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Press Release Archive

2014

AUGUST

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, VA Senator Creigh Deeds, other Mental Health Advocates to Urge Congress to Pass Comprehensive Mental Mealth Legislation as Part of NAMI's "National Day of Action" for Mental Health
NAMI announced that it will launch a National Day of Action for Mental Health on Thursday, September 4th during its annual convention in Washington, DC. As part of the National Day of Action, conference attendees will visit Capitol Hill offices to urge legislators to pass comprehensive mental health reform legislation.

Connect 4 Mental Health® Announces 2014 Community Innovation Awards Call for Entries
Nationwide initiative will honor local programs implementing approaches designed to positively impact those with serious mental illness and their communities

JULY

Mental Illness: NAMI Report Deplores 80 Percent Unemployment Rate; State Rates and Ranks Listed—Model Legislation Proposed
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, according to a report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

JUNE

Broadcasters Announce Record On-Air Support for Mental Health Initiative
As broadcasters' one year commitment to the campaign concludes, NAB announced that the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) will assume management of OK2TALK, and continue to support the growing online community of those who have sought help through the campaign's Tumblr page, OK2TALK.org.

Tune-in to Hear Why It's Time to Take Action on Children's Mental Health
Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, with one in five children affected by mental illness and often not getting treatment for years. To help children and their families, schools and communities, the Cigna Foundation is sponsoring and co-hosting a forum and webcast today with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The forum will provide steps that teachers, parents and health care professionals can take to address the growing mental health crisis among youth.

MAY

NAMI Calls on President Obama for Urgent Action Following Resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary
NAMI called President Obama's decision to accept the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki "a powerful message" of the need for change—that must now be followed by urgent action to nominate as General Shinseki's successor a "proven leader who has a demonstrated commitment to timely access to quality mental health care."

NAMI Statement: The Santa Barbara Tragedy; What Can Communities and Families Do?
NAMI shares the sadness of other Americans over the Santa Barbara tragedy and extends our sympathy to the families of all who were killed or wounded. It is important to closely examine each case and determine what contributed to the tragedy when clear facts often emerge slowly.

APRIL

NAMI Calls on Congress to Promote Nationwide Expansion of Police Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling for nationwide expansion of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to reduce fatal events involving police and people living with mental illness.

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists for Inspirational Work in the Mental Health Field
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will honor 23 doctors as Exemplary Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual conference in New York City on May 4.NAMI's annual Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards honor doctors who go "an extra mile" in their commitment to providing excellent mental health care.

NAMI Statement: The Fort Hood Tragedy
Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), issued the following statement in response the tragedy at Fort Hood on April 2.

MARCH

NAMI Joins with Saddleback Church and Catholic Diocese to Bring Together Religious Leaders and Health Experts for Mental Health Education—Event Has National Significance
The evangelical Saddleback Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and NAMI Orange County, the local NAMI Affiliate, are co-sponsoring the event, aimed at encouraging individuals living with mental illness, educating family members and equipping church leaders to provide effective, compassionate ministry to those who confront mental illness. "The Gathering will focus on individuals and families in the Orange County community, but it is nationally significant as a model for outreach that unifies spiritual inspiration with mental health needs. It also represents a powerful trumpet call for an end to stigma," said NAMI national executive director Mary Giliberti.

NAMI Calls Mental Health Crisis a "Double Whammy," Shortages Exist for Both Beds and Services
"Hospital beds for individuals with mental illness who experience acute crisis are a necessary element for America's mental health care system, but there are not enough beds. Supply does not meet demand. It is not just patients who are in crisis; it is the system as well.

NAMI Celebrates Victory in Preserving Medicare Part D Access to Psychiatric Medications
HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it has heard the concerns of people living with mental illness and others over the elimination of three protected drug classifications under Medicare Part D.

FEBRUARY

Interview with Actress Halle Berry
Actress Halle Berry talks about her new movie, Frankie & Alice, mental illness and hope in NAMI interview.

