Support Our Give Local Campaign! October 31st-November 20th
Give Local Starts today, Halloween! 🍁🍁🍁
Help us build our new stipend mentor program!
Help NAMI Thurston-Mason build our new stipend mentor program for individuals living with a mental health condition. We aim to both support and engage our most vulnerable community members in recovery based skills, in both Mason and Thurston counties, encouraging them to build a full, happy and productive life.
Why Give Local?
The Community Foundation is covering ALL donations fees made to our campaign for three weeks, AND is offering funds from a $100,000 matching grant for every donation. Plus there are perks – making a gift of more than $25 on Wednesdays enters you into a raffle to donate even more money. It’s a wonderful platform for charitable giving in our community.
Why is building a paid “Peer” Workforce so important?
We provide stipends to our trained Peer Specialists for teaching classes, programs, and to give public presentations about the lived experience of a mental health condition. A “Peer,” for those that are not familiar with the term, is a person that is living in recovery with a mental illness. Peer support networks help to create a safe, caring, and inclusive space for Peers to connect with other Peers. Paying Peers for their mentorship roles increases their sense of belong, and positive mental health by fostering meaningful relationships and creating an avenue of participation and leadership.
Why are we building a new Peer Training Program?
In 2017 our national organization rolled out a new online-only training platform for all NAMI Peer Specialists. The 2-8 hour online training is now mandatory for all of our Peers that wish to become program facilitators and presenters. This has created an unforeseen barrier for many of our participants, particularly those without technology devices, and those living with anxiety disorders and other mental health disorders.
We are dedicated to helping our community members grow and to support one another in recovery from mental health conditions and have created a plan to support online training and safe access to technology. We are building a computer training center with special accommodations for our peer community, including headphones, quiet spaces, and paid-peer staff support.