NAMI Seattle

NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support.

We envision a world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

Our peer-led presentations, classes and support groups bridge the gap when medical models fail to meet our needs. We have over 40 years of experience elevating stories of lived experience and shining a spotlight on the unique needs of people and families navigating their own mental health journey.

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NAMI Seattle programs

Support Groups

Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others who’ve been there. 

Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color Support Group

Open to all BIPOC individuals looking for mental health support and connection. This group is a collaboration between NAMI Seattle and NAMI South King County.

NAMI Seattle programs 

Classes & Presentations

Family-to-Family / De Familia a Familia

NAMI Family-to-Family (available in Spanish as De Familia a Familia) is a free, 8-session educational program for family, partners and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.


NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions. These 40- 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to live with a mental health condition.

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students, parents/caregivers, and teachers about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.

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Get Involved


Volunteers are the heart of NAMI Seattle! Directly work with those impacted by mental health conditions or help behind the scenes. Your gift of time and talent keeps our programs free and available!
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Host A Training

NAMI Seattle offers online interactive trainings for your staff, community group, or leadership team on a variety of mental health topics. Typical trainings are between 1-2.5 hours as either a stand-alone session or a 2-3 session series. Learn more >


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Become A Member

Become a member of NAMI Seattle today and add your name to the list of thousands raising their voices to demand services, support, and respect for the millions affected by mental health conditions.
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Join Eleanor's Circle

In honor of Eleanor Owen, Founder of NAMI Seattle and Co-Founder of NAMI, we invite you to continue her cause by becoming a sustaining NAMI Seattle member. A monthly recurring gift honors her commitment and sustains her legacy. Learn More >

More Ways to Give

Want to give to NAMI Seattle, but short on cash? There are many ways to give!

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Naomi Stenberg My goal for Fall is to stay happy. The other day I sang on a friend’s answering machine. The Fred Roger’s theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” My friend said, “My God, who are you? Where did Naomi go? You are in such a good mood.” I am in such a good...
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Electroconvulsive Therapy: “I’m not completely alone.”

Did you know sometimes medication and therapy aren’t able to relieve symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions? In these situations, there is still hope and other options. Brain stimulation therapies, like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), might be...
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Online Memorial for Eleanor Owen

Eleanor Owen, January 22, 1921- February 6, 2022. Eleanor co-founded Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill in 1978, and later the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was a force of nature, fierce advocate, and proud mom. Eleanor, the Barracuda, accomplished...
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“It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say Things”: An Interview with Toni Williams

(Photo credit: Toni Williams) By: Vy Le, Shafaa Abubakar, Kashish Dhawan, Courtney Wu, Haowen Geng, UW Bothell School of Business On a gloomy Wednesday, the door to our classroom slowly creaked open, and our awaited guest poked her head inside. The sound of people...
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Peer Support on Campus: An Interview with Rafi Kakar

Photo Credit: Marc Studer By: Zack Nguyen, Joseph Yuen, Savina Sidhu, Zhiyao Song, Salia Sheikh, University of Washington Bothell School of Business The sun was bright. The class was hot. Light beams from the sun crisscrossed through the sky and penetrated our...
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Volunteers Needed for Seahawks Game on Sunday, September 25

Join NAMI Seattle at the Seahawks home game on Sunday, September 25 as we join the Seattle Seahawks as a Spirit of 12 partner! Volunteers will raise funds for NAMI Seattle through selling 50/50 raffle tickets. The charitable proceeds portion of the 50/50 raffle...
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A Glimpse into the Life of a College Dog

Photo Caption: Marijke, Pearl (dog), Susie, Dublin (dog), Laurie, and CB (dog) in front of the W at UWB – Picture credit Jerry Liu Accompanied by a handler, the College Dogs stars met stressed UW students with a smile brighter than the summer sun. They told us...
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Back to School Mental Health Resources

As we prepare for another school year, we can’t help but think about the lasting impact of the pandemic on students’ learning and mental health. The anxiety of being in-person and the national trauma of past school shootings can be overwhelming.  If...
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For the Love of Therapy Dogs

Photo of Pearl, the Bernese Mountain dog, lying in the classroom waiting for someone to pet her. Photo credit: Shufen Deng  By: Julie Bobko, Shu Fen Deng, Jason Mokan, and Erik Lars Knudsen, UW Bothell School of Business  It was a Monday, but not your usual dreary...
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Ending the Silence Community Presentations

We are hosting a free virtual Ending the Silence community presentation series to help prepare folks as students go back to school and to engage and educate our community on youth mental health. For Teachers/School Staff 1-hour presentation for school staff members...

