Each time, I was in crisis, at my life’s lowest points, looking for a path forward. Instead, I was treated like I was a threat to others safety, as if I had done something terribly wrong. Instead of receiving care, my experiences left me scarred, stalled and aimless for years afterwards.
When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions—the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?”
I write to share a ground-breaking report “Horrific deaths, brutal treatment: Mental illness in America’s jails,” published by The Virginia Pilot. In a nine-month investigation, reporter Gary Harki and several Marquette University students tracked the deaths of 404 inmates with mental illnesses since 2010. The Treatment Advocacy Center worked extensively on this piece, which reveals the brutal treatment … Continue reading Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness
Washington Post Live National Alliance on Mental Illness CEO: ‘Care is care’ when treating serious mental illness Mary Giliberti, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness, warns that serious mental illness is often referred to as the “greatest health disparity that nobody is talking about.” June 13, 2018 | 7:45 AM EDT See Washington Post … Continue reading “Care is Care” When Treating Serious Mental Illness
Join us on Tuesday, June 19, for the monthly general meeting at La Clinica de Familia, 125 S. Main St., Las Cruces. Enter the rear of the building from the parking lot on Church Street. At the May meeting, we began leaning about mental health crises, why they happen and what are some of the likely triggers. … Continue reading NAMI-DAC General Meeting
DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions—the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?” People experiencing mental illness—and the people who care for … Continue reading Navigating A Mental Health Crisis