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Veronica Hughes receives NAMI award

Interim Director of Nursing Veronica Hughes received an award from NAMI-DONA ANA (NAMI-DAC) President Pamela Field on November 18.  Hughes is described as hands-on, touching lives everyday at Mesilla Valley Hospital. “Being a nurse myself, having a director of nursing called hands-on is most impressive to me,”said Field.

Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Former NIMH Grantee Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry Courtesy Stanford University Former NIMH grantee Brian K. Kobilka, MD, of Stanford University has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He shares the award with Robert J. Lefkowitz of Duke University for explaining the communication system that the human body uses to send messages to cells.…
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Exemplar Award for Sue Campbell

Sue Campbell Receives Award NAMI-DAC President Pamela Field on left and Sue Campbell on right On September 18, Sue Campbell received the first annual exemplar award from NAMI-DAC.  Campbell, a case manager at Community of Hope, Las Cruces,has given her heart and soul and untold hours in helping homeless people in Las Cruces.  In July…
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Genetic Switch Involved in Depression

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health September 10, 2012 The activity of a single gene sets in motion some of the brain changes seen in depression, according to a new study. The finding suggests a promising target for potential therapies. Raising expression of the Gata1 gene decreases the number of neuron connections…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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