Depressed Cake Shop Returns this October!

We are so excited to be bringing back Depressed Cake Shop! Come out and join us for sweet, sad treats that support mental health. All proceeds benefit NAMI Seattle’s free programs. What is Depressed Cake Shop? Depressed Cake Shop is a community event where...
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Understanding Trauma: An Interview with Tarra Simmons Part 2.

Photo Courtesy of Tarra Simmons By Ala Iurco Contributors: Greg N Pinget, Evan Samuel Jackson, Anita Yang, Shewit Woldemichael, and Zongyuan Wang, University of Washington Bothell School of Business The cup of coffee I held was shaking while I looked at the interview...
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988- Mental Health Crisis Line

988 is now available nationwide. You can call or text 988 during a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis. 988 is the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now the 988 Suicide and Crisis...
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“Some of the Most Brilliant Minds are in Our Prisons”: An Interview with Representative Tarra Simmons

Photo of Representative Tarra Simmons courtesy of Washington State House Democrats By: Kennis Chong, Julian Latta, Kari Tran, Brendan Turner, and Anita Yang, University of Washington Bothell School of Business The sun began to set as we all eagerly waited over Zoom...
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“You’re precious to me. And whatever it is, we’ll figure it out.” : An Interview with Lara Lavi

Lara Lavi is a professional, Grammy award-winning, Americana singer-songwriter, media/tech/entertainment law attorney, entrepreneur, entertainment company executive, business development specialist, film and TV producer & writer. By: Jason Kalka, Khoa Tran, Ilya...
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How Cameron Lavi-Jones is using his Platform as Lead Singer of King Youngblood to Promote Mental Health Awareness

Cameron is the lead singer and guitarist for King Youngblood which is a local alternative rock band. Cameron also founded their Hold Your Crown nonprofit organization, whose mission supports youth mental health. By Cole Lance, Daniel Klimisch, Kent Tran, Jericho...
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“You don’t have to be able to make something extraordinary to enjoy the benefits of art therapy.”

By the students of the University of Washington Bothell: Shan Carpenter, Jeehay Kim, James Lewinski, Austin Pham, Nishadhi Wijeratne Despite the coolness of the twilight air and the natural coldness of Zoom, the soul was soothed from the deep warmth that emanated from...
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Interview with NAMI Seattle Board member Allegra Condiotty

By Joshua Berry, Ibrahim Mushtaq, Grace Leppert, Lewi Hagos, UW Bothell School of Business Unable to go to class due to the lingering effects of the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we gathered around our computer screens to attend class. As we sat there,...
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Caring for each other in times of tragedy

There’s no denying that many, if not all, of us are at our breaking point. We’re over two years into a pandemic, feeling the heat of the environmental crisis, and our Black and Brown communities are experiencing injustice and loss from every direction. Add in other...

NAMI Seattle Statement on Shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo

May 25th, 2022 Statement from NAMI Seattle staff on the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. There are no words left to describe the depth and tragedy of the losses suffered in the Uvalde and Buffalo massacres. Gun violence is a public health crisis....
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“Mental Health is Nothing to be Ashamed of”: An Interview with Sean Maloney Part 2

Mental Health First Aid certified instructor and NAMI Seattle board member Sean Maloney on language use, conversations rich with informed knowledge, and improving community. By: Victoria Scharkov, Sarah Noyes, Martin Ruga, Sean Kalaw, and Saad Alhusseini After most of...
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NAMI Seattle Board Member Sean Maloney, and the experiences that led him to the field of mental health

An interview with Sean Maloney, NAMI Seattle board member, Part 1 Sean Maloney graduated from Antioch University Seattle in 1987 with a master’s degree in Psychology. As a licensed mental health counselor, he provided in-home crisis intervention and therapy services...
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Undergraduate UW Bothell Advisor Trang D. Nguyen and Her Experiences Living With PTSD

An interview with Trang D. Nguyen, undergraduate advisor at UW Bothell and UW Behavioral Health Learning Community member, on her experiences living with PTSD. By Vanny Nguyen, UW Bothell School of Business Contributors: Emily Dinh, Steven Bryant, Jiazhou (Cooper)...
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Balancing Mental Health and School

by Divya Rao For students graduating high school this Spring, college decision season has come to an end. After National Decision Day on May 1st, students are reflecting on the academic experiences that have led to this day and their consideration of mental health...
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“You’re not alone! Finding comfort in the uncomfortable.”