2013

DECEMBER

NAMI Homefront; New Education Program for Military/Veteran Families
Education and support initiative will help families of military service members and veterans who confront mental health challenges.

NAMI Names Mary Giliberti as New Executive Director
Giliberti will assume her duties on Jan. 2, 2014. She succeeds Michael Fitzpatrick, who a year ago announced his intention to step down as executive director at the end of 2013.

NOVEMBER

“NAMI Ending the Silence” is a national mental health education program for high school students, based on real-life experiences
Free 50-minute presentations are designed to complement health, science or psychology classes and are typically presented in the freshman or sophomore year of high school.

Celebrate! Final Parity Regulations under Mental Health Care Law are a "Crowning Achievement" in Ending Insurance Discrimination; Statement of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick issued the following statement on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NAMI Offers Toolkit to College Students, Faculty, Coaches for Mental Health Education on Campus
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering college students and others a special toolkit to increase mental health education on college campuses.

OCTOBER

NAMI Applauds NFL's Brandon Marshall for Wearing Pink and Green in Game between Chicago Bears and New York Giants
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will wear green cleats during the Thursday, Oct. 10 NFL game against the New York Giants to raise awareness for mental illness.

SEPTEMBER

Navy Shipyard Tragedy: NAMI Calls on Congress for Immediate Action on Mental Health
In the wake of the Navy Yard tragedy, NAMI has called on the President and Congress to act immediately on mental health legislation that has been stalled since the collapse of the gun debate earlier this year.

The Navy Yard Tragedy: Mental Health Concerns
"NAMI shares the anguish and anger of the nation at the Navy Yard tragedy in which 12 military and civilian people died and several others were wounded. We extend our sympathy to their families. Facts still are emerging, with the news media reporting some from unnamed sources. Mental health problems may be a factor in the rampage by the gunman; however, it is important not to speculate on medical diagnoses."

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Psychiatric Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness Not Amused by DC Comics Contest
We are disappointed that DC Comics has decided to host a contest looking for artists to develop ways to depict suicide attempts by one of its main villains – Harley Quinn.We believe that instead of making light of suicide, DC Comics could have used this opportunity to host a contest looking for artists to depict a hopeful message that there is help for those in crisis.

NAMI Wins National Honor for "You Are Not Alone" Public Education Campaign on Mental Illness
PR News has named the campaign as a finalist for its annual "Platinum Awards," which cover 40 public relations categories. The NAMI campaign is considered one of the "best of the best" in communications strategies that will have large cultural impact and be referred to in years to come.

AUGUST

NAMI's Response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Allowing Execution of John Ferguson; Mental Illness Ignored
"NAMI is very disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision. It let stand what we consider to be a violation of constitutional law."

Dr. Phil and Brian Williams: You Can Do Better; Listen to President Obama about Ending Stigma
It has been a bad two weeks for Americans with concerns about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. For all the progress that has been made in recent years, Dr. Phil of the CBS Distribution Network and Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News, through televised comments, perpetuated cruel and inaccurate stereotypes about people living with mental illness.

JULY

Mental Health Experts Call on U.S. Supreme Court to Halt Florida Execution of John Ferguson on August 5
Amicus brief highlights Supreme Court precedent prohibiting execution of individuals whose mental illness prevents understanding of their punishment.

The Aurora Tragedy Anniversary and the White House National Dialogue on Mental Health
One year ago on July 20, Americans were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Aurora Colorado, in which 12 people were killed and 70 wounded. This weekend on July 20, Albuquerque and Sacramento will hold forums as part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health. A third forum will be held in New York City on July 23.

NAMI Re-elects Keris Myrick as National Board President; New Board Members Hail From Colorado, Florida, Montana and New Mexico.
The Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has re-elected Keris Jan Myrick, Ph.D.c of California to a second one-year term as the national organization's Board President.

JUNE

NAMIBikes "Fight Stigma and Ride" in Sun Valley on July 7; New Idaho Event to Help People Affected by Mental Illness
NAMI Wood River Valley, an Idaho affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is proud to announce that a new event in Idaho to raise awareness about mental illness, treatment and recovery.

