National Survey Finds Depression Costs Nearly Tripled for Individuals with Limited Access to Care
Individuals with depression and limited access to treatment incurred an average of nearly three times the annual out-of-pocket costs for medication, psychotherapy, and other treatment costs than individuals with less restricted access according to results of a new survey.
Credit card debt and other negative social consequences attributable to depression further contributed more than $13,500 in out-of-pocket costs. However, results reveal that the costs of depression are not just financial, but social. Read More...
SAMHSA to Hold National Anti-Stigma Campaign Regional Meetings
In the war against stigma, the federal government will soon officially launch its National Anti-Stigma Campaign (NASC), with public service announcements (PSAs) developed in conjunction with the U.S. Ad Council.
Based on the recommendation of the President New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2003, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is organizing the campaign. The NASC aims to improve the general understanding of mental illnesses, promote recovery, and encourage help-seeking behavior across the age span. But the agency needs grassroots support from a broad coalition of mental health organizations to make it work. Read more...
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist
NAMI is pleased to be working with the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists, who were honored at the 2006 NAMI Convention, to offer a section on the NAMI Web site where Psychiatric Pharmacists write and answer questions that they experience in the course of their work with individuals with mental illness.
I have been taking my antidepressant medication for about five months now. I feel great. All of my symptoms seem to be gone. Is it OK for me to stop taking my medication? Read More...
NAMI.org Celebrates 10 Years!
Before there was Google, Hotmail, iPods or blogs, there was a home for NAMI on the Web.
NAMI launched its first site in 1996, when the Web was still in its infancy. Ten years later, the Web has become not only a mainstay of society, but also of how NAMI is achieving its mission.
Today at NAMI, more than ever, the Web is important not only as a way to provide information and support but also as a way for the thousands who visit each day to take action and make a difference in the lives of people affected by serious mental illness.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of NAMI online, we have assembled a timeline as a reminder of how far we have all come in a few short years. Read More...