An Interview with Jo Blue, Health and Wellness Resource Center Manager at the University of Washington Bothell. By Ahmed Ahmed Baba, Gabrielle Alverson, Dulce Barrera, Andrew Denny, and Chris Entrop, University of Washington Bothell School of Business As we were...
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“The Conveyor Belt to Mass Incarceration”: An interview with Christopher Poulos

An Interview with Christopher Poulos, Director of Person-Centered Services at the Washington State Department of Corrections, on his personal view of mass incarceration in the US, the disparity of opportunity in prison, and how one can succeed post-incarceration. By...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Tamie & Kelsey

Family-to-Family teachers Tamie Callahan and Kelsey Ayer, who just taught a class together this spring tell us about their volunteer experience. How long have you been teaching Family-to-Family? Tamie: For over 15 years. Kelsey: Just started this year with my first...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Zoey

Tell us a little bit about yourself! I’m 21 years old, grew up in Tacoma, WA, and recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in neuroscience. I’m currently a graduate student at Duke University pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical sciences,...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Lore

(I shared a picture with my dog Nina because she is a big part of my finding stability in my life.) Tell us a little bit about yourself! My name is Lore, and I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been here for a little bit more than 2 years. I am a professional...
Four photographs of people attending a NAMIWalks event. Blue banner across the top reads, "NAMI Walks You Way Washington. Mental health for all". A Green banner across the bottom reads, "Saturday June 4,2022". A small blue circle in the bottom left corner reads, "Both In-Person & Virtual events!"

Get Ready for NAMI Walks 2022!

We are SO excited to be back in person with NAMI Walks Your Way Washington on Saturday, June 4th at Marina Park in Kirkland! NAMI Walks is a statewide event bringing our community together to fight the stigma of mental illness, promote mental health for all, and raise...
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Joey Wilson On Why He Supports Proposed Stanwood Psychiatric Facility

This is an open letter submitted for public commentary to Snohomish County on March 21, 2022. To Whom It May Concern: I am writing in support of the psychiatric treatment center getting built north of Stanwood. I hope my personal story will help people better...
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Open Letter to King 5 in Response to Coverage of Proposed Stanwood Psychiatric Facility

This letter was sent by NAMI Washington alliance affiliates to King 5 news on March 16, 2022. Update: as of March 17, 2022, the video of this story is no longer available, and the corresponding news article has been updated to include a paragraph from the below...

NAMI Seattle board member Ginger Voorhees and her experiences living with bipolar

By Sahil Sanger, UW Bothell School of Business Contributors: Carson Clark, Bailey Fox-Bales, Yehyun (Kayla) Park, Margaret Ivan, and YaoYao Wang, UW Bothell School of Business I woke up to the blaring alarm sound of my iPhone, on the morning of the interview at 10:25...

NAMI Seattle board member Joey Wilson’s journey with schizophrenia

By Casey Reynolds, Ryan Parkes, Desmond Hong, Paul Oh, and Kansuke Suzuki, UW Bothell School of Business Joey at the King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum. Photo credit: Ricky Garcia Though virtual learning and meeting others through a screen often feels...
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Thriving with bipolar disorder: an interview with NAMI Seattle board member Rachel Bravmann

Rachel became involved with NAMI, and then became a board member, to advocate for mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
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“We Don’t Want the Courts and Jails to Have to be the De Facto Mental Health Service Provider.”

King County Superior Court Judge David Keenan on mental health, incarceration, and early intervention to reduce recidivism By David Bui, Vanessa Pilat, TJ Singh, Samuel Haile, and Nguyen Nguyen, UW Bothell School of Business Just before 5:40 pm, a barrage of students...

Lessons from Samantha Wong in Self-Care to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

by Ethan Yamashita, Tatiana Astrahan, Jason Anderson, Jay Heo, and Carman Ho, University of Washington – Bothell School of Business Caregiver burnout is real, and especially relevant during the pandemic’s continual isolation for many. When we met Samantha Wong...
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NAMI Seattle Leadership Transition

On January 3rd, our community bids a bittersweet farewell to Muguette Guenneguez’s tenure as NAMI Seattle’s Executive Director. We eagerly await news of her next adventure and hope you’ll join us in thanking her for her outstanding service to NAMI Seattle. Since...

“There’s an expiration date on the milk in my fridge, but there’s no expiration date for my conviction.”

