NAMI Mourns Fred Frese, Mental Health Champion

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

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

Why Asian-Americans And Pacific Islanders Don’t Go To Therapy

By Ryann Tanap | Jul. 24, 2018   I walked into my first group therapy session when I was in my early twenties. Not only was I the only Filipina-American in the room, I was the only person of color. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this made me a bit more guarded than usual. I … Continue reading Why Asian-Americans And Pacific Islanders Don’t Go To Therapy

Were you denied mental illness treatment at emergency room or discharged inappropriately?

Mental Illness Policy Org wants to hear from individuals who went to an emergency room seeking emergency treatment for a serious mental illness and were either turned away without a medical screening and injured themselves or someone else as a result of a lack of treatment,  inadequate treatment or the emergency room’s failure to admit … Continue reading Were you denied mental illness treatment at emergency room or discharged inappropriately?

Navigating A Mental Health Crisis

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

Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder. They were the sounds of many aliens all talking at once. Though I could not understand the words, I understood the harsh ridiculing tone in which these outer space beings spoke. The voices continued to taunt louder. Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I … Continue reading Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

Personal Story: Don’t Call Me Crazy

by Robert Spencer   In the light of recent events, there has been a lot of focus on mental illness and it hasn’t been positive. Studies have shown that people living with mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the perpetrators, but that doesn’t stop some in society … Continue reading Personal Story: Don’t Call Me Crazy