NAMI Statement: The White House Conference on Mental Health
NAMI is grateful for both the opportunity to participate in the conference directly and to have shared information and expertise for resources, including the Obama administration's new www.mentalhealth.gov website, which features NAMI's video interview with Yashi Brown as a voice for hope and recovery. We also look forward to our partnership with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and North American Interfraternity Council (NIC), cited by the White House, for presentations on approximately 800 campuses starting this fall.

MAY

NAMI Report—State Medicaid Expansions Will Strengthen Mental Health Care, Gain Billions in Federal Dollars
Up to 30 percent of currently uninsured adults who would receive health care coverage through state Medicaid expansions are individuals living with mental illness, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported today.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Added to National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs
NAMI is pleased to announce that the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program has been added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Arizona's Medicaid Restoration will Cover 49,000 People Living with Mental Illness; Rejection Has $10 Billion Opportunity Cost
Forty-nine thousand—12 percent—of currently uninsured adults in Arizona who would receive health care coverage through Medicaid restoration are living with mental illness, according to a national report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) scheduled for official release on May 30.

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists for "Going the Extra Mile" for Mental Health Care
NAMI will honor 20 doctors as "Exemplary Psychiatrists" at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual conference in San Francisco on May 20, 2013.

APRIL

"It's Time": NAMI Partners with Lifetime Television, including PSA and Special Website on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is partnering with Lifetime Television around the premiere of the movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film on Sat., April 20, 2013, to promote public dialogue about mental illness.

NAMI Honors Vancouver Canucks for Mental Health Awareness Campaign
NAMI has selected the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL to receive one of its highest honors for leadership in raising public awareness of mental illness.

JANUARY

NAMI Statement: The President’s Mental Health Proposals
Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of NAMI issued the following statement about President Obama’s “Plan to Protect Children and Communities from Gun Violence,” released today.

White House Gun Task Force: NAMI Calls on President and Congress to "Do What's Right" for Mental Health Care
Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of NAMI, met yesterday with Vice President Joseph Biden's task force on gun control, along with other leaders of the mental health community, urging action to strengthen and expand mental health care services.

NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick to Step Down at End of 2013
The Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness announced today that Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick chose not to renew his contract which expired in December. Fitzpatrick will continue his strong and successful tenure until the end of 2013 in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

2012

DECEMBER

Newtown Tragedy: NAMI Condemns NRA Position as "Outrageous and Wrong"
A statement by NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.

NAMI Fact Sheet: After the Newtown Tragedy, Parents are Asking What to Do When a Child Has a Mental Illness
"What Families Can Do" lists warning signs every parent should know.

The Newtown Tragedy; NAMI Statement Includes Trauma Resources
Like other Americans, NAMI is horrified and saddened by today's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We extend our sympathy to their families and to all who knew and loved them.

NAMI/CPNPF Survey Finds 75 Percent of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions and their Caregivers Don't Receive Medication Monitoring from Pharmacists
The survey suggests areas for action to strengthen to role of community pharmacists as part of treatment teams for mental health problems as well as other medical conditions. Pharmacists can serve as a first line of defense in identifying medication issues to be discussed with a person's doctor—before any concern turns into an adverse event.

College Survey: 50 Percent of College Students with Mental Health Problems Who Withdraw from School Because of Mental Health Issues Never Access College Mental Health Services
Sixty-four percent of students who experience mental health problems in college and withdraw from school do so because of their mental health issues, according to a survey report, College Students Speak, released today

NAMI Corrects Oct. 31 Press Release on College Students Survey
The press release should have stated that 64 percent of students with mental health problems who were no longer in school had withdrawn due to a mental health related reason.

OCTOBER

The Presidential Debate: War, Peace and Mental Illness
During the final presidential debate, in the war of words between President Obama and Governor Romney over U.S. foreign and military policy, there were three brief references to America's veterans.

