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President Obama Signs Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

President Obama signs the Clay Hunt SAV Act, named in honor of Clay Hunt a marine who served our country honorably but suffered from PTSD and ended his life in 2011.

When It Comes to Getting Help, Culture Counts

Feb. 20, 2015 A friend of mine once told me, “Black people don’t get depressed.” Even within my own family, mental distress was perceived as a weakness, something to “snap out of” or “get over.” I didn’t think that there was anyone who would understand my experiences and so I was afraid to ask for…
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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…
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The Moral Injury

David J. Morris returned from Iraq with a case of post-traumatic stress disorder. The former Marine turned war correspondent was plagued by nightmares. His imagination careened out of control; he envisioned fireballs erupting while on trips to the mall. His emotions could go numb, but his awareness was hypervigilant. Images and smells from the war…
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NYC’s First Lady Shares Family History as She Unveils Push on Mental Health Care

By NIKITA STEWART JAN. 28, 2015 Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, revealed on Wednesday that she had been surrounded by mental illness most of her life — first as a child of parents who had depression and later as a mother of a daughter who is recovering from depression, anxiety and…
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Caregivers Need Support to Improve Mental Health

by Pamela Field “What happens when I die,” asked Susan Michelson, Las Cruces parent of a daughter with a brain disorder, and family support group facilitator of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness group. Michelson and I met last month and, while the atmosphere around us was full of holiday spirit, we were deep…
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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…
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Book Review: Surrounded By Madness

Surrounded by Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets By Rachel Pruchno Dog Ear Publishing (2014) Purchase Simone McKitterick, NAMI Communications Intern *Warning: The content of this book contains topics related to suicide and may disturb some readers. “What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father’s hazel eyes and my…
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Suicide Prevention: Can We Talk?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Suicide Prevention: Can We Talk? By Jacqueline Feldman, M.D., NAMI Associate Medical Director Of all the topics in mental health, one of the most difficult to consider is suicide. People contemplating it often do not speak directly of it. Families are surprised, stunned, mortified, angry, and devastated in the face of…
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An Open Letter from a Mom to a Teen

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 When I Stand In Your Shoes: An Open Letter from a Mom to a Teen By Nina Bingham I’m going to say to you what I wish I’d gotten a chance to say to my daughter. In 2013 she took her own life at the age of 15 due to severe depression.…
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