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Over 30+ warmlines plus webinars, workshops, job postings, special events, consumer input opportunities and more.

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How Events are Sorted:

First, at the top of the list: Disaster Hotline & Oregon Safe + Strong Helpline.

Next in the list: Bundled “All Day” Events for organizations with events happening at multiple times throughout the day and/or in many formats or locations; these are bundled into a single listing to prevent endless scrolling.  Usually these offer a lookup by zip code or other criteria. 

Lastly, Time-Specific Events listed by start time from 12:01am early morning to 11:59pm late night.  Warmlines and places east of Oregon’s time zone tend to start earlier (e.g. 4am in Oregon is 7am in New York).

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0 – Hotline – SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline @ 1-800-985-5990 (Multilingual),1-800-846-8517 (TTY) – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ Phone, Toll-Free
Dec 4 all-day
0 - Hotline - SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline @ 1-800-985-5990 (Multilingual),1-800-846-8517 (TTY) - 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ Phone, Toll-Free

Excerpt(s) from link:

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Counseling Services

The Disaster Distress Helpline puts people in need of counseling on the path to recovery. Our staff members provide counseling and support before, during, and after disasters and refer people to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support. Since its launch in February 2012, the Disaster Distress Helpline has provided counseling and support in response to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Ebola outbreak.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States. These counselors provide:

  • Crisis counseling for people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
  • Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families
  • Tips for healthy coping
  • Referrals to local crisis call centers for additional follow-up care and support

When you call or text, crisis counselors will listen to what’s on your mind with patience and without judgment. There is no need to give any identifying information when you contact the Disaster Distress Helpline. The counselor may ask you for some basic information at the end of the call, but these questions are optional and are intended to help SAMHSA keep track of the types of calls it receives.

Who Should Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline?

This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as:

The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the Ebola outbreak, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.

The impact of crises may affect people in different ways. Learn how to recognize the warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to natural and human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is open to everyone. This includes survivors of disasters; loved ones of victims; first responders; rescue, recovery, and relief workers; clergy; and parents and caregivers. You may call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

Call or Text

From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.

Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in your primary language, simply indicate your preferred language to the responding counselor and she/he will connect to a live interpreter (interpretation in less commonly-spoken languages may require calling back at an appointed time). Learn more and download information about the Disaster Distress Helpline in 30 of the most commonly-spoken languages in the U.S.

To connect with a live DDH crisis counselor 24/7 via SMS, from the 50 states text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746. Spanish-speakers from Puerto Rico can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663.

Texting is subscription-based and only involves a few steps:

  1. Enroll in the service by texting TalkWithUs or Hablanos exactly as written. It’s important to do this before sending your first text message because otherwise the enrollment may fail, and you will not be able to speak with a counselor, or you may accidentally subscribe to another service.
  2. Look for confirmation that your subscription was successful. You will receive a Success! message if it was.
  3. To unsubscribe, text Stop or Unsubscribe to 66746 (or 1-787-339-2663 from Puerto Rico) at any time. For help, text Help to 66746 (or 1-787-339-2663 from Puerto Rico).

Standard text and data message rates will apply when texting from mobile phones. International text and data rates may apply from within U.S. territories and free association nations. SAMHSA will not sell your phone numbers to other parties.

The Disaster Distress Helpline’s TTY number 1-800-846-8517 is available 24/7 to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, who can also utilize the texting options or their preferred Relay service (including 7-1-1) to connect with the main DDH hotline 1-800-985-5990, 24/7.

Other Inquiries

If you’re not in immediate need of crisis counseling support and would like to contact us for other reasons, send an email. Contact us for:

  • Technical problems. If you encountered a technical problem while trying to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, please include your name and preferred contact information in your email if you wish to receive a reply.
  • Provider inquiries. Providers with specific inquiries about technical assistance and support, requests for materials, and exploring collaborations are encouraged to send an email.
  • Feedback. To provide feedback about your experience reaching out to the Disaster Distress Helpline, send an email describing your experience and SAMHSA will look into the matter. Please include your name and preferred contact information if you wish to receive a reply.
  • Social media inquiries. Email us with questions about the Disaster Distress Helpline’s use of social media.
  • All media inquiries. Members of the media with questions about the Disaster Distress Helpline are encouraged to call the SAMHSA Media Services Team at 1-240-276-2130.

Our staff appreciate hearing from people about their experiences. SAMHSA takes feedback about our services, whether it is positive or negative, very seriously.

SAMHSA also encourages public promotion of the Disaster Distress Helpline. Anyone can use the Disaster Distress Helpline logo and telephone number on their website and link to the Disaster Distress Helpline’s materials and social media properties.

Call 211 for information about disaster-related evacuations, shelters, food and clothing distribution, volunteer opportunities, and other resources and referrals. Or visit the national 211 Call Center Search website to find the 211 information and referral center nearest you.

Last Updated: 11/11/2019

Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Spanish

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Spanish Speakers

Twitter Tweets:

Facebook

Follow the Disaster Distress Helpline on Facebook.

00 – Hotline – AVP – Anti Violence Project – 24 hour English / En Español Violence Hotline – Call / Text – (212) 714-1411 @ Call and Text
Dec 4 all-day

Anti Violence Project Logo

Call Our Hotline

Have you experienced or witnessed violence, or are you concerned about someone who has? We’re here to support you on our 24 Hour English/Spanish Hotline: 212-714-1141. All calls are free and confidential.  You can also report violence anonymously or ask for a counselor to reach out to you online.

Our free, bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline is staffed by trained volunteers and our professional counselor/advocates, offering support to LGBTQ & HIV-affected survivors of any type of violence, as well as to those who love and support survivors, including those who have lost a loved one to violence.

We receive thousands of calls a year. Callers receive immediate crisis counseling and safety planning, as well as access to ongoing counseling, advocacy, and onsite legal services. We support clients and community members in trying to access safety, services, and support from systems and service providers to overcome bias, discrimination, and violence.  We may also be able to accompany you to court, the police, to HRA, or to another service provider.

Our hotline is also available to service providers who want support in working with an LGBTQ or HIV-affected survivor.

Call us at 212 714 1141—we’re here to help!

 

 

01 – Helpline – DEQH DESI LGBTQ+ Helpline for South Asians – 24/7 Form or 5-7pm PST Phone on Thursdays and Sundays @ Phone or Email Form
Dec 4 all-day

 

Desi LGBTQ+ Helpline for ​South Asians

100% confidential support for South Asian lesbian, gay, bi, queer, Trans, Non-BINARY, questioning individuals in the United States

What is DeQH?

  • We are trained South Asian LGBQ/TGNB+ peer support volunteers
  • Call or write us with questions, concerns, struggles, and hopes
  • ​It’s always free — and 100% confidential

DeQH can help with…

  • questions on gender, identity, coming out
  • dealing with family, culture, or faith
  • trying to find community in your area
  • advice for a friend or family member
  • listening as you work through things

(1) Write to us anytime 24/7 online email form

Fill out our online contact form. You’ll hear back from a trained volunteer within a week.

Write to us now!

(2) Or call us by phone on Thursdays and/or Sundays 5-7pm evening nights

Trained volunteers are available to talk between:

  • Thursdays, 8-10 PM Eastern (5-7 PM Pacific)
  • Sundays, 8-10 PM Eastern (5-7 PM Pacific)

Call us at 908-367-3374 to talk.

(If you leave a message at any other time, we can call you back if requested.)

LGBQ/TGNB+? We serve individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,  queer, questioning, intersex, transgender, gender non-binary, genderqueer, pansexual, kothi, hijra, and beyond.
South Asian? We serve people of South Asian heritage, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, as well as from South Asian communities in diaspora, such as Fiji and the Caribbean.
01 – Helpline – SHNHL – StrongHearts – StrongHearts Native Helpline – (844)-7NATIVE (762-8483) – Chat – 24/7 @ Hotline
Dec 4 all-day

StrongHearts Logo

Domestic and Sexual Violence Is Never Okay

StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

 

Our Services

StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) is a 24/7 confidential and anonymous culturally-appropriate domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans. StrongHearts advocates offer the following services at no cost:

  • Peer support and advocacy
  • Information and education about domestic violence and sexual violence
  • Personalized safety planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to Native-centered domestic violence and sexual violence service providers
  • Basic information about health options
  • Support finding a local health facility or crisis center that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
  • General information about jurisdiction and legal advocacy referrals

 

01 – Helpline – SSH – Safe + Strong Helpline for Behavioral, Mental and Emotional Health Support – Interpreters Available @ 1-800-923-4357 (HELP) – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ Phone, Toll-Free
Dec 4 all-day
01 - Helpline - SSH - Safe + Strong Helpline for Behavioral, Mental and Emotional Health Support - Interpreters Available @ 1-800-923-4357 (HELP) - 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ Phone, Toll-Free

Safe & Strong Oregon Helpline

FREE, available 24/7 at 1-800-923-4357  

Language interpreters available

1-800-923-HELP (4357)

Excerpt(s) from L4L (Lines for Life) web page:

https://www.linesforlife.org/obhsl/#:~:text=1%2D800%2D923%2DHELP%20(4357)&text=Safe%20%2B%20Strong%20Helpline%2C%20in%20partnership,is%20struggling%20and%20seeking%20support

Help is free and available 24/7. Language interpreters are available.

Safe + Strong Helpline, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, is an emotional support and resource referral line that can assist anyone who is struggling and seeking support. Callers do not need to be in a crisis to contact this line.

Many of us are juggling concerns about wildfires and smoke, COVID-19, political unrest, financial instability, and more, in addition to the everyday things we personally struggle with.

Disasters can leave us feeling increased anxiety, worry, anger, or depression. In these challenging times, we provide emotional support, mental health triage, drug and alcohol counseling, or just connection with a person who cares.

If you or a loved one is feeling worried, upset, or overwhelmed, give us a call. Our call counselor will listen, assess your needs, and problem-solve with referral to community services and resources if needed.

Visit the Safe & Strong Oregon website for more resources and information at:

https://www.safestrongoregon.org/mental-emotional-health

4D – 4th Dimension Recovery – Recovery Meetings – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online Via ZOOM
Dec 4 all-day

 

4th Dimension Recovery

 Recovery Meetings – Monday through Sunday

MONDAYS

Love Wins @ 5:30PM

Welcomes youth, LGBTQ+ non-binary and POC. Low-key NA book study meeting that offers an inclusive, safe space for marginalized people.

ZOOM: https://www.zoom.us/j/904315993

A New Freedom, A New Happiness @ 7:15PM

AA Big Book study for all. Newcomers welcome.

No More Methin’ Around @ 9PM

New CMA meeting started by young people in the community!

Night Owls @ 11PM

 

TUESDAYS

Open 4 Attack @ 5:30PM

Men’s open recovery meeting that promotes strength through vulnerability and positive feedback

Southern Comfort @ 7:30PM

Traditional weekly AA speaker meeting that celebrates birthdays.

HYBRID, Zoom ID: 345-408-4670

 

WEDNESDAYS

SOUNDS OF RECOVERY @ 6:00PM

Energized open recovery meeting that holds a safe space for creative shares such as dance, music, poetry, etc.

Night Owls @ 11PM

 

THURSDAYS

KNUCKLEHEADS @ 7:30-9:00PM

Hybrid AA Closed Men’s meeting. We meet frequently so that newcomers may find the fellowship they seek. HYBRID ZOOM ID: 779-832-085 PW: Knucks

Night Owls @ 11PM

 

FRIDAYS

Sick Friends 7:00PM

OPEN AA MEETING: welcoming of people from all stages of the recovery journey. COME FOR THE COFFEE STAY FOR THE MESSAGE

Night Owls @ 11:PM

 

SATURDAYS

FOUNDATIONS @ 6:30PM

H.A. meeting started by young people in the community!

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE @ 8:00PM

Weekly Saturday night speaker meeting. @ new speakers every week!

HIBRID ZOOM ID: 438-175-7799 PW SNL

Night Owls @ 11PM

 

SUNDAYS

QUEENS W/A SOLUTION @ 10:00AM

A diverse NA meeting for female identifying and non-binary persons with a strong group conscious & reliable home group.

ZOOM: 818-48810-739 PW: queens

S.M.A.R.T @ 5:30PM

To learn CBT skill for coping wi/addiction in recovery

F*CK DRUGS GET HIGH ON LIFE @ 7:00PM

Open NA meeting with a growing community presence

Night Owls @ 11PM

 

Want to start a new meeting at Milwaukie 4D?

Contact ELLY at: 971-865-9732

 

AA OR A58 – Alcoholics Anonymous Oregon Area 58 – Find A Meeting In Oregon – English, Spanish, Hearing Impaired – Weekdays & Weekends
Dec 4 all-day

 

 

Find an AA Meeting In Oregon

Meetings in Spanish – Hearing Impaired Meetings – Online & In-Person – Hot Lines – Phone Apps

Looking for a local AA meeting?

Meeting lists are provided by local Districts, Intergroups and Central Offices.

You can use the district map page to find the District you’re interested in and then visit the meeting list and/or website for that district.  If a District has no website, the nearest Intergroup or Central Office may be listed.

Hotline phone numbers listed below may also help.

If interested, you can download the meeting guide app from following the links below.

 

District Websites With Meeting Lists

Link: 

https://www.aa-oregon.org/find-meetings/#districtlinks 

Click the link above for the List of Oregon AA Districts with AA Meetings and Hotlines plus Phone Apps.

AA Portland Districts map page.

For a detailed view of Districts in the Portland area, visit the map page.

Link:

https://www.aa-oregon.org/portland-districts/

NOTE: Districts, Intergroups and Central Offices are independent service entities; Oregon Area 58 is not responsible for the content of their web sites.

Higher resolution maps of the District boundaries in Portland and in Oregon are also available for download.