It's Not About Guns: The Presidential Debate and Mental Illness
Last night, the presidential debates finally talked about mental illness, but in the same breath as criminals and guns.

The Vice Presidential Debate: Playing "Where's Waldo?" with Mental Health Care
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan pulled no punches in Thursday's vice presidential debate, but "mental health" and "mental illness" were never mentioned.

The Presidential Debate: Where was Mental Health?
During the presidential debate on Wednesday night, "mental health" and "mental illness" were words never spoken by President Obama or Governor Romney.

New Television PSA Campaign:
Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi Symbolize Hope and Courage in the Fight against Mental Illness

NAMIBikes Florida: State Event on Nov. 3
Cyclists will 'Fight Stigma & Ride' to Help Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

SEPTEMBER

NAMIBikes Arizona: State Event on Oct. 27
Cyclists 'Fight Stigma & Ride' to Help Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

JULY

NAMI Condemns Virginia Lt. Governor's Campaign Statement that Obama Voters Should "Check Themselves into a Mental Hospital"
Stigmatizing stereotypes and disparagement serve only to discourage people from seeking help when they need it.

The New NAMI Board President and other Board Members and Officers Elected
Keris Jan Myrick, Ph.D.c. of Pasadena, Calif., has been elected as president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by the organization's board of directors.

JUNE

NAMI Consumer Council Honors Advocates for People Living with Mental Illness
The NAMI Consumer Council honored Marc Jacques of North Carolina and Howard Trachtman of Massachusetts with awards at NAMI's national convention in Seattle.

Purple Hearts for PTSD: Report Calls for Change in Military Culture
NAMI released a special report today, Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.

Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Law
The Supreme Court's decision means that the American people can continue to move forward to build a health care system that covers everyone.

General Peter W. Chiarelli (ret.) of Seattle to Receive National Award; Rally for Veterans also set for Seattle’s Westlake Park on June 28
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present General Peter W. Chiarelli (ret.) U.S. Army of Seattle, with its Distinguished Service Award, the organization's highest honor, at its national convention in Seattle on June 27-30, 2012.

NAMI Testifies on Dangers of Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness
Individuals with severe psychiatric symptoms placed into solitary confinement in prisons is "akin to pouring gasoline on a fire."

MAY

NAMI Launches "Mental Health Care Gets My Vote."
ARLINGTON, Va., May 2, 2012 -- NAMI has launched a website, "Mental Health Care Gets My Vote," to mobilize individuals and families affected by mental illness to participate in the 2012 elections.

MARCH

Airlines and Mental Health: Issues to Think About
NAMI released the following statement concerning the recent incidents aboard American Airlines and JetBlue flights...

The Afghanistan Tragedy
...it is clear that the system of identification, diagnosis and intervention for ongoing invisible wounds of soldiers serving America...is not what it should be.

2011

DECEMBER

NAMI Says Defense Department AWOL on Mental Health Care for National Guard and Reserves
A statement from Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of NAMI, on National Guard mental health care crisis and access to care at stake in the U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations bill.

NOVEMBER

Mental Health Cuts; Top 10 States and other State by State Data Released; Medicaid Squeeze is Part of the Crisis
The nation's mental health crisis is continuing to deepen as a result of state budget cuts and shifts of funds to Medicaid, according to a special report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

OCTOBER

NAMI Basics Study
NAMI Basics: New Study on the Importance of Education and Support for Families of Children and Adolescents Living with Mental Illness

Psychosis Survey: Twenty Percent Say No One Helped
The National Alliance on Mental Illness released a report, First Episode: Psychosis, based on a survey in which approximately 20 percent of both individuals who experienced psychosis and family and friends indicated that "no one" helped in their time of crisis.

AUGUST

Kelly Thomas Tragedy in Fullerton, California Statement by National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI released a joint statement which calls on the City of Fullerton and its Police Department to undertake a comprehensive review of the training of police.

JULY

Kevin Sullivan, Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue, Elected to Second Term as NAMI National Board President; Other Board Members and Officers also Elected
NAMI National Board President and other Board Members and Officers elected.

