Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure.
7/17/2018 It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that NAMI learned Fred Frese of Hudson, Ohio passed away last night. In recent months, Fred had been in failing health—a devastating demonstration of the toll medical co-morbidities can have on those with mental illness. Fred’s legacy within NAMI is enormous. He served two separate … Continue reading NAMI Mourns Fred Frese, Mental Health Champion
NAMIWalks Shatters Previous Fundraising Record! Did you know that more than 90% of funds raised by our 80+ NAMIWalks all over the country stay with the NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates that host the events? In 2017, we hit a new all-time fundraising high with $11.3 million! Last year we raised $10.8 million. We also … Continue reading NAMIWalks, Our Biggest Fundraiser
This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Attacks on the healthcare system continue, so please contact your senators and tell them to support a bipartisan effort and protect mental health coverage for millions of Americans.
We won because of advocates like you. You called, tweeted, emailed and talked with your members of Congress about the importance of protecting mental health care. Thank you for your tireless dedication to the mental health movement.
I have been a fan of Wonder Woman, since the days of Linda Carter and always secretly wanted to possess the qualities that she had: brave, strong, caring, loving, passionate, compassionate and a will to help others, even if she had to do it alone. I realized today sitting in the theater watching Wonder Woman that I possess every quality that she has as a mental health advocate.
Join NAMI’s Virtual Hill Day and more than 1,000 NAMI advocates who will be meeting in-person on Capitol Hill telling Senators to #Act4MentalHealth on Thursday, June 29. Make a call. Send an email. Tweet.
Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) announced the nationwide expansion of their flagship teen program, Ending the Silence, due to a generous gift from Former Second Lady of the United States, Tipper Gore. The announcement comes as more than 1,600 mental health advocates from across the country head to Washington, DC this week for NAMI’s National Convention, which will be held June 28th – July 1st.
It’s important to be passionate about what we believe in and to advocate for what we think is right. But that’s different than tying our well-being and moods to political currents that constantly ebb and flow. We need to find a balance between being attached to the politics of our time and being detached from the political storm. It’s important to have our voices heard, but it is equally important to maintain our well-being.
Together, we are a movement. Our movement explains what it really means to experience mental illness. Our movement shows people experiencing mental illness that they are not alone and there is hope. While it’s a slow process, our movement is becoming louder and more persistent every time a celebrity speaks out, an article is published or an individual shares their personal story.