Strength Over Silence


Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community In this ongoing docuseries, NAMI highlights perspectives on mental health from the African American and Latinx communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their resilience and recovery. New interviews are added as they become available. See all of them here.

7 Health Organizations File Appeal Challenging Decision On Short-Term, Limited-Duration Junk Insurance Plans


Groups Say These Inadequate Plans Undermine Consumer Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions, May Discriminate On Age, Gender Or Health Status 7/29/2019 Contact: Josh Dorner, jdorner@skdknick.com Washington, DC—The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America, American Psychiatric Association (APA), AIDS United, National Partnership for Women & Families, … Continue reading 7 Health Organizations File Appeal Challenging Decision On Short-Term, Limited-Duration Junk Insurance Plans

Joshua A Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

NIMH Director: I’m Optimistic about Depression


By Joshua Gordon on May 13, 2019 As Lydia* walked into my office, I could see all was not well with her even before she sat down. She moved slowly, much more so than would be expected for a woman in her early 60s. Her face was impassive and didn’t display any of the usual warmth, curiosity, … Continue reading NIMH Director: I’m Optimistic about Depression

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services Struggle with Demand after Celebrity Suicides


NIH study identifies importance of support for critical suicide prevention services April 30, 2019 • Press Release The United States may lack the resources needed to meet increases in demand for suicide prevention services that occur after celebrity suicides, according to a recent study of crisis mental health services. The study, conducted by a team of researchers, … Continue reading Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services Struggle with Demand after Celebrity Suicides

Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates


“The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” said study author Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., a clinical scientist in the NIMH Intramural Research Program. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”

When Discrimination Starts In Elementary School


Over a decade ago, I received a frantic call from my son’s elementary school principal that Luke was “out of control again,” and “used a pencil as a deadly weapon to jab his teacher in the arm.” He told me that the police were on their way, and if I didn’t get there soon, they were going to have him arrested for assault. My son was six years old at the time.

When I Was Fired After Medical Leave


By Amy Taylor, MS, CTRS | Mar. 13, 2019 I experienced discrimination after disclosing my bipolar disorder to an employer. I was working for a state agency that serves thousands of disabled adults. At first, it seemed like a perfect fit. I was a social services specialist, and my job was to assess clients in the nursing home and assist … Continue reading When I Was Fired After Medical Leave