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...

By Reagan Kim, Kyra Pennington, Matthew Kolden, Natalia Andrzejowiec, and Arundet Mee, UW Bothell School of Business Sophie Taylor (Photo credit: Sophie Taylor) “Be nice to yourself, if all you can manage to do is take a shower, take a shower, and be proud of yourself.” When...

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...

Laura Umetsu, NAMI Seattle treasurer Dear NAMI Seattle community, After 6 years of being on NAMI Seattle's board of directors (and 4 of them as treasurer), it is with bittersweet sentiment that I announce by the end of 2020, I will reach the end of my...