NAMI is a Proud Partner on the Be Vocal Speak Up Project

Today marks the release of The Be Vocal Documentary. This powerful documentary follows three very different people who share one common experience—their lives have been transformed by speaking up for mental health. The film, which can be streamed on the Be Vocal website, chronicles their efforts to live well and break through the silence often associated with mental illness. Special thanks to the film’s executive producer, Demi Lovato!

Deep Brain Stimulation

What is Deep Brain Stimulation? This is from the Mayo Clinic Click here to see clip of a young woman’s persistent major depression being treated with deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or, the electrical impulses can affect certain … Continue reading Deep Brain Stimulation

This Wounded Bird Can Still Fly

*TRIGGER WARNING* 01.21.16 This story begins when I was a freshman in high school. But typing out my life’s story from then until now would take a little while. So, to compromise, I’ll fast forward two years later – Junior year of high school. Throughout this time in my life I was dabbling in a … Continue reading This Wounded Bird Can Still Fly

Where Police Violence Encounters Mental Illness

By MATTHEW EPPERSON for the New York Times, JAN. 13, 2016 Photo Credit Yarek Waszul NEARLY 20 years ago, I was a social worker in a county jail where I first began to understand just how frequently the police deal with people with mental illnesses. Run-ins with the police were a regular occurrence for many … Continue reading Where Police Violence Encounters Mental Illness