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In Film: Call Me Crazy
NMSU NAMI on Campus to host free film screening on mental health awareness. Read more.
Welcome! NAMI-On Campus
From the Sun News 1-30-2014
LAS CRUCES >> The new year has seen no reduction in school shootings nationwide — there was even one in New Mexico earlier this month — or much of a solution to the stigma still surrounding mental illness. But NMSU students will be more hands-on in the fight to combat such issues beginning in February with a new student-led chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI, a grassroots organization, started in 1977 to provide support, advocacy and education to families and people affected by mental illness, said Pamela Field, part of NAMI-Doña Ana County, who will be a liaison for the student group. ”NAMI on Campus is a new thing happening across the country,” she said. “So many mental illnesses begin to develop in the late teens and early ’20s, so hopefully we will meet the needs of people in those age groups on campus.” Read full article here.
Registration is now open for the next Family-to-Family class. Class starts Thursday, February 6. There are still available seats and we can accept enrollees until February 20
Time: 7 pm until 9:30 pm, Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S Solano, Las Cruces
This class is only for family members of people suffering from a diagnosed brain disorder/mental illness, such as: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. If you would like to take this class, please send email to Lyn Pearson, NAMI Family to Family Instructor, at LynPearson1948@gmail.com. You must register in advance for this class. If the current class is filled, you may put your name on the waiting list for the next class. There are several classes every year. Classes are 2.5 hours long and include a light snack. Starting time is 7 pm sharp – please arrive on time. There is no cost and all materials are supplied. All personal information in the class is treated according to strict guidelines for confidentiality. This is a series of 12 classes and we recommend that you attend all of them to get the full benefit of your time investment.
Hyperbole and a Half Draws a Unique Picture of Depression
By Brendan McLean, NAMI Communications Manager
At first glance, Allie Brosh’s drawings look like nothing more than a collection of crudely drawn stick figures. But the true effort she puts forth into each drawing is astounding. For example, in a video from the New York Times, the 28-year-old blogger describes how her artwork comes to life, such as the difference moving the pupils half a millimeter can make. This attention to detail—and her humor—allows Brosh’s collection of drawings and text in her debut novel to become expressive depictions of her life experiences.
Brosh’s new book, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, and Other Things That Happened, chronicles many of her rocky days as a child, adventures with her dogs and thoughts on her traits and troubles. While the humorous anecdotes are what gave life to her blog, it was her posts on her experience with depression that often resonated most with her readers.
In October 2011, Brosh posted an online comic called “Adventures in Depression,” detailing the sadness, self-loathing and other thoughts that she experienced with the illness. She then went silent on her blog for a year and a half, before making another post this past May that depicted her downward spiral and thoughts of suicide.
“No, see, I don’t necessarily want to KILL myself …” the comic version of Brosh explains to her mother. “I just want to become dead somehow.” Read rest of article here.
Going Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Learn about Bipolar Disorder
Derek Thompson’s book offers a personal look into what it’s like to live with a mental illness.
Several of my friends and coworkers live with bipolar disorder and I thought that I was pretty knowledgeable about the condition. But after reading Derek Thompson’s book Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind: A Manic’s Mood Chart, I gained an even deeper insight into what it means to live with the illness.
As opposed to being written in a chronological time sequence and instead organized by mood states, the book is actually a series of journal entries and revealing conversations between Thompson, who lives with bipolar disorder, and his therapist.
Through revealing and brutally honest entries, Thompson shares the rollercoaster of his condition through the lens of his mood states. Through this method, the reader is able to dive into the condition with him and gain insight into the experience. Sometimes this is unsettling, but it is always revealing. Read more