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Friday
Apr 7
Free Self-Defense Class for Women/ Safer Streets
Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 NW 6th

Free self-defense class for women experiencing homelessness, poverty, mental health or addiction issues, for sex workers, and for survivors of violence or abuse.

Queer and trans friendly All ages/ abilities

We welcome folks with disabilities, including those who use mobility aids.

Class size is limited- it is "first come/ first serve" No RSVP necessary

Space for approximately 30 individuals (per fire marshall code for the space being used & the space needed for individuals to move freely).

We will have a liability waiver for attending folks to read/ sign prior to class start. If you would like a copy of the waiver to review beforehand, send us a request via email, and we'll send you a copy.

This class is free, but donations are always appreciated.

Any questions, feel free to email us at: saferstreetsPDX@riseup.net

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Saturday
Apr 15
Mental Health Care Not Policing - CR PDX Campaign Meeting #3
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Saturday April 15th 1pm - 4pm Snacks provided Childcare available upon request

Critical Resistance Portland (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first responders in Portland. We have seen how policing escalates everyday mental health needs or instances of crisis and can result in violence on our communities. It's crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and invest in community care. After two robust first coalition meetings, we are excited to continue with a public third meeting!

CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pulling together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of law enforcement?

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland's reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

This is our 3rd meeting of the coalition, and we are excited to continute building out with those already involved, and those who are hearing about our work for the first time! For those who are new, not to worry--you will have the opportunity to be brought up to speed on the work happening so far, and ways to both plug into it and to generate new work areas.

We are also very excited to have Jess from Critical Resistance national present to talk about the success and current work of the Oakland Power Projects in shifting reliance away from police as first responders (http://criticalresistance.org/chapters/cr-oakland/the-oakland-power-projects/).

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.

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Tuesday
May 2
Eight That Can't Wait Discussion: Mental Health Challenges
Women's Foundation of Oregon

In 2016, the Women's Foundation of Oregon released Count Her In, the most comprehensive report on the status of women and girls in 20 years. The report identified "Eight That Can't Wait" areas of urgent concern for Oregon's women and girls. Join us for a community discussion on mental health in Oregon and what can be done to address it.

Panelists: - Liz Estabrooks, Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator, Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - Katrina Leupp, Assistant Professor, Washington State University - Vancouver - Jeannette Pai-Espinoza, President, The National Crittenton Foundation

Refreshments provided $15 suggested donation

Registration is free: https://goo.gl/forms/90NLfsbnm6Hvl9HE3

This event is made possible through a sponsorship from Northwest Health Foundation.

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Sunday
Jun 11
Mental Health Care Not Policing- June Coalition Meeting #5 (Critical Resistance Portland)
In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth

Sunday June 11th 10 am-1 pm Snacks provided Childcare available upon request

Critical Resistance Portland (CR-PDX) is developing a campaign to interrupt the use of police as mental health first responders in Portland. We have seen how policing escalates everyday mental health needs or instances of crisis and can result in violence on our communities. It's crucial that Portland disrupt this pattern and invest in community care.

CR Portland wants to impact protocol and funding of mental health crisis services and we’d like to start pulling together organizations and individuals who could be partners or stake holders in this campaign. This includes social service providers, mental health service users, communities targeted by the police, and other racial and economic justice organizations. We are asking people like you who have valuable knowledge and first hand experiences to get involved with this campaign.

Will you join CR-PDX in demanding a city prioritization of quality user-led mental health services that are community-based and outside the hands of law enforcement? June's meeting will be the 5th meeting of the Mental Health Care, Not Policing community coalition.

We invite those directly impacted by policing, mental health users, and all who want to decrease Portland's reliance on policing to attend. Organizations and individuals who are involved in anti-policing, mental health, or social service work in Portland, join us as partners in this effort and share your ideas at this campaign meeting!

Critical Resistance is a prison industrial complex abolitionist organization which means that to do this work we must work to end racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, homophobia and transphobia, anti-blackness, imperialism, and all systems of power that contribute to the caging, separation, harm, surveillance, policing, and killing of ourselves and loved ones, and specifically recognizing that these systems target those in black & brown & queer & trans communities.

The CR PDX chapters members are currently a group of queer & trans folks with a mix of non-black poc and white folks and we all are trained in facilitating spaces with an anti-oppressive and interrupting oppressive moments lens. We are pro-black & brown and queer & trans folks and we committed to hosting events that work to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive.

Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or have specific dietary needs.

Critical Resistance Portland is a political organization, the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex.