District Websites

 

Hotlines

Tel: (971) 601-9220  Astoria / Seaside

Tel: (503) 739-4856  Tillamook

Link: Website & meeting list

 

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District 2

Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, South Beach, Toledo and Waldport

24-Hour Hotline

Tel: (541) 265-1953

 

Para Preguntas Llamar:

Tel: (541) 574-7842

 

Link: Website & meeting list

 

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District 3

Arlington, Boardman, Condon, Fossil, Hepper, Hermiston, Ione, Mission, Pendleton and Pilot Rock

 

Hotline

Tel: (800) 410-5953

Link: Website & meeting list

 

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Districts 4 & 28

Salem, Dallas

 

Hotline

Tel: (503) 399-0599

Link: Website & meeting list

 

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District 5

Bend, Burns, Chemult, Culver, John Day, La Pine, Madras, Metolius, Mt. Vernon, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Terrabonne, Tumalo, and Warm Springs

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 548-0440

Link: Website & meetings list

 

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District 6

Emerald Valley Intergroup:

Eugene, Alvadore, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Junction City, Lowell, Springfield, Veneta

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 342-4113

Link: Website & meetings list

 

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District 7

Josephine County Intergroup & Central Office

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 474-0782

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 8

Coos Bay, Florence, Gardiner, Lakeside, Mapleton, North Bend, Reedsport

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 269-3265

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 9

Northwest/Downtown Portland

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list 

 

District 10

Beaverton, Portland, Tigard

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 11

Gresham & East County

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 12

Eastside Portland

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Meeting schedule (on Portland Intergroup web site)

 

District 13

Roseburg, Canyonville, Drain, Glendale, Riddle

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 673-7552

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 14

Bingen/White Salmon WA, Carson WA, Goldendale WA, Hood River, Maupin, Moro, Odell, Parkdale, Stevenson WA, The Dalles, Tygh Valley

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (833) 423-3683 = (833-HAD-ENUF)

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 15

Clackamas, Milwaukie, West Linn

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 16

Applegate, Ashland, Butte Falls, Central Point,
Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford,
Phoenix, Prospect, Rogue River, Ruch, Talent,
& White City

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 773-4848

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 17

Klamath & Lake Counties

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 883-4970

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 18

Clatskanie, Ranier, St. Helens, Scappoose, Vernonia

 

24-hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 366-0667  Columbia County

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 19

Southwest of Eugene

 

24 Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 342-4113

Link: Website (Emerald Valley Intergroup) & meeting list

 

District 20

Springfield

 

24 Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 342-4113

Link: Web site (Emerald Valley Intergroup) & meeting list

 

District 21

Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Willamette Valley

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 967-4252

Link: Web site & meeting list

 

District 22

McMinnville, Newberg

24-Hour Hotlines:
Tel: (503) 472-1172 (McMinnville)
Tel: (888) 472-1172 (Newberg)

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 23

Tualatin

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 684-0415

Link: Website (Westside Central Office) & meeting list

 

District 24

Eastside Portland

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list (on Portland Intergroup web site)

 

District 25

Estacada, Gresham

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list (on Portland Intergroup web site)

 

District 26

North Portland

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list (on Portland Intergroup web site)

 

District 27

Southeast Portland

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (503) 223-8569

Link: Website & meeting list (on Portland Intergroup web site)

 

Districts 28 (and 4)

Salem, Dallas

 

Hotline:

Tel: (503) 399-0599

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 29

Baker, Union & Wallowa Counties

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 624-5117

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 30

Oregon South Coast – Bandon, Brookings, Coquille, Gold Beach, Langlois, Myrtle Point, Port Oxford

 

24-Hour Hotlines:

Tel: (541) 347-1720  Bandon

Tel: (541) 469-2440  Brookings

Link: Website & meeting list

 

District 31

Hillsboro

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: 503-684-0415

Link: Website (Westside Central Office) & meeting list

 

District 32

Canyon City, John Day, Mount Vernon

 

24-Hour Hotline:

Tel: (541) 548-0440

Link: Website & meeting list (Central Oregon Intergroup)

 

Districts 34 & 35

Spanish Language districts for the entire state.

 

Para ayuda llame las 24 Horas al

Tel: (971) 327-5523

Link: Meeting list (en Español)

 

District 36

Southwest Portland and parts of Lake Oswego

 

Link: Website and meeting list

 

District 37

Wilsonville, Sherwood, and West Linn

 

Link: Website (Westside Central Office) & meeting list

 

Download District maps of Portland and Oregon in higher resolution formats:

 

Portland Districts Map 11×17

1 file(s) 670.00 KB

 

Portland Districts Map 36×42

1 file(s) 1.06 MB

 

Oregon Districts Map 11×17

1 file(s) 755.71 KB

 

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Meetings en Español

 

Directorio de Grupos Hispaños:

 

Directory of Spanish-speaking Groups

1 file(s) 105.75 KB

 

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Distrito 28, 34 & 35

Oficina Intergrupal Hispaña De Salem Oregon
2495 Lancaster Dr. NE | Salem, OR 97303
(503) 899-2652

 

Distrito 28

Salem

 

Para ayuda llame las 24 Horas al

Tel: (971) 327-5523

Link: Meeting schedule

 

Distrito 34

Para ayuda llame las 24 Horas al

Tel: (971) 327-5523

Link: Meeting list (en Español)

 

Distrito 35

Para ayuda llame las 24 Horas al

Tel: (971) 327-5523

Link: Website

Link: Meeting list (en Español)

 

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Meetings for the Hearing Impaired

 

AA Meeting Schedule for the Hearing Impaired

Hotline Phone Numbers by City

Albany/Corvallis:                 541-967-4252
Astoria-Gearhart:                 971-601-9220
Baker City:                         541-624-5117
Bandon, Coquille:                541-347-1720
Boardman                          800-410-5953
Clatskanie, Rainier,              503-366-0667
  Scappoose, St Helens,

  Vernonia

Coos Bay, North Bend,          (541) 469-2440
  Lakeside, Reedsport,

  Florence, Gardiner,

  Mapleton

Bend:                                541-548-0440
Brookings:                          541-469-2440
Burns:                               541-548-0440
Cannon Beach:                    503-861-5526
Condon                              800-410-5953
The Dalles/Hood River:         800-999-9210
Echo                                  800-410-5953
Enterprise                          541-624-5117
Eugene:                             541-342-4113
Grants Pass:                       541-474-0782
Heppner                             800-410-5953
Hermiston:                         800-410-5953
Klamath:                            541-883-4970
La Grande:                         541-624-5117
Lincoln City:                       541-265-1953
Medford (District):               541-773-4848
McMinnville:                        503-472-1172
Newberg:                           888-472-1172
Newport:                            541-265-1953
Ontario (includes Boise):       208-344-6611
Pendleton:                          800-410-5953
Pilot Rock                           800-410-5953
Portland:                            503-223-8569
Westside Central Office:        503-684-0415
Roseburg:                          541-673-7552
Salem:                               503-399-0599
Seaside:                             971-601-9220
Siletz:                                541-265-1953
Umatilla                             800-410-5953
Yachats, Waldport, Toledo:    541-265-1953

 

 

AA Meeting Finder Applications

Meeting Guide App For Android

Meeting Guide App For iPhone

 

 

 

 

 

ALAO / ALTO – Al-Anon / Alateen Oregon – Find a Meeting – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Dec 4 all-day

Oregon Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups Logo with blue triangle and white circle

Oregon Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groupstext image that says Al-Anon can help, Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship of people who feel their lives have been deeply affected by someone else's drinking

Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship of mutual support for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Alateens are members of the Al‑Anon Family Groups who have suffered because of the alcoholism of a loved one.

See Alateen Safety Guidelines (PDF format).

 

Find a Meeting

https://www.oregonal-anon.org/find-a-meeting

 

Newcomers Information

https://www.oregonal-anon.org/information-for-the-newcomer-2

Excerpt(s):

How will Al-Anon help me?

Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.

In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

 

Al-Anon can help you:

  • Hear others’ experiences
  • Find healthier ways to respond to the addicted person
  • Understand your own role in addiction and recovery
  • Learn the importance of supporting your loved one
  • Focus on today using the “one step at a time” approach

Al-Anon is not for people trying to find their own recovery. It is only for the people who love and care for them.

 

For more information, you can contact:

Oregon Al-Anon Alateen Public Information

Email: PublicInfo@OregonAl-Anon.org

Website: https://www.OregonAl-Anon.org

Phone: (888) 4AL-ANON / (888) 425-2666

~

Al-Anon World Service Office (WSO)

Website: http://www.al-anon.org

Phone Toll Free: (888) 4AL-ANON / (888) 425-2666

 

MOBILE DEVICE APP

NEW: Al Anon (National) has a Mobile Device App

https://al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/mobile-app/

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Social Media: Al-Anon Family Groups WSO (World Service Organization) on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/AlAnonFamilyGroupsWSO/

Other social media groups exist such as:

Social Media: Al-Anon (National) Family Group on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/315944152429622

Social Media: Alateen (National) on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/110566945652302

AM – All Month – COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine Access Information by OHA – Oregon Health Authority – English & Español
Dec 4 all-day

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COVID-19 Vaccine Access Information

Información de acceso a la vacuna COVID-19

English & Espanol

As of April 19, 2021, all Oregonians over 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
**This is a big day for the state. Many thanks to the folks on the front lines who are running vaccination sites and working so hard to get as many people as possible vaccinated.
See below for information on getting scheduled for a vaccine.
Accelerated Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations
Scheduling a Vaccination
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has created several resources to assist individuals in planning for their COVID-19 vaccination:
How to find a COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon
Available in Spanish at Cómo encontrar una vacuna contra el COVID-19 en Oregon
What to know before you get vaccinated
Post Vaccination: What we all need to do together
Scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine is primarily managed through the
OHA’s Get Vaccinated Oregon website.
The OHA has created a Get Vaccinated Oregon Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Multi-lingual assistance using the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool is also available by calling 211.
Some local pharmacies are offering vaccinations through a Federal Retail Pharmacy Program partnership.
Appointments can be made by visiting pharmacy websites directly:
If you need to get a vaccine through the drive-through site at PDX Airport, please go to OHSU’s COVID-19 Vaccine: Information and Appointments page.
All COVID-19 vaccine sites are dependent upon the availability of vaccine supply, which is determined by many factors, including supply at the national level and allocation at the federal and state levels.
Appointments are required.
Multnomah County maintains the COVID-19 Vaccine page which includes information options for scheduling a vaccination and resources for individuals who may need assistance scheduling an appointment due to language or barriers with technology.
Lastly, if you’re an immigrant, please know the following:
All eligible people in Oregon can get the vaccine.
You do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen to get the vaccine.
Getting the vaccine will NOT affect your immigration status or count as a public charge.
You do not need to have or provide a social security number.
You do not need to have identification.
If you need help, you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 1-800-923-HELP (4357).
**See active links in this bulletin by
Oregon Legislature, Speaker of the House, Rep. Tina Kotek’s
published  4/19/2021 at:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/2cd30a8

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/2cd30a8

House Speaker Tina Kotek

Weekly Update: Vaccines, Session Progress, Budget Hearing

AM – All Month – Eating and/or Body Image Struggles – Resources for Peer Support, Recovery & Wellness
Dec 4 all-day
Eating Problems 
Body Image Struggles, Wellness, Support
A 12-step recovery program

https://www.foodaddicts.org/

Food addiction can take many forms. Symptoms include obesity, under eating, and bulimia. People often think of the term “eating disorders” when describing the disease of food addiction. Food addicts are obsessed with food, body size, and weight. We spend our days thinking about when and what we are going to eat or not eat. Binging, purging, and dieting are a way of life. The bottom line is that we can’t stop thinking about eating. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) offers relief from the symptoms of eating disorders and guidance on living in recovery.


ANAD – National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
https://anad.org/get-help/
ANAD is committed to providing free, peer support services to anyone struggling with an eating disorder Our free, eating disorders Helpline is available for treatment referrals, support and encouragement, and general questions about eating disorders.
Call the Helpline // 888.375.7767
Support Group // Find a Support Group
Peer Mentors // Request a Mentor
 
Treatment // Search our national directory
Our Helpline is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm CST. We will return messages left outside these hours.
NEDA – National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA: External link  list of virtual support groups for different time zones offered by multiple organizations dedicated to eating disorder recovery across the United States.
CONTACT THE NEDA HELPLINE
  1. Online chat

    Online Chat

    Monday—Thursday 9am—9pm ET

    Friday 9am—5pm ET

  1. Call NEDA's eating disorders helpline

    Call

    (800) 931-2237

    Monday—Thursday 11am—9pm ET

    Friday 11am—5pm ET

    Translation services are available on the phone.

  1. Call NEDA's eating disorders helpline

    Text

    (800) 931-2237

    Pilot hours: Monday—Thursday 3pm—6pm ET

https://eatingdisorderfoundation.org/get-help/support-groups/

Eating Disorder Foundation Support Groups, Eating Disorder Foundation: External link  list of recurring virtual support groups for people recovering from eating disorders, as well as family members and friends who are supporting someone through recovery.

https://www.feast-ed.org/around-the-dinner-table-forum/

Around the Dinner Table Forum, FEAST: External link  online community of parents of eating disorder patients around the world.  [note, I would say parents/caregivers of family members or persons experiencing eating struggles or struggling with eating, not patients!]

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/sanctuary

The Sanctuary, Beat Eating Disorders: External link  information about an online chat room for U.K. residents recovering from an eating disorder.

https://rockrecoveryed.org/coffee-conversations-for-moms/

Coffee and Conversations for Moms, Rock Recovery: External link  monthly virtual support group for mothers who are recovering from an eating disorder.

https://centerfordiscovery.com/groups/

Free Eating Disorder and Mental Health Support Groups, Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Treatment: External link  free platform for peer-based support groups for anyone who has been affected by an eating disorder or seeking mental health support.

ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) / Duke University

  Support Group NameDuke ARFID Parent Education Group
  Contact Name Chantal Gil
Meeting Location  Virtual through our community website. Members must first sign up for a free membership to our website, and then they can register for a group. (https://eatingdisorders.dukehealth.org/)

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Monday Evenings

7:00 PM EST /4:00 PM PST

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Saturday Mornings

11:00 AM EST/ 8:00 AM PST

Pro-Recovery support groups are open to individuals, ages 18+, who are  experiencing and/or are on the journey to recovery from an eating disorder.

Register here.

Family and Friends Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM EST /4:00 PM PST

https://18percent.org

18percent is a free online community based off Slack, where one can receive peer to peer support. 18percent has channels on various mental health issues, one of which is eating disorders. They offer free, 24/7 eating disorder support in a moderated environment. For more information, click the link below and sign up.

Click Here to Learn More

The main aim of EDRC is to increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders for the public and for health professionals; to promote early diagnosis, effective treatment, and recovery; and to advocate for mental health parity legislation and effective insurance coverage. We collaborate with other organizations such as National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in our effort to bring the needed attention to eating disorders.

The Lotus Collaborative: Online Eating Disorder Recovery Support Group

This group is for anyone struggling with an eating disorder to get recovery support as well as to practice giving recovery support to others. While this is not a therapy group, it is a supportive virtual environment in which to meet others working towards recovery, build relationships, gain insight, and practice recovery skills. ​Everyone working towards eating disorder recovery is welcome.

Where: This group will take place via Zoom Room Meetings (Phone app or web browser). Sign up at https://www.thelotuscollaborative.com/online-eating-disorder-recovery-support-group.html

When: Every Sunday, 1pm – 2:30pm

Contact: email: info@thelotuscollaborative.com or set up a consultation: https://www.thelotuscollaborative.com/contact-us.html

The Lotus Collaborative: Online Supporters Group

The Lotus Collaborative hosts a free online support group for the friends and family members supporting a loved one through eating disorder recovery. This group is a space for family members and friends to get support, ask questions and connect with others in the supporting role.

Where: This group will take place via Zoom Room Meetings (Phone app or web browser). Sign up at https://www.thelotuscollaborative.com/online-supporters-group.html

When: ​Every Thursday, 6pm – 7pm PST

Contact: email: info@thelotuscollaborative.com or set up a consultation: https://www.thelotuscollaborative.com/contact-us.html

AM – All Month – MHA – Mental Health America – Mental Health Month 2022 – Resources – American Indian/Alaska Native – Asian/Pacific – Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern/South Asian – Black/African American – Latinix/Hispanic – Multiracial
Dec 4 all-day

A MESSAGE FROM MHA’S CEO

Mental Health America has long been at the forefront of progressive values in mental health care. We pride ourselves on being community-oriented and led by the voices of those with lived experience. Throughout our history, we have sought to lift the stories of individuals who are traumatized by discrimination or mistreatment.

MHA’s commitment began with our founder Clifford Beers, who sought to lead a social reform movement to end the inhumane institutionalization of those with mental illness. This undertaking changed the landscape of mental health care in America. Our Mental Health Bell, forged in 1953 from smelt-down shackles that used to bind “asylum patients,” is our proudest symbol. It rings out in hope for those oppressed by systemic injustices which undermine the mental health and well-being of marginalized and disenfranchised individuals and communities.

This month of July, we turn our hearts and minds to the mental health of individuals and communities of color with the release of this Toolkit.

