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Request Zoo & Aquarium Tickets

Request Zoo & Aquarium Tickets

Each year NAMI Seattle partners with Woodland Park Zoo's Community Access Program to receive free admission tickets that we can share with our volunteers and community members. To request tickets, please fill out the form linked below. Cada año, NAMI Seattle trabaja...

NAMI Seattle Statement on Colorado Springs Club Q Shooting

NAMI Seattle Statement on Colorado Springs Club Q Shooting

November 21st, 2022 Statement from NAMI Seattle staff on the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.   Our hearts are with everyone who went through and was impacted by the tragedy in Colorado Springs this weekend. The loss, trauma, and grief are incalculable. We...

Vote in BECU’s People Helping People Awards

Vote in BECU’s People Helping People Awards

You can help NAMI Seattle win $40,000 to continue our work addressing the mental health gaps in our community. Vote for NAMI Seattle in BECU's People Helping People Awards at becu.org/awards. Voting is open to the public. Voters must be 18 years or older and have a...

Introducing our new Executive Director, Paul Getzel

Introducing our new Executive Director, Paul Getzel

Help us give a warm welcome to Paul Getzel NAMI Seattle is delighted to welcome our newest Executive Director, Paul Getzel. Paul brings a strong background in community health and nonprofit management, and we're excited for him to join our team. He will spend the next...

Youth and Young Adult Mental Health: “Vibe Check” 

Youth and Young Adult Mental Health: “Vibe Check” 

In partnership with Joon Care By now, many teens and young adults have grown weary of hearing statistics about themselves in the news. The pandemic brought the issue of youth mental health to the forefront. This is a positive shift, no doubt, especially for teens who...

Day of Hope

Day of Hope

Join us on November 6th for NAMI Seattle’s second annual Day of Hope to celebrate that recovery is both possible and beautiful. Day of Hope is a free virtual event with drop-in sessions, featuring NAMI members speaking about their lived experiences with mental...

Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum

WATCH THE RECORDED FORUM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q2M1ZMXEWc  Your voice and your vote can make a difference in our local mental health systems.     On October 19th at 6:30pm, NAMI Seattle hosted a  Candidate Forum for the Seattle Municipal Court Position 7...

Depressed Cake Shop THANK YOU!

Depressed Cake Shop THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Depressed Cake Shop on Sunday, October 9th! We had a wonderful time with our community eating treats, breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness, and meeting new friends. We greatly appreciate everyone who participated,...

Depressed Cake Shop: Eat treats for mental health awareness!

Depressed Cake Shop: Eat treats for mental health awareness!

Come out and join us for the return of Depressed Cake Shop! After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be back in person with sweet, sad treats in support of mental health. One of NAMI Seattle’s most popular events, this one-day pop-up bakery invites community...

Happiness

Happiness

By: 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...

Electroconvulsive Therapy: “I’m not completely alone.”

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...

Online Memorial for Eleanor Owen

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...

Peer Support on Campus: An Interview with Rafi Kakar

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...

A Glimpse into the Life of a College Dog

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...

Back to School Mental Health Resources

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 you or someone you...

For the Love of Therapy Dogs

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...

Ending the Silence Community Presentations

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!

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 attendees...

Understanding Trauma: An Interview with Tarra Simmons Part 2

Understanding Trauma: An Interview with Tarra Simmons Part 2

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 questions in my hand. I was...

Interview With NAMI Seattle Board Member Allegra Condiotty

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,...

2022 NAMI Walks

2022 NAMI Walks

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...

Caring For Each Other in Times of Tragedy

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

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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