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In The News: NAMI Pierce County

June 25, 2019

Article by Brandon Ha

I needed a fresh start. After two suicide attempts in on month, my psychiatrist was understandably worried about what I’d do with all that time on my hands after I was laid off from work.

I couldn’t go back to the finance world, nor did I want to. “What class did you enjoy in high school?” she asked me. “Photography, “I blurted out –  but I had no idea whether I even wanted to be a photographer. I Read More

    2019 Legislative Session Report

    The 2019 legislative session provided a more direct focus on behavioral health policy than any session in recent memory. In 2018, Governor Inslee made clear his intent to move most civil commitments into smaller community-based settings and turn Western State Hospital into a Forensic Center of Excellence, focusing on the needs of patients involved in the criminal justice system. In addition, the Trueblood case required the legislature to take action to address and prevent the warehousing of Read More

    Pierce County is forming a  ‘ Birth to 25 Advisory Commission’  to help shape the future for Pierce County residents under the age of 25.     According to Carol Mitchell,  senior counsel for Pierce County’s Justice Services  “Pierce County needs a diverse, thoughtful and engaged group of community members to help us formulate a transformational plan for children, youth and families.”  She also Read More

    Members of NAMI Pierce County volunteered recently at the Tacoma Dome Veterans Resource Fair.

    If you are interested in volunteering for any of our events, contact us at

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    Of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, an estimated 40-60 percent also have a condition called anosognosia, a neurological phenomenon where the patient is unaware and/or unable to accept his or her neurological deficit or psychiatric condition.

    Often they quit taking their medication, claiming that they are not sick. They may deny past behaviors, tell us that there are good reasons for their actions or blame others for false accusations.  As we try to convince them of their need for Read More

    The Outstanding NAMI State Organization Award recognizes exceptional efforts by a NAMI State Organization to carry out the NAMI mission as defined by the NAMI Standards of Excellence.

    “NAMI Washington has demonstrated exception leadership. At the conclusion of reaffiliation, NAMI Washington’s efforts led to the endorsement for 19 Affiliates of the State of Washington. As a leader, NAMI Washington takes opportunities to pilot new programs like NAMI Family & Friends, and was selected to participate in the NAMI Alignment Project. They maintain Read More

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