Even as we look toward the future and prioritize the unique needs of the next generation, we must first look to the past to honor and learn from our history. July was first recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008. Campbell was a pioneer, author, and commentator, whose writings and advocacy highlighted the mental health of diverse communities in the U.S. Without her tireless dedication to the unique needs of Black and minoritized communities, the month of July would not be dedicated to promoting the mental health of BIPOC people.

Working for equity requires ongoing reflection and evolution. We are continually learning in our quest to be consistently and accountably equitable, and we know we have a long way to go before we can claim equity in mental health. Compared to their white counterparts, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are less likely to seek or gain access to mental health services and are less likely to receive high quality care which is culturally responsive and reflective. Barriers such as a high likelihood of being uninsured, differences of communication styles and language, and well-founded mistrust of mental health treatment also contribute to the inequities.

We acknowledge these serious inequities, and we are taking action to push for increased access to mental health care and improvements in culturally and linguistically responsive community-based approaches to healthcare. This includes bringing new voices, perspectives and representation to the table, increasing the amount of diverse educational materials, translating resources, and creating an equity-driven strategy to guide all of our work in public education, research, community-based care, and policy and advocacy.

We are using the term “BIPOC” to encompass all people and communities of color. We know that inclusive language and respect for individual self-identification is critical. We are listening to the voices of lived experience and evolving with them.

MHA hopes that each of you reading this will join us on this journey of learning and action as we move forward, together.

President & CEO, Mental Health America

Download the Full BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Full Toolkit (PDF)

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WEBPAGES:

●  BIPOC Communities and COVID-19: https://mhanational.org/bipoc-communities-and-covid-19

●  BIPOC Mental Health: https://www.mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health

●  Health Care Disparities Among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color:

https://www.mhanational.org/issues/healthcare-disparities-among-black-indigenous-and-people-color

●  How to Be An Ally in the Fight Against Racial Justice: https://mhanational.org/blog/how-be-ally-

fight-against-racial-injustice-and-better-mental-health-all

●  How to Find an Anti-Racist Therapist: https://screening.mhanational.org/content/how-find-anti-

racist-therapist/?layout=actions_ah_topics

●  I’m Angry About the Injustices I See Around Me: https://screening.mhanational.org/content/im-

angry-about-injustices-i-see-around-me/?layout=actions_ah_topics

●  Infographic- BIPOC and LGBTQ: https://www.mhanational.org/infographic-bipoc-and-lgbtq-

mental-health

●  Is My Therapist Being Racist?: https://screening.mhanational.org/content/my-therapist-being-

racist/?layout=actions_ah_topicsMental Health

●  Racial Trauma: https://mhanational.org/racial-trauma

●  Racism and Mental Health: https://mhanational.org/racism-and-mental-health

●  Take a Mental Health Screening: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools

WEBINARS:

●  Back To Basics: Impact Of Culture On Mental Health Conversations:

https://mhanational.org/events/back-basics-impact-culture-mental-health-conversations

●  Racial Trauma and Communities of Color: Assessment and Treatment: https://mhanational.org/events/racial-trauma-and-communities-color-assessment-and- treatment

EN ESPAÑOL:

●  Prueba de Ansiedad: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/test-de-ansiedad/

●  Prueba de Depresión: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/test-de-depresion/

●  Recursos En Español: https://mhanational.org/recursos-en-espan

 

AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE RESOURCES

●  All My Relations Podcast: https://www.allmyrelationspodcast.com/

●  American Indian Health and Family Services: https://aihfs.org/about/

●  Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Native and Indigenous Communities:

https://adaa.org/find-help/by-demographics/native-indigenous-communities

●  Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives For Behavioral Health Service Providers, Administrators, and Supervisors: https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/tip_61_aian_full_document_020419_0.pdf

●  Center for Native American Youth: https://www.cnay.org/

●  Healthy Native Youth: https://www.healthynativeyouth.org/

●  Indian Health Service: https://www.ihs.gov/

●  Indigenous Story Studio: https://istorystudio.com/

●  MHA: Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health:

https://www.mhanational.org/issues/native-and-indigenous-communities-and-mental-health

●  National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/national-american-indian-and-alaska-native-mhttc/home

●  National Indian Health Board: https://www.nihb.org/index.php

●  Native Americans for Community Action: https://nacainc.org/

●  Native Hope: https://www.nativehope.org/

●  One Sky Center- The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Health, Education,

and Research: https://www.oneskycenter.org/

●  SAMHSA Circles of Care: https://www.samhsa.gov/tribal-ttac/circles-care

●  SAMHSA Tribal Affairs: https://www.samhsa.gov/tribal-affairs

●  StrongHearts Native Help Line: https://strongheartshelpline.org/

●  WeRNative: https://www.wernative.org/

 

ASIAN/PACIFIC RESOURCES

● Asian American Health Initiative: https://aahiinfo.org/

○ Asian American Health Initiative Mental Health Resources: https://aahiinfo.org/aahi-

resources/#mental-health-resources

●  Asian American Psychological Association: https://aapaonline.org/

●  Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative: https://www.aadinitiative.org/

○ The Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative Resource Guide: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/60cfe519bb807927ef5c9cd0/t/61e05e61718a1e76a5b848b 2/1642094184561/AADI%2B2022%2BResource%2BGuide-011222.pdf

●  Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum: https://www.apiahf.org/

●  Asian Mental Health Collective: https://www.asianmhc.org/

●  Asian Pacific Community In Action: https://apcaaz.org/

●  Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence: https://www.api-gbv.org/

●  Asian Pride Project: http://asianprideproject.org/

●  Coming Out Living Authentically as LGBTQ+ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC-Coming_Out-API-FINAL-web-2018.pdf

●  Mental Health Association For Chinese Communities: https://www.mhacc-usa.org/

●  Mustard Seed Generation: https://www.mustardseedgeneration.org/

●  National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association: https://www.naapimha.org/

●  National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: https://www.nqapia.org/

●  Stop AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org/

●  Viet Care: https://www.viet-care.org/

 

ARAB/MUSLIM/MIDDLE EASTERN/SOUTH ASIAN RESOURCES

●  Arab-American Family Support Center: https://www.aafscny.org/

●  Desi/LGBTQ+ Helpline: https://www.deqh.org/

●  Institute for Muslim Mental Health: https://muslimmentalhealth.com/

●  Islamic Relief USA: https://irusa.org/

●  Khalil Center: https://khalilcenter.com/

●  Mannmukti: https://mannmukti.org/

●  Muslim Mental Health Toolkit: https://www.ispu.org/mental-health/

●  Resources for Muslim Mental Health Advocates: https://muslimmentalhealth.com/

●  My Mantra: https://www.mymantrawellness.com/

●  Naseeha Mental Health Helpline: https://naseeha.org/

●  Sakhi for South Asian Women: http://sakhi.org

●  South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT): https://saalt.org/

●  South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network (SAMHIN): https://samhin.org/

●  South Asian Network: https://www.southasiannetwork.org/

●  South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance: https://www.sasmha.org/

●  South Asian Therapists: https://southasiantherapists.org/

●  The South Asian Public Health Association: https://joinsapha.org/

●  What Does Islam Say About Mental Health?: https://www.amaliah.com/post/62822/mental-health-

in-islam-quran-and-hadith-mental-health-depression-in-islam

●  Yalla! Let’s Talk: https://yallaletstalk.com/

 

BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCES

●  AAKOMA Project: https://aakomaproject.org/

●  Black Emotional Mental Health (BEAM): https://beam.community/

●  Black Men Heal: https://blackmenheal.org/

●  Black Women’s Health Imperative: https://bwhi.org/

●  Eustress: https://www.eustressinc.org/

●  GirlTrek: https://www.girltrek.org/

●  MHA: Reimagining Self-Care for Black Folks: https://www.mhanational.org/blog/reimagining-self-

care-black-folks

●  National Black Justice Coalition: https://nbjc.org/

●  Ourselves Black: https://ourselvesblack.com/

●  Sista Afya: https://www.sistaafya.com/

●  The Black Mental Wellness Lounge: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackMentalWellnessLounge/

●  The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: https://borislhensonfoundation.org/

●  The Confess Project: https://www.theconfessproject.com/

●  The Loveland Foundation: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

●  Therapy for Black Girls: https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

●  Therapy for Black Men: https://therapyforblackmen.org/

●  Tips for Self-Care for Black Families: https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-health-

resources/minority-mental-health/self-care-for-black-families

 

LATINX/HISPANIC RESOURCES

●  American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry: https://www.americansocietyhispanicpsychiatry.com/

●  Caminar Latino: https://caminarlatino.org/

●  Esperanza United: https://esperanzaunited.org/en/

●  Estoy Aqui: https://estoy-aqui.org/

●  Latino Equality Alliance: https://www.somoslea.org/

●  Latinx Therapists Action Network: https://latinxtherapistsactionnetwork.org/

○ Latinx Therapy Podcast: https://latinxtherapy.com/podcast/

●  Latinx Therapy: https://latinxtherapy.com/

●  MHA- Latinx/Hispanic Communities- Información Y Materiales De Salud Mental En Español:

https://mhanational.org/latinxhispanic-communities-informacion-y-materiales-de-salud-

mental-en-espanol

●  NAMI: Compartiendo Esperanza: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-

Education/NAMI-Compartiendo-Esperanza-Mental-Wellness-in-the-Latinx-Community

●  National Alliance for Hispanic Health: https://www.healthyamericas.org/

●  National Latino Behavioral Health Association: http://www.nlbha.org/

●  Sad Girls Club: https://sadgirlsclub.org/

●  The Latinx Mental Health Podcast: https://www.latinxmhpodcast.com/

●  Therapy for Latinx: https://www.therapyforlatinx.com/

●  UnidosUS: https://www.unidosus.org/

●  Yo Soy Ella: https://www.yosoyella.org/

 

MULTIRACIAL RESOURCES

●  American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Multiracial Families: https://www.aamft.org/Consumer_Updates/Multiracial_Families.aspx

●  APA Bill of Rights For People Of Mixed Heritage: https://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/4310742- rights.pdf

●  For Multiracial People Toolkit: https://thetoolkit.wixsite.com/toolkit/for-multiracial-people-families

●  Mandala Center for Change: Multi-Heritage and Mixed Race Resources: https://www.mandalaforchange.com/resources/articles/multi-heritage-mixed-race-resources/

●  Mixed in America: https://www.mixedinamerica.org/

○ Mixed Identity Workbook: https://www.mixedinamerica.org/free-workbook/

●  Mixed Life Media: https://www.mixedlife.net/

●  NPR Code Switch Team: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/

○ Racial Imposter Syndrome- Here are your stories: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/01/17/578386796/racial-impostor-syndrome- here-are-your-stories

●  Resources That Explore Identity for Multicultural or Mixed-Race Families: https://socialworklicensemap.com/blog/resources-explore-multicultural-identity-mixed-race- families/

●  The Wholeness of Being a Mixed Race Person: https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/blog/the- wholeness-of-being-a-mixed-race-person

●  Toward Racial Justice- Multiracial Family Dynamics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9K_tyymNp0

●  Why Imposter Syndrome Goes Deep for Multiracial People: https://mhanational.org/blog/why- imposter-syndrome-goes-deep-multiracial-people

 

AM – All Month – NCPM – National Cancer Prevention Month – FFLCSN – Friend for Life Cancer Support Network – Peer Support
Dec 4 all-day

 

 

National Cancer Prevention Month

February 2022

 

Friend for Life is a network of cancer survivors and caregivers who provide compassionate, one-on-one support to others diagnosed with cancer, and to their loved ones. At your request, Friend for Life will match you with a trained volunteer who has experienced a form of cancer and course of treatment similar to yours. To help persons diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience, so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there.

Be Matched With A Volunteer

I can’t begin to tell you how comforting it was and is to have someone a phone call away.

If you have received a cancer diagnosis and would like to receive the support of a Friend for Life volunteer, use  the link below and please complete and submit our matching form. We ask that you describe your situation in as much detail as possible (type of cancer, stage, chemo drugs, alternative therapies, etc.) so that we can make an appropriate match. You may even include hobbies and interests. Please include what is most important to you from the match (particular diagnosis, chemo type, life situation, etc.).  If you are a family member, friend or co-worker who would like to receive the support of one of our volunteers, please provide what you know about the patient’s diagnosis, your relationship to that person, and what is concerning you at this time.

Use This Link

https://www.friend4life.org/get-matched/

Contact Us

Friend for Life Cancer Support Network
Phone: 502.893.0643
Toll-free: 866.374.3634
Fax: 502.896.3010
Email: staff@friend4life.org

AM – All Month – OAPS – Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide – Oregon LGBTQ2SIA+ Suicide Prevention – Youth Resources – Family Resources
Dec 4 all-day

The Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide has created a county-based LGBTQ+ Youth Resource List.  ( 14 Pages in PDF Format) 

>>> Check it out here <<<

and share with partners.

The Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide

Statewide Suicide Prevention Liaison:
Annette Marcus
Email:amarcus@aocmhp.org
Phone: (503) 399-7201

Suicide Prevention Project Specialist:
Jennifer Fraga
Email: jfraga@aocmhp.org
Phone: (503) 399-7201

MORE OREGON RESCOURCES

Crisis & Support Lines

OREGON LGBTQ CRISIS LINES

Local, state, national and LGBTQ crisis and support resources.

CRISIS & SUPPORT LINES

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

If you or a friend are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are having a crisis and need support, contact Oregon’s Lines for Life: 800-273-8255.

Lines for Life will connect you with 24-hr crisis lines that provide crisis intervention and targeted support for youth, families, older adults, military service members and veterans for mental health crises and support, suicide prevention, help with addiction and recovery and racial equity and support – in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

English: 800-273-8255
En español: 888-628-9454
TTY: 800-799-4TTY (4889)

Oregon YouthLine: 877-968-8491.

Oregon YouthLine is a peer crisis line for youth ages 21 and younger. Teens are available to help daily, 4 to 10 p.m. Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by adult call counselors) or chat online at the YouthLine website.

Text:teen2teen” to 839863
Chat online: at YouthLine website

24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 with the message “Home” for support any time, night or day.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – National suicide prevention support, available 24/7. Call: 800-273-8255.

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidioin Spanish call: 888-628-9454.

LGBTQ CRISIS LINES & ONLINE CHAT

Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ youth) 24 hours: 1-866-488-7386.

TrevorChat is available 24/7 days a week, or you can text the word “START” to 678-678, available 24/7.

CHAT SPACE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH

Q Chat Space is an online community chat for LGBTQ youth and teens who are questioning their identity, ages 13-19, facilitated by staff and volunteers from LGBTQ community centers around the country. Provides a place to connect and get access to information and resources. Q Chat Space is a program of CenterLink, the national organization for LGBTQ community centers.

Oregon Child Abuse Hotline – to report child abuse and neglect call: 855-503-SAFE (7233), available 24/7.

PARENT SUPPORT LINES

Reach Out Oregon WarmlineParent Support Line call: 833-732-2467, Monday – Friday 12-7 pm PST (except for holidays).

A parent / caregiver support service that provides peer support, access to services and referrals for parents and caregivers with a child or youth experiencing emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. The warmline is a project of Reach Out Oregon and the Oregon Family Support Network.

 

Oregon-Based LGBTQ Services& Support

OREGON LGBTQ RESOURCES & SUPPORTS

Selected resources listed on this website focus on providing services and support to reduce mental health risks and promote well-being for LGBTQ young people.

