Peer and Family Support
Mental illness can have a far reaching impact on both those living with a mental illness and the people close to them. Often, connecting with someone who has been through the treatment system or a family member of someone with a mental illness can be helpful; they've "been there" and can offer advice and support. There are several organizations both online and in the community that are available to provide this kind of support.
Peer Supports for Behavioral Health Consumers
Comfort Zone: Comfort Zone is a drop-in center for people who identify as being mental health consumers. Open M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Comfort Zone provides a safe place to mix with others and offers activities during the day. Call 503-726-3720 for more information.
David Romprey Oregon Warmline: The Warmline offers a peer operated phone line for adults experiencing any kind of distress. Any resident of Oregon can call the free service to receive confidential support from trained peers. Outreach is available to individuals who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Staff can refer to professional services if needed. Call 1-800-698-2392 for more information.
NAMI Washington County (National Alliance on Mental Illness): NAMI Washington County is a peer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. Call 503-356-6835 for more information.
For Friends and Family Members
NAMI Washington County (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Provides supports for friends and family members of persons who have been identified as having behavioral health challenges. Services include various supports and family-to-family classes that provide information helpful to friends and family members. Call 503-356-6835 for more information.
NAMI Oregon: Offers peer support groups for parents, adults living with mental illness, and family and friends. Free education programs are available. Contact NAMI Oregon's Helpline at 503-230-8009 or 1-800-343-6264.
Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN): Provides peer support for families who are participating in the Wraparound Program. OFSN also operates the Reach Out Oregon website and Warmline (1-833-732-2467) that offers support and resources for families across Washington County and the State of Oregon. For more information on OFSN call 971-209-9292.
Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO): MHAAO provides training for individuals who identify as having behavioral health challenges and who would like to become certified as a Peer Specialist. In Washington County, MHAAO provides supports to agencies that provide behavioral health services and include peer supports as part of their services. Call 503-922-2377 for more information.