Advocacy and Education for Mental Health and Illness in Bonner and Boundary Counties

Sand Creek Clubhouse

NAMI Far North’s new 3-year strategic plan includes launching Sand Creek Clubhouse. We are seeking support and donations towards the goal of opening in the fall of 2024.

Our project is based on a model utilized by Clubhouse International. There are more than 320 clubhouses in 30 countries. A Clubhouse is organized to support people living with mental illness. During the course of their participation in a Clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education, and to the services and support they may individually need to continue their recovery. A Clubhouse provides a restorative environment for people whose lives have been severely disrupted because of their mental illness, and who need the support of others who are in recovery and who believe that mental illness is treatable.

 Visit the Clubhouse International website for information on this successful data-driven model.

The Sand Creek Clubhouse Project represents our effort to establish this model for community members of Bonner and Boundary counties. An estimated 4,000 people in our counties live with SMI. The links below offer more details and the opportunity to contribute directly to this tremendously impactful project. Thank you for your interest and assistance.

Sand Creek Clubhouse Video

Sand Creek Clubhouse Details

A location in downtown Sandpoint for Sand Creek Clubhouse has been determined and our goal is to begin operations by fall of this year (2024). Our fundraising goal for launching this project is $170,000 of which approximately $35,000 has been raised. So, our current need is $125,000.

This project is based on Clubhouse International ‘s well-tested standards and success. We are not re-inventing the wheel. In addition, the lack of a mental health crisis center, the shortage of beds and hospitals for SMI patients, and the lack of funding from Boise, means that this project will have an overwhelming impact.

When community members with SMI (an estimated 4,000 people in Bonner and Boundary Counties) are able to receive care and are released back to their homes, there is absolutely no subsequent support available for them. SMI’s, such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disease, severe anxiety, and PTSD, among others, are medical brain diseases and require time and training similar to PT after a muscle or bone injury. Community based post-hospitalization care is imperative.

The function of the Sand Creek Clubhouse will be to provide a place for these community members to go during the day to reconnect and to heal. A variety of directed activities and tasks allows each member to begin and progress at their own pace with the goal of reestablishing relationships and function — including employment and a sense of purpose.

The financial viability of these projects is linked to their affordability to the community at large and includes decreased hospitalizations, decreased incarcerations, and increased employment of members. Support of local health care providers, especially those involved in mental health, has been unanimous. The Clubhouse Presentation Video (on this website) presents more details on this project.

Please help us launch the Sand Creek Clubhouse by donating directly or by spreading this information to those who might assist us. We will also need professional assistance and volunteers. Thank you for your interest and support.

Dr. Dawn Mehra
President NAMI Far North

How Can I Help?

There's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing remains clear: people need access to mental health care and support. NAMI is here to ensure that no one is alone on their mental health journey.

Our mission is to educate and advocate for people with mental illness. And we would like your help. Here is our donation button if you would like to give so that we can continue our mission. It will take you to PayPal, and it's safe and secure. And they can process your credit or debit.

Or you can mail your check to:

 NAMI Far North Idaho
 P.O. Box 2415
 Sandpoint, ID 83864

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Membership in NAMI Far North entitles you to membership in NAMI and NAMI Idaho. You will receive the NAMI "Advocate" and the NAMI Idaho Quarterly News.

Please provide your information below, then click submit to proceed to pay your annual dues:

  • $5 for Open Door Membership
  • $40 for Individual Membership
  • $60 for Family Membership

Volunteer

By volunteering with NAMI Far North, you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  Volunteers are needed in the following roles:

  • NAMI Walks and Movie Night Events
  • Support Group Greeter/Host
  • Peer Family and Connection Support Leaders (stipends and paid training)
  • Marketing/Social Media

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If you are in crisis, call the Idaho Region 1 Crisis Line: 208-769-1406