In Memory of Chad Benson

Our heart breaks as we share this news.

Chad Benson, a beloved member of our NAMI Seattle community, passed away in his sleep on May 16, 2020. 

Chad was a lovely man and will be sorely missed. His father, Brad Benson, was his strongest advocate. They have both been an active and integral part of the NAMI Seattle community since 2014.  Chad was diagnosed with bipolar type II disorder and Schizophrenia in 2010. In 2013 he had a manic event that changed everything. When Brad read that support groups can be beneficial for people with mental illness, he went on a search and found NAMI Seattle.  Chad attended his first NAMI Peer-to-Peer support group in 2014. After a group meeting, Chad told his father,

“Daddy, I finally understand that I am not alone, I do not feel weird, and when I am at group I feel normal.”

Chad was a wonderful soul and positively touched the lives of those around him. He will be greatly missed and everyone at NAMI Seattle is saddened by his death.

You can read more about Chad and Brad’s journey in an article written by Brad in 2017:

Our Journey with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.”

Please keep Chad, Brad, their family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time. Letters and cards of support may be mailed to NAMI Seattle or emailed to  We will ensure Brad receives your support.

If you would like to share any memories – either written or in photos – please email them to Please use the subject line “Chad Benson.” We will share them on Chad’s memorial page on NAMI Seattle’s website. The page will be live next week.

Chad Benson (Left) with his dad, Brad Benson (right).