NAMI Spokane is dedicated to empowering all who have been affected by mental illness through Advocacy, Awareness, Education, and Support.
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Seeking to Improve the Lives of People with Mental Illness
One of the reasons I wanted to work for NAMI Spokane so badly was to be able to advocate for people with mental health challenges and to protect their VOICE. Coming from Eastern State Hospital, I learned how precious self-determination can be and how easily well-intended.
• You control your own destiny
• You map out how to achieve your goals
• You experience the consequences of your own choices
Self-Determination is necessary for adults to have a satisfying life. It is essential for recovery. Current practices in mental health treatment often aim to restrict autonomy, which serves to make individuals more dependent, less capable.
Self-Determination has three components:
• Autonomy (You are the captain of your own ship)
• Competence (Skills and abilities), and
• Relatedness (A sense of belonging).
One could argue that every recovery plan, every treatment intervention, all the therapeutic activity MUST incorporate the concepts of self-determination as a measure of efficacy and the degree of benefit to the individual receiving care. Any intervention, whether in-patient, out-patient, or support through peers and other non-clinical means should give you choices, respect your input (voice), encourage you to develop goals, facilitate learning skills that YOU value, and provide opportunities to engage and connect with others in a way that is meaningful to YOU.
Further, you define what success means to you, so set your expectations high to keep yourself growing and becoming who you are meant to be. Don’t short-change yourself. To be your best, own your stuff, advocate, learn about and understand both your strengths and what challenges you. Use technology and other tools to compensate for areas of need. Know that being self-directed isn’t easy, and it takes grace, humility, and resilience to keep going when your choices don’t turn out as planned. All the more reason to have a support network to help you back up if you fall and people you respect who will challenge you if you seem to be going down a path that’s not helpful or recovery-focused.
At NAMI Spokane, we are here to support you and empower you to make the best decisions for you.
If You Are in Crisis
For emergencies: Dial ‘911’
Regional Behavior Health Crisis Line (formerly First Call for Help): (877) 266-1818
NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or Text “NAMI” to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: – 1-800-273-8255 or Online Chat
National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or Text 66008 or Online Chat
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chat
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or Online Chat
NAMI Spokane is a grassroots, nonprofit, all volunteer organization. We advocate for those who live with mental illnesses and their families. We rely on the talents and generosity of our member volunteers to maintain our office headquarters in the Peyton Building and leading our many education and support programs.
We are excited to have new people join our organization, assisting as we continue the advocacy to erase the stigma of living with mental illness. Please join us today! Dues are only $35 per year. If you are considering financial gifting, we would like to remind you that donations to NAMI Spokane are tax deductible.
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NAMI Received Four Stars From Charity Navigator! This rating shows that NAMI adheres to best practices and fulfills our mission in a financially efficient way.
Special thanks to Spokane County Behavioral Health Organization for the sizeable donation! This donation will be used for NAMI Spokane programming!!!
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