For mentally ill, words can do damage


By Pamela Field / For the Sun-News Posted:   09/10/2012 12:17:56 AM MDT We need to get rid of the “D” word.Deranged that is. Usually everyone has an opinion about what might cause “lone shooter killings.” And words like wackjob, deranged, nutcase start appearing. Consider the article in the Albuquerque Journal, July 28, 2012 by … Continue reading For mentally ill, words can do damage

Improved Access/Services for Veterans, Service Members & Families


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order directing key federal departments to expand suicide prevention strategies and take steps to meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for veterans, service members, and their families. Ensuring that all veterans, Active, Guard, and Reserve service members … Continue reading Improved Access/Services for Veterans, Service Members & Families

Couple’s Therapy Helps PTSD


Couple’s Therapy Appears to Decrease PTSD Symptoms, Improve Relationship CHICAGO – Among couples in which one partner was diagnosed as having post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), participation in disorder-specific couple therapy resulted in decreased PTSD symptom severity and increased patient relationship satisfaction, compared with couples who were placed on a wait list for the therapy, … Continue reading Couple’s Therapy Helps PTSD

Untreated Psychosis and Violence: It’s Not a Stigma if it’s True


Susan Inman Author, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity People with untreated psychotic disorders have a higher rate of violence than do the general population. The word “untreated” can’t be overemphasized. People whose severe mental illnesses are treated do not commit more violent acts than do other people. Acknowledging this reality … Continue reading Untreated Psychosis and Violence: It’s Not a Stigma if it’s True

Colorado Tragedy: What Families Are Asking


Monday, July 23, 2012 By Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director Along with so many other Americans, NAMI members have been saddened by the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. in which 12 people were slain and 58 wounded in a theater at the premiere of a Batman movie. NAMI does not speculate about mental illness or other factors … Continue reading Colorado Tragedy: What Families Are Asking

Tracking Symptoms of Mental Illness? There’s an App for That


By Stephanie Corkett, NAMI Communications Intern With the ever increasing number of downloadable mobile applications, for smart phones a beneficial app can sometimes get lost in the masses. Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be a problem for WhatsMyM3, a new mobile health app that asks a series of questions to determine whether users exhibit symptoms … Continue reading Tracking Symptoms of Mental Illness? There’s an App for That

State hospital needed for southern New Mexico


By Pamela Field / For the Sun-News Posted:   07/19/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT Imagine being in a sheriff’s car, handcuffed, driving the backroads through Carrizozo, at record speed with one bathroom break to Las Vegas, New Mexico. At the same time, imagine the possibility of a voice or voices saying,”You’re going to be killed,” or … Continue reading State hospital needed for southern New Mexico

Schizophrenia Survey


Summary Courtesy of NAMI   June 10, 2008 This report, presented here in PDF format, represents NAMI’s analysis and recommendations of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive among the general adult public, people living with schizophrenia, and caregivers. Imagine being homeless, or having a son or daughter who went missing and has not been heard from … Continue reading Schizophrenia Survey

Mental Health Crisis Triage Center


Crisis Triage Center By Diana Alba Soular/dalba@lcsun-news.com Posted:   07/12/2012 05:51:23 PM MDT LAS CRUCES — Officials on Thursday marked the start of construction on a $2 million facility — the first of its kind in New Mexico — meant to help Doña Ana County’s mentally ill residents stay out of jail. They touted the … Continue reading Mental Health Crisis Triage Center

Treating Mental Illness in Children


Tough Choices By Douglas Bradley, NAMI HelpLine Coordinator Having a child diagnosed with mental illness is difficult for parents, but choosing a particular treatment can be just as difficult. Every mother and father wants his/her child to be well, but since any treatment (or lack of treatment) has potential side effects, deciding on a therapy … Continue reading Treating Mental Illness in Children