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR

Asian Pacific Island Pride
Non-profit organization that serves LGBTQ API communities in greater Portland and provides safe and supportive environments to celebrate, educate and bring communities together. apipride@gmail.com

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
A multi-service agency that provides a wide range of services and supports for Native American children, youth, adults and families, including Two-Spirit and LGBTQ support groups and events.

PDX Latinx Pride – Pride events in Portland for the Latinx LGBTQ community, families and allies. Central facebook page provides a space to connect throughout the year – www.facebook.com/PDXlatinxpride

Portland Two-Spirit Society
P2SS is a social, cultural, educational, resource group for the LGBTIQ Native American/Alaskan Natives and their families; to come together and share, connect, reclaim, and restore culture and community.

Sankofa Collective Northwest
Sankofa provides support, education and advocacy for Black families, friends and LGBTQ people through monthly support groups, faith outreach, mini-grants and an annual Portland Black Pride celebration. Sankofa began as the first African American chapter of PFLAG in the U.S. and relaunched as the Sankofa Collective Northwest in 2016.

Utopia PDX – United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Portland
Portland chapter of a nonprofit organization by and for queer and trans Pacific Islanders that provides support, community organizing, political engagement, and cultural stewardship. https://www.facebook.com/utopiaportland

 

YOUTH RESOURCES – STATE ACCESS

SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center)
SMYRC’s on-site center in Portland provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities such as art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, resource referral, counseling, and education. Through Bridge 13, SMYRC provides LGBTQ trainings, educational workshops and consultations for social support staff, health professionals, youth providers, and educators. SMRYC also helps families and youth find local resources in their communities that support LGBTQ youth and families.

Oregon Queer Youth Summit
A conference held by and for queer and trans identified youth and their allies from the state of Oregon. Leadership development and organizing events happens year-round.

SCHOOL RESOURCES – STATEWIDE

Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition (OSSCC)
A coalition of public and private organizations in Oregon that supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and risk behaviors for LGBTQ youth. Provides education, data collection, and support services to create safe schools and communities for youth, teachers, and families.

GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance) School Clubs
GSA school clubs are available in many Oregon schools to provide support for LGBTQ students and allies and to provide education and events to promote safer schools and communities. Individual GSAs are listed by county and by school. (See National listings for information on GSA Network – a national organization that provides education and training to help students and local GSA clubs in schools to advocate for safer schools and policies to protect LGBTQ students from harassment and victimization.)

GLSEN Oregon
State chapter of the national organization that works to ensure safe schools for all students. GLSEN’s state chapter supports students and educators to adopt LGBTQ-affirming public policy, plan teacher trainings, and hold events for students, educators, parents, and allies.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Basic Rights Oregon Fierce Families Network
Advocates for public policy that meets the needs of a breadth of the LGBTQ communities. Provides and distributes resources to help families understand their LGBTQ+ children.

Pride Foundation Scholarship Program
Community foundation that funds LGBTQ programs and supports in the Northwest, and funds scholarships for LGBTQ student leaders.

YOUTH & FAMILY RESOURCES BY COUNTY

BENTON COUNTY

Cheldelin Middle School Pride Club
Cheldelin Middle School sponsored group that provides a confidential, safe space for students to support each other.

Corvallis High School Sexuality And Gender Alliance (SAGA)
A Corvallis High School sponsored GSA group that promotes understanding, acceptance and inclusion of all.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY

Clackamas High School GSA
A Clackamas High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Milwaukie High School & Milwaukie Academy of the Arts Queer-Straight Alliance
A Milwaukie High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

The Living Room
A safe space that provides peer support and youth drop-in services, resources to promote personal growth and leadership skills, to build relationships and promote positive development of LGBTQ youth and allies.

Youth ERA Clackamas
A youth-focused program of services that includes a drop-in center, crisis services, online support, wrap around services, training and technical assistance for youth-serving groups and agencies.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Astoria High School Rainbow Alliance (GSA)
An Astoria High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Lower Columbia Q Center
A community center that provides a range of resources and support activities for LGBTQ youth and adults, including youth support and educational activities.

Seaside High School GSA
A Seaside High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Scappoose High School FLATH/GSA
A Scappoose High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

COOS COUNTY

PFLAG Coos Bay/South Coast
A Coos Bay/South Coast chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

Youth ERA Coos
A youth-focused program of services that includes a drop-in center, crisis services, online support, wrap around services, training and technical assistance for youth-serving groups and agencies.

CROOK COUNTY

PFLAG Central Oregon
A Central Oregon chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

PFLAG Prineville
A Prineville chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

CURRY COUNTY

Brookings-Harbor High School LGBTQ+ and Straight Alliance Club
A Brookings-Harbor High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

PFLAG Curry County
Curry County chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

DESCHUTES COUNTY

PFLAG Central Oregon
A Central Oregon chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

Mountain View High School GSA
A Mountain View High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

PFLAG Douglas County
A Douglas County chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

HOOD RIVER COUNTY

Hood River Valley High School GSA
A Hood River Valley High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

JACKSON COUNTY

Lotus Rising Project
A community organization in Southern Oregon that provides activities and services for LGBTQ youth and adults.

Phoenix High School GSA
A Phoenix High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Youth ERA Medford
A youth-focused program of services that includes a drop-in center, crisis services, online support, wrap around services, training and technical assistance for youth-serving groups and agencies.

JOSEPHINE COUNTY

Grants Pass High School Southern Oregon Pride (GSA)
A Grants Pass High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

PFLAG Grants Pass
A Grants Pass chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

LANE COUNTY

Churchill High School GSA
A Churchill High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Sheldon High School GSA
A Sheldon High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

South Eugene High School GSA
A South Eugene High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Trans*Ponder
A Lane County parent support group for families and caregivers with gender diverse children.

Willamette High School GSA
A Willamette High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. https://www.facebook.com/Willamette-High-School-GSA-273630792665482

Youth ERA Eugene
A youth-focused program of services that includes a drop-in center, crisis services, online support, wrap around services, training and technical assistance for youth-serving groups and agencies.

LINCOLN COUNTY

Newport High School GSA
A Newport High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast
Oregon Central Coast chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

The Bravery Center
A resource center that provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14-24, in Lincoln County.

LINN COUNTY

Intersection Connection via Zoom
A support group for area middle and high school students with regular meetings held on Zoom.

Out-N-About
A support group for high school-aged LGBTQ youth in Linn and Benton with regular meetings via Zoom.

MARION COUNTY

PFLAG Salem
Salem chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

Rainbow Youth
Support groups for middle and high school students in Marion and Polk Counties. Services include social activities, and individual support.

Youth ERA Salem
A youth-focused program of services that includes a drop-in center, crisis services, online support, wrap around services, training and technical assistance for youth-serving groups and agencies.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY

Asian Pacific Island Pride
Non-profit organization that serves LGBTQ API communities in greater Portland and provides safe and supportive environments to celebrate, educate and bring communities together. apipride@gmail.com

Brave Space, LLC
An organization that provides counseling and support and facilitates access to knowledgeable providers for transgender and genderqueer young people, adults and their families.

Bridging Voices
A chorus for LGBTQ+ and allied youth, ages 13-21 in a safe, accessible place for youth to experience empowerment and unity through music. Bridging Voices is Portland’s first LGBTQ+ and Allied Youth Chorus and is one of the largest choruses of its kind.

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
A multi-service agency that provides a range of health, education housing and peer support services for adults. Also provides services for youth. Includes Prism Health that provides gender affirming care.

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
A multi-service agency that provides a wide range of services and supports for Native American children, youth, adults and families, including Two-Spirit and LGBTQ support groups and events.

OHSU Transgender Health Program
Health care services for transgender for gender diverse children, youth and adults at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Provides information, referrals and access to resources.

Outside In Transgender Health Services
Health care and social services for youth experiencing homelessness and others. Provides an LGBTQ affirming medical clinic, transgender care, housing assistance, a Queer Zone group and a community drop-in center.

P:ear
Organization that provides a safe space, food, recreation, and mentorship through art, barista, and bike mechanic programs for youth who are experiencing homelessness and unstable housing.

PFLAG Portland
Portland chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

Portland Two-Spirit Society
P2SS is a social, cultural, educational, resource group for the LGBTIQ Native American/Alaskan Natives and their families; to come together and share, connect, reclaim, and restore culture and community.

Prism Healthcare Clinic
Health care agency that provides a wide range of services for LGBTQ people, including primary care and behavioral health services and counseling, gender-affirming care and STI testing.

Q Center
Portland’s LGBTQ community center. Provides a range of support groups, activities and a directory of local LGBTQ resources and referrals. Support groups are provided for adults related to gender identity, addiction recovery, veterans, seniors and a support group for youth under age 18.

Quest Center for Integrative Health
Health center that provides health and mental health care to youth and adults that includes counseling, LGBTQ health services, HIV services and wellness care.

Sankofa Collective Northwest
Sankofa provides support, education and advocacy for Black families, friends and LGBTQ people through monthly support groups, faith outreach, mini-grants and an annual Portland Black Pride celebration. Sankofa began as the first African American chapter of PFLAG in the U.S. and relaunched as the Sankofa Collective Northwest in 2016.

SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center)
SMYRC’s on-site center in Portland provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities such as art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, resource referral, counseling, and education. Through Bridge 13, SMYRC provides LGBTQ trainings, educational workshops and consultations for social support staff, health professionals, youth providers, and educators.

TransActive Gender Project
A program at Lewis & Clark that provides services and support for transgender and gender diverse children, youth, and families, including support groups for children and youth (ages 4-18), caregivers and families, as well as advocacy, counseling and referrals.

POLK COUNTY

Dallas High School GSA
A Dallas High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. https://www.facebook.com/Dallas-High-School-GSA-702785019853083

PFLAG Salem
A Salem chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

Rainbow Youth
Organization that provides safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth and their friends to find connection, support, and friendship in Marion and Polk Counties. Provides support meetings for middle and high-school aged youth, ages 18 and under.

UMATILLA COUNTY

PFLAG Pendelton
Pendelton chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents.

UNION COUNTY

PFLAG Union County
Union County chapter of PFLAG that provides education, advocacy, and support for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) persons, including ongoing support groups for parents. https://www.facebook.com/PflagUnionCounty

WALLOWA COUNTY

Safe Harbors
Community organization that provides education and outreach with crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of domestic, sexual and dating violence for youth and adults.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Beaverton High School GSA
A Beaverton High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Hillsboro High School GSA
A Hillsboro High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

Sherwood High School Sexuality & Gender Alliance (SAGA)
A Sherwood High School sponsored student club that provides support for LGBTQ and all students to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

 

 

Research-Based Publications for Families withLGBTQ Children

EVIDENCE-BASED FAMILY GUIDANCE RESOURCES

The evidence-based resources included here were developed by the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) and are rooted in FAP’s groundbreaking research with LGBTQ youth, young adults and families. This research and guidance from the lived experiences of ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families with LGBTQ young people enabled FAP to develop the first evidence-based family support model to prevent health risks and promote well-being for LGBTQ children and youth. FAP continues to produce a series of evidence-based resources to help to decrease health risks and promote well-being for LGBTQ children and youth.

FAMILY EDUCATION BOOKLETS

“Best Practice” Resources for Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth
(English, Spanish & Chinese and a growing series of faith-based versions)

Key information from FAP’s research on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) children to reduce health risks and support positive development. These family education booklets have been designated as “Best Practice” resources for suicide prevention for LGBTQ young people by the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

HEALTHY FUTURES POSTER SERIES

Available from FAP in 10 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Punjabi, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Other versions are in development.

Series of 3 posters that tell the “story” of family accepting and rejecting behaviors and show how these behaviors contribute to serious health risks including suicidal behavior and drug use and how they help protect against risk and promote well-being. Each poster includes common accepting and rejecting behaviors that are expressed across diverse cultures. The posters are available to download free in 4 sizes and include the camera-ready art to take to a commercial printer.

DEVELOPING THE FIELD OF FAMILY SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ CHILDREN & YOUTH

Providing Services & Support

Although it may seem surprising to many people who are concerned about the health and well-being of children and youth, before the Family Acceptance Project was established 20 years ago, no one had studied LGBTQ young people and families. As a result, many mainstream services, including government agencies, have not included services and support for diverse families with LGBTQ children. As the Family Acceptance Project has shown, families can learn to support their LGBTQ children when services are provided in ways that are culturally relevant for them. Culturally appropriate services are needed to help families learn to support their LGBTQ children to reduce serious health risks, strengthen families and support positive development. Use this website to learn about these issues to provide support for LGBTQ children, youth and families – urgently needed now as LGBTQ young people and families are coping with the losses from Covid-19.

FAITH COMMUNITIES AND THE WELL-BEING OF LGBTQ YOUTH

A publication for faith communities and families on supporting LGBTQ youth to prevent mental health risks and to increase support, published by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. GAP is a professional organization of thought leaders in the field of psychiatry who provide guidance on addressing critical emerging mental health issues.

Selected National LGBTQ Services& Support

NATIONAL LGBTQ RESOURCES & SUPPORTS

Selected resources listed on this website focus on providing services and support to reduce mental health risks and promote well-being for LGBTQ young people.

ACCESS TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTERS & LOCAL RESOURCES ACROSS THE U.S.

CenterLink
CenterLink is a nonprofit organization that provides capacity building and connects more than 270 LGBTQ community centers across the U.S. in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as several other countries. CenterLink provides a searchable database of LGBTQ centers where LGBTQ people, families, providers and others can find and access LGBTQ services in their communities, including counseling and support services.

Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) is a research, education and training program that helps ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBTQ children. FAP conducted the first research on LGBTQ youth and families and developed the first evidence-based family support model to help families to decrease rejection and health risks and to increase support and well-being for LGBTQ young people. FAP provides training for agencies, families, providers and religious leaders on increasing family support to reduce risk for suicide, homelessness and other serious health risks and using FAP’s multilingual educational materials and family support framework, also available online.

PFLAG
PFLAG is a national organization with 400 chapters across the U.S. that provides education and support for parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ people through individual and peer support groups, public education and advocacy. Parents and others can search PFLAG’s website to find chapters and support in local communities, in person and online. Local Oregon PFLAG chapters are listed by county under Oregon-Based LGBTQ Services & Support.

TransFamilies
TransFamilies provides support services and education for transgender people and their families, including an annual conference for families and their transgender children (Gender Odyssey). Formerly called Gender Diversity, TransFamilies provides online parent support groups in English & Spanish, a transgender youth leadership program and youth support groups, as well as training for schools and organizations.

Gender Spectrum 
Gender Spectrum provides education and support for families with transgender and gender diverse children and youth, support groups and an annual conference for children, youth and families. Gender Spectrum also provides training for schools and organizations working with children and teens.

SCHOOL-BASED RESOURCES

GSA Network – Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network
GSA Network is a national youth-led organization that provides networking and support for GSAs – school clubs that provide education, peer support and activities to promote safer schools. GSA Network connects LGBTQ+ youth and school-based GSA clubs through peer support, leadership development, community organizing and advocacy and works with a network of 40 statewide organizations representing more than 4,000 GSA clubs across the country. GSAs in Oregon schools are listed by county under Oregon-Based LGBTQ Services & Support.

GLSEN
GLSEN is a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters that work to promote safe schools for LGBTQ students. GLSEN provides resources for educators and students, conducts school climate research, provides guidance on comprehensive school policies and information on bullying and school safety.

Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is a public-private partnership in Washington State that was among the first school-based initiatives to support LGBTQ students. The Coalition hosts a longstanding website with resources to help promote safe schools and to implement its mission of “helping schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Campus Pride
Campus Pride is a national organization working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students by developing resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the U.S. This includes hosting Camp Pride, a summer leadership camp for LGBTQ and ally students to learn campus strategies to develop supportive campus environments and leadership skills, LGBTQ college fairs and information on the campus safety, visibility and affirmation for LGBTQ students.

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Affirmation LGBTQ Mormons Families & Friends
An international organization that promotes understanding, acceptance, and self-determination for individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions for current and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provides allyship, ministering, and educational resources and an annual international conference.

Beloved Arise
An organization that provides resources and support to empower LGBTQ teens across Christian denominations through youth programs, advocacy and ally engagement opportunities and resources for other faith-based organizations.

Brethren Mennonite Council
A nonprofit group that is committed to providing mutual support for families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex members. This includes LGBTQ people, families and allies, to worship, educate and provide mutual support

DignityUSA
A national Catholic organization that provides support for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Provides opportunities for worship, service, education and social justice.

Equally Blessed
A coalition of Call to Action, DignityUSA, and New Ways Ministry that seeks to educate and inspire Catholics to take action on behalf of LGBTQ and intersex people, their families and friends.

Eshel
An organization that works with individuals, families, and the Orthodox Jewish community to support LGBTQ members. Eshel has chapters in cities in the U.S. and Canada that provide activities, parent retreats, a speakers bureau and access to LGBTQ resources in the U.S. and Israel.

Freed Hearts
A Christian organization that helps parents, LGBTQ people, educators, therapists, and churches to create safe spaces, inspiration and encouragement. Provides resources ranging from books, podcasts, video courses and social media, including a YouTube Channel.

Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
A North American Quaker faith community that holds online gatherings and worship.

Fortunate Families
A national Catholic organization and parent network that supports LGBTQ family members and facilitates conversations with bishops, pastors and Catholic Church leadership through sharing personal stories and working to establish Catholic LGBTQ Ministries in dioceses, parishes, educational institutions, and communities.

Galva – 108
An international, nonprofit religious organization – Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association – that provides information and support to LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus, their friends, and other interested persons.

Jewish Queer Youth
A group that supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community with a focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. Provides Drop-In Center, and services for parents, teens, and families.

Keshet
An organization that works for the full equality of LGBTQ Jews and families. Helps Jewish organizations with the skills to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, spaces for queer Jewish youth, and advances for LGBTQ rights. Offers professional development, training and consultation, youth initiatives, programs for LGBTQ Jews of Color, leadership projects and community learning.

Many Voices
A Black church movement for gay and transgender justice. Equips and brings forward Black leaders that support LGBT equality and justice through educational workshops, seminars, and dialogues – in-person and online.

Mama Dragons
An organization founded by Mormon mothers with LGBTQ children that supports, educates, and empowers mothers of LGBTQ children through a private Facebook and regional groups to support and advocate for their LGBTQ children.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
An organization that works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. Provides educational classes, retreats, advocacy, and resources including lectures, films video, podcasts, and blogs.

Muslims for Progressive Values
An organization that reflects Islam as a source of dignity, justice, compassion, and love for all. Offers spiritual counseling, chaplain endorsement and lectures and speaking engagements. Provides support for LGBTQ people and access to resources.

Q Christian Fellowship
An organization that cultivates radical belonging among LGBTQ+ people and allies through an annual conference, community groups, Parent Summit, and a variety of resources.

United Church of Christ LGBT Ministries
Christian religious organization that includes local churches and a global ministry. Has a specific ministry to LGBTQ people and families.

Unity Fellowship Church Movement
Unity Fellowship Church Movement is the first affirming and welcoming Black church for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons with several congregations across the U.S. Members of the public can RSVP to attend services online.

AM – All Month – Support, Resources, Assistance & Info for Renters and Landlords during COVID-19 Pandemic
Dec 4 all-day

 

Support, Resources, Assistance & Info for Tenants and Landlords During COVID-19

Apoyo, recursos, asistencia e información para inquilinos y propietarios durante COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

(OERAP) helps eligible low-income households with their past due rent and utilities. This program uses funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which allocated a collective total of $280 million to Oregon, the City of Portland, and multiple counties in the state. In most cases, approved applications will result in payments made directly to landlords and utility providers.

Renters who are eligible for the program may request rent and/or utility assistance dating back to March 13, 2020 (prior expenses are not eligible). OERAP will cover up to 12 months of past due rent and three months of forward rent, once all past due rent is paid. OERAP will also cover past due utility costs including electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, internet and bulk fuels. Costs that will NOT be covered include: homeowner costs, homeowner utilities, landlord-paid utilities, landlord-paid property taxes, property insurance, phone, and renter insurance.

If approved, in most cases, payments will be made directly to the landlord, property owner or utility company on the tenant’s behalf via direct deposit or check. OERAP funds are not first-come-first-serve. Funds will be distributed based on a formula that prioritizes applications based on need. Everyone who turns in a completed application will have their application reviewed.

Click on the link below to apply for Emergency Rental Assistance

APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS LINK

Important Update:

Safe Harbor Eviction Protection Period Extended

  • Oregon Legislators recently held a special session to extend eviction protections known as “Safe Harbor” protections in Oregon (SB 278). As a result of recent legislation, tenants have protection from eviction upon showing their documentation of rental assistance application to their landlord. These protections replace the 60-day period (90 days in some jurisdictions) and now cover the entire time an application is being processed (up until September 30, 2022.)
  • In order to be protected, tenants must give proof of application to their landlord right away (by June 30, 2022 at the latest, or at or before any first court appearance, whichever is sooner.)
  • Anyone who has already applied for assistance and shown documentation of their application to their landlord at or before any first court appearance is now protected from nonpayment eviction until their application is processed.
  • Landlords are required to give 10 days of notice of termination of tenancy for nonpayment until September 30, 2022.
  • Landlords may begin eviction proceedings if you’ve missed rent and haven’t begun an application – apply to an open rental assistance program right away to access these protections!
  • If your application is closed or denied or paid in an amount that is less than is owed, your landlord can move forward with the eviction process for unpaid months.
  • If you have questions about eviction protections, please visit the Oregon Law Center’s website for updates at www.oregonlawhelp.org.

Eviction Defense Project

Is your landlord taking you to eviction court?

Get fast and free legal help from legal aid’s
new Eviction Defense Project

The Eviction Defense Project provides free legal assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction court cases. 

Contact us right away so we can review your case before it is too late.
Have your court case number and hearing date ready. 

Eviction court moves fast. Don’t wait.

Eviction Defense Project

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Comuníquese con nosotros de inmediato para que podamos revisar su caso antes de que sea demasiado tarde.
Tenga a la mano el número de su caso y la fecha de la audiencia. 

La corte de desalojo se mueve rápido. No espere.

Important Information

for Oregon Renters and Landlords

There is no longer an eviction freeze in Oregon. Renters who are behind on rent or can’t pay future rent should apply for help.

Renters can apply to programs for help paying back and future rent and utilities through:

 

  • 211info.org or call 211 for information on local rent programs, or
  • oregonrentalassistance.org for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP)
    • NOTE: OERAP paused accepting applications on 12/1/21 for at least six weeks while waiting for new state money.

Payments go directly to landlords and utility companies.

Renters should show their landlords proof that they applied for rent help as soon as possible.

Renters are now protected from eviction until their application for rent help is processed if they show proof to their landlord.

 

  • If renters show their landlord proof that they applied for rent help before June 30, 2022, they cannot be evicted until
    • after the application is processed or
    • after September 30, 2022 – whichever is sooner.
  • Renters who already have a court case for unpaid rent should show proof that they applied for help to both their landlord and the judge to get extra time.
  • Until September 30, 2022, any notice to pay rent from a landlord must give 10 days to pay. Notices must also include special information about rent help programs and other protections.

 

Back Rent from April 2020 – June 2021: Time to Pay

The deadline to pay back rent owed for April 2020 – June 2021 is February 28, 2022. Landlords cannot evict tenants for rent owed from this period until March 1, 2022.

 

  • Renters who owe rent from this time period should apply for rent help as soon as possible before March 1, 2022.

 

Landlord Guarantee Program:

Landlords who have delayed evictions for renters who applied for rent help may qualify for this program. More information is available here.

 

  • NOTE: The Landlord Guarantee Program has paused accepting applications while making changes to the program. To get an email when the application system opens up, please share your email address with LGP@homeforward.org.

 

Other Important Changes:

Landlords with renters that owe rent for the April 2020 – June 2021 period cannot:

 

  • evict renters for rent owed for this period (until March 1, 2022)
  • charge fees for unpaid rent for this period, and
  • report renters for past due rent to a consumer credit reporting agency.

Unpaid rent from April 2020 – March 2022 cannot count against renters in future rental applications. (Oregon law SB 282)

Guests – Renters may share housing until February 28, 2022, as long as they are not breaking any laws. This means that until that time, landlords cannot evict or fine renters for having more guests than the landlord’s guest policy allows.

Resources

 

  • Landlords and renters can find more details at the City of Portland’s website (statewide information is available).

 

Qué hay de nuevo:

Información importante para inquilinos y propietarios de Oregón

Ya no existe un congelamiento de desalojos en Oregón. Los inquilinos que están atrasados ​​en el alquiler o que no pueden pagar el alquiler futuro deben solicitar ayuda.

Los inquilinos pueden solicitar programas de ayuda para pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos atrasados ​​y futuros a través de:

 

  • 211info.org o llame al 211 para obtener información sobre los programas locales de alquiler, o
  • oregonrentalassistance.org para el Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia de Oregón (OERAP)
    • NOTA: OERP detuvo la aceptación de solicitudes el 1/12/21 durante al menos seis semanas mientras esperaba nuevos fondos estatales.

Los pagos van directamente a los propietarios y las empresas de servicios públicos.

Los inquilinos deben mostrar a sus propietarios pruebas de que solicitaron ayuda para el alquiler lo antes posible.

Los inquilinos ahora están protegidos contra el desalojo hasta que se procese su solicitud de ayuda para el alquiler si muestran pruebas al propietario.

 

  • Si los inquilinos le muestran al propietario prueba de que solicitaron ayuda para el alquiler antes del 30 de junio de 2022 , no pueden ser desalojados hasta que
    • después de que se procese la solicitud o
    • después del 30 de septiembre de 2022, lo que ocurra primero.
  • Los inquilinos que ya tienen un caso en la corte por alquiler impago deben mostrar prueba de que solicitaron ayuda tanto al propietario como al juez para obtener tiempo adicional.
  • Hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2022, cualquier aviso para pagar la renta de un arrendador debe dar 10 días para pagar. Los avisos también deben incluir información especial sobre los programas de ayuda para el alquiler y otras protecciones.

 

Alquiler atrasado de abril de 2020 a junio de 2021: hora de pagar

La fecha límite para pagar el alquiler adeudado de abril de 2020 a junio de 2021 es el 28 de febrero de 2022 . Los propietarios no pueden desalojar a los inquilinos por el alquiler adeudado desde este período hasta el 1 de marzo de 2022.

 

  • Los inquilinos que adeudan el alquiler de este período deben solicitar ayuda para el alquiler lo antes posible antes del 1 de marzo de 2022.

 

Programa de Garantía del Propietario:

Los propietarios que han retrasado los desalojos de los inquilinos que solicitaron ayuda para el alquiler pueden calificar para este programa. Más información está disponible aquí .

 

  • NOTA: El Programa de Garantía del Propietario ha dejado de aceptar solicitudes mientras realiza cambios en el programa. Para recibir un correo electrónico cuando se abra el sistema de solicitud, comparta su dirección de correo electrónico con LGP@homeforward.org .

 

Otros cambios importantes:

Los propietarios con inquilinos que adeudan alquiler para el período de abril de 2020 a junio de 2021 no pueden :

 

  • desalojar a los inquilinos por el alquiler adeudado durante este período (hasta el 1 de marzo de 2022)
  • cobrar cargos por el alquiler no pagado durante este período, y
  • informe a los inquilinos por alquileres atrasados ​​a una agencia de informes de crédito al consumidor.

El alquiler impago de abril de 2020 a marzo de 2022 no se puede descontar de los inquilinos en futuras solicitudes de alquiler. (Ley de Oregón SB 282)

Invitados : los inquilinos pueden compartir la vivienda hasta el 28 de febrero de 2022 , siempre que no infrinjan ninguna ley. Esto significa que hasta ese momento, los propietarios no pueden desalojar ni multar a los inquilinos por tener más invitados de los que permite la política de invitados del propietario.

Congelación de ejecuciones hipotecarias

El congelamiento de ejecuciones hipotecarias para propietarios de viviendas finaliza el 31 de diciembre de 2021 .

Obtenga más información en la División de Regulación Financiera de Oregón .

Recursos

 

    • Los inquilinos pueden comunicarse con Legal Aid Services of Oregon o Oregon Law Center para obtener más información sobre sus derechos y protecciones legales .
  • Los propietarios e inquilinos pueden encontrar más detalles en el sitio web de la ciudad de Portland (hay información disponible en todo el estado).

 

Need help paying your rent?
Need help getting into housing?
A Housing Counselor can provide guidance on various housing stability programs such as:
  • Emergency Rent Assistance
  • Energy Conservation programs
  • Renter support programs
  • Homeless Services
  • Family Shelters
  • Severe weather shelters
  • Rent Well Tenant Education Courses
  • Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families

Find a Housing Counselor

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Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT)
503-288-0130
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(503) 213-1281
Oregon State Tenants Association – Manufactured and Floating Home Communities

ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES FOR LANDLORDS

Oregon Housing and Community Services has partnered with the Oregon State Bar to help landlords and tenants understand recent changes to Oregon laws. ​


Source: Oregon State Bar
Landlords materials are available below in the following languages:

Printed copies of these pamphlets can be ordered in quantities of 25 through the Oregon State Bar’s online catalog. There is no charge for the first order, up to 100 copies, of each language. If you need larger quantities, please contact the Oregon State Bar here.

Oregon LGP Program Details

Reimbursement for Eligible Costs

Did you wait through the “safe harbor?” Get paid.

Landlords, Apply to Forgive Tenant Debt

(503) 802-853

 

Program Guidelines and Information

If you would like some support understanding program eligibility and the application process, please view these training materials or call us today at (503) 802-8532.

Review the landlord training video below for additional information on the “safe harbor” law and a walk-through of the application portal steps.

To report suspected fraud, please email   LGP@homeforward.org.

 

 

 

AM – All Month – VA – VisionAware – 2022 Tax Filing Resources and Tips For Visually Impaired @ Online
Dec 4 all-day

 

 Fax Filing Resources and Tips for Visually Impaired 2022

 

Tax time is stressful for everyone. It involves organizing receipts and tax documents, filling out confusing forms, working with accountants, and meeting that fast-approaching April deadline. For people with age-related vision problems, there is often added anxiety around tax time since most receipts and paperwork come in small print that is difficult, if not impossible, for people with eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration to read. To help seniors experiencing vision loss get organized and find helpful resources and tips, here is a Tax Guide dedicated to getting yourself organized for this annual event and making the filing process easier. Getting Ready to File? Help With Filing? Working with an Accountant? Ready to file?

Getting Ready to File? It’s Time to Get Organized!

Need Help With Filing? Follow These Tips.

