Reader a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) sent in a reminder that today is World Suicide Prevention Day, as part of Suicide Prevention Month. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has chapters all over the country (locator here) if you want to get involved. The document she sent includes this fact: [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.
And law enforcement officers know how foolish that would be: This week, we've learned that the Chief of the Apex police department John Letteney and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Daniel E. Bailey, Jr., have partnered with NAMI North Carolina and its affiliates to stand up for all mental health patients in the state. Show More Summary
Submitted by Charlton Stanley (Otteray Scribe) guest blogger What is wrong with this picture? According to figures obtained from the Department of Justice, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) reports that back in 1999, sixteen percent of the prisoners in State and Federal jails and prisons had a diagnosable major mental illness. These […]
Here are some links to some thought-provoking articles about psychiatry. Our colleague and friend, Dr. Steven Sharfstein writes in the Baltimore Sun that keeping guns from the mentally ill will decease suicide rates. I'll agree with him, and add that keeping guns from everyone will decrease suicide rates even more. Show More Summary
I was very recently invited to be on the Board of Directors for the Utah division of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and attended my first meeting last week. NAMI Utah exists primarily to advocate for not only those who suffer mental illness but also for the families and friends of those who suffer. Show More Summary
The Fall edition of the NAMI Advocate (2012) contains an interesting article by NAMI Communications Coordinator Brendan McLean entitled “The Hope for Mental Illness Research: Dr. Tom Insel Shares the Latest Data at NAMI Convention.” But it wasn’t the discussion about research that piqued my interest. Instead, it was what Dr. Insel said about stigma [...]
Back before my life became a Telenovela – which may or may not be an insult to Telenovelas everywhere – I’d signed up to do the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk in Chicago. In case you’re unawares, I’ve been working with mental illness-y stuff for over two years at Band Back Together, trying [...]
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an invisible wound and soldiers with PTSD should be considered for Purple Heart medals, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) urged yesterday as it launched a special report Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families. Show More Summary
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots advocacy organization, released a report Thursday calling for the military to make service members with combat-related post-traumatic stress and other psychological injuries eligible to receive the Purple Heart.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is releasing a report Thursday morning calling on the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate barriers to mental health care and make better use of local care in the treatment of service members, veterans and their families. Read full article >>
Click on image to donate! See which Shrink Rapper has attracted the most donations. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Show More Summary
Pfizer funded the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in order to turn the nonprofit into a "Trojan Horse" that would promote the antipsychotic drug Geodon for off-label use in children, according to a former pharmaceutical sales rep. Show More Summary
My wife and I and one of our neighbor friends spent part of our weekend in Lafayette, Indiana training to become NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group facilitators. We’re planning to start a support group in our town, Crawfordsville, Indiana later this spring and offer a Family-to-Family course in the fall. I’ve been [...]
If a loved one with mental illness or suspected mental illness is arrested, the goal is to transition the person as quickly as possible from the legal system to the healthcare system. The Los Angeles NAMI Criminal Justice Committee has posted a very thorough seven-step guide to help families navigate the criminal justice system in [...]
Today, Shock Girl tells us how we can break the silence on mental illness. Do your part to raise awareness. Please consider attending this important event, on September 24. Thank you. Hat tip to Nami Dearest
In a letter that could’ve been written in virtually any state by any National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) representative, NAMI Delaware executive director Matthew Stehl and president Mary Berger recently wrote an op-ed for Delaware’s leading newspaper, The News Journal. In the opinion piece, Stehl and Berger decry the lack of adequate funding for [...]
Research Study Trying to Improve Depressive Symptoms Quickly Several medications are effective for treating depression; however, they take weeks or months to achieve their full effects. NIMH (the National Institute of Mental Healt...
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has published a crisis intervention team (CIT) manual for families, police, schools, mental health professionals and others to build local programs to help youth with mental illness. The 150-page "CIT for Youth" manual is available here and recommended to civic leaders working with schools and police. Show More Summary
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, by grassroots advocacy for public health policy and funding that supports awareness, education, and advocacy...Show More Summary
Last week, I attended a NAMI problem-solving workshop for people who have family members with serious mental illness, including bipolar disorder. The tone of the workshop was fairly low. Many attendees were feeling the strain of dealing with some very difficult situations. Near the end of the workshop, the leader went around the room and [...]