NAMI Oregon News & Updates

January 25, 2024

Pacific Northwest Band, Don't Tell Mary, Fundraises $2,450 for NAMI with Pink LED Horns! 

Before the terms influencer and brand ambassador were ever uttered, NAMI supporters championed exciting and creative avenues to help spread our mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness. Adding their unique flair to this initiative, local Pacific Northwest band Don't Tell Mary has taken center stage with their iconic LED pink horns.

LED pink horns are a staple at every Don’t Tell Mary show, with all proceeds going to NAMI Oregon. These vibrant horns symbolize the inner demons we all grapple with, emphasizing the importance of fostering compassion and love within our community. The band’s mission is to replace the stigma, fear, and judgment often associated with mental illness and addiction with a united front of empathy and support.

The band places great significance on raising awareness about mental health and the available resources for individuals and families. Jeff and Jennifer Birkland, the band’s founders, have personally experienced the profound impact of suicide within their close family circle. 

Jennifer reflects on her past, sharing, “During my marriage, my ex-husband faced a prolonged battle with mental illness, causing significant turbulence within our family. At that time, I was unaware of the resources accessible to spouses and family members through NAMI – knowledge I dearly wish I had.” 

The band strives to create a space where understanding and assistance are readily available, promoting a community built on compassion and solidarity. 

About the band:

Don’t Tell Mary is a classic rock/dance cover band from the Pacific Northwest, consisting of five members, Jennifer Swick-Birkland (vocals), Shyle Ruder (vocals), Jeff Birkland (lead guitar), Bart Kilpatrick (bass), Robby Olsen (drums and vocals). 

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NAMI Ask the Expert: "I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” How To Help Someone With Mental Illness Accept Treatment

Join NAMI National and Xavier Amador, Ph.D., for this year's second Ask the Expert webinar.

Dr. Amador is the author of "I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help" and founder of the LEAP Institute, an evidence-based communication program with a mission to build relationships and find treatment for those living with anosognosia.

Roughly half of individuals living with schizophrenia, bipolar and related disorders suffer from anosognosia—a cognitive challenge that hinders their ability to recognize their own mental health condition. Consequently, the manner in which we approach and communicate with individuals experiencing anosognosia can significantly impact their understanding and acceptance of their condition.

In this presentation, Dr. Amador describes how common anosognosia is, how it impacts the person with mental illness and their family, and most importantly, how we can help the person accept treatment.

Date: February 15th, 2024

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST

Where: Online via Zoom

Register: here

Shop and Support NAMI Oregon

Did you know that you can support NAMI Oregon when you shop at Fred Meyer and Target and when you drop off your BottleDrop cans?

Enroll in Fred Meyer Community Rewards:

  • Visit and log in or create an account.
  • Search for NAMI Oregon or enter code QY714.
  • Click 'Enroll' to link your rewards card. New users can create an account with basic information and a valid email address.

Once enrolled in Community Rewards, any transaction you make using your Shopper’s card will go towards supporting NAMI Oregon, at no cost to you!

Learn more about Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program here

Support through your BottleDrop account:

Now, every time you return your bottles, those funds will be donated to NAMI Oregon and will go towards supporting our mission! 

Your everyday activities can have a lasting impact on mental health advocacy. Join us in supporting NAMI Oregon through these simple, meaningful actions. Together, we can make a positive change!

New Poll Finds Americans Want Policymakers to Address Mental Health

NAMI National recently released a new poll that found a bipartisan majority of Americans (86%) agree their elected officials need to do more to improve mental health care in the U.S. At the same time, only 7% of people believe Congress is currently doing the right amount on this issue, and only 10% believe the same about their state’s legislature.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos, a global leader in market research, also found:

  • Nearly two-thirds of adults (64%) agree federal funding for mental health care should be a high or the highest priority for Congress. More than half of Americans (57%) believe that federal funding for the new, nationwide 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline should be a high or the highest priority for Congress.

  • The vast majority of Americans agree that mental health care should be available to everyone, not just people who can pay for services out-of-pocket (91%), and that insurers should cover mental health care services the same way they cover physical health care services (90%).

  • Only one in five adults said it was easy to find a mental health provider who is affordable or in-network with their insurance (21%), has a similar background as them (20%), has specialized training focused on children or young people (20%) or is accepting new patients (18%).


This poll coincided with more than 80 NAMI Executive Directors advocating on Capitol Hill to highlight key priorities to address the urgency of this crisis. NAMI leaders asked Congress to fund mental health crisis response, including the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, mental health resources in schools, and community-based services.

Read the full poll findings here.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, help is available 24/7. Call or text 988 or visit to get in touch with a trained crisis counselor today.

Your secure online donation to NAMI Oregon helps us provide free programs across Oregon and continue our efforts to advocate for people living with mental illness and their families and loved ones.

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