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Executive Director's Column

A piece from the Executive Director's Column 

Hope is vital.  If you are ever feeling hopeless, I encourage you to talk with someone who has found help and hope through a NAMI Clackamas mental health class, support group, one-on-one assistance, or presentation.  The positive feedback is abundant – and encouraging!


Because of the generous support of our dedicated donors, we are able to provide all these services at no cost to thousands of individuals and families. 


As the demand for our services continues to grow, we keep expanding.


In the past three months alone, NAMI Clackamas:

  • Launched our first Family Book Club

  • Began our first-ever Women’s Peer Support Group, meeting in person in Milwaukie

  • Expanded the frequency of our Family Support Groups to five meetings each month rather than three

  • Scheduled mental health presentations in Canby, Damascus, Estacada, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oak Grove, Oregon City, Sandy, Welches, West Linn, and Wilsonville

  • Began teaching wellness classes three days a week in the Clackamas County Jail

  • Started providing resources for families each week in Clackamas County courtrooms

  • Recruited and trained several new volunteers to make all this possible!


Would you consider taking at least one of these 10 steps to expand hope in our community?

  1. Arrange for a mental health presentation to your civic club, faith community, business, school, neighborhood association, or other organization (

  2. Recommend – or sign yourself up for – one of our Peer Support Groups including our new Spanish-speaking, LGBTQIA2S+, and Women’s Support Groups (

  3. Sign up for – or recommend to someone else – one of our Family Support Groups including our new Family Book Club (

  4. Register for our next eight-week Peer-to-Peer class or Family-to-Family class ( or our new Wellness Recovery Action Plan class (

  5. Volunteer to teach a class or facilitate a support group (

  6. Become a Champions Circle monthly donor (

  7. Make an appointment to meet one-on-one with one of our Peer Resource Coordinators ( or 503-344-5050)

  8. Join our advocacy for better mental health policy and budgets (

  9. Buy a Raffle Ticket before March 15 to win a Mexico Resort vacation or a Willamette Valley Wine Tasting & Tour while supporting NAMI Clackamas (

  10. Register for our 2nd Annual Stand-Up(s) Against Stigma Comedy Night on Friday, March 15 (  This event sold out last year, so register today! 


Thank you for your partnership in expanding help and hope across our entire community.


Dave Hunt, Executive Director

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