  • Visit the IRS website to download tax forms and instructions in the format that’s easiest for you to read—whether its large print, braille, or ASCII text and HTML versions for assistive technology users.
  • Use a magnification device to help you read your W-2 and other preprinted tax forms.
  • If you need help preparing basic tax forms, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation help from February 1 through April 15th. Find a Tax-Aide location near you .
  • You can also get free help with your tax return at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site near you. For more information, call 1-800-906-9887 (VITA) or 1-888-227-7669 (TCE).
  • If you are legally blind, indicate that on your tax form since you may qualify for a higher deduction. Find information about itemized deductions for medical expenses.
  • Social Security is offering resources that may help you as you prepare and file your taxes, including where you can find free help and advice.
  • Check out the American Council of the Blind information page on filing taxes.
  • Though online tax preparation and e-filing has become extremely popular, many are not accessible to people who use screen readers or screen magnifiers. Before you start using an online tax program, make sure you can easily navigate it using your assistive technology. More information about accessible tax programs can be found through the AccessWorld review of IRS Free File.

Working With an Accountant? Follow These Tips.

  • It is important to use a reputable accountant because you are ultimately responsible for the return filed under your name. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find a good, credible accountant in your area. The IRS website also offers good tips on finding a credible tax preparer.
  • Once you’re working with an accountant you trust, ask him or her to prepare your taxes using large print forms, or another accessible format, so that you can review your return before you sign it.
  • Make sure to tell your accountant if you are legally blind since you may qualify for a higher deduction.
  • Once your accountant has completed your return, ask him or her to read through the form with you to allow you to ask questions on figures you do not understand.

Ready to File? Follow These Tips.

  • When it’s time to sign your return, use a signature guide to help you ensure you’ve signed in the appropriate place.
  • If you owe money in taxes, and need to write a check, ask your bank to order bold-line large-print checks available from Deluxe (1-800-328-0304).
  • If you are expecting a federal refund, you can check its status through the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website. According to the IRS, this online tool is accessible to taxpayers who use the JAWS screen reader alone or when used with a Braille display which is compatible with different JAWS modes.
  • If you do not have internet access, you can check the status of your refund by calling the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477 or the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. When calling, you must provide a social security number for you or your spouse, your filing status, and the exact refund amount shown on your return.

To sign up for more useful information, visit the VisionAware’s registration page.

Related Information

A variety of federal and state government financial incentives can help employers capitalize on the skills and talents people with disabilities have to offer. EARN recently developed a new website guide containing detailed descriptions of federal and state tax incentives, including those specific to veterans and return-to-work/stay-at-work initiatives. Visit the Employer Financial Incentives webpage. Find out about the the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (Able Act). This Act gives people with disabilities a way to save money for qualifying expenses such as a car, college or career training, healthcare, prevention and wellness, and other expenses without being taxed or impacting eligibility for benefit programs. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal benefit for employers hiring individuals from specific target groups, including certain people with disabilities. WOTC helps targeted workers move into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability.

 

AM – All Month – WVH – Willamette Vital Health – Willamette Valley Hospice is Now Called Willamette Vital Health
Dec 4 all-day

 

Willamette Valley Hospice is Now Called Willamette Vital Health

WVH has been renamed Willamette Vital Health to better reflect our full array of services – Hospice Care, Grief Care, Supportive Care, and the Tokarski Home. WVH is the same non-profit organization with the same mission that has existed for the last 40 years.

Receiving the right care at the right time is vital, and we offer experience at your side when facing serious illness and grief.

View the video below to hear from our Executive Director, Iria, our board member, Dr. Rick Cook, and volunteer, Eric. Learn more at our new website, wvh.org.

Willamette Vital Health – WVH Changes Name

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Grief Support Groups

WVH offers free grief support groups and workshops to anyone in our community who has faced the recent death of a loved one – whether or not they used WVH hospice or supportive care services. Families that utilized WVH hospice care for their loved one also have the option of short-term counseling with our bereavement counselors.

New grief support groups for adults begin March 30th and for those with children, a new group starts April 12th. Contact the Grief Care department at 503.588.3600 for more info.

*Masks will be required for indoor groups, as WVH is considered a healthcare facility.

 

Brain Injury Awareness Month – Hydrocephalus Awareness – Support Groups, Events, Resources
Dec 4 all-day

 

Brain Injury Awareness Month — Hydrocephalus Awareness

Support Groups, Events, Resources, Advocacy

 

Facts about Hydrocephalus


Although you may have not heard the word hydrocephalus (hi-dro-seff-a-lus), it is not an uncommon condition. Hydrocephalus has no ethnic or gender preferences – and it can develop at any time during gestation all the way through to senior adulthood.

Here are a few facts about Hydrocephalus:

  • Hydrocephalus is one of the most common birth defects, each year one out of every 500 births results in hydrocephalus
  • Another 6,000 children annually develop hydrocephalus during the first 2 years of life
  • Brain injury occurs every 15 seconds in this country – and in some cases leads to the development of hydrocephalus
  • There are approximately 75,000 discharges a year from hospitals in the U.S. with a diagnosis of hydrocephalus
  • More than 50% of hydrocephalus cases are congenital
  • 70-90% of children born with spina bifida also develop hydrocephalus
  • CSF shunting procedures account for approximately $100 million in health care spending in the United States alone – half of this amount is spent on shunt revisions
  • In the past 25+ years, death rates associated with hydrocephalus have decreased from 54% to 5%, and the occurrence of intellectual disability has decreased from 62% to 30%
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus affects adults and can cause dementia, difficulty in walking and, urinary incontinence
  • No statistics are kept (by our government), for those who develop

 

HELP LINES, PEER SUPPORT, SUPPORT GROUPS

 

 

The Hydrocephalus Association wants you to know that You Are Not Alone – We Are Here For You!

The Hydrocephalus Association staff and teams of trained volunteers are ready to answer your questions and listen to your concerns,  either by phone or email. Simply click on one of the following links to get connected to a volunteer or staff member for support, information, and connection.

 

PEER SUPPORT

To get connected with an HA Peer, please use this link to connect to a request from, after you complete it  your HA Peer will reach out to you very soon!

FOR ONE-TO-ONE PEER SUPPORT, CLICK HERE

 

CALL THE HA HELPLINE

Call (888) 598-3789 or email info@hydroassoc.org for support, resources, and answers to your questions.

Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern.

EMAIL HA CYBER VOLUNTEERS

Do you have a question about hydrocephalus? Treatment? Ongoing care?  The impact of the condition on all aspects of life? Our cyber volunteers are ready to answer your questions and share their experience via email.

You can submit them via email by clicking here!

 

Virtual Meet-ups

When: Every Saturday
Adults with Hydrocephalus Meet-Up (DC, MD, VA, PA, DE, NJ)
Lively and engaging conversation! We all need to see old friends, new faces, and have some fun with a community that knows us in a way that only those living the hydrocephalus journey do.

When:
Every Saturday
Contact: Sierra Smith and Sara Curran-Kellogg
Adults with Hydrocephalus Meet-Up (WA, OR, ID, CA, NV, UT, NM, AZ)
Lively and engaging conversation! We all need to see old friends, new faces, and have some fun with a community that knows us in a way that only those living the hydrocephalus journey do.

When:
1st Friday of the month
Contact: Kelly Varga
Adults with Hydrocephalus Meet-Up (FL, GA, AL, SC, MS)
Lively and engaging conversation! We all need to see old friends, new faces, and have some fun with a community that knows us in a way that only those living the hydrocephalus journey do.

When:
4th Sunday of the month
Contact: Jessica Coffaro
Teens Hang-Out
Come meet other teens with the condition! We’ll hang out, maybe play an icebreaker game, talk, and hopefully make some new friends.

When:
1st Sunday of the month
Contact: Olivia Maccoux and Tomas Rodriguez
Young Adults in their 20s Meet-Up
Come hang out with us and meet other young adults in their 20s living with hydrocephalus. We will have fun intros, icebreakers, and conversation. Let’s get to know each other!

When:
Every Saturday
Contact: info@hydroassoc.org
Dallas NPH Meet-Up
Join us for an NPH Community Network get together! We all need to see old friends, new faces, and have some fun with a community that knows us in a way that only those living the NPH journey do. We welcome all those living with NPH in the State of Texas and surrounding states!

When:
3rd Wednesday of the month
Contact: Gary Chaffee
Parents Supporting Parents of Adult Children with IDD
OPEN TO all parents of adults living with hydrocephalus and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our community is diverse in the many ways and degrees that hydrocephalus impacts our loved ones. For those of us supporting children who are adults with intellectual disability (ID), physical disability, and/or learning challenges (LD), the road can be challenging and lonely. Questions of managing their care, self-advocacy, independent living, and finding success in the workforce all loom large. Join other parents on a similar journey for connection and great discussion.

When:
4th Wednesday of the month
Contact: Jackie Mullock
Flourishing in Mid-Life: Group for Women Age 40- 59!

 

Local Community Networks Of Support For Hydrocephalus

We encourage you to explore the local groups and networks available in your area. Be informed and stay connected!

Facebook

Oregon

Portland (& Vancouver, WA)

Online

info@hydroassoc.org

 

WEBINARS AND EDUCATION

We are pleased to offer educational webinars to help you stay informed and current on the latest news surrounding hydrocephalus. These interactive, free webinars are designed to educate our community on a variety of topics which include normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), research, shunt technology, and more.Our webinar series features presentations from medical professionals, researchers, and others with a direct connection to hydrocephalus. Each webinar is moderated by HA’s Support and Education Staff and are archived and accessible following the event in our webinar recordings. Our Support and Education Webinar Series is made possible through the generosity of our industry partner  Medtronic


Future Webinars

Please stay tuned for our 2022 Support and Education Webinar Series and more information regarding our future webinars.


Past Webinars

Congressional Fireside Chat – June 15, 2021

College Transition for Students with Hydrocephalus – December 14, 2021

College Planning for Students Who Learn Differently – March 10, 2021

Descripcion General de la hidrocefalia – July 17, 2021

 

 

National Hydrocephalus Foundation

National Hydrocephalus Foundation

 

What is Hydrocephalus?

Signs-of Hydrocephalus and Shunt Malfunctions

The most common signs are the following: Congenital Signs normally found in infants and children EARLY Enlargement of the head Irritability Lethargic Feeds poorly/Decrease in appetite Recurrent vomiting Prefers to be alone LATER Distended scalp veins High-pitched cry Increased muscle tone Enlarged and bulging fontanel “Sunset Eyes” (downward gaze) Acquired Signs normally found in older …

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a disorder, which usually strikes middle age to older adults. In NPH, the ventricles are enlarged, but there is no increase of pressure within the ventricles. The problem is thought to be due to the CSF not being fully reabsorbed by the body (through the arachnoid villi). NPH can be …

Hydrocephalus is diagnosed by a neurological exam and imaging techniques such as an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, Fetal MRI (also referred to as Fast MRI, and is used on a pregnant woman who is carrying a child diagnosed with hydrocephalus) – and on occasion, a pressure-monitoring system. A doctor will order the appropriate tests according to …

Hydrocephalus Defined

Hydrocephalus is commonly referred to as “water on the brain.” The so-called “water” is actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a clear liquid that looks like water and is produced in the 4 ventricles (cavities) of the brain, connected by narrow pathways.  CSF is in constant production and absorption;  it has a defined pathway from the lateral …

Although you may have not heard the word hydrocephalus (hi-dro-seff-a-lus), it is not an uncommon condition. Hydrocephalus has no ethnic or gender preferences – and it can develop at any time during gestation all the way through to senior adulthood. Here are a few facts about Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is one of the most common birth …

Treatment of Hydrocephalus

Shunts What is a Shunt? A shunt is a mechanical device designed to transport the excess CSF from or near the point of obstruction to a re-absorption site and it is implanted under the skin. There are many different types of shunts, but there is no perfect shunt. The quest continues for one, the shunt …

 

Youth Webinar Series

Hydrocephalus Canada and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital are excited to share some helpful information and resources with you! Our Youth Webinar Series  focuses on topics that young people with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida often have questions about.

Webinar #1 


Melissa Thorne

Presentation by Melissa Thorne, Co-Moderator, HB Alumni Network & Youth Facilitator

“If You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers”

Watch on YouTube

Who should attend
Youth from the hydrocephalus and spina bifida communities, ages 14-21. Parents are welcome to attend this webinar in support of their minor children.

What to expect
In this webinar, Melissa Thorne will share her insights as the Youth Facilitator at Holland Bloorview in the Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Injury Clinic and Youth Engagement department, as well as a person with sbh. Having lived at Holland Bloorview as an inpatient for a year after having multiple orthopedic surgeries in grade 10, Melissa will share her story, her background and explain how she helps kids address challenges like ‘growing up ready’. We will also have a guest speaker! Melissa will follow her presentation with a question and answer session.

 

Webinar #2

               
Steph Di Martino     Melissa Thorne

Presentation by Steph Di Martino, Life Skills Coach and Melissa Thorne, Co-Moderator, HB Alumni Network & Youth Facilitator

“Social Skills and Friendship”

Watch on YouTube

Who should attend
Youth from the hydrocephalus and spina bifida communities, ages 14-21. Parents are welcome to attend this webinar in support of their minor children.

What to expect
In this webinar, Steph Di Martino will share her insights as a Life Skills Coach in the Transitions, Recreation and Like Skills Team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. As a Life Skills Coach, Steph helps to provide experience-based activities to support learning using discussion, role play, problem-solving and peer mentoring with an experiential/immersive approach. Steph and Melissa will explore strategies to build conversation skills, talk about where to meet people your age, how to build connections, what to look for in a friend and help you become aware of what you bring to the table of friendship. Steph and Melissa will follow their presentation with a question and answer session.

 

Webinar #3

       
Kristen English    Melissa Thorne

Presentation by Kristen English, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Melissa Thorne, Co-Moderator, HB Alumni Network & Youth Facilitator

 “Community Interaction and Recreation”

Watch on YouTube

November 3 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Who should attend
Youth from the hydrocephalus and spina bifida communities, ages 12-21. Parents are welcome to attend this webinar in support of their minor children.

What to expect
In this webinar, Kristen English will share her insights as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the Transitions, Recreation and Like Skills Team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. Kristen provides adapted sport and recreation opportunities to children and youth with disabilities including wheelchair basketball, All Abilities Soccer and the Access Boom Sailing program. She is also a Master of Health Evaluation candidate at the University of Waterloo. You can expect Kristen and Melissa to address how to find meaning in recreation and leisure participation, explore sports and recreation in your community as well as look at equipment that can be adapted to your needs. Kristen and Melissa will follow their presentation with a question and answer session.

 

Webinar #4

               
Steph Di Martino      Melissa Thorne

Presentation by Steph Di Martino, Life Skills Coach and Melissa Thorne, Co-Moderator, HB Alumni Network & Youth Facilitator

“Life Skills and Independence – Transition to Adulthood”

Watch on YouTube

November 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Who should attend
Youth from the hydrocephalus and spina bifida communities, ages 14-21. Parents are welcome to attend this webinar in support of their minor children.

What to expect
In this webinar, Steph Di Martino will share her insights as a Life Skills Coach at Holland Bloorview. As a Life Skills Coach, Steph helps to provide experience-based activities to support learning using discussion, role play, problem-solving and peer mentoring with an experiential/immersive approach. You can expect Steph and Melissa to talk about tips and tricks for navigating the adult world, how to grow up ready and get involved in your own health care, learning responsibilities in the home (cooking, laundry, making plans, cleaning) as well as time management and organization. Steph and Melissa will follow their presentation with a question and answer session.