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Saturday
Jun 24
Solidarity Alliance of Social Services Organizing Meeting
AFSCME Hall

Join us for our monthly organizing meeting! Meetings are open to all non-management behavioral health workers who are organizing for meaningful change in their field.

This month we will be welcoming PDX Critical Resistance to our organizing meeting and having an open dialogue about ongoing collaboration with mental health care over policing initiatives.

We will also be checking in about + Workplace campaigns + SASS Committee updates + United We Heal updates + Community updates

Looking forward to seeing you there! Light refreshments will be provided.


Solidarity Alliance of Social Services - SASS: A safe space to engage in open and constructive discussion around community behavioral health and social services in the Portland Metro Area.

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Monday
Jul 10
Workshop: Racial Microaggression in Clinical Practice
through Catholic Charities of Oregon

Each one-day workshop will be held from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Catholic Charities Clark Family Center. MONDAY'S WORKSHOP IS REPEATED ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY.

Racial Microaggressions are defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward people of color”. Racial Microaggressions are the result of unconscious or implicit bias that seeps into interactions with marginalized people. These microaggressions have deep and detrimental impacts on the mental and physical health of people of color and they have enormous impact on the way in which people of color interact with mental health treatment and services.

This training will support clinicians in recognizing and stopping implicit bias that affects the way in which they engage in clinical practice with clients of color. It will help clinicians to improve their clinical relationship with clients through the reduction of implicit bias interactions for overall improved interventions and outcomes based in equity and social justice.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced clinical rapport with clients.
  • Long term engagement with clients of color.
  • Overall improvement of services to clients from communities of color.
  • Certificate offered - C.E.U. (Continuing Educational Units) through the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Beneficial for developmental and personal growth goals

Presenters:

Angie Mejia is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Syracuse University. Her current research encompasses immigration, mental health, ethnicity, bio/psychopolitics, and citizenship by looking specifically at U.S. Latinas’ experiences with depression and depression treatment.

Kat Kelley, MSW, is the Director of Programs and Integration with Catholic Charities of Oregon. Her areas of practice and expertise include trauma, mental health, domestic and sexual violence, immigration, race equity and community organizing. Ms. Kelley has almost 20 years of experience in anti-racist social movements and building white ally identities. She is a clinician and macro practice social worker who focuses on anti-oppressive practice and social justice.

For group pricing and packages, contact: Kat Kelly, MSW

  • Director of Programs and Integration
  • (971) 409-7265

El Programa Hispano Católico - Servicios sociales integrales para la comunidad Latina en Oregon. / Comprehensive social services for Oregon's Latin American community.

Catholic Charities of Oregon - Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

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Saturday
Jul 22
SW WA Southwest WA Lulac Council Healthy Living Event!
Clark Public Utilities

FREE community health event that includes resources, light snacks/beverages, workshops on health & mental wellness, & complimentary massages!! Free Rapid HIV testing to first 45 people! Join us!


Southwest WA League of United Latin American Citizens Council - We are a passionate community of volunteers, staff, and partners, empowering Latinos at the local, state and national level. www.LULAC.org

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Thursday
Aug 3
One More Year signing & live performance with Simon Hanselmann
Floating World Comics

We are proud to host a release party and live performance with Simon Hanselmann, to celebrate the release of his new book One More Year. We will also co-publish a new broadsheet newspaper featuring Simon's latest paintings which will exclusively debut at this event.

As a genderqueer immigrant living in Trump's America, Simon Hanselmann has a lot to say about making controversial social commentary art in our current political climate. More than his previous two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, One More Year dives deeper into body dysmorphia, transphobia, mental illness, and addiction.

Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, and their friends Owl and Werewolf Jones are imbued with far more pathos and depth than seems plausible given the stock comic premise — drugged-out, slacker roommates. Depressing, hilarious, endlessly relatable, and exceedingly human — despite being about a witch, a cat, and an anthropomorphic owl — One More Year continues to give more substance to the characters and personalities of its protagonists in ways that never fail to surprise, delight, and horrify.

WHO: Simon Hanselmann WHAT: One More Year release party and live performance WHEN: Thursday August 3, 6-9pm WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

  • ONE MORE YEAR
  • by Simon Hanselmann
  • Release Date: 6/20/2017
  • $24.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60699-997-4
  • 220 Pages • Full Color • Hardcover
  • fantagraphics.com/onemoreyear

Hanselmann has found international success with his hand drawn meticulously watercolored witch comics and has been translated into over a dozen languages. This Tasmanian cartoonist recently immigrated to the US and now lives in Seattle, WA with his pet rabbit, Woody.


