Bridging the Gap Between Secular and Spiritual: Mental Illness & Faith

By Laura Greenstein | Aug. 03, 2015 “At the end of a service I ask everyone to rise if they or someone they love lives with a mental illness, and almost everyone stands,” said Barbara F. Meyers, a Unitarian minister during the NAMI FaithNet panel. Three distinguished panelists led a session at the 2015 NAMI … Continue reading Bridging the Gap Between Secular and Spiritual: Mental Illness & Faith

Compassionate Care in the Emergency Room

By Colleen Duewel | Jun. 05, 2015 Results from NAMI’s 2014 survey on Emergency Room (ER) visits for families and individuals who had a psychiatric emergency.   “The nurses and doctor I came into contact with were not sympathetic to my mental health crisis and did nothing to ease my anxiety or fears instead threatening … Continue reading Compassionate Care in the Emergency Room

How Do We Fix America’s Mental Health Care System?

By Shaye McCualey | Mar. 12, 2015 Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream At the end of February at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Hill hosted a event on the economic and human consequences of policies that limit access to treatment to mental health services. The event, entitled Fixing America’s Mental Healthcare System, featured … Continue reading How Do We Fix America’s Mental Health Care System?

Say It Out Loud: Tools for Talking With Teens

One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Many cite fear of negative perceptions as a major factor in choosing not to speak up. Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations … Continue reading Say It Out Loud: Tools for Talking With Teens

Your Teenager: Just Moody… or Something More?

By Ken Duckworth | Feb. 25, 2015 “Is my teen normal?” As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and father of 3 teenagers myself,  I get asked this question by people in my community all the time—at the grocery store, at the community pool and at cookouts. It’s pretty clear to me this is an important … Continue reading Your Teenager: Just Moody… or Something More?

Talking CIT and NAMI on Capitol Hill

By Laura Usher, NAMI CIT Program Manager Testifying before Congress can be a nerve-wracking experience. For NAMI member and police officer A.D. Paul, the challenge was telling his story in less than five minutes. Sgt. Paul is with the Plano, Texas Police Department and is helping to lead Texas’ efforts to expand crisis intervention teams … Continue reading Talking CIT and NAMI on Capitol Hill