Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) effects roughly 5% of the US population in a given year, but may be more prevalent depending on your geographical region. Since seasonal depression has a predictable pattern of recurrence, preventative measures may help to reduce symptoms. Some forms of prevention that can help include beginning light therapy in the early fall before the onset of symptoms, exercising more, increasing the amount of light at home, meditation and other stress management techniques.
If you or someone you know is struggling with SAD or any other form of depression there is help!
Call Cascadia Access, Information & Referral (CAIR): 503-674-7777
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Portland Depression Treatment Program
Call: 503-281-4852
Although we offer an array of services, we know various community partners offer services that may interest you. Below is a list we’ve put together:
Bring Change to Mind.org
Dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness.
www.bringchange2mind.org

MentalHealth.gov
www.mentalhealth.gov

Mental Health America
Education, support
www.mentalhealthamerica.net
(800) 969-NMHA (6642)

Mind Freedom
Campaigns for human rights in mental health; also contact if have been abused by the psychiatric system.
www.mindfreedom.org
(877) MAD-PRIDE

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Education, support, advocacy, info/referral
www.nami.org
(503) 228-5692

National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov
(301) 443-4536

National Mental Health Consumer
Self-help clearinghouse
www.mhselfhelp.org
(800) 553-4539

National Mental Health Information Center
store.samhsa.gov/home
(800) 789-2647

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
www.cascadiabhc.org

  • Central Intake: (503) 674-7777
  • Urgent Care Walk In Clinic 7:00 am-10:30 pm every day, (503) 238-0705, 4212 SE Division, Suite 100
  • Integrated Treatment Services (drug/alcohol) (503) 230-9654

Central City Concern 12th Avenue Recovery Center
www.centralcityconcern.org
(503) 294-1681
LifeWorks Northwest
www.lifeworksnw.org
(503) 645-9010, intake@lifeworksnw.org

Portland Veterans Center
PTSD and sexual trauma counseling (individual & group), employment services, and more.
www.va.gov
(503) 273-5370

Folk-Time Socialization & Support
www.folktime.org
(503) 238-6428
4837 NE Couch St., Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Mental Health Organizations Drop-in Centers

Folk-Time Socialization & Support
www.folktime.org
(503) 238-6428
4837 NE Couch St., Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Safe Haven (Folk Time program)
(503) 722-5237
142 Molalla, Oregon City. Mon., Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mental Health Support Groups and Information

Northwest Autism Foundation
information on autism and contact information on treatment
http://www.autismnwaf.org/
(503) 557-2111

Bereavement Support Group (coping with loss)
Free service offered by Adventist Medical Center
To register call, (503) 251-6192 ext. 5670

Healing Grief
Call (503) 251-6105 for more info and to register.

Brain Injury Support Groups
Brain Injury Association of Oregon
www.biaoregon.org
(800) 544-5243

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
www.dbsalliance.org

  • Portland support groups: (800) 826-3632
  • West side: Jason at (503) 227-2423
  • East side: Jean at (503) 231-7513

Family to Family Support Group–NAMI
Free educational group for loved ones of individuals with mental illness.
(503) 228-5692

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Suicide Support)
(800) 273-8255

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group
(503) 494-6176

PSU Community Counseling Clinic
Individual, couple and family counseling
$15 per session, reduced fees negotiated. 10-week commitment.
(503) 725-4620

Women’s Crisis Line
www.pwcl.org
(503) 235-5333 or (888) 235-5333

YWCA/Impact NW
Sliding-scale counseling services available.
(503) 988-6000

Al-Anon and Alateen (for friends and family)
www.al-anonportlandoregon.org
(503) 292-1333

Alcohol and Drug Helpline
adult or teen
(800) 923-HELP

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.pdxaa.com
(503) 223-8569

Cocaine Anonymous
(503) 256-1666

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous
www.ddaoforegon
(503) 222-6484

Marijuana Anonymous
www.marijuana-anonymous.org
503-221-7007

Narcotics Anonymous
www.portlandna.com
(503) 727-3733

Nicotine Anonymous
www.nicotine-anonymous.org
(877) 879-6422

SMART Recovery
www.smartrecovery.org
Hank Robb at (503) 635-2849

Aging and Disability Services
www.co.multnomah.or.us
(503) 988-3646
Closed noon to 1 p.m.

Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Website provides information about free health care for uninsured people
www.coalitionclinics.org

Free custom-made shoes and inserts for people with diabetes
Priority Footwear and Pedorthic Services provides a full line of diabetic shoes and inserts for men and women. Medicare and Medicaid accepted.
(503) 524-9656
www.priorityfootwear.com

Free prescription drug discount card
Save up to 30% or more on most prescriptions that are not covered or not fully covered by insurance. Does not cover co-pays.
familywize.org

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
(503) 988-6295

OHP Client Advocate Services Unit
For questions about coverage and billing for the Oregon Health Plan
(800) 273-0557

Oregon Health Action Campaign
Help with the Oregon Health Plan
(800) 789-1599

Oregon Telephone Assistance Program
If on food stamps, OHP, SSI or TANF
(800) 848-4442 or (503) 373-7171
www.puc.state.or.us/Pages/rspf/otap.aspx

Partnership for Prescription Coverage
Coalition of different groups that can help with prescription coverage.
(888) 477-2669
www.pparx.org

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213
www.ssa.gov

Medical Teams International Dental Van
Free dental services at various locations in Portland.
www.medicalteams.org
(503) 624-1026

Multnomah County Dental Clinics
www.multco.us
(503) 988-6942

Multnomah County Dental Clinics
www.multco.us
(503) 988-6942

Casey Outreach Vision Van
www.ohsu.edu
(503) 418-1698

Lions Club
Eye Care & Hearing Aids
www.lionsclubs.org

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
bazelon.org
202-467-5730

Disability Rights Oregon (formally called Oregon Advocacy Center): (800) 452-1694
Legal representation & disability advice: (503) 243-2081
TTY: (800) 556-5351
www.disabilityrightsoregon.org
Email: welcome@oradvocacy.org

Lawyer Referral Service
(800) 452-7636, (503) 684-3763
www.osbar.org

Public Assistance and Disability Rights (Legal Aid)
(503) 241-4111

Legal Aid Services of Oregon
(503) 224-4094
www.lawhelp.org

Senior Law Project
Free counseling in legal matters to any Multnomah County resident 60 and older. (503) 224-4086
www.oregonlawhelp.org

211 Information & Referral
DIAL 2-1-1 or (503) 222-5555
www.211.org

City/County Information/Housing Referral
(503) 823-4000
ahomeforeveryone.net

Network of Care
www.networkofcare.org

The Rose City Resource
www.streetroots.org

Cascadia Mental Health First Aid Training
for youth and adults
(503) 238-0769
info

Portland Community College
GED classes
(503) 244-6111
www.pcc.edu

Mt. Hood Community College
Mental health program
(503) 491-6422
www.mhcc.edu

Federal Financial Aid
800-433-3243
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Fair Housing Council
(503) 223-8295 / Hotline (800) 424-3247
www.fhco.org

Free Geek
Free computers and training in exchange for volunteer work
(503) 232-9350
www.freegeek.org

Home Safety Repairs
Minor home safety repairs for people who have low income and are 55 years or older and/or have a disability
(503) 284.6827

Metro Child Care
(503) 253-5000
www.metroccrr.org

No Longer Lonely
Online dating for adults with mental illness
www.nolongerlonely.com

Write Around Portland
Creative writing 10-week sessions; publish work
(503) 796-9224
www.writearound.org

Multnomah Mental Health Crisis Line
(503) 988-4888 or (800) 716-9716
Cascadia Seeking Help Info

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.