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National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter's wellness web series is titled 'Chasing Chaos.'

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in late June of 2020, 40% of U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19.

Sheila HamiltonThe Clackamas County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness is responding with a wellness web series called "Chasing Chaos." Premiering Jan. 27, the monthly online video wellness series is hosted by five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, podcast and Oregon radio personality Sheila Hamilton.

During each episode, Hamilton hopes to provide a safe space for her guests to share raw, gritty and relatable stories — and expert insights — about mental health and how these resilient individuals have learned to cope and thrive. Each episode features well-being tools and resources designed to help people take command of their lives.

NAMI Clackamas provides free education, support and advocacy for everyone affected by mental health issues, delivered by trained volunteers with lived experience. While this web series is free for all, viewers can choose to support NAMI Clackamas through a donation button on each video. According to Forbes, nonprofits expect a 50% drop in peer-to-peer fundraising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so virtual fundraising is a focus for NAMI Clackamas this year.

Season 1 topics include: Equitable solutions for BIPOC communities, stress management strategies for front-line workers, tactics for finding new career options amid the pandemic, how children and families impacted by COVID are weathering the storm, what musicians and artists living with a diagnosis can do to create during uncertain times, thriving in the face of depression and managing anxiety and the lasting effects of 2020.

Upcoming guests include Courtenay Hameister, author of "Okay Fine Whatever" and former Live Wire radio host; Solome Tibebu, co-author of ReThink Behavioral Health Innovation newsletter; Robin-Karr Morse, author of "United States of Trauma: How a pandemic unmasked America" and founding director of the Parenting Institute; and Jenny Foss, career development expert and founder and CEO of Job Jenny.

Episodes will stream live facebook.com/NamiClackamas at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Episodes will also be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube (bit.ly/namiccyoutube). See namicc.org/chasingchaos for a monthly schedule.


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