About NAMI Upper Valley Idaho
NAMI Upper Valley serves Idaho Falls and surrounding areas. It is a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to better serve the lives of those with a mental illness and their families.
What does NAMI do?
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. Book donations and requests are always welcome.
The NAMI Upper Valley Idaho library is located in the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) Wellness Center, Second floor, West wing of the North Medical Office Building
3100 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
NAMI Upper Valley Idaho also provides the Family-to-Family Education Course. For more information, visit the Support Groups page.
NAMI Idaho (the state-level organization) has an annual meeting(usually in Boise) featuring national speakers, workshops led by experts, fellowship, and entertainment.
NAMI National provides on their website www.nami.org a host of information which the public can access. Local members may communicate with the media and provide information about current issues. Likewise they participate in health fairs manning a booth and distributing brochures. Members sit on an endless variety of committees – locally, state wide, and nationally informing and influencing policy.
NAMI provides groups which promote an avenue for sharing in confidence and receiving non-judgmental concern at times when feelings of guilt, fear, and anxiety may be overpowering. For a list of support groups click here.
Every June, NAMI Upper Valley Idaho holds an annual picnic, where new and prospective members can come and learn more about what we do, as well as meet people in the NAMI community. It is a great place to get more information, as well as some great food!
NAMI Upper Valley helps gather donations for local CIT (Crisis Intervention Teams). CIT programs are designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. To make a local CIT donation, visit the donation page and make sure to specify “CIT” in the memo line.
Get involved with NAMI Upper Valley Idaho! Become:
- a support group facilitator
- a mental health educator
- a mental health advocacy partner
- an event coordinator
- a communications partner
- a fundraiser
- a donor
- a member
At the national level, advocacy is taken on by NAMI members who may volunteer to take positions on initiatives affecting research and development, improved treatment and rehabilitation services, or proposed legislation such as insurance parity, or policy regarding access to treatment and reducing criminalization of those with mental illness.
What are mental illnesses?
Mental illnesses are brain disorders, like epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease, and are biologically-based medical problems. They include (but are not limited to) schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc), and major depression.
Are these brain disorders treatable?
YES! According to the National Institute of Mental Health the majority of people treated for schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and major depression improve. Delay in treatment worsens outcome.
This disorder will strike 1% of Americans typically young adults in the prime of their life. People with schizophrenia may experience psychotic symptoms, such as inability to distinguish between real and unreal experiences, and they may have hallucinations. Appropriate medical care, rehabilitation, and support promote recovery.
About Bipolar Illness
This is slightly more common than schizophrenia – also usually coming on as a young adult. Symptoms involve cycles of disabling depression and frightening heights, which if untreated may include psychotic hallucinations and delusion. It may be episodic with intervening periods of normality.
About Major Depression
Such depression causes intense, prolonged feelings of hopelessness and functional disruption. It may be associated with false and irrational beliefs as well as a greater risk of suicide.