 

Webinar #5


Melissa Thorne

Steph Di Martino 

Kristen English

Presentation by all speakers from our Youth Webinar Series, including: Melissa Thorne, Co-Moderator, HB Alumni Network & Youth Facilitator, Steph Di Martino, Life Skills Coach and Kristen English, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

“Still Have Questions? We Have Answers!”

Watch on YouTube

November 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Who should attend
Youth from the hydrocephalus and spina bifida communities, ages 14-21. Parents are welcome to attend this webinar in support of their minor children.

What to expect
In this webinar, Melissa, Steph and Kristen from Holland Bloorview will provide participants with a recap and overview of the key points of each webinar in our Youth Webinar Series. Participants will also be given the opportunity to participate in a breakout room with a clinician. Melissa, Steph and Kristen will follow their presentation with a general question and answer session.

Have questions you want to ask any of our presenters? Need more information?
Send your questions in advance of any or all webinars. Please submit your questions to awalters@hydrocephalus.ca or info@hydrocephalus.ca

 

HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH

Anxiety, Depression, and Hydrocephalus in Children and Adolescents

(You Tube)

This presentation will provide attendees with information and research regarding mood disorders that frequently occur in individuals with hydrocephalus. The discussion will include an emphasis upon incidence, prevention, and individual positive coping/adjustment. Discussions will also include family experiences of hydrocephalus and adjustment/coping experiences of parents and siblings of individuals with hydrocephalus.

Watch Now >

 

Anxiety, Depression, and Hydrocephalus in Adults and NPH

(You Tube)

This presentation will provide attendees with information and research regarding mood disorders that frequently occur in individuals with hydrocephalus. The discussion will include an emphasis upon incidence, prevention, and individual positive coping/adjustment. Discussions will also include family experiences of hydrocephalus and adjustment/coping experiences of caregivers of individuals with hydrocephalus.

Watch Now >

The Healthiest You: Finding Balance Through Nutrition and Lifestyle Techniques

(You Tube)

Join Bethany Holmes, CHHC, in discussing how to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle techniques. This session will focus on self-care and whole-body wellness for healing. Bethany will share her personal story of going through brain surgery and her recovery and healing process. You will learn the importance of eating real foods to fuel your brain and body, giving you the nutrients and energy you need to feel your best. In this session, you will also learn several lifestyle techniques that will help cultivate self-love and appreciation and how to better cope with anxiety and stress. We will also discuss balancing health with social life, work and everyday responsibilities.

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BRMA – Brown Mamas – The Ultimate List of Support Groups for Black Moms
Dec 4 all-day

 

The Ultimate List of Support Groups for Black Moms

Brown Mamas – Pittsburgh & U.S.  – Brown Mamas, Inc. has been around for seven years in the Pittsburgh region.  Brown Mamas began in the living room of Muffy Mendoza.  What started as 5 moms has grown to over 4000  Our mamas love our Pittsburgh chapter so much that we are expanding.  If you are mom who is ready to not just find her tribe, but to inspire other mothers and be the change she wants to see in her community, click here to learn more about starting your own Brown Mamas chapter.

Black Moms Connect – Canada & U.S.

Mommin’ Society – North Carolina & Online

Moms of Black Boys United – Atlanta & Online

Moms Make It Work – NYC

Mocha Moms, Inc. – U.S. (seriously, everywhere)

Whine & Cheese – 27 Chapters in U.S. (including D.C., PA, South Carolina, New York, etc.)

Black Women Do Breastfeed

Motherwork by Mater Mea – NYC

Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club – New Jersey

District Motherhued’s DMV MomTribe – D.C. Metro Area

Soul Food for Your Baby – Hawthorne, Calif.

Black Moms Blog Events – Atlanta, GA

Birthing Beautiful Communities – Cleveland, OH

Tessera Collective – Online, Self-Care Support

Melanin Mommies – Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle –

Not-So Melinated Support Groups for Black Moms

Moms Club

La Leche League

Circle of Moms

Meetup.com

Facebook Support Groups for Black Moms

Black Stay-At-Home Mom Village

Black Moms Connection

Black Moms in Charge

Single Black Mothers

Moms of Black Daughters

Moms of Black Sons

Black Moms in College & Beyond

Breast Milk Donation for Black Moms

Sisterhood for Young Black Moms

CA – Crim-Anon – Criminals Anonymous Fellowship – Virtual Online Meetings – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Dec 4 all-day

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CRIM ANON (Criminals Anonymous) Recovery Groups

Without YOU There Is No Us

Virtual Groups on Weekdays and Week Ends

About Crim-Anon (Criminals Anonymous)

We are a recovery fellowship comprised of men, women, youth, survivors, and their families that are committed to supporting and living a crime-free lifestyle. We welcome you to check out our website at www.crimanon.org. Zoom on in with us!  To join this meeting, use the ZOOM Link and Meeting ID provided below:

Join Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/j/6505312068

Meeting ID   650-531-2068

CONTACT US:
Criminal Anonymous World Services
2601 SE 160th Ave., Portland, OR 97236
Bear C: (971) 282-1903
Zane M: (503) 754-5217
Billy S: (971) 985-4849   bear01@crimanon.org
Hours of Operation    24/7 
Get in touch with our team at Criminal Anonymous World Services in Portland, OR if you need support, have any questions.
Grand Elders are available      24/7:
 Bear – (971) 282-1903
 Zane – (503) 754-5217
 Reina – (503) 446-0243
 Billy – (971) 985-4849
 Bo – (971) 772-8307
 Amber – (503) 799-2552
 Andrey M – (503) 660-9448
 Tara – (971) 323-2699
 DJ – (503) 501-1368
 Twila – (503) 936-5185
 Caitlin – (971) 804-2848
 Nick – (503) 465-7013
 Joanie – (503) 732-4115
 Michelle – (503) 875-7985
 Cliff – (971) 283-3133
 Dick – 503) 380-5800
 Melanie – (503) 922-5014
 Sean – (971) 276-5365

Crim Anon Website:

https://www.crimanon.org

Facebook Crim Anon Home Page

https://www.facebook.com/CriminalsAnonymous/

Facebook  Crim Anon Fellowship Page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/475073000014931/

 

CGAA – Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous – Support Meetings, Support Chat for Family and Friends, Resources – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online Via ZOOM
Dec 4 all-day

 

Who We Are

Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop video gaming, which is completely up to you. CGAA has no dues or fees. Our groups share their collective experience and the principles that helped them, but CGAA has no experts, hierarchy, or required beliefs. We have etiquette and traditions, but no strict rules.
If you are struggling with compulsive gaming, leave your contact info at 970-364-3497 and a CGAA member will call you back
Or email us at helpline@cgaa.info
For other issues, contact us at support@cgaa.info

 

ZOOM MEETINGS

All family and friends of compulsive gamers welcome

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671786251

Meeting ID: 836 7178 6251

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Meeting ID: 826 013 5782
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k0jt3FGFs

 
ZOOM MEETING

All family and friends of compulsive gamers welcome

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83671786251

Meeting ID: 836 7178 6251

One tap mobile
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Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 826 013 5782
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k0jt3FGFs

 

Gamers Find A Local Support Group

Use the link below to get more information about local groups and a notification when a local meeting is started. Due to the COVID pandemic, most meetings are currently held in an outdoor setting or online.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL GROUP FINDER TOOL

 

CONTACT GROUPS IN OREGON BY LOCATION

 

 

SUPPORT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

What Can I Do?

Video gaming is a common pastime. To many people, it is surprising that it can become a serious addiction, that is, an activity that is engaged in compulsively, without control or concern for consequences.

Video gaming addiction is a very serious problem that is harmful to everyone it touches. Since everyone involved suffers from it, everyone involved needs some help. Here are some important things to know.

First, no one is responsible for someone else’s compulsive gaming. As the Al-Anon slogan goes, “I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it.”

You didn’t cause it.

Some people partly blame themselves for the dysfunctional behavior of their family members, particularly with addicts who are very quick to shift responsibility off themselves and blame others. Perhaps you played games with your loved one, purchased games, or encouraged it, thinking it was a harmless leisure activity. Maybe you’ve been involved in some conflict and wonder if that has driven him or her to hide away in gaming. But no one is responsible for another person’s behavior or mental disorders.

You can’t control it.

You may have already tried to talk to your friend or family member. Perhaps you have bargained with them, or given ultimatums. You have tried to help them see what damage they are doing to themselves and others. And none of it has worked. This is baffling to you. Why don’t they seem to understand or care? Why can’t they see what is obvious to you? This is actually a symptom of the disease of addiction, one that destines efforts for control to failure.

You can’t cure it.

We all would like to believe that we have the ability to help those we love. We often think that if we can just get the right information, figure out the right thing to say or do, perhaps change something about ourselves, we can fix the problem. People should be able to solve their own problems. Why can’t we do that with this one? There is a simple reason. There is no cure for addiction. It requires treatment. The recovery process is long and difficult. And there is only one person who can start that process, the one who is gaming compulsively. There are things you can do. Here are some suggestions that you may want to consider, that other family members and friends have found helpful.

Get information.

The literature of recovery fellowships for family and friends of addicts (such as Al-Anon) has much helpful guidance, some of which is available online as well. There are people who have been in situations very similar to yours, who have learned much from them, and who are willing to share the lessons learned, their experience, strength and hope. We hope you avail yourself of such resources.

Detach with love.

Putting energy into arguing with someone who is playing compulsively will not help either of you. Your loved one has a serious problem that you are powerless to control or cure, and that they will not get help until they want it. As much as you love someone, you cannot force this process on another person.

Stop enabling.

Paradoxically, at the same time people are arguing with, bargaining with or shaming a compulsive gamer, they are often (perhaps without realizing it) supporting the addiction in many ways. Anything that shields an addict from the consequences of his or her behavior is enabling, and can include such basic things as providing food, shelter, money, companionship, housekeeping, and covering for employment and legal difficulties. Helping a compulsive gamer keep up an appearance of normalcy is helping him or her continue in the destructive behavior. While you cannot change him or her, you can make changes for yourself. You can shift your energy away from enabling behaviors and toward meeting your own needs.

Take care of yourself.

Whether or not your loved one ever stops gaming, you deserve to have a healthy and happy life. Once you have accepted that you are powerless over their gaming behavior, you can begin to focus on what you can do for yourself, to accomplish your own goals. With the help of others who have been where you are, you can learn to set healthy boundaries and stick to them.

Join our WhatsApp Chat Site for Family and Friends!

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Things To Do Instead of Gaming

One of the things we were trying to do with our gaming was meet some basic needs. If we do not meet those needs in normal healthy ways, we will suffer much stronger urges to game again. Some basic needs to cover are social needs, self expression, creativity, a sense of challenge and accomplishment, stress relief, a sense of purpose and meaning, and a sense of safety through control and predictability.

Here are some ideas for activities that will help meet these needs, reduce cravings, help with recovery from addiction, and fill some of the hours freed from compulsive gaming.

Please don’t let the length of this list overwhelm you. The idea is not to start ten new things and try to change everything all at once. We seek small bits of progress, not perfection. A good place to start is to put first things first. What need is currently most important? What’s right in front of me? What opportunity has come my way recently? If we take steps of small improvement with one or two areas each day, we are moving in the right direction.

Stress Relief

  • Talking with a sponsor or recovery buddy, CGAA meetings, or step work
  • Getting outside for fresh air and sunlight by taking a walk or doing some outdoor work
  • Meditation, coloring, craft work, journaling, or reading

Sense of safety through freedom, control, and predictability

  • Goal setting
  • Counseling or psychotherapy
  • Home organization, renovation, or spring cleaning

Sense of purpose, meaning, and self-respect

  • Supporting and growing the larger CGAA fellowship through service work like helping run a meeting, starting a local meeting, doing outreach to professionals, or attending CGAA business meetings
  • Attending a spiritual group like meditation, yoga, spiritual retreat, or religious gathering
  • Doing volunteer work like teaching, helping others, animal care, or building community places
  • Caring for a pet, house plants, or garden

Social needs

  • Attending CGAA meetings, connecting outside of meetings, reaching out to newcomers, or calling someone
  • Joining a hobby group like theater, a hiking group, art workshop, book club, public speaking, board games or card game group
  • Hosting a fun event like board games night or karaoke
  • Playing team sports, taking up martial arts, or playing one-on-one sports
  • Going to fun events like concerts, dances, or events on meetup.com
  • Calling up, video conferencing, or visiting with friends, family, neighbors, or other communities

Self expression and creativity

  • Journaling, opening up to a CGAA sponsor, or sharing openly in a meeting
  • Art work like drawing, photography, sculpting, or creative writing
  • Performance art like theater, singing, playing music, or writing music

Sense of challenge and accomplishment

  • Working the steps with a sponsor
  • Crafts like woodworking, origami, knitting
  • Outdoor activities like gardening, geocaching, bird watching, star gazing, tracking, plant identification, survival skills, or boating
  • Learning something like a foreign language, dancing, magic tricks, mechanical repair, cooking, a musical instrument, or computer programming
  • Career goals like getting a new job, starting a business, enrolling in school, or taking classes

Reconnection to one’s body and whole self

  • Meditating on breath, sounds, or bodily sensations
  • Exercise like walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, yoga, jogging, going to a gym, or playing a sport

If you are in your first week or two off of games, it’s likely that few of these ideas will appeal to you. That’s normal. Until our minds and bodies have some time to heal, we have low interest, energy, and motivation. This list will probably not give you something that you can plug in place of video games and immediately throw yourself into with the same zeal. This list is meant to help us explore new ways of spending our time, meeting our needs, and connecting with people. Find a few that hold some appeal and try taking some small steps in their direction. If you can’t seem to think of anything fun to do except game, you can come back to this list, find the most appealing thing, and just take a couple of little steps in its direction.

Consider setting reminders for yourself or keeping a schedule of your time and new activities. It is important to appreciate the small victories of exercising willpower, regaining motivation, and socializing. It helps to discuss our progress and the challenges we experience with a CGAA sponsor, recovery buddy, personal counselor, or therapist.

Rediscovering What is Fun

It is normal to think that nothing but gaming sounds fun. For most of us, our years of compulsive gaming warped and narrowed our idea of fun. As small children, it meant almost anything new or interesting or social or even mildly rewarding. Years of pulling the dopamine lever with video games changed our concept of fun to require instant gratification, frequent rewards, clear and constant progress, excitement, intense visuals, control, and/or predictability.

Part of recovery is letting our concept of fun expand back outward to a wide world of possible new challenges and experiences, many of which are calm and subtle compared to video games. It takes time to overcome withdrawals and heal from the damage, but the change does happen if we abstain from all gaming long term and focus on new pursuits and improving our lives. This list has many activities that do not meet the old, narrow, warped idea of “fun,” but those of us who persist at exploring them do find many to be gratifying and enjoyable.

Take, for example, a hike up a mountain. To a group of hikers excited to venture into the wilderness with friends and see wildlife and panoramic views from on high, all while getting a great workout, it’s a ton of fun. To someone who is uninterested in hiking, out of shape, and focused on every little unpleasant aspect of it, it’s a torturous death march. It is exactly the same hike in either case. The difference is in the attitude and conditioning.

The same is true with every item of these lists. Whether or not an activity sounds fun or torturous depends entirely upon attitude and conditioning. Every one of them has the potential to be gratifying and enjoyable if we adopt a positive attitude, try to have fun, and persist at it, especially when we involve friends and like-minded people.

