The NAMI Upper Valley Idaho library features a collection of recent multimedia publications addressing mental illness, treatment, and experience. Materials are available for a two-week checkout. Read More
On May 19, 2016, Patrick Taylor, Alex Vassiliadis and Nate Perez (NAMI Champaign County Illinois) embarked on a cross country road tip in the famous and brilliant Chicken Car with the main purpose of raising awareness for mental illness. They will be holding separate events in the cities that they stop in. They will speak about their personal experiences with mental illness, pass out educational resources of their own, and allow people to purchase MIA Tour merchandise. The revenues earned from such merchandise will go directly to mental illness non-profits in the United States, the most prominent of which will be NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). You can go to their Facebook page: mentalillnesstour and view their video blogs, which document the amazing people and intense emotions felt throughout this life-changing trip. They also have a website: http://miatour.wix.com/miatour2016 They update their posts daily to share with their followers.
On Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm the Group will be at the Idaho Cancer Center, 3245 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, Idaho. They want to meet as many people as they can, so are inviting everyone to come. They will talk about their experiences with mental illness. Through starting the conversation, they hope to diminish the stigma associated with mental health conditions, start a change in our community and hopefully change the way the United States looks at mental illness. Hope you will help us get the message out to the public.
June 23rd is NAMI’s Summer Picnic
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
It’s at a NEW PARK – Note the Change!
May is Mental Health Month! NAMI Upper Valley wants to spread the word about taking the pledge to make mental health #StigmaFree. Learn more here:
NAMI wants to let others know that there is hope and understanding. We can change the way the world sees mental health.
Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well. See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree
1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.
Visit our Facebook page-NAMI East Idaho for updates during the month. Take the pledge to be StigmaFree.
NAMI Upper Valley is proud to join with Idaho Gives to help raise money for our nonprofit on May 5th, 2016. Last year nearly $1.1 million dollars for nonprofits were raised in one day! NAMI Upper Valley is asking each of it’s members to spread the word!
To make a donation go to www.idahogives.org. In the search, type NAMI Upper Valley, Inc. that will take them to our donation page, or click on the link below.
Ask your friends and family to celebrate giving, to choose NAMI Upper Valley, and help us fulfill our mission, to improve the lives of those with a mental illness and their families. Their donation will help us fund our Family to Family classes; the yearly Free Picnic for those with mental illness and their families; the 4th of July parade, candy and information about NAMI, classes and support groups are handed out along the parade route.
Almost everyone donates to a nonprofit during the year, it’s tax deductible! Each of us could donate and make a difference on May 5th and help the NAMI organization. Thanks for your consideration!
Eja Allen -NAMI President
NAMI is proud to sponsor with the Idaho Nonprofit Center for Idaho Gives on May 5th, 2016. This is a chance for all of you to donate to NAMI Upper Valley. Last year nonprofits, volunteers, business leaders and everyday Idahoans came together to raise nearly $1.1 million for Idaho’s nonprofits in just 24 hours! Join with us on May 5th, 2016 to donate to your favorite causes, making this date Idaho’s biggest philanthropic giving event.
Follow and Like us on our Facebook page, NAMI East Idaho.
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A donation to NAMI Upper Valley will help us to continue our Family to Family Classes, our twice monthly Support Groups and the yearly picnic for consumers and their families.
Our mission is to improve the lives of those with a mental illness and their families.
Thank you for your consideration.
NAMI Upper Valley – Idaho
This webinar was sponsored and put on by NAMI National. The speakers were Sita Diehl, NAMI’s Director of Policy and State Outreach and Jessica Hart, NAMI’s Manager, Advocacy Communications. They spoke on do’s , don’ts and the best practices for nonprofits, elections and NAMI grassroots lobbying.
Here are some of the highlights:
Why is advocacy so important right now? Mental illness is in the headlines and we need to change the conversation. We need to be pro-active in contacting our legislators and senators about any mental health bill in our state. Stand Up and Speak Up! NAMI is grassroots lobbying. We can back any candidate personally, but if we are speaking for NAMI we must include all candidates and not show support for anyone candidate.
It is important that we get out and vote and help those suffering from mental illness to make sure they register and they vote. We might enlist the help of the providers of services to help with registration(which can be done on election day) and provide rides for their clients. If they are registering the day of the elections, they must have proof of ID and something that has their name and their current address. If they have a Idaho ID card with that information that is all they need. If they do not have an ID card or Driver’s license they can use any picture ID and some mail, a check, a utility bill, anything that shows their name and address. They must register and vote in their correct precinct.
There are some people with disabilities that think they can not vote. This is not true, unless they are a convicted felon, they can vote.
NAMI National is promoting the #ACT 4 MENTAL HEALTH campaign. Their goal is to have candidates, if they are elected, to act on NAMI’s priorities.
1. Increase availability of quality mental health care.
2. Promote early identification and intervention.
3. Reduce criminalization of mentally ill people
4. Enforce mental health insurance parity
5 Support mental health caregivers
Use the following opportunities to help raise awareness:
Attend and participate in town hall meetings, League of Women Voters, campaign events, state primary elections or caucus’s. Make contact with the candidates on their social media pages. NAMI finds that many the candidates are uneducated and uninformed about NAMI and it’s mission. They need us to help get the word out. Lets step up and do our part.
My name is Eja Allen and I am the new president of NAMI. I am excited to serve and help promote NAMI in our area. NAMI has given hope and help to those suffering from mental illness and their families for years. My vision is to work with the wonderful and knowledgeable NAMI board and other organizations that work with NAMI in our mission to improve the lives of those with a mental illness and their families. NAMI Upper Valley Idaho wants to promote and disseminate information about mental illness. NAMI holds Family to Family Classes to inform and support loved ones of those living with mental illness. There is a Support Group that meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday’s of each month at 7:00 pm at 555 W. 25th Street in Idaho Falls. NAMI Upper Valley also passes along information we receive from NAMI National. We also have our own facebook page, NAMI Upper Valley Idaho, visit and like our page.
Family to Family classes will start in February 2016 in
Idaho Falls and Blackfoot.
Idaho Falls – Wednesdays, starting Feb 10th
at the SW Conference room at 2280 E 25th Street, Idaho Falls, EIRMC Behavioral Health Center.
Blackfoot – Thursdays, starting Feb 11th
at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 So University Ave.
To register contact: Larry Roberts 208-757-7650
or Jane Roberts 208-757-8300
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
- Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
- Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
- Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.
- Up-to-date information about medications and side effects
- Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”
“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”
We’re still trying to figure things out, but here are the dates for some important events:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – begin free, Family to Family classes from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in Idaho Falls and Rexburg.
- Idaho Falls classes will be in the conference room at the Behavioral Health Center (enter at south west corner of building)
- Rexburg classes will be in the Community Presbyterian Church on the corner of College Ave (50 East) and 2nd South
- For info call 208-533-3910 or 208-757-8300
Saturday September 26, 2015 – NAMI Idaho regional meeting and elections results will be in Coeur d’Alene at the La Quinta Inn, 333 W Ironwood. For info, contact NAMI ID at:
See you later!
Jane Roberts, President
NAMI Upper Valley, ID