Find Help, Find Hope!



MAY 2019     

Contact NAMI Skagit at:  360-313-7080

Are We a Recovery Friendly Community?

There are three ways to create the conditions that help move people into recovery and help them stay there.   The first is to create a positive attitude towards those struggling with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  The second is to put into place those programs that work to assist folks to find their way.  And the third is to remove all the negatives, barriers and stigma which get in the way of helping people say “yes” to recovery.

Dispose of unwanted or expired medications as soon as possible.  

Drug take-back locations:  


Anacortes Police Department Mount Vernon Police Department Whidbey Island:

360-293-4684 360-336-6271 Island County Sheriff’s Office, South  

1218 24th St. 1805 Continental Pl. Precinct, 5521 E Harbor Rd, Freeland

Sedro-Woolley Police Department Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Whidbey Island: Oak Harbor Police                    360-855-0111 360-416-1911 860 SE Barrington Drive

325 Metcalf St. 600 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon

Stanwood QFC Swinomish Tribal Police Dept.

360-629-2500 360-466-7237

27008 92nd Ave NW 17353 Reservation Road, La Conner


Anacortes is the site of the newest NAMI Skagit Support Group, “NAMI Connections”.  This group is only for those who live with a mental illness and who want to start or strengthen their recovery.  It meets twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (May 20 and June 3rd) from 7 – 8:30pm, in the Library of the Anacortes United Methodist Church, next door to the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center.  Enter the church at the lower level. Contact George or Sandy at 360.313.7080 or

Other NAMI Skagit Support Groups

NAMI Skagit’s OPEN SUPPORT GROUP in Mount Vernon meets at the Skagit Valley Hospital in the Sauk Conference room (just south of the cafeteria on the same hallway), each 4th Tues of every month (next is May 28), 7 – 8:30pm.  We welcome family members, partners, and supportive friends as well as those living with mental illness.  Just come. Questions? Call Marti Wall at 360.770.5666

NAMI Skagit’s PEER SUPPORT GROUP IN Anacortes meets on the 4th Thurs of each month, 7 – 8:30pm (May 23) in the Library of the Anacortes United Methodist Church, 2201 H Ave.  (Park in back, enter through the downstairs doors). Primarily for those who have a mental illness but family members and supportive friends are welcome, with permission of the group.  No need to sign up; just come. Questions? Call Diana Dodds at 360.424.8224

Camano Island NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP of Stanwood/Camano  meets the 1st Monday each month (June 3) from 7 – 8:30pm at the Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island.  This group is only for the family members/partners of those who live with a mental illness.  No registration required. Contact Julie Melville at 360.941.0996 or Julie Bell at 360.420.7422.

PEER TO PEER COURSE Coming to Anacortes in July

Make a commitment now to strengthen your recovery and take the course starting on July 8th – August 1st.  Class will be each Monday and Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4:30pm.  

NAMI Skagit’s Peer-to-Peer Course is a free, 8-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI PeertoPeer provides a safe educational setting, focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.   Come learn the ways to stay in control of your recovery and make new friends in the process. Registration is required by June 30th.  Contact 360.559.1509 or to save your spot.  Class size is limited.

Family to Family Course will start again in Mid-September

Do you know a family with a loved one living with mental illness who are struggling to keep some form of normalcy; or who are trying to understand this disorder which has taken over the life of their loved one; or who are always stressed or fighting about how to  get along or who’s fault it is; or the family who is on the verge of fragmenting apart? Tell them about NAMI Skagit’s website ( where they’ll be able to find more information.  Let them know there is help for them with the Family to Family course.  All they have to do is call Marti at 360.770.5666 for more information and/or to pre-register for the next course.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________NAMI Walks 2019 on Saturday, June 8th in Kirkland

Raise awareness for mental health with a 5K walk in Kirkland.  Check-in at 8 AM.

Join a NAMI Skagit team by going to:

NAMI Skagit                   NON PROFIT

PO Box 546                   U.S.POSTAGE PAID

Mount Vernon WA 98273                 Mount Vernon, WA




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