CV – CITYVOICES – WARMSPACE – Guided Video Call – For Peer Skills Development and Support @ Online Register for Details
Dec 4 all-day

A space for authentic human connections

WARMSPACE is a FREE online platform that will guide you in making a deeper connection with people in a one-to-one interraction. You can practice deep listening, mutuality and reciprocity with a random person, or you can invite a friend to grow closer to. Take the plunge and give it a try soon. Improve your peer skills today. You won’t regret it.

How it works

? Authentic relating framework: follow a carefully designed conversation flow with audio guidance that ensures everyone gets the chance to share and be listened to

Deep prompts: receive handpicked questions and themes that give you the permission to dive into the deeper side of our human experience

? Heart opening music: enjoy curated tunes that will play throughout the conversation to help open up and soothe your heart

? Mindfulness practice: feel present and connected with grounding techniques accompanying your conversation

? Global connection: connect with people from all over the world and realize how much there is in common that we all share

 

Use the Link Below to state a guided video conversation

DDA – Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Hope and Recovery Meetings – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Dec 4 all-day

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DDA Online Hope & Recovery Meetings – Every Day – 7 Days per Week

Hosted by DDA Chat Room and Resource Group

 

SUNDAY-10AM to 11 AM (PST): Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/302462886

SUNDAY- 5 to 6 PM (PST): Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86467565130

MONDAY-10 to 11 AM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/373756106

MONDAY – MEN’S ONLY MEETING – Man in the Mirror – MONDAYS- 12 to 1 PM (PST)-Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86467565130

MONDAY- 5 to 6 PM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/597932554

TUESDAY-10 to 11 AM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/510712003

TUESDAY- 12 pm to 1 PM (PST): https://us05web.zoom.us/j/86159625763?pwd=Y201cUMxMGZLalB3aWQ2TkxNOFBhQT09

TUESDAY- 5to 6 PM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/268498372WEDNESDAY- 10 to 11 AM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/373756106

WEDNESDAY- 12pm to 1PM (PST): https://us05web.zoom.us/j/86159625763?pwd=Y201cUMxMGZLalB3aWQ2TkxNOFBhQT09

WEDNESDAY- 6 to 7 PM (PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/243702929THURSDAY- 10 to 11 AM(PST) Book Study Meeting: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/510712003

THURSDAY- 5 to 6 PM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/268498372FRIDAY- 10 to 11 AM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/373756106

FRIDAY-5 to 6 pm(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/597932554SATURDAY- 10 to 11 AM(PST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/146152218

SATURDAY- 5 to 6 PM (PST): Join Zoom Mtg https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86467565130

 

Meetings from Other Areas

Chicago DDA– DDAers topic/discussion meeting Thursday at 4 pm (PST) Zoom ID: 873 6999 4674, password: ddago

Sacramento DDA- open DDA meeting Friday at 6 pm (PST) 

****The following information is new for Sacramento Friday 6 pm:

879 6889 0960

Passcode: 164673

 

DDA UK– visit DDA UK’s website for meeting links https://www.ddauk.org/

Monday 11:30 am (PST)-Step Study Workshop

Tuesday 11:00 am (PST) – DDA Meeting

Friday 11:00 am (PST)

Saturday 3:00 am (PST)

Sunday 11:30 am (PST)

 

Fairfax, Virginia DDA

Saturdays at 4 pm (PST) Meeting ID is: 892-5105-3549 and password: novadda

Fun In Recovery Events

Art night is continuing every Tuesday at 3 pm (PST). Can’t wait to socialize and build new skills in recovery with you all!!! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88050830159

Music Hour – 430pm 1st Tuesday of every month, join us to listen to music and get your groove on! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82801519944?pwd=R2VYTkpneVkrU3U2YVJHaDl4M0xnUT09 Meeting ID: 828 0151 9944 Passcode: DDADance!

Facebook Chatroom and Resource Page

facebook.com/groups/1053021475070135/?ref=group_browse

 

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) is a peer support group based on an authorized version of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous plus an additional 5 Steps that focus on Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). DDA’s unique 12 Steps Plus 5 Program offers hope for achieving the promise of recovery. Read more about the history of DDA at http://www.ddaoregon.com/about.htm.

Facebook DDA Oregon Page:
http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/#/pages/Portland-OR/Dual-Diagnosis-Anonymous-of-Oregon-Inc/90538964670

Thank you to sponsors for support: Oregon Health Authority, CareOregon, Yamhill County, Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and Washington County

HLAAOR – Hearing Loss Association of America/Oregon – Meetings and Resources @ Online Register for Details
Dec 4 all-day

 

 

Hearing Loss Association of America/Oregon Meetings and Resources, 2021

HLAA of Portland meets the third Saturday each month (except June, July, and August) 10 am, in the Wistar Morris Conference Room in the Main Hospital Building on the Legacy Good Samaritan Campus, 1015 NW 22nd Ave. (at Marshall), Portland, 97210. Contact Mark Foster, president; email: hlaportland@gmail.com. Write P.O. Box 2112, Portland, OR 97208-2112; http://www.hlaa-or.org/portlandchapter.html.

HLAA of Lane County meets quarterly: second Thursday in March, June, Sept., and Dec., at 7 p.m. at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene. Right now we are scheduled to meet in person June 10 unless COVID-19 infections mandate otherwise.

Mail: P.O. Box 22501, Eugene, OR 97402. Clark Anderson; email: clarkoa@msn.com

HLAA of Linn and Benton counties meets the last Wednesday each month (except June, July, & Dec.) at 6:30 p.m. at the Reimar Building, next to Albany General Hospital, 1085 6th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321. Contact: John Hood-Fysh, email: jhoodfysh@gmail.com; 541/220-8541 (cell – call or text), 818 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.

Note: HLAA of Douglas County no longer meets the requirements for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Reinstatement may occur, but right now, this group meets as a support group. Contacts: Vincent Portulano, president, email: HLAADC@outlook. com; or Ann Havens, secretary, 541/673-3119. Check with them for location for meetings and time.

NATIONAL HLAA EVENT CALENDARS

HLAA Calendar

https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/calendar/

HLAA Leaders Calendar

https://hlaagroups.hearingloss.org/g/HLAALeaders/calendar

HLAA Subgroups

https://hlaagroups.hearingloss.org/g/HLAALeaders/subgroups

HLAA Virtual Meetings / Captioned Recordings

https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/communities/hlaa-national-virtual-meetings/

 

MORE RESOURCES

Hands and Voices
https://www.handsandvoicesor.org

Supports families and children who are deaf and hard of hearing, by connecting parents, mentorship, educational advocacy, community development and support programs. Collaborates with professionals to support families.

FACT Oregon
https://www.factoregon.org/

Supports, empowers and advocates for families who experience disability.

Family to Family Health Information Center
Oregon Family-to-Family Health Information Center | OHSU

Supports families and caregivers of children with special health needs to navigate the healthcare system. Many resources on the website.

AG Bell Oregon 
https://www.agbell.org/Connect/Oregon-Chapter

  • Facebook page – AG Bell Oreoon
  • Instagram – aobelloreoon

Local chapter of a national organization. The focus is to promote listening and spoken language education, advocate for accessibility, educational services, and health-related rights, and create connections and memories together.

Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program

https://www.oreown ov/oha/PDH/HeaIthvP eooleFamilies/Babies/HeaIthScreenino/He arinqscreenino/Paoes/index asox

For Providers: Information on EHDI Reporting, forms, protocols, facilities, OVERS Hearing Screening Module, 1-3-6 Newborn Hearing Screening Checklist For Parents: Information on hearing screening (what it involves and why it’s important), follow-up (what happens if a newborn doesn’t pass a screening), Early Intervention/Family Services, Guide By Your Side (a Hands & Voices program that matches trained parent guides with families who have recently found out their child has a hearing loss), and other resources for families

American Cochlear Implant Alliance

https://www.acialliance.org/

Facebook page

Twitter

Contains information about research, awareness, and advocacy around cochlear implants. Information about hearing loss and cochlear implants in general.

Oregon Association for Deaf
https://oad1921.org/

Advocates for the rights of people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Oregon. The website contains articles, meeting and conference information, and youth opportunities.

Hearing Loss Association of America – Oregon State Association 
https://www.hlaa-or.org/about-us.html

Education, Information and Advocacy.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
https://www.cdc.oov/ncbddd/hearinqloss/e hdi-programs.html

Information about EHDI programs Information for families including:

     • Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child’s Audiologist

     • Just in Time for Pediatric Primary Care Providers

FACEBOOK EVENTS

ASL Social Chat:

EVERY SUNDAY @ 12:00noon to 2:00 pm

VANCOUVER MALL – Food Court [2nd floor]

Host by: Gary Holden

ASL Social Chat:

Host by: Gary Holden

PORTLAND OPEN-CAPTIONED MOVIES:

(See FB page for MORE information)

Order Tickets online @ bagdadmovies.com

Host by: Isaac Stone Dick

ASL NIGHT GAMES (announcing soon)

Every Second Saturday evening

ASL Game Night page for more information.

Host by: Stephen RodBjorn

World Deaf Timberfest

Camp Taloali

Contact for information: Andrea Albers

Pacific Northwest Deaf Golf Association (PNWDGA) and Portland Metro Deaf Golf Association (FB Page).

(See FB Page for MORE information)

Host by: Craig Marineau

Northwest Deaf Traveling League (NWDTL)

(Deaf/HOH Bowling Club)

Contact: Melody Kitty McDaniel and Andrea Albers

NW Deaf Poker Tournaments

Announcement in Jan/Feb 2022 !!!

Host by: James Forncrook

CYMASPACE: Announcement SOON

Host by: Myles de Bastion

Deaf Massage Therapist (see link below)

www.openhandhealth.com/book-now

Host by: Clara Bella Storry Parnell

(Email: clara@openhandhealth.com)

ASL Coffee Podcast – see announcements on regular posting:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/334857136618534/user/100069324005062/

ASL Coffee Chats @ 3pm on Fridays at Hidden Creek Community Center in Hillsboro

To find a Deaf ASL tutor or mentor, see ASL TUTORS AND MENTORS FB page.

Bridges in Oregon

https://www.facebook.com/BridgesOregon

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/portlandaslevents/

AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
AG Bell is another convenient resource for those seeking in-person hearing loss support groups, with 
41 active chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. Specifically designed to support children with hearing loss and their families, AG Bell hosts everything from social events to informational sessions for individuals and families impacted by hearing loss; connect with your nearest chapter to learn more. You can also join the AG Bell Facebook group to connect with fellow members online.

DeafandHoH Forum

DeafandHoH is a website featuring hearing loss news, a discussion forum, resources for financial aid and other services, search directories for audiologists, hearing care facilities, speech-language pathologists, and more. The topics covered on the site include living with hearing loss, caring for a family member or friend with hearing loss, American Sign Language, and hearing loss products. You can also join open chat nights on select Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm PST / 9pm-10pm EST to enjoy live interaction!

 

CALL TO ACTION FOR PEER SUPPORT

https://www.nasmhpd.org/sites/default/files/Assessment-5_Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing-Peer-Support.pdf

https://www.transformation-center.org/home/community/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-recovery-project/

https://www.nasmhpd.org/sites/default/files/BeingSeen.pdf

https://www.hearinglikeme.com/why-we-need-deaf-peer-support-in-our-communities/

https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1018&context=jadara

12-Step online for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Sounds of Sobriety (SOS):  This online email group was formed to help us who have a hearing loss (deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing) to find a place to recover from alcoholism. For many of us, face-to-face AA meetings no longer work. All members of AA, or those who think they may have a problem with alcohol, are welcome.    SOS_online_group-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Deaf Grateful:  This is a real-time open discussion meeting on Saturday at 4 pm (EST) for deaf & HOH people who have a desire to stop drinking. Meeting uses videoconferencing software (easily downloaded) that requires a high speed internet connection and a webcam. Our communication mode is ASL only (no audio). http://doda.omnijoin.com

Perspectives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing on mental health, recovery, and peer support

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23149648/

Is Telemental Health Services a Viable Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy for Deaf Individuals?

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27260308/

https://www.arundellodge.org/omhc/telemental-health-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing/

Deaf Centric Approach / Peer Support Program

https://www.minnpost.com/mental-health-addiction/2016/01/alison-aubrecht-peer-support-program-takes-deaf-centric-approach-men/

HVN – Hearing Voices Network USA – Virtual Online Group Contacts – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Dec 4 all-day

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Hearing Voices Network (HVN) is up and going for virtual support now, and almost every day of the week.

To see a list of groups sorted by state visit this link:

https://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/hvn-usa-groups-list/list/1

These groups are available for those who have voices, visions, altered realities, extreme states or moods.

All are welcome to join any group or multiple groups!
No insurance or registration is required!

Portland Hearing Voices Online:

FOLKTIME / Oregon City

Mondays @ 12:30pm to 1:30pm PST.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82718505172

Meeting ID: 827 1850 5172

Wednesdays @ 12:30pm to 2:00pm PST.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82718505172

Meeting ID: 827 1850 5172

One tap mobile

+16699006833,,82718505172# US (San Jose)

+12532158782,,82718505172# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 827 1850 5172

Contact Information:

Reggie Lee
hellothere@folktime.org

Website:

Do you experience voices, visions, have intense energy and/ or navigate through exploratory states of consciousness?

You are certainly not alone! In this group we will explore the significance of these experiences together in an open, non-judgmental way. We welcome and highly encourage the pondering and meaning of these experiences on an individual level. Are these experiences spiritual, supernatural, psychological, metaphysical, biological or something else? In this group we have the wonderful opportunity to learn from each other what these experiences could mean and hear multiple perspectives from different vantage points.

This is a free group. No referral is needed. Supportive friends and/or family are welcome.

 

Salem Hearing Voices Online with Aaron Benson / ProjectA.B.L.E.

Wednesdays @ 2pm to 3pm PST.

Online via Zoom.

For meeting link, visit:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

 

Vancouver, Washington Hearing Voices Online with Chiara Caballero and John McDonald

* May not be meeting due to lack of facilitators and/or funding *

https://namiswwa.org/support-groups/hvn-hearing-voices-network-groups/

 

Find more groups with HVN USA here:

http://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/find-a-group

Plus,

HVN USA – Mondays 4:00pm EST. To access this group, email info@HearingVoicesUSA.org.

HVN USA – Tuesdays 5:30pm EST. To access this group, email info@HearingVoicesUSA.org.

HVN USA – Wednesdays 3:00pm EST. To access this group, email info@HearingVoicesUSA.org.

HVN USA – Thursdays 6:00pm EST. To access this group, email info@HearingVoicesUSA.org.

HVN USA – Saturdays 2:00pm EST. To access this group, email info@HearingVoicesUSA.org.

Visit this link for more information from the HVN USA website at: https://www.HearingVoicesUSA.org.

KC – Kiva Centers – KIVA Weekly Calendar of Online and Phone Events Mondays through Sundays @ Online Via ZOOM
Dec 4 all-day

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WEEKLY KIVA CALENDAR (ALL PST)
Monday’s
Zumba at 8:00 AM PST
Yoga at 8:30 AM PST
Power of Gratitude at 10:00 AM PST
Living with Loss at 11:00 AM PST
Peers Connecting at 11:00 AM PST
Creative Artwork at 2:00 PM PST
Tuesday’s
QiGong 6:30AM PST
Intro to Writing at 7:00AM PST
Community Gathering at 8:00 AM PST
Aerobics at 8:30 AM PST
Resilience Through Times of Uncertainty at 11:00 AM PST