NAMI Pierce County September News and Announcements

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NAMI Pierce County September News and Announcements

It won’t be long before summer is officially over and Fall announces its arrival with the changing of colors and falling leaves.  September brings Labor Day, the autumn equinox, football season, and pumpkin spice lattes. September is also National Recovery month and as the month began, NAMI Pierce County received the Pierce County Council’s proclamation recognizing it as National Recovery month and celebrating all those who are in recovery. This year’s theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every person, Every Family, Every Community”  is to remind us that no one is alone on their journey through recovery and that we are all in this together.  

Here’s some upcoming events we can do together:

  • Gathering:  Come and join us for our monthly community Gathering on Wednesday, Sept 15 from 6-8 pm.  Our guest speakers will be Carrie Ching, Family Support Centers Coordinator for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD), and Courtney Towne, consultant for Triple-P America.  As a partner of TPCHD, it’s our opportunity to share their family support programs and the very successful Triple-P program with you. 

  • Homeless Initiative: The Pierce County Human Services is working on several homeless initiatives and have reached out to NAMI Pierce to get direct feedback on their plans.  We have scheduled a discussion group meeting for Thursday, September 16 at 6 pm via zoom.         Passcode: 255106

Join by Phone: 253-215-8782 or 877-853-5247 (Toll-free)    


  • Farmers Market @ Point Ruston:  NAMI Pierce will be distributing information about our programs and services at the Market on Sunday, September 19 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Stop by our booth if you’re out shopping or come and lend a hand if you have a couple hours to spare.  

  • NAMI Pierce will be providing Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to law enforcement officers as part of their 40-hour mandatory mental health training starting in September.  Due to the overwhelming response that we received for volunteers to participate in the next session, we have started a list of potential candidates for future sessions.  Each session has different requirements requested by the police training academy so we’ll match your story and skills with the session’s requirements as needed.  Thank you to all those who responded and were willing to participate and be part of this very important training.

  • In recognition of World Mental Health Day, we will be offering an In Our Own Voice (IOOV), a NAMI signature program presentation via zoom.  This unique interactive presentation offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for those living with mental illness and will be presented by two members with lived experience.  Come join us on Saturday October 9 at 11 am. 

  • The NAMI WA state conference is being held virtually this year on Saturday Oct 16 and registration is now open until Oct 14.  Registration fees are $25 for NAMI members, $50 for non-members, and students and persons with fixed incomes can register for $5.  For more information on the workshops or to register:

  • NAMI Smarts workshops are coming!  To prepare for Lobby Day and the next legislative session in Olympia, Module 1 “Telling Your Story” will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month from October to December from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Registration and more information will be available at

  • Welcome to Shawnda Noone, our Program Support Coordinator!  Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shawnda grew up in a small town near Mount Rainier before relocating to Tacoma where she currently resides with her husband and two dogs. A previous business owner, she is completing her BA in Psychology at UWT and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree to become a licensed therapist. As an individual with lived experience, Shawnda is a strong advocate for mental health.  She likes to work in her garden, relax with her dogs, listen to records, read, hike, meditate, cook, and visit with friends.

September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness month.  All month, mental health advocates and organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.  Learning about suicide prevention is a great way to educate yourself and others. Please use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and help connect individuals, friends and families to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)