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October 10, 2017

Starting November 2017, there will no longer be a Family Support Group meeting on the 4th Wednesdays of every month at the TACID Center.

We will continue to have one on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm at the same location. This change was made because of a shortage of trained Support Group facilitators. We would like to resume offering two Family Support Groups per month in the future.



    NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. This is a 12-week class that begins, Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  6:00 – 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday.The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families Read More

    NAMI Pierce County is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  The NAMI Pierce County mission is to provide advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. 2016 was a year with significant successes. Our family programs grew steadily.  We raised community awareness of NAMI Pierce County and mental health while increasing our collaborations.  Read More

    More and more, police and corrections officers are coming in contact with people suffering from a mental health crisis.

    “These guys — they’re all junior psychologists,” said Dr. Kevin St. Jacques, a clinical psychologist and mental health counselor who led a class Wednesday at Cascade Mental Health in Centralia.

    This week, Cascade Mental Health hosted a week-long crisis intervention training geared toward law enforcement. The training was organized by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. 

    “This Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    1. What Happened When I Told My Boss I was Struggling with Mental Illness 2. What Happens When People Reveal Their Mental Illness to Their Boss

    The workplace is the most important environment to discuss mental health and illness, yet it is the last place we expect to hear about it.

    Employees are afraid of discussing it with co-workers and bosses. They don’t want to lose their jobs, damage relationships or risk future Read More

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