NAMI Urges People To #Vote4MentalHealth On Election Day

On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Americans will go to the polls on Election Day, determining the future of mental health care across the nation. Today’s candidates are tomorrow’s elected officials. And elected officials (district attorneys, county commissioners, governors, members of Congress, etc.) play a role in deciding what mental health services and supports are available in … Continue reading NAMI Urges People To #Vote4MentalHealth On Election Day

College Students Of Color: Overcoming Mental Health Challenges

By Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH | Jul. 16, 2018   July is Minority Mental Health Month which provides an ideal opportunity to talk about the mental health of young people of color. Our country is becoming more and more diverse—the proportion of children of color are projected to become the majority by 2020 and people of color are expected … Continue reading College Students Of Color: Overcoming Mental Health Challenges

How Being An Iranian Immigrant Affected My Mental Health

By Yasaman Gheidi | Jul. 09, 2018   When I was young, my family and I moved from Iran to America, the land of opportunity. I left behind friends, family, delicious food, a language I spoke and understood—a life that made sense. Suddenly, I was a young child entering sixth grade in a foreign land and unprepared for … Continue reading How Being An Iranian Immigrant Affected My Mental Health

Strength Over Silence: Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community

In this three-part docuseries, NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery. Barbershop Confessions In The Big Easy Meet Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project, and learn how he uses … Continue reading Strength Over Silence: Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community

5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018   I’m a helper. Over the years, I’ve supported those living with serious and persistent mental illness, people with substance use disorders and survivors of rape and other traumas. Each day, people come to me with their biggest worries and their biggest wins. They look to me for insight, … Continue reading 5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

A Therapist’s Journey: Learning The Art Of Self-Soothing

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 04, 2018   One day, I was standing on the back of my pickup truck and throwing away trash at the town dump when I had an experience that’s hard to describe. My head was swimming, my body felt electrified and I felt detached from the world and myself. A memory then … Continue reading A Therapist’s Journey: Learning The Art Of Self-Soothing

New Initiative Helps Keep People With Mental Illness Out Of Jail

5/9/2018 NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically … Continue reading New Initiative Helps Keep People With Mental Illness Out Of Jail

Changing Student Attitudes About Mental Health Conditions: NAMI Ending the Silence

PsycARTICLES: Journal Article Wahl, Otto,Rothman, Jennifer,Brister, Teri,Thompson, Corrie Stigma and Health, Feb 01 , 2018 One strategy for improvement of understanding and acceptance of mental health conditions is to provide mental health education for young people. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ending the Silence (ETS) is a presentation designed for this purpose. Because it is … Continue reading Changing Student Attitudes About Mental Health Conditions: NAMI Ending the Silence

The Largest Health Disparity We Donʼt Talk About

Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without. By Dhruv Khullar For the New York Times May 30, 2018 Death and Mental Illness Patients with schizophrenia are at a greater risk of dying at any given age than the population at large, and this disparity has been increasing I … Continue reading The Largest Health Disparity We Donʼt Talk About