Floating World Comics - The record store of comic book stores.

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Thursday
Sep 21
Public Health Portland Style #6: War, PTSD & Reintegration
Lucky Lab NW

Join us for Public Health Portland Style #6: War, PTSD & Reintegration.

Every third Thursday of the month the OHSU PSU School of Public Health invites three experts to discuss the latest in Public Health!

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome and we encourage you to invite friends, family, students and co-workers to join the discussion with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

A psychologist, chaplain and Veteran of Iraq will speak about the impact of combat trauma, as well as the process of recovery and reintegration after war.

Dr. Lusk will address the prevalence of mental health problems related to combat trauma, the treatment of PTSD, and the emerging conceptualization and treatment of moral injury.

Chaplain Morris will address “soul wounds,” including ethical and moral issues inherent in the development of PTSD and moral injury, as well as spiritual practices that heal these wounds, with the ultimate outcome of “the wound becoming medicine to the world.” She will speak about the journey of retraining “compassion neural pathways,” and reembodying, and prioritizing a compassionate life.

A Veteran will address how his experience and expanded perspective, to include contemplating the experiences of the so called “enemy” at first led to avoidance, distrust of self and others, loss of identity, and helplessness. His journey of recovery, dubbed a journey “from disgrace to dignity,” has included a recognition of society-level problems, discovery of compassion, re-visioning of mission, and increased compassion-inspired actions in support of fellow Veterans, family and community members. A call to arms will involve speaker and audience ideas about how to address Veteran recovery on an individual and community level.


Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Medical School · Portland, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University is where healing, teaching and discovery come together. To make an appointment: 503 494-8311.

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Friday
Sep 29
National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide's Operation Veteran Freedom workshop - required pre-registration
PCC Cascade, 705 N Killingsworth

This workshop was specially designed for Veterans and family by a Vietnam era Combat Veteran. It uses some of the technology of Brain Science and the some of the technology of Landmark Worldwide (a very powerful and highly regarded educational corporation).

The Commitment of this workshop is for you to discover new ways to look at yourself, the world including your past and present circumstances. By seeing these things in a new light your past will no longer dictate to you how you feel and limit what actions you can take.

This course is designed for our Military Veterans, male or female that either; A) served in a war zone, B) were in military operations, or C) experienced trauma. It is also for impacted military family members (parents, spouse, adult children, etc.).

You may experience memories about what happened to you and / or others. If you are unwilling to experience the emotions, feelings, body sensations and thoughts that may come up in these discussions, you should discuss this with us prior to the workshop.

If you have attempted suicide in the past 12 months, currently experiencing severe depression or are taking any psychotropic drugs (those that affect the mind, emotions or behavior) you should consider talking to your mental health professional before attending this workshop.

You and you alone are responsible for your well-being!

For our Veterans and Families and at no cost. Pre-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by emailing rod.wittmier@na2evs.org for the workshop Agreement.

Please share this with Veterans and their adult family members near the Portland Oregon area.

Visit http://www.na2evs.org/ovf for testimonies and course description.

Visit na2evs.org/events to get the flyer for this workshop.

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New Indie Drama about Wartime PTSD: Blood Stripe
through Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton

Our Sergeant returns home after a third tour with the Marines. Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, it is clear that in addition to the scars she bears on her torso, Our Sergeant carries unseen wounds. When a boisterous homecoming party provokes an explosive outburst, Our Sergeant has nowhere to turn, and so she runs... deep into the North Woods. Discovering a picturesque summer camp on a lake, Our Sergeant seeks refuge and at first, finds solace. But she cannot outrun her own heart of darkness and the pristine wilderness becomes fraught with peril.

"Despite the dark subject matter, the film is far from somber. It's effortlessly engaging, thanks to Kate Nowlin's immense screen presence. She is tough, powerful yet vulnerable, and Nowlin embodied her character so beautifully. "

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Monday
Oct 9
Vancouver Hearing Voices Social Support group
Portland VA Medical Center - Vancouver Campus

Come join our social support group that creates a space on second Mondays of the month to discuss topics related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual or extreme sensory experiences.

Vancouver WA Hearing Voices meetings are free, veteran friendly and facilitated by people with lived experience. Welcomed first-line care givers or supportive family members will not be turned away, but group priority is given to those with personal experiences.

