Activist and Volunteer Opportunities
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated January 8, 2009 --

      A Personal Invitation!

      Advisory Boards are Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

    The King County Mental Health Advisory Board (KCMHAB) is recruiting members. If you would like to apply to be a member of the KCMHAB, please go to KCMHAB Recruitment Page to view information about the application process.

    The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board (KCASAAB) is recruiting members. If you would like to apply to be a member of the KCASAAB, please go to KCASAAB Recruitment Page to view information about the application process.

    The Washington State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) is looking for members for its Legislative and Planning Subcommittees. You do not have to be a member of the council to be a member of MHPAC Subcommittees. Please call Dr. Sterling (206-784-7842) or Joann Freimund, Chair (360-866-1575, Check the MHPAC Web Site for more information about the MHPAC.

    King County United Way maintains a List of Boards Looking for Volunteers Web page which contains a comprehensive list of boards asking for your help.

      More Mental Health Care Activist Opportunities.

    Check our Support Resources page for a list of organizations that could use your support or assistance.

    • The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Web site is loaded with information. They have upgraded their site on a regular basis and it is getting better all the time.

    • Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 family members and consumers who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses, which are known to be physical brain disorders. Working on the national, state, and local levels, NAMI provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses.

    • The NAMI Greater Seattle Chapter (formerly WAMI - Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill) Web site offers information and resources for mental health consumers. WAMI was formed in 1978 as a non-profit statewide organization by eight strangers who reached out in response to the needs of one family with a mentally ill member. In the following year, it co-founded the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI Greater Seattle's mission is to address the unmet needs of individuals with mental illness through self-help support groups, 24-hour-a-day person-to-person crisis intervention, information and referral, outreach, advocacy, and public education.

      • The latest NAMI Greater Seattle Chapter support group calendar is a small Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file. Download the NAMI Greater Seattle Self-Help Support Group Calendar which is a small .pdf Adobe file to view a list of support groups that meet throughout the State of Washington. The list contains meetings and support groups related to self-esteem, spirituality, adult and child attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and bipolar disorders (MDD, BD), and schizophrenia, among others. This is one of the most comprehensive lists of in-person support groups in Washington State.

      • NAMI Greater Seattle Chapter publishes an excellent bi-monthly newsletter called Spotlight. Past and current issues of Spotlight are available online as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. Spotlight is a great resource for information and contains updates about meetings and educational forums.

      • By purchasing books through NAMI Greater Seattle's Recommended Books page, you can help support their mission to provide consumers with better mental health care information and services.

    • The NAMI Eastside Web site has been nicely upgraded and offers information and an up-to-date Calendar of Events which lists support and educational groups who meet on the Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Washington).

      Consumer Run Services Legislation Needs Our Help!

    The New Century Consumer Coalition is spearheading new legislation in Washington State regarding consumer-run and operated services. Check the New Century Consumer Coalition Web site for more information.

      Volunteer Opportunities in Washington State.

    • Seattle Works offers you the opportunity to volunteer for specific events or ongoing services. Visit their Web site to get more information.

    • United Way of King County offers you volunteer opportunities throughout King County. You can search for activities and projects in your immediate area or farther away.

    • Volunteer Match allows you to search for listings of volunteer activities in your geographic area, anywhere in the United States. Try it! You will find the listings very interesting and a little different than what you might discover at United Way or at Seattle Works.
      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)

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