"By the Grace of God, My Weapon Misfired": Senate Committee Hears Testimony from Iraq Veteran Calling for Better Mental Health Care
Testifying for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI, former Army infantryman Daniel Williams of Alabama was the lead witness today before the Senate Veterans Committee.

NAMI Honors Elyn Saks, USC law Professor, Author and "Genius Grant" Winner, for Advocacy on Behalf of People With Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has honored Elyn Saks, a legal scholar who has lived with schizophrenia for over 30 years

Medicaid and Budget Cuts: NAMI Convention Opens in Chicago as Battle Rages in Congress
Illinois Ranks 7th in Cutting Mental Health According to NAMI Study

JUNE

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Coincides with 10th Anniversary of U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity
NAMI Convention, July 6-9 in Chicago to Address Disparities

NAMI Manual for Police, School Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to Help Children and Teens; 70 Percent of Youth in Juvenile Justice System Have Mental Illness
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.

New Study: NAMI Family Education “Significantly” Improves Coping with Mental Illness
NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education program “significantly” improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness

MAY

Primary Care Doctors are Critical to Detecting Mental illness in Children;
NAMI Family Survey includes the "Top Five" Most Helpful Things a Doctor Can Say

MARCH

Schizophrenia: NAMI Offers Public Education; Discusses New Research on Fish Oil and Marijuana
Schizophrenia: NAMI Offers Public Education; Discusses New Research on Fish Oil and Marijuana

State Mental Health Cuts A National Crisis
Two thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years—even though need has increased.

FEBRUARY

NAMI Describes State Mental Health Cuts in Congressional Briefing; Comprehensive Report Expected Soon
NAMI described massive state budget cuts in mental health care as a national crisis in a Congressional briefing today sponsored by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report
Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group, according to a report based on a "listening session" with mental health experts from different Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

Jodie Foster Talks about Her Upcoming Movie and Depression: 'We Can't Give Up on One Another'
In the new issue of the Advocate, NAMI presents an exclusive cover story interview with actress Jodie Foster about her upcoming new movie.

JANUARY

The Arizona Tragedy and Mental Health Care: A Statement by Michael J. Fitzpatrick
In incidents like these, authorities and the news media should seek to objectively determine every factor that may have contributed to the tragedy—so that we can act on lessons learned.

2010

DECEMBER

NAMI Releases Family Guide on Adolescent Depression
NAMI has published an updated and expanded edition of What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression, a guide for families who want to know about accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options for teenagers experiencing depression.

NOVEMBER

'War is Not a Normal Situation' NAMI Interview with Army General David Blackledge on PTSD
Army Major General David Blackledge told the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today said that "a revolution" is occurring in how the military looks at post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD.

OCTOBER

Did NPR 'Psychiatrist' Remark about Juan Williams Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?
NAMI has warned National Public Radio (NPR)that a remark made by NPR's CEO in the firing of senior correspondent Juan Williams may violate the letter or spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA).

Kansas Has Opportunity for National Leadership in Referendum on Mental Illness; Vote Coincides with 20th Anniversary of Senator Bob Dole's Americans with Disabilities Act
NAMI declared today that Kansas voters will demonstrate national leadership if they "Vote Yes on 2!" in the referendum on a constitutional amendment on Election Day, Nov 2.

New NAMI Blog: Major League Baseball Leads the Way in Mental Health Support for Athletes; Cy Young Champ, Others Inspire Fans
In the latest NAMI blog entry, Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director, shares some encouraging developments in Major League Baseball’s (MLB) changing attitudes about mental illness.

Election 2010: People with Mental Illness Don't Belong Behind Bars; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
NAMI charged today that when states cut mental health services, costs often are shifted to law enforcement and corrections systems—with almost 25 percent of inmates in prisons and 20 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system living with serious mental illnesses.

