Our Mission: To improve the quality of life of those persons affected by acute & chronic mental illness through support, education & advocacy.

“Alice” was very concerned about her husband’s severe depression.  He lost his job of 20 years, had no interest in things that used to be important to him, and wouldn’t eat; he slept most of the day and when he was awake he sat on the couch in the living room looking out the window.  When “Alice” came into our Family-to-Family class she told her classmates how absolutely overwhelmed she felt.  Everyone in the class had experienced similar situations with their own loved ones; Alice realized that other people really did understand what she was going through.

Using communication tools she learned in the class, Alice began speaking with her husband.  At first he didn’t want to listen but one day he came into the NAMI Eastside office asking for help.  The staff member that greeted him recognized his need to talk and she listened.  She connected him with the facilitator of a support group for individuals with a mental illness who was able to assure him of ongoing understanding and support.

NAMI Eastside’s mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to people impacted by mental illness; one in four adults over the age of 18 experiences a mental illness in their lifetime.  Serious mental illness costs the US $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year, a huge burden for businesses of all sizes.  Our support groups, classes, children’s conference, educational forums and outreach let those affected know that they are not alone.  People learn about the illnesses, symptoms, medication and side effects, ways to cope, communication skills, and about local community services. 

We also advocate for changes in legislation that will improve access to services.  Mental illness is the number one topic in the media these days; people are finally paying attention and recognizing the need to provide services to those in need.  We want to continue to be part of the solution.

NAMI Eastside is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  All of our programs are FREE and open to all.  NAMI Eastside provided services more than 4000 times in 2013.

We hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor or table captain at our NAMI Eastside first annual fundraising breakfast.  Our theme is Restoring Lives and our keynote speaker is Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor. The breakfast will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 NE 8th Street, in Bellevue on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:30am – 9:00am.  Our message is an important one; we need your help to get it out. 

Please contact me at (425) 885-6264 or via email at barbthompson@nami-eastside.org if you have any questions.


Barbara Thompson
Executive Director
NAMI Eastside

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5-7 P.M.

Where: Kestrel Vintners Winery, 19501 144th Ave NE Woodinville WA. (Wine District)

Cost: $85 per person includes one glass of wine (or pop), canvas, painting, and donation to NAMI Eastside.

You don’t have to be an experienced painter to participate. Canvas, brushes, paints, aprons, music and step-by-step instruction are provided. You supply your sense of adventure, creativity and your love of wine, all the while supporting a great cause.

Come join us for an enjoyable evening. Invite family, friends and co-workers. Information on NAMI Eastside programs and services will be available.

Space is limited. Your payment in advance guarantees your spot. 
On the NAMI Eastside website homepage, www.nami-eastside.org, click on “Donate” and then pay via PayPal or via credit card. Send a separate email to OfficeAdmin@nami-eastside.org to let us know so we can be on the lookout for your payment. You will receive a confirmation of your registration. Checks will also be accepted at the door if space is available.

We expect this event to sell out quickly so register and pay on line today. For more information, contact the NAMI Eastside office at (425) 885-6264 or OfficeAdmin@nami-eastside.org.

We hope to see you there!

Family Support Group #5 is cancelled on this Thursday (July 24, 2014) only.

The next meeting will be on the 4th Thursday in August, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Address: Washington Cathedral Church, 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, Redmond, 

NEW Location: Room 5, upstairs in the lower sanctuary. 

We are very excited to tell you that NAMI Eastside participates into the
 2014 King County Employee Giving Program Annual Giving Drive!


Guest: Jacob H. Menashe

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM

Location:    Evergreen Health Medical Center,
Suite Tan 100,
12303 NE 130th Lane,
Kirkland, WA 98034

Jacob Menashe is a principal attorney for Hickmann Menashe in Lynnwood. He earned his degree from Stanford University with distinction and his law degree from University of California, San Francisco. Jacob passed the Washington State Bar Association in 1993. His area of practice is Special Needs Trust Planning, Social Security Disability, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Long Term Care Planning. Jacob has done several lectures, presentations and publications.

Jacob will be covering the purpose of Special Needs Trusts, requirements and examples of Special Needs Trusts, and First Party and Third Party Special Needs Trusts and when they make sense and when they don’t.      
Please join us at this FREE educational event. Open to the Public.  

Ask the Doctor:

Teleconference Series

NAMI's Ask the Doctor teleconference is a monthly series hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth, a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Typically, he is joined by another mental health

professional or advocate who in turn presents on a topic in his or her area of expertise. Each month, two such calls are hosted; one focuses on adult

 issues, the other on child and adolescent issues.

To access these calls, dial 1 (888) 858-6021 and enter pass code 309918#. These calls are toll free and are scheduled from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm E.T. (8:00 am to 9:00 am P.S.T.)


Upcoming Ask the Doctor Schedule

Calls on adult issues

June 27, 2014: Dr. John Goff; Schizophrenia.  Dr. Goff will talk about his research into the biological factors that contribute to the onset of schizophrenia. 

July 2014:  No Call

August 22, 2014:  Dr. John Oldman; Borderline Personality Disorder


Calls on child, adolescent and young adult issues

June 20, 2014: CANCELLED

July 2014:  No Call

These calls are offered through NAMI National.  The teleconference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult issues usually take place every 3rd Friday of the month.  The teleconference on Adult issues usually take place every 4th Friday of the month.  Please take note that these calls are set for Eastern Standard Time, which means it would take place at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time.  If you want to listen to the archives, go to: http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Ask_




Guests: Abby Kulkin, CDP, Outpatient Substance Abuse Therapist, and Deanna Seather-Brady, MSW, CDP

DATE: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 7 pm – 9 pm

LOCATION: Evergreen Health Medical Center, Suite Tan 100

12303 NE 130th Lane, Kirkland, WA 98034

Abby Kulkin completed her training at Edmonds Community College and currently works at Ryther in Seattle. Deanna Seather-Brady is the current Director of Co-Occuring Treatment Services at Ryther. She is also in private practice as an adolescent and adult addiction therapist focusing on grief, complex trauma and addiction. She received her MSW at the Smith College for Social Work.

Abby and Deanna will cover what signs and symptoms to look for and how to get someone into treatment. They will share information on current research and statistics about what drugs are impacting our youth the most right now, and how the legalization of marijuana has impacted their clients.

Please join us at this FREE educational event. Open to the Public.

Next month:


Guest: Jacob H. Menashe, principal attorney for Hickmann Menashe.

Stay tuned for more information.

NAMI Peer to Peer, a free 10 session course for adults living with mental health challenges providing an educational setting with the focus on recovery. This program offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer to Peer Program is:

~ Free and confidential

~ Held once a week for two hours

~ Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves

~ A great resource for information on mental health and recovery 

East King County Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer its NAMI Peer to Peer Education Program on Tuesday afternoons June 10th through August 12th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Location will be at The Together Center Campus in Redmond where our NAMI Eastside office is located. 16315 NE 87th St. Redmond WA 98052 and will be in the Baker Adams Conference Room, Bldg. B. We are across from Jack-in-the-Box by the Bella Botega Theatre.

Those interested please contact us a.s.a.p. @ (425) 885-6264. Thank you!

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