10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Work can play a vital role in recovery–it gives the day purpose.  As a volunteer or employee finishing a project, meeting new people, learning new skills and sharing ideas can give us a feeling of accomplishment. All of these things work to boost our self-esteem and motivate us to stay well and enjoy recovery. However, … Continue reading 10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

A Misfortune Not a Crime

According to a new report, there are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons and county jails than there are in state mental hospitals. How can this be acceptable care for people with mental illness? NIMH Director Dr. Insel discusses this issue. By Thomas Insel, April 11, 2014 Despite careful monitoring … Continue reading A Misfortune Not a Crime

Most Individuals Receive Health Services a Year Before Suicide Death

March 27, 2014 • Science Update Undetected suicide risk is a critical issue in primary care. According to a NIMH-funded study published in the February 2014 issue of theJournal of General Internal Medicine, 83 percent of individuals received health care services in the year prior to suicide death and half did not have a mental health diagnosis… Significance … Continue reading Most Individuals Receive Health Services a Year Before Suicide Death

Monthly NAMI-DAC General Meeting

NAMI-DAC General Meeting Join NAMI or renew your membership here All the benefits of a free account, plus: Receive the NAMI Advocate magazine. Attend the National Convention at a discount rate. Online access to member-only content. Third Tuesday of the month, Board of Directors meets at 5:30 pm and the General Meeting begins at 6:30 … Continue reading Monthly NAMI-DAC General Meeting

Predicting Future Psychosis

Scalp EEG Test May Be Able to Predict Future Psychosis March 17, 2014 Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D. The clinical symptoms currently used to predict a patient’s risk of future psychosis fail two-thirds of the time. Only one-in-three people identified by clinical criteria as being at risk actually developed a psychotic disorder in a three-year follow-up … Continue reading Predicting Future Psychosis

NAMI Celebrates Victory-access to psychiatric meds

NAMI Celebrates Victory in Preserving Medicare Part D Access to Psychiatric Medications ARLINGTON, Va., March 10, 2014 — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today issued the following statement by NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that it will not move … Continue reading NAMI Celebrates Victory-access to psychiatric meds

Suicide in the Military

Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors March 3, 2014 • Press Release The largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel today released its first findings related to suicide attempts and deaths in a series of three JAMA Psychiatryarticles. Findings from The Army Study to … Continue reading Suicide in the Military

Helping Our Military Personnel (NAMI Homefront)

NAMI Homefront New Education Program For Military/Veteran Families Dec 18 2013 ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is launching a new program to provide education and support to families of Military Service Members and Veterans affected by major mental health conditions. “NAMI Homefront” is based on the evidence-based NAMI … Continue reading Helping Our Military Personnel (NAMI Homefront)

First Up, Mental Illness

SundayReview|OP-ED COLUMNIST JAN. 4, 2014 Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times Post-traumatic stress disorder is commonly diagnosed in war veterans, like this 28-year-old who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The National Institutes of Health says a quarter of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Todd Heisler/The New York Times  THOSE of … Continue reading First Up, Mental Illness

When you think you need a cop

Read this NAMI recommends reading this well in advance of your need to call the police if your loved one is in crisis. Inform the Officer, then Step Back Most, if not all, of our Las Cruces police officers are trained in crisis intervention.  While this article was written in response to this question, “Q: … Continue reading When you think you need a cop