NAMI Leaders, Colleagues Receive SAMHSA 'Voice Awards'; Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter also Honored
NAMI applauds seven NAMI leaders and colleagues who received consumer leadership honors at the 2010 Voice Awards ceremonies co-hosted by Emmy Award-winner Hector Elizondo and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on October 13.

Mental Illness: Political Candidates are not Immune from Stigma; Plus the Latest on the NAMI Blog
In the NAMI Blog this week, Mike Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness writes: "Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike."

One in 10 Children Has Mental Illness; State-by-State Figures; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
One in 10 children has a mental health condition that causes significant impairment and more than half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported today, but only one-third get the help they need.

NAMI Blog: Peer Education and Support Empowers Caregivers, Inspires Mental Health Advocates
In the newest NAMI Blog entry, Joyce Burland, director of the NAMI Education, Training & Peer Support Center, reflects on the growth of NAMI’s Family-to-Family program and how such programs play a critical role in supporting families during a time when states mental health budgets are in jeopardy nationwide.

Election 2010: The 60 to 140 Percent Bite; State-by-State Data on Disability Income, Housing Costs and People with Mental Illness; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
Housing costs for people living with disabilities who depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can consume 60 and 140 percent of that income, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

NAMI Thanks Senate Banking Committee for Moving Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable Housing for People with Mental Illness
NAMI praises the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for its unanimous approval of S.1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act.

SEPTEMBER

Election 2010: State-by-State Data; How Many People with Mental Illness are Being Served? Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
State mental health agencies (SMHAs) provide direct services to between 15 to 60 percent of people living with serious mental illnesses in their states, according to state-by-state figures reported today by NAMI. State mental health services are being cut dramatically, however, even as need has increased due to the nation’s economic crisis.

Election 2010: NAMI Lists Top 10 States Hurt by Mental Health Budget Cuts; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
NAMI has issued a third alert in an Election 2010 series reminding editors, reporters and others to ask all candidates what they intend to do about the nation's mental health crisis.

NAMI Launches Online ADHD Resource Center to Support Children and Adults; Offers Tools for Parenting, School, Work and Relationships
NAMI has launched a new, interactive, online resource center to support children and adults living with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Election 2010: Will Candidates Address the Facts? Check out State Suicide Rates and New Obama Administration Numbers; Unemployed Persons and Veterans are Especially at Risk
NAMI has issued the second alert in a series reminding editors, reporters and others to ask candidates for public office what they will do about the nation's mental health crisis.

World Suicide Prevention Day: NAMI Blog Discusses Kurt Vonnegut, Despair and Saving Lives
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday, September 10,NAMI urges public education about mental illness and suicide.

Back to School: NAMI Education Classes Starting for Families of People with Mental Illness; Some Available at VA Facilities
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program offers new fall classes for caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Classes are available at a number of locations in communities across the country, including some Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

Election 2010: The Nation's Mental Health Crisis; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?
NAMI is reminding editors, reporters and others to ask candidates for public office at every level what they intend to do about the nation's mental health crisis.

NAMIWalks Fight Stigma: Fall Dates include Mental Illness Awareness Week
NAMIWalks will step forward over the next three months to raise public awareness in state and local communities about mental illness and the need for treatment and recovery.

New NAMI Peer-to-Peer Classes for People Living with Mental Illness Offer Interactive Curriculum in English and Spanish
NAMI will offer Peer-to-Peer classes across the country this fall using a new, interactive curriculum that will be available in both English and Spanish.

Hearts & Minds: NAMI Highlights Meditation, Yoga and Other "Mindfulness" Practices for Mental Illness
NAMI is providing a new dimension to its Hearts & Minds initiative, an educational program that promotes "mind and body" health practices for individuals who live with mental illness.

AUGUST

NAMI Offers Local Communities Support amid State Mental Health Crisis
In a newly released interview filmed at the 2010 NAMI national convention, NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick underscores the ongoing impact of the economic recession on state mental health services and highlights the local NAMI supports offered to people affected by mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

NAMI Raises Concern for Impact of Mental Health Care Budget Cuts on Low-Income Mothers and Infants
NAMI has raised added concern about a study released by The Urban Institute that shows more than one-half of babies in poverty are being raised by mothers living with depression- creating parenting and child development challenges.

