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, waiting,...

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...

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...

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 throughout high...

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 waiting in our Zoom breakout rooms, the...

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 Family-to-Family class. Why did you choose to become...

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, and I...

(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...

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...

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 less than personal for us, when...

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 (Sam), she told us how when trying...

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 joining NAMI Seattle in...

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 stronger. ...

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 is important,”...

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...

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 challenges at any time and they deserve...

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 heaviness can be hard to avoid...

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 about racial...

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 violence, and of systems that were not created with...

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 across the country and their impact on...

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 brings hope...

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 mission...

Text 206 207 7765 Email helpline@namiseattle.org 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 psychologist wanted to set me up...

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...

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 emotions...

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 employer asking if...

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 there, the owners/chefs prepare and...

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 some form of it at the moment. ...

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 this one the most. But...

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...