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February 19, 2020

We are excited to present a brand new NAMI Signature program, ‘Ending the Silence’ (ETS) at our February Gathering on Wednesday, 02/19/2020 at TACID from 6:00-8:00 pm. It will be presented by Erika Brooks and Kendall Simmonds.

‘Ending the Silence’ is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. It is designed for middle and high school students Read More

    When:   Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Time:     11:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

    Where:   Pierce County Library’s Administrative Center and Library 3005 112th Avenue E,  Tacoma, 98446

    Historical and intergenerational trauma is real and far reaching. The cumulative emotional wounding from generation to generation can contribute to many negative health outcomes for individuals including PTSD, depression, and Type 2 diabetes – as well as impacting the community as a whole.

    Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing, is Read More

    Life is hard. Going through depression, anxiety and PTSD make it harder. But the roughest part is feeling like you are alone while going through these struggles.

    We have gotten so good at trekking through life independently, at putting our heads down and looking at our smartphones. We have gotten so good at not talking to each other anymore. Why do we go through the battles of mental health solo? Why do we lie about what we are truly feeling and Read More

    Registration for Lobby Day is now open! The annual event provides grassroots support for NAMI Washington’s legislative agenda which focuses on a few of the hundreds of mental health bills and budgets under consideration. Lobby Day provides an opportunity for members and supporters to share their stories with their legislators and ask for their support of NAMI’s legislative priorities. In previous years, Lobby Day has been a huge success thanks to advocates like you whose involvement is critical in achieving Read More



    NAMI Pierce County has their first ‘In Our Own Voice’  presentation of the 2020 calendar year scheduled for February 21, 2020 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM located at the Wright Park House Apartments – 401 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405. It will be presented by Mary Retallick and LaDonna Barnwell of NAMI Pierce County.

    The purpose of ‘In Our Own Voice’ is to provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like Read More

    NAMI Washington State Trainings

    NAMI Washington offers trainings in NAMI Signature programs which allow local affiliates to bring NAMI programs to their communities. All trainings are offered at no cost to participants. All NAMI members or those becoming a member may apply to attend State Training programs. For more information, contact Deanna Roy at or 206-783-4288.

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    The next Peer to Peer class will begin February 6 for eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm Location; TBD within the Puyallup Valley Area. This class is an 8-week recovery education course open to any adult with a mental illness. It emphasizes recovery as feasible, supportable goal and challenges the stigma associated with mental illness. Francesca Okerlund and LaDonna Barnwell will co-facilitate this class and they encourage you to register soon as space is limited. For information or to Read More


    As the YWCA’s Human Resources Engagement Generalist, Julia Leavitt is well aware of the stress experienced by women working in the social services field — and in many other careers. Sometimes when working with clients, customers or family, women lose themselves, she says. “To best serve our clients, we need to figure out how to best serve ourselves, and make our wellness and well-being a priority.”

    We’ve gathered some mental health Read More

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