Hurricane Katrina 5th Anniversary: Mental Health Crisis
NAMI responds to Kaiser Foundation Survey and USA Today Story.

Election Day Countdown: 'Mental Health Gets My Vote'
NAMI unveils an Elections 2010 website for grassroots advocates.

BP Oil Spill Fund Should Cover Mental Health Claims; NAMI Warns Administrator Kenneth Feinberg that Exclusion Would Be 'Neither Fair nor Equitable'
NAMI calls on Kenneth Feinberg to cover mental health needs resulting from the company's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

JULY

NAMI Blasts BP: Oil Company Ignores Louisiana's Call for $10 Million to Meet Mental Health Crisis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today blasted BP oil company for ignoring Louisiana's appeals for help in funding mental health care in communities affected by the BP oil spill.

Military and Veterans Mental Health
American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other veterans cannot depend solely on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) for mental health care—even though the civilian mental health care system is in crisis, according to the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held this past week.

Tennis Star Cliff Richey Speaks Out on Tennis, Depression and Christian Faith
Tennis star Cliff Richey -- the number one ranked professional tennis player in the United States in 1970 who won 45 tournament titles over a 26-year career -- sees tennis having a "resurgence" in the next five years, rebounding from loss of television profile relative to the PGA golf tour.

U.S. Army: Dogs Help Battle PTSD
The Army is using dogs "much more" to help soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to the Army Surgeon General's special assistant for mental health, Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., who spoke today at the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Patrick Kennedy says Military Veterans are "being held behind enemy lines" by mental health care system; receives NAMI's Highest Honor
U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy told the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today that "Every day in America, our military veterans are being held behind enemy lines," because of a "Byzantine mental health system."

Mental Illness: New Study Explores Link with Creativity; NAMI Events include Music, Drama and other Arts
NAMI is focusing on films, music and other creative arts this week—at the same that a new scientific study has found a possible explanation for the link between mental illness and uninhibited processing in the brain that allows creative people to think "outside the box."

JUNE

NAMI Consumer Council Honors Paolo del Vecchio
The Consumer Council of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has honored Paolo del Vecchio with its annual Gloria Huntley Award that recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant strides in reducing the use of restraints and seclusion in the treatment of mental illness.

Grammy Award-Winning Irish Singer Susan McKeown will Preview Songs from New Album, Appearing Before National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Susan McKeown, a Grammy Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter, will perform on Saturday, July 3 at the 2010 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) convention awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1; NAMI Highlights Surgeon General's Concerns
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C.

Father-Daughter Story on Schizophrenia is Emotionally Powerful; Documentary Will Air on PBS Stations
NAMI will screen the award-winning documentary, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, at its national convention in Washington, D.C. on July 2.

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health
NAMI will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

Military Mental Heath, Scientific Research and Children Will Be Topics at 2010 NAMI Convention in Washington, D.C., July 1-3; Rep. Patrick Kennedy to Receive Award
NAMI will hold its annual convention in Washington, D.C., July 1-3 and present its Distinguished Service Award to U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

New Study: Support Groups Help Parents of Adult Children Living with Mental Illness, Create Advocates and Leaders; 2010 NAMI National Convention will Address Family Education
Parents of adult children with mental illness who participate in education and support groups such as those offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) experience more positive outcomes and fewer burdens than those who do not, according to a study in the current issue of Psychiatric Services.

NAMI Calls on Senate to Pass Medicaid Match (FMAP) Extension
Failure will expand mental health crisis in states, hurt families and put lives at risk.

MAY

NAMI Applauds America's Exemplary Psychiatrists; 20th Anniversary of Awards
NAMI has honored 22 doctors as “Exemplary Psychiatrists” for their exceptional dedication to people living with mental illnessat the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual conference in New Orleans.

