The information below is about support and/or discussion groups related to psychological or social approaches to “psychosis.” Unless it says otherwise, it should be assumed they are NOT affiliated with ISPS-US-PNW
Hearing Voices groups:
There are now quite a few hearing voices groups meeting in the Pacific NW! These groups are a great place for anyone having experiences that might be called “psychotic” to meet with others and discuss how to make sense of, and how to deal with, these experiences. You can find out what might be happening in your area by going to www.hearingvoicesusa.org/find-a-group Note that if you use the link to access the list of groups by state, you can drill down to find out more information and contact information for each group. You can find hearing voices groups in Oregon in Eugene, Corvallis, Albany, Salem, and the Portland area, and in Washington in Tacoma and Seattle.
There is also a hearing voices group in Vancouver BC (you won’t find that on the US list!) more info at https://bchearingvoicesnetwork.wordpress.com/local-groups/vancouver/
Rethinking Psychiatry aims to create a more hopeful, humane and effective mental health care model. They hold various kinds of meetings and events oriented toward that goal.
ISPS has a monthly educational and networking meeting for people interested in how to help people with psychosis. This usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (though its meetings will be suspended for the summer months). For more information contact Ron Unger at email@example.com
The Opal Network has quarterly meeting that bring together people with lived experience, professionals, and family members to discuss mental health issues – more information at http://differentminds.us/opal/ To receive notices of each meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MindFreedom-Seattle http://seattle711.wixsite.com/mindfreedomseattle sponsors meetings around issues of human rights within mental health treatment, and alternative approaches. They also list a lot of resources in the area.