over the objection of psychiatrists. This recent 60 Minutes story explored some tragic examples.

NIMH update: FDA approves generic versions of Cymbalta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat depression and other conditions. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Sun Pharma Global FZE, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have received FDA approval to market duloxetine in various strengths.

Click here to read more.

NIMH outreach partnership program update

Dozens of reports, blog posts, webinars, videos and news about mental health issues, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison.


'Cuckoo's Nest' actor, a NW psychiatrist in real life, dies at 96

Dr. Dean Brooks.

He played the skeptical Dr. Spivey in the seminal 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," but in real life he was Dr. Dean Brooks, the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital where the movie was filmed. He also was a longtime Everett, Wash., resident, serving on the boards of Western State Hospital in Steilacoom and, in Everett, on the board of Compass Health.

1,000 walk for NAMI in Kirkland

NAMI Washington’s annual walk was successful at raising awareness about mental illness and raising funds for local NAMI affiliates. More than 1,000 people walked on May 18 and participated in the rally and information fair at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Despite the blustery and cloudy day the crowd assembled and walked with signs, T-shirts and banners before being greeted by the Mariner Moose and listening to music by Down North. Radio personality and columnist Patti Payne emceed as prizes were awarded for best team T-shirt, best slogan and the winner of the Mental Health Quiz.


Cheryl Strange joins NAMI Washington board

NAMI Washington is pleased to announce that Cheryl Strange was elected to fill the position vacated by John Turner on the Board of Directors. She brings extensive experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems. 

Strange is vice president of the Behavioral Health and Reentry Division at Pioneer Human Services of Tacoma. She previously served with the state Department of Corrections, in the Health Services Division, and with the state Department of Social and Health Services, in both the Mental Health Division and the Division of Development Disabilities.


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