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Weekly Meetings

NAMI Connection is a weekly support group for people living with a diagnosed mental illness. Attendees learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Every Monday, 7 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano (Solano at Wofford) in the white Religious Education building.

Twice-Monthly Meetings

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT is a peer-support group for friends, family members and caregivers of people with a diagnosed mental illness. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, Peace Lutheran Church, Missouri and Walnut, Las Cruces. First meeting is Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Monthly NAMI-DAC meeting

3rd Tuesday, 6:30 pm,
Peace Lutheran Church at
Missouri & Locust, Las Cruces, NM

Monthly NAMI-SDAC meeting

This meeting serves people located in the area of Anthony, Santa Theresa, Chaparrel, and Sunland Park.
3rd Thursday, 6:15 pm, La Frontera at
Tel: 575-788-2510


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New Mexico Mental Health Services

Why can’t we get the help we need?

If you think the state’s service are adequate, watch this movie. If you think services are inadequate, watch this movie. Remember, many people who experience mental illness first exhibit problems in youth, just as they are entering their most productive years. Since many of these illnesses can be treated effectively enabling many people with those illness to lead happy and very productive lives with minimal support, why can’t New Mexico families find the resources they need to help their loved ones? We should ask why our government considers the mentally ill as a “throw-away” population.

Exercise your right to have a say in this critical issue. Vote in the upcoming election.

Registered New Mexico voters may vote at their designated polling place on Nov 4, 2014. Voters may choose instead to cast a ballot before Election Day during the early in-person voting period. Finally, voters may choose to apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Click here to find out where you can participate in early voting in your county.

 Remembering Robin Williams

What We Can Do about Depression

Change Starts with Us

Groundbreaking Suicide Study

A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about ways to treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be able to participate in a trial that draws from other successful interventions for depression and suicide. One of the treatments being tested was developed with the help of other patients.

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide

NIMH Twitter Chat on Depression and the Development of Novel Medication

Ketamine: breakthrough therapy for depression

Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.

Families and communities want to know how to prevent future tragedies resulting from mental illness, but these basic steps just make good sense in a compassionate community.

  • Fill the gaps in our community mental health care systems. That includes the creation and promotion of crisis services and partnerships between mental health professionals and all first responders.
  • Improve communications between mental health professionals, individuals receiving care, and their families. Mental health privacy is important, but health care privacy laws should not stand in the way of coordinated information and action in a crisis.
  • Talk about it—within families as well as with teachers, clergy, students and community leaders. Encourage conversation about mental health, about what we are experiencing and what we can do to help. By doing so, we create and promote the space for open and honest dialogue that saves lives.”

Risks Associated With First-episode Psychosis

NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research

The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

NIMH director Thomas Insel, M.D., discussed the promise of brain science over the next decade at a NIH press conference announcing the launch of 58 projects under the BRAIN Initiative, September 30, 2014.

NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

From Chaos to Hope: A Family’s Odyssey with Schizophrenia

Seared into Randye Kaye’s memory is a terrifying day in 2003 when she rushed 21-year-old Ben to the emergency room of the local hospital near her home in Connecticut and told the front desk, “My son is having a psychotic break.”

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.

Mental Health: Men and Depression

Howie Mandel wants to make mental health care as common as dental care

The Consequences of Mental Illness

For Millennials, Mental Health Is a Catch-22

Employment and Mental Illness: Investing in Programs that Work

…the reality in America is that many people with mental illness are either unemployed or underemployed. Bouts of illness, difficulty concentrating, trouble communicating with co-workers, medical appointments and absences from work can make getting and keeping a job difficult. Stigma and discrimination can also be great barriers to overcome.

A Groundbreaking Commitment to Psychiatric Research

Promise and Patience in Understanding the Brain

There is a growing recognition in both the U.S. and Europe that a fundamental understanding of how the brain works is an urgent priority.

Please Like Me, a TV Comedy with a Social Action Twist

Shadows in the SunBook review: Shadows in the Sun

In a culture where family reputation is all, and expression of emotional pain is taboo, mental illness is seen as a personal failing, a curse by the evil eye or possession.