Should PTSD be described as injury rather than disorder?

Pamela Field, For the Sun-News 1:03 a.m. MDT June 1, 2016 According to reports, 37 percent of active duty personnel feel that seeking mental health care would probably or definitely hurt their careers. I was moved to tears when I heard Linda Stanley, a former career Air Force officer speak at a psychiatric nursing conference in Las Vegas, … Continue reading Should PTSD be described as injury rather than disorder?

Reader View: Here’s to meaningful behavioral health reform

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 7:00 pm The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View By Pam Field I have been doing a lot of thinking on why I think New Mexico missed out on an opportunity for meaningful mental health care reform after agencies came under investigation for potential fraud, causing Medicaid dollars to be … Continue reading Reader View: Here’s to meaningful behavioral health reform

NAMI-DAC Chapter Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions

NAMI-DAC Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions Las Cruces Sun-News (NM) – 7/31/2015 July 31–LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces resident Daisuke Alba, 21, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2014, said living with his mental health condition has been humiliating. “Anybody else can focus and be a steady person in all aspects of their life, … Continue reading NAMI-DAC Chapter Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions

Orlando Tragedy

We Stand with Those Affected by the Orlando Tragedy My name is Micah Pearson, and I am the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Doña Ana County Affiliate (NAMI-DAC). I just returned from the beautiful and powerful Candlelight Vigil honoring the lives of the Orlando LGBTQ victims put on by local organizations like PFLAG Las Cruces and Equality New … Continue reading Orlando Tragedy

Those bereaved by suicide too often struggle in silence

Pamela Field 1:02 a.m. MDT April 1, 2016 While psychiatric clinicians have been trained to talk to someone about suicide, friends and family members often shy away from it, as if it is contagious. Often people who know a survivor of suicide have difficulty talking about it to that person or anyone. While psychiatric clinicians have been … Continue reading Those bereaved by suicide too often struggle in silence

Twice-monthly Family Support Group

Family Support Group Join NAMI or renew your membership here All the benefits of a free account, plus: Receive the NAMI Advocate magazine. Attend the National Convention at a discount rate. Online access to member-only content. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, Peace Lutheran Church, Missouri and Locust NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support … Continue reading Twice-monthly Family Support Group

Weekly Connection Recovery Support Group

Connection Recovery Support Join NAMI or renew your membership here All the benefits of a free account, plus: Receive the NAMI Advocate magazine. Attend the National Convention at a discount rate. Online access to member-only content. Connection Recovery Support – every Monday, 7 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive (Solano at Wofford). Check … Continue reading Weekly Connection Recovery Support Group

Sun News Article on Schizophrenia Mortality

Las Cruces Sun News, February 1, 2016 A recent article in JAMA Psychiatry contained a study involving 1.1 million people with schizophrenia, which showed they were 3.5 times more likely to die prematurely than the general population. (Photo: Courtesy) The lifespan of a chronically mentally ill person has been estimated to be 25 to 28 years shorter … Continue reading Sun News Article on Schizophrenia Mortality