National Alliance on Mental Illness - Washington Coast Affiliate supports those working
towards mental wellness, their families and friends, advocates for mental health at local,
state, and national levels, and hosts community mental health education programs.
Grays Harbor Crisis Center
615 8th Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Cast from shackles which bound
them, this bell shall ring out hope
for the mentally ill and victory
-Inscription on Mental Health Bell
NAMI Washington Coast
PO Box 153
Aberdeen, W 98520
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to
others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical
conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive
disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.
The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result
of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people
diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating
in an individual treatment plan.
In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy,
interpersonal therapy, peer support groups and other community services can also be components of a
treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends
and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental
The World Health Organization ranks mental illness as the biggest disability problem in North America.