It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

By Sue Abderholden | Oct. 01, 2018 At NAMI, we seek to improve the lives of those with mental illnesses and their families. We do this through education, support and advocacy. Part of advocacy is changing laws, and also public attitudes. Every civil and human rights movement has had to do both to make progress. The mental health … Continue reading It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

NAMI Urges People To #Vote4MentalHealth On Election Day

On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Americans will go to the polls on Election Day, determining the future of mental health care across the nation. Today’s candidates are tomorrow’s elected officials. And elected officials (district attorneys, county commissioners, governors, members of Congress, etc.) play a role in deciding what mental health services and supports are available in … Continue reading NAMI Urges People To #Vote4MentalHealth On Election Day

NAMI And Others File Lawsuit Against The Short-Term, Limited Duration Plan Final Rule

9/14/2018 In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do … Continue reading NAMI And Others File Lawsuit Against The Short-Term, Limited Duration Plan Final Rule

You & NAMI-DAC Can Make a Difference

You Can Make a Difference! NAMI-DAC is a 100 percent volunteer organization. Without our volunteers, we cannot function. While we welcome all volunteers, at this time, we are looking for responsible, committed people to serve on NAMI-DAC’s board of directors in order to continue improving mental health services in Dona Ana County and southern New Mexico. … Continue reading You & NAMI-DAC Can Make a Difference

NAMI Mourns Fred Frese, Mental Health Champion

7/17/2018 It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that NAMI learned Fred Frese of Hudson, Ohio passed away last night. In recent months, Fred had been in failing health—a devastating demonstration of the toll medical co-morbidities can have on those with mental illness. Fred’s legacy within NAMI is enormous. He served two separate … Continue reading NAMI Mourns Fred Frese, Mental Health Champion

How Being An Iranian Immigrant Affected My Mental Health

By Yasaman Gheidi | Jul. 09, 2018   When I was young, my family and I moved from Iran to America, the land of opportunity. I left behind friends, family, delicious food, a language I spoke and understood—a life that made sense. Suddenly, I was a young child entering sixth grade in a foreign land and unprepared for … Continue reading How Being An Iranian Immigrant Affected My Mental Health

NAMI’s New President Outlines Priorities For Serious Mental Illness

Author: Adrienne Kennedy, MA – 7/17/2018 On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise this … Continue reading NAMI’s New President Outlines Priorities For Serious Mental Illness

Strength Over Silence: Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community

In this three-part docuseries, NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery. Barbershop Confessions In The Big Easy Meet Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project, and learn how he uses … Continue reading Strength Over Silence: Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community

Were you denied mental illness treatment at emergency room or discharged inappropriately?

Mental Illness Policy Org wants to hear from individuals who went to an emergency room seeking emergency treatment for a serious mental illness and were either turned away without a medical screening and injured themselves or someone else as a result of a lack of treatment,  inadequate treatment or the emergency room’s failure to admit … Continue reading Were you denied mental illness treatment at emergency room or discharged inappropriately?