Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act


depreby Jean Mellano Today, for the first time since Steve died by his own hand in 2015, someone said directly to me: “Suicide is a selfish act.” I was not angry or insulted, but rather very sad that people still believe this to be true. If anything, in the mind of the one who takes … Continue reading Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act

Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder


by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and … Continue reading Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

Peer Support: Helping Others, Healing Yourself


By Trish Richert | Aug. 06, 2018 No two peer support groups are the same—each is as unique as a snowflake or a finger print. A peer support group is a regular gathering of men and women with the lived experience of mental illness. Usually once each month, these individuals come together, overseen by a trained peer support … Continue reading Peer Support: Helping Others, Healing Yourself

Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness


I write to share a ground-breaking report “Horrific deaths, brutal treatment: Mental illness in America’s jails,” published by The Virginia Pilot.   In a nine-month investigation, reporter Gary Harki and several Marquette University students tracked the deaths of 404 inmates with mental illnesses since 2010. The Treatment Advocacy Center worked extensively on this piece, which reveals the brutal treatment … Continue reading Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness

An Open Letter To The Friend Who’s Always Been There


By Jennifer Pellecchia | Aug. 03, 2018 Dear Friend, I’m writing this after a rough couple weeks being stuck inside my aching head. Mental illness is no joke. Not many understand it—let alone stand by their friends who live with it. I understand this, because it can be super hard, frustrating and unfair at times to do so. … Continue reading An Open Letter To The Friend Who’s Always Been There

The Life Vest Of Support


By Kate Mallow | Aug. 13, 2018 One of the worst feelings in the world is feeling like you’re all alone. Feeling like nobody could possibly understand what you’re going through or identify with the deep, drowning pain you feel. Throughout my life and journey with mental illness, I’ve felt this way more times than I’d like to … Continue reading The Life Vest Of Support

How To Reduce Screen Time In The Digital Age


By Nina Schroder, MSW, LCSW | Aug. 10, 2018 Smartphones have transformed modern life in more ways than anyone could have imagined. They enable 24/7 access to infinite information and tools that help us stay organized, track our fitness, express ourselves and be entertained. However, easy access to these digital devices and their habit-forming qualities has led to high screen time … Continue reading How To Reduce Screen Time In The Digital Age

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

Research Opportunity: Depression


Major Depression and AV101 Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-877-646-3644 (1-877-MIND-NIH) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010]. The primary purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the oral drug AV-101 (an antagonist of the glycine receptor) versus placebo. The study aims to determine … Continue reading Research Opportunity: Depression