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About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person\'s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

We're Here to Listen

IN CASE OF A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY: CALL 911

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS:

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  1-800-273-TALK (8255)


FOR A NON-LIFE-THREATENING BUT URGENT MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS:

Call the Pierce County Crisis Line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 800-576-7764

Crisis Text Line: crisistextline.org – text 741741 (mobile fees waived)

LGBTQ Trevor Project Support Center: 1-866-488-7386
www.thetrevorproject.org

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-273-8255

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

Take Action on Public Policy Issues

NAMI Pierce County members are grassroots advocates on public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their loved ones. These issues include improvements to our mental health delivery system in terms of access to care, standards of care, continuity of care, recovery, housing and rehabilitation.

NAMI Pierce County works with elected officials representing Pierce County at all levels of government.

  • We contact our Senators and Congressmen in Washington, DC in support of NAMI’s national public policy public policy agenda.
  • We advocate to the 24 member Pierce County legislative delegation in Olympia in support of NAMI Washington’s legislative agenda. We coordinate our Olympia efforts with NAMI Washington’s public policy committee, NAMI’s lobbyist, our neighboring NAMI affiliates, and other Pierce County non-governmental agencies serving people with mental illness.
  • We advocate before Pierce County government and the various Pierce County municipalities. These efforts are also often in cooperation with other Pierce County non-governmental agencies serving people with mental illness.

The NAMI Pierce County grassroots advocacy uses face-to-face meetings, phone calls, letter writing, e-mail, and other electronic media to deliver our message. We can use your help. We have provided you with a number of useful links so you can start your own grassroots effort. Please contact us for more advocacy information or to join our NAMI Pierce County grassroots advocacy team.

To learn more about NAMI’s stance on advocacy and public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their families, read the NAMI Public Policy Platform (PDF).

Take the stigmafree Pledge

Mental health matters to everyone. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.

  • Learn about mental health—educate myself and others
  • See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
  • Take action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference

Take the Pledge

Share Your Story

It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. Telling your story can take several forms:

  • Prose/poetry
  • Song lyrics
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Drawings
  • Photos
  • Videos

NAMI offers two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: You Are Not Alone and OK2Talk. These spaces also allow for anonymous public posting, unlike our NAMI blog.

You have an authentic voice. You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone.

Let them know that they aren’t either.

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Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement.

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The families and members of NAMI Pierce County are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.