An interview with Susan Mason, Founder and Executive Director of What’s Next Washington, on the intersections of mental health, poverty, and systemic discrimination based on incarceration history. By Henos Adhana, Izak Casterline, Maria De Los Angeles Briceno...
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Meet Muguette Guenneguez: NAMI Seattle’s Executive Director

Photo courtesy of Muguette Guenneguez As I made my way to my seat in my business writing class, the breeze from the windstorm hit me from the classroom window. I could hear my classmates discussing our future assignments as we all got ready for class to begin. This...

Small Drawings High Hopes is Back! Friday, December 10

The story of Small Drawings High Hopes is a tumultuous one. It's a story full of highs and lows, and as its namesake suggests- hopes.
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Our 2021 Year in Review is Here!

It’s Been a Busy Year! CLICK HERE to read all about NAMI Seattle’s work in the community in 2021. Thank you for everything you do to make our mental health community...

Living with Schizophrenia: An Interview with NAMI Seattle board member Elliott Neyme

Many people throughout the world live with schizophrenia, and NAMI Seattle board member Elliott Neyme is one of those people.
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Celebrating Life: An Interview with James Donaldson, NAMI Seattle Board Member

“Around Thanksgiving, I was really having trouble sleeping through the night. I didn’t want to face things. When I’d wake up in the middle of the night, I’d have a lot of dark, scary, negative thoughts,” James Donaldson said to us as he related his journey through clinical depression.

Trauma, Stress, and Covid-19: Mental Health of Frontline Healthcare Workers

By Leah Sheppard, BSN, RN   Content warning: // Death, illness The U.S. is entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: vaccinations are readily available, and restrictions are lifting, but cases are rapidly increasing in some areas as the Delta variant...

My Experience With Anxiety as a Child

I am a person with anxiety; almost no one around me experiences the same thing. I can tell you, it’s hard.

The Humanity in Schizophrenia

I was scared the first time I met Matthew. It was many years ago, before I knew much about mental health, and before I became a nurse.

The Intersection of the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Mental Health

Cory candidly shares his lived experience and perspective on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Meet Emma Sanyal, NAMI Seattle Board Member

By Kyle Kawahara, Nomin Ulziisaikhan, Netanel Younker, Hanson Tran and Nik Gorbs, UW Bothell School of Business “I think it’s important to know that Bipolar Disorder is physical.  It’s not a weakness and you can’t just pull yourself out of a depression. Patience...

In Solidarity with the Asian American Community

Our collective mental health is strengthened by our shared humanity.

Mental Health and Generational Trauma: A Black Therapist’s Perspective

Photo courtesy of LaVonne Dorsey We had the opportunity to interview therapist LaVonne Dorsey over Zoom. She was comfortably sitting in her home, excited to talk with us as she sipped from a red mug. We asked about her perspective on coping with Covid-19. LaVonne...

Eleanor Owen is 100!!! Image created by Artist, Kyle Krauskopf On January 22, Eleanor Owen will celebrate her 100th birthday. If you’ve been around NAMI for a while, you likely know the name. You might know of her role in starting—and then leading for more than twenty...

Mental Health Talk with Steven González, Washington State’s First Latino and Jewish Supreme Court Chief Justice

“Our New Chief Justice.” Art by Laura Umetsu. Ink on paper. In November 2020, Justice Steven González was elected by his judicial colleagues to become Washington State’s first Latino and Jewish Supreme Court Chief Justice. Local attorney and NAMI Seattle board...

Meet Penny Carothers, a NAMI Seattle board member.

Meet Penny Carothers, NAMI Seattle board member By Samuel Burley, Yeraldin Enriquez, Nathan Markley, Roewyn Umayam, and Boyue Xi, UW Bothell School of Business Penny with her husband and children. Photo credit: Lisa Page “Anyone can be struck by mental health...

A Better September: Focusing on doing good

A Better September: Focusing on doing good Written By Kim Salada, NAMI Seattle volunteer and trained facilitator. Let’s face it. We are not being inundated with good news these days. Quite the opposite, in fact. Pandemic, injustice, unrest, now fires. The...

Two Immigration Attorneys’ Perspectives on Mental Health in Immigrant Communities

Two Immigration Attorneys’ Perspectives on Mental Health in Immigrant Communities Thank you to the artists for sharing their work on Unsplash:(top left) Santi Vedri; (bottom left) Caique Silva; (top middle) Karl Fredrickson; (bottom middle) Sabrina May; (top right)...

It’s Time to Envision a New System

Words matter. So do actions. We need you for both. NAMI Seattle stands in support of Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County and Black organizers across Seattle and the U.S. who are leading a movement to dismantle anti-Black systems and policies. Too often we talk...