Come join us and say hello on Second Mondays at the CVAB REACH Center 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Bldg 17 First Floor (A114) Vancouver, WA 98661

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Sunday
Oct 15
Life in Behavioral Health: A Storytelling Event
Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th

One in five adults has a mental health condition. These are our loved ones, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends. But when care providers are exhausted and overworked, they can’t do their best work to help clients recover and heal. In today’s behavioral health system, real barriers stand in clients’ way—and many of these issues stem from the fact that workers aren’t being heard or supported. Join us in listening to the voices of those who work to meet the needs of our families and communities.

United we heal!

This event is free, and is open to behavioral health providers, allies, and representatives of community partner organizations.

*Stories may contain adult language and describe traumatic events

Register here: https://form.jotformpro.com/72627476293971

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Thursday
Oct 19
Homelessness & the Brain
p:ear, 338 NW 6th

On Thursday, October 19th, p:ear joins NW Noggin in hosting Homelessness & the Brain, an event designed to raise awareness and understanding of the critical link between affordable housing and brain health.

From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., p:ear's gallery will be transformed into an interactive exhibit that highlights youth testimony and art on the subject, and will host neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and policy makers from area institutions for presentations and discussions.

Learn more @ nwnoggin.org


NW Noggin
Nonprofit Organization · Portland, Oregon
NW NOGGIN - Neuroscience Outreach Group (Growing in Networks) - building networks in the community through neuroscience education

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Sunday
Oct 22
Crazywise Screening & Fundraiser hosted by Mental Health Providers Unite!
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton

Mental Health Providers Unite! is hosting a fundraiser and screening of Crazy Wise. All funds raised will go to counseling scholarships for POC, immigrant, queer, and trans community members. MHPU! is partnering with community groups to provide scholarships. Following the movie, a panel will discuss the movie and various intersections of mental health as they impact our community.

$7-10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds

Come out to view this dynamic film, engage in discussion, and contribute to counseling scholarships!

Hope to see you there!

Mental Health Providers Unite! (MHPU!) organizes at the intersections of mental health and injustice to challenge systems of oppression. MHPU! is currently providing emotional support at protests/actions and organizes provider and community support groups in Portland.

To learn more about MHPU! Www.MHPUnite.com

ABOUT CRAZY WISE:

What if a psychological crisis was seen as having the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a “broken brain”?

Human-rights photographer Phil Borges witnessed how indigenous cultures around the world often identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential.

Back in the US, Phil follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation. Ekhaya, 32, survives several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer.

CRAZYWISE introduces mental health professionals and psychiatric survivors who see a psychological crisis as a potential growth experience, not a disease.

https://crazywisefilm.com

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Wednesday
Oct 25
Activist Community Support Group (Mental Health Providers Unite!)
Morrison Plaza

MHPU! is hosting a free monthly community support group to help sustain and nourish the work you're doing for all of us.

Mental Health Providers Unite! organizes at the intersections of mental health and injustice to challenge systems of oppression

Are you an organizer of rally's and marches? Maybe you show up in the streets with signs of resistance. Perhaps you've been an activist for years and you have recently found yourself back on the frontlines witnessing and experiencing aggressive and violent police tactics? Maybe you're overwhelmed with the rapid news cycle and feeling paralyzed by grief and anger? Our current social, political and environmental climate is a recipe for trauma. If we are to resist and courageously unite against fascism in order to protect the most at-risk among us, we must understand how this work affects us.

The depth, scope, and causes are different for everyone, but the fact that we are affected by the suffering of others and of our planet- that we have a trauma exposure response- is universal. We are in this work together, all of us. Please join us for a monthly community support group to process and respond to these urgent human and environmental conditions in a sustainable and intentional way.

Please be mindful of your Facebook RSVP and let us know if you can make it as limited space is available. :)

CONTACT: contact@mhpunite.com for questions/logistics. PARKING: Street parking, be mindful of neighbors driveways. ACCESSIBILITY: Meeting room on the first floor.

FUTURE DATES:

  • October 25th
  • November 29th
  • December 27th
  • January 24th

Mental Health Providers Unite! is a growing community of mental health providers who are organizing direct action at the intersection of mental health and injustice to challenge systems of oppression.

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Monday
Nov 6
Truth & Reconciliation - A Lift Up Life Community Conversation
YWCA Clark County

Have you ever wanted to have an opportunity to tell the greater community about what you feel is working or not working in our mental health system? Join us on the evening of November 6th for a unique chance to have your voice heard. We will gather as receivers and givers of mental health care and share their experience in a safe place to help build a community partnership.

Truth & Reconciliation is a Lift Up Life Community Conversation hosted by NAMI SW WA.

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