Why Support NAMIWalks Spokane?

By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. As NAMIWalks Spokane fundraising event scheduled for June 1 draws closer, two NAMI Spokane Board members shared why they are participating and why they encourage others to join them. Heidi Curnow is the Vice President of the...

Recovery is Possible: Kristin Bonser

By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. Kristin Bonser’s journey to live well with bipolar disorder has spanned a decade, but she is now stable enough to relaunch her career as a teacher in Spokane. Kristin can trace the beginnings of her illness to when she was...

From Gang Member to Mental Health Advocate

I grew up in an inner-city community in San Diego, California, called “Southeast.” This area has always been known for crime, drugs and — most notably — gangs. Despite my family’s well-intentioned efforts to keep me away from gangs, the gang culture still pulled me...

NAMI Spokane Starts New Men’s Support Group

by Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. NAMI Spokane’s new support group for men met for the first time on the third Thursday in January. The next meeting is scheduled for the third Thursday in February, February 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the NAMI office in downtown...

Recovery is Possible: Scott Bowmer

By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. Ten years ago, Scott Bowmer, currently from Spokane, faced a key moment in his journey with a mental health condition. He was on a merchant ship that was sailing near Korea. His job was to help drive the ship. He wasn’t...