In Solidarity With the Black Community

Black lives matter. Black mental health matters too — but outside of the fullness of Black humanity and liberation, they’re just words. We know our amazing NAMI Seattle community understands better than most the impacts of trauma, of state-sanctioned...

NAMI’s Statement on Recent Racist Incidents

This statement was released by NAMI National’s CEO Danial H Gillison on 5/29/2020 Link to the direct post. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents...

Matching Funds Still Available!

There’s still time to support mental health in Seattle! Donations made to NAMI Seattle during GiveBIG before 12:00am are still being matched with generous pledges from members of our community. Now is the best time to maximize your gift this year. Your contribution...

Double your impact! A note from our Development Manager

First, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. The generous support of our amazing members, donors, and volunteers last year helped keep our organization strong, and that strength has carried us through these uncertain times. Your commitment to our...

How Support Groups Helped Me

Text 206 207 7765 Email My depression and anxiety manifested itself before kindergarten. It was clear something was very wrong, so my mother took me to a child psychologist. My inability to make friends and fight depression was obvious. The...

A letter to you from the Board of Directors

"At the best of times, my anxiety is like an annoying alter-ego- pestering me with unfounded worries and dread....NAMI Seattle is a dedicated team of amazing people that helps the people of Seattle find their own tools and navigate the sometimes-confusing journey towards support and treatment." - Michelle Joy Moore

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotions 6 & 7 of 7

by Kyle Krauskopf Elation and Kismet and The Finale great happiness and exhilaration | destiny; fate I find my greatest joys come from a job well done.  When you can sit back at the end of the day and take pride in the work you accomplished.  That being...

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotion 5 of 7

Love by Kyle Krauskopf Emotion 5 “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow”  A lyric written by the late River Phoenix as delivered by his brother Joaquin, when accepting his Academy Award for best actor.  As it is one of the biggest and most challenging...

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotion 4 of 7

Sorrow by Kyle Krauskopf Emotion 4 A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others. Love was meant to be the emotion I dove into after persistence, but this morning I woke to a call from my pre-pandemic...

Why Nami Seattle

by Kyle Krauskopf I had just finished several months of on-line charity auctions for the benefit of multiple endeavors, including NAMI.  I was at a restaurant hanging up some artwork.  The restaurant is called Conscious Eatery and for every meal purchased...

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotion 3 of 7

Persistence  by Kyle Krauskopf Emotion 3 Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. In my previous post, I discussed frustration.  The words for that came pretty easy, likely because most of us are experiencing...

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotion 2 of 7

Frustration by Kyle Krauskopf Emotion 2 The feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of the inability to change or achieve something. Here’s something we can all connect on right now. Of all the emotions capable in human existence I may have experienced...

Small Drawings / High Hopes – Emotion 1 of 7

Artist Kyle Krauskopf speaks about the first emotion he will be exploring in his live streaming art show "Small Drawings / HIGH HOPES" - Wanderlust.

Artist Kyle Krauskopf Talks Candidly

Artist Kyle Krauskopf talks candidly about his journey with art and mental health. All my life I have felt out of place. It started with being a chubby little kid with glasses and a bowl-cut who was into superheroes and star wars- consequently being made fun of for...

What People Are Saying

Before I took the [Family-to-Family] course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.

Family-to-Family Course Graduate

NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.

Peer-to-Peer Course Attendee

I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, [Family-to-Family] is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.

Family-to-Family Course Attendee

I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.

Ending the Silence Presentation

High School student attendee

I am more moved than I expected to be. There is help available. The key is to avail oneself of these treasures of assistance.

Day of Hope, First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Care presentation attendee

It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.

Peer-to-Peer Course Attendee

It is so inspiring to experience the level of engagement, inquisitiveness, and genuine desire to learn about mental illness found in In Our Own Voice (IOOV) audiences. The questions and comments I get during presentations tells me my story is having a positive impact. IOOV changes the way people think about mental illness. The program has been essential to my recovery. I feel so fortunate to be able to share my story that is filled with deep shame, guilt, and unworthiness to bring understanding and compassion to the lives of others who are affected by mental illness. Indeed, being an IOOV presenter has given me a sense of purpose, self-empathy, and encouragement to continue my path of recovery. I take great pride in presenting my unique face of recovery to as many audiences as I can!

In Our Own Voice Presenter

and NAMI Seattle Board Member

It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.

Ending the Silence Presentation

High School Teacher attendee

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