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NAMI Skagit has a NEW Phone Number!!


In order to serve the needs of the community better, NAMI Skagit has instituted a new phone system, giving callers needed information sooner, plus being able to leave a message to receive a call back from the appropriate person.  It may take a bit to get the “kinks” out, so please bear with us as we are determined to move ahead with a more efficient system. Thank you!


NAMI Skagit Education Evenings Restarting in January


Besides NAMI’s signature “best practice” programs of Family to Family and Peer to Peer, plus others, NAMI Skagit offers a monthly opportunity to learn something new or get up to date on programs offered in the region by providing “Monthly Education Evenings”.  Each month is a different topic and a different speaker, so join us and keep learning!!


All first quarter education evenings will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 1607 E Division in MV in the Rees Room; enter the building at the north end door (far end of the parking lot).


Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 – 8pm:   “Aging and Mental Illness” with Doris Brevoort, PhD  “We’re not getting any younger!”


Wednesday, February 13th, 6:30 – 8pm  “Eating and Sleeping Your Way to Mental Health“ with Dr. Alethea Fleming, MD  “You are what you eat? Or, these are issues you CAN control!”


Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30 – 8pm   “Learning to spit?  What is CPIT? Crisis Prevention Intervention Team!”  with

Brandon Foster, Supervisor.


Suggestions for future topics are always welcome.  And thank you to all those who completed the survey!!!


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For a Good Day



It’s time to submit your application if you want to volunteer for any of the following programs:


        Program Online Pre-work       Training Dates Application Due        Training Location

Family Support Group           Jan 12-13     Dec 21, 2018 Kirkland

Peer Connection Support           Feb 2-3     Jan 1st Kirkland

In Our Own Voice (peers)           Mar 16     Feb 8th Kirkland

  (community presentations)

Ending the Silence (teams Done by 1/18           Feb 2nd        Jan 4th Kirkland

  of two in the schools)

Peer to Peer Teachers Done by 4/2           Apr 27-28     Mar 29 Kirkland

Family to Family Teachers           June 29-30     June 7 Yakima


Welcome to the New NAMI Skagit Board of Directors


At the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Monday Evening, December 10th, four directors and one officer were elected.  Each position is for a two year term. Following is the list of the complete NAMI Skagit Board of Directors and the end dates of their terms.


President – Dr. Andy Hines – 12/31/2019 Vice President – Judy Heinemann – 12/31/2020

Treasurer – Tyler Visten – 12/31/2019 Secretary – Darren Bell – 12/31/2020

Director 1 – Tawna Thomas – 12/31/2020 Director 2 – JoAnne Craig – 12/31/2019

Director 3 – Julie Bell – 12/31/2020 Director 4 – Julie Melville – 12/31/2019

Director 5 – Polly Lowman – 12/31/2020 Director 6 – Tor Fleming – 12/31/2019

Director 7 – Doris Brevoort – 12/31/2020 Director 8 –  vacant – 12/31/2019

Past President – Marti Wall – 12/31/2019 (non-voting)


As noted, there is a vacancy to fill.  If you are a member in good standing (ie your dues are current), please consider filling a position on the Board with other dedicated volunteers.  NAMI Skagit can’t move forward without folks willing to serve. If interested, please call NAMI Skagit at 360.313.7080


We thank the following people for their wonderful service to NAMI Skagit as they move off the Board:   

Art Watson (Treasurer),  Dayna Telidetzki  (Vice-Pres),  John Gresbrink (Director 5),  and Mark Dodds (Director 8).

     THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE!!!  You will all be missed!


NAMI Skagit Support Groups


OPEN SUPPORT GROUP meets in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Hospital in the Sauk Conference room (just south of the cafeteria on the same hallway).  It meets each 4th Tuesday of every month (next is Jan 22) from

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

OPEN SUPPORT GROUP meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30pm (Jan 24) in the Library of the Anacortes United Methodist Church, 2201 H Ave.  (Park in back and enter through the downstairs doors) This group is primarily for those who have a mental illness but family members and supportive friends are welcome.  No need to sign up; just come. Questions? Call Diana Dodds at 360.424.8224

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP of Stanwood/Camano Island meets the 1st Monday each month from 7 – 8:30pm (Jan 7) 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. Julie Melville at 360.941.0996 or Julie Bell at 360.420.7422.



The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington (NAMI Washington) is part of the larger NAMI organization – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. There is an urgent need to reform the state system of mental health treatment, to ensure that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI Washington is committed to being an active agent of change in this effort. In 2019 NAMI Washington will lead advocacy efforts to improve access to timely and effective mental health treatment by focusing on the following legislative priorities.




An ideal state mental health system should be comprehensive, built on solid scientific evidence that is focused on wellness and recovery. It should be inclusive, reaching underserved areas and neglected communities, and fully integrated into the broader health care system. Research has shown that timely treatment produces better outcomes and quicker recovery for individuals with mental illness. Delays in treatment can increase the severity of mental illness and consequently the intensity and cost of the services being provided. Seamless care coordination can prevent suicides, homelessness, loss of job earnings, and incarceration.




In a mental health crisis, people are more likely to encounter police than get medical help. As a result, 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails each year. Nearly 15% of men and 30% of women booked into jails have a serious mental health condition. Having a behavioral health condition is not a crime, it should be treated and viewed as what it is – a disease. People living with mental illness, chemical dependency, or both (a co-occurring disorder) do not belong in our criminal justice or corrections system – but in treatment and recovery programs.




Mental illness affects young people at an alarming rate. One half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75 percent begin by age 24.  What’s even more astounding is that even after an onset of symptoms, the average young person does not get treatment until eight to 10 years later. Research shows that early identification and intervention leads to better outcomes, may lessen long-term disability, and reduce costs associated with crisis treatment services, as well as avoiding years of unnecessary suffering. Family members are a central resource in the treatment of children and adults living with serious mental illnesses and should be an integral part of the treatment team and empowered to facilitate mutually agreed upon treatment team goals. Research overwhelmingly shows that when families take an active part in treatment decisions, consumer outcomes are better.




Washington State lacks the revenue to adequately fund its most basic services. This is because we have the most unfair and unstable revenue system in the nation.  Lack of revenue combined with the recession has resulted in $12 billion in cuts and chronic underfunding for our important social service safety net programs.

Monday, February 18 is NAMI Lobby Day in Olympia.  Please mark that day on your calendar and join a devoted group of NAMI members and friends going to Olympia to meet with legislators to present their arguments/letters in support of the bills which would help NAMI reach its priority goals.  You may register to go at:    We can and do make a difference!!


DECEMBER 2018– Newsletter funded by Skagit County Public Health Services

Contact NAMI Skagit at:  360-313-7080


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