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New monthly meeting
Our newest addition is NAMI of Southern Dona Ana County. This meeting serves people located in the area of Anthony, Santa Theresa, Chaparrel, and Sunland Park. This group is looking for new members so if you, or someone you care about, have a diagnosed mental illness, please consider attending NAMI-SDAC meetings. Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:15 pm and are located at La Frontera 880 N. MAIN ST SUITE 3A ANTHONY, NM 88021 US
NOTE! NAMI Connection has been rescheduled from Thursday to Monday nights beginning with the meeting on Monday, June 30. All meetings are at 7 pm.
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.”
NAMI is conducting a survey, the NAMI Schizophrenia and Personal Technology Tools Survey Initiative to help us better understand the needs of those with mental health conditions. We invite people with schizophrenia to participate in this confidential 10-minute survey.
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.”
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.
Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney talks to an inmate in an isolation cell Tuesday at the jail in Madison, Wis. At the Dane County Jail, inmates with serious mental illnesses are routinely kept in similar cells for lack of an alternative. Morry Gash/The Associated Press
…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.
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.
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.