NAMI Medical Director Honored with APA Patient Advocacy Award; Appears in CNN Health and Huffinton Post Columns
Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI medical director, has been honored with the 2010 Patient Advocacy Award of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

NAMI Sponsors Congressional Briefing to Raise Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness
NAMI urges Congress to increase funding of research, treatment and services for those living with borderline personality disorder and their families.

NAMI Challenges WA State Law in Federal Court: Transfer of Mentally Ill Patients from Hospitals to Prisons
NAMI and NAMI Washington State have joined a lawsuit in federal court challenging a law signed by Governor Chris Gregoire on March 31 that allows the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to move persons found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) from state hospitals in which they currently reside to prisons.

NAMI Tells Congress: Greater Research is Needed for Mental Illness; Along with Federal Action to Offset State Mental Health Crisis and End Disability Backlog
NAMI is calling on Congress for greater scientific research, mental health grants to offset massive state budget cuts and an end to a backlog in the processing of Social Security disability claims.

Mother’s Day and the Myth of the "Schizophrenogenic Mother": PBS Stations Air Documentary
Many PBS stations are airing When Medicine Got It Wrong, a documentary about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), this week, to coincide with Mother's Day.

APRIL

NAMIWalks Kicks-off "Mental Health Month"; Fun Events that Support Serious Work
Sponsored by state and local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMIWalks help raise funds for local programs.

Musician William Fitzsimmons is Special Guest at “Virtual Launch Party” for Social Networking Site for Young Adults and Mental Health; Free Autographed CD to 1,000th Member
NAMI is hosting a virtual “launch party” for StrengthofUs.org, a free online community for young adults, ages 18-25, with a special music preview.

Army Troops in Iraq to Hold 5K Run to Promote PTSD Awareness and Ending Stigma of Mental Illness
An Army platoon in Iraq will run five kilometers (5K) in full body armor on April 17 to raise awareness about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the need to end stigma surrounding mental illness.

NAMI Asks Editors: Are You Covering Your State's Mental Health Budget Crisis?
NAMI has released a three-month sample of headlines from national and state media on America's mental health crisis in the face of massive state budget cuts.

Actress Glenn Close’s Anti-Stigma Campaign Joins NAMIWalks
NAMI announces NAMIWalks partnership with Glen Close's BringChange2Mind campaign.

MARCH

NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More
NAMI has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

'Hearts and Minds' Promotes Wellness; African Americans Living with Mental Illness Have Higher Risk for Other Illnesses.
NAMI's Hearts and Minds health education program has significant implications for African Americans living with mental illness, who face these risk factors as well as additional disparities in access to and quality of health care.

The Pentagon Tragedy: Mental Illness, Violence and What Reporters Should Ask
NAMI has issued a statement on the death of John Patrick Bedell from his attack on Pentagon guards on March 4, 2010.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Celebrates Third Anniversary
NAMI recently celebrated the third anniversary of the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, a free support group for adults living with mental illness. NAMI offers nearly 500 Connection support groups in 45 states.

NAMI Testifies at Senate Veterans Hearing: More Outreach and Mental Health Services Needed, One-Third of Returning Troops Face Mental Health Problems
Vietnam era combat pilot and national board member of NAMI Clarence Jordan testified at a Senate hearing today calling for better outreach and coordination of mental health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

FEBRUARY

U.S. Senate Urgently Needs to Extend "Medicaid Match" in Economic Recovery Legislation
Former Connecticut lieutenant governor Kevin Sullivan testifies for NAMI at a Congressional briefing on the need for federal action to address the growing mental health crisis in states.

"Hearts and Minds" Education Program Launched: On Average, People with Mental illness Live 25 Years Less than Other Americans
NAMI launches a new health education program to promote sound "mind and body" health practices among individuals who live with serious mental illness.

NAMI Encourages DSM-5 Discussion
NAMI urges individuals and families to familiarize themselves with the draft of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual(DSM).

2009

DECEMBER

NAMI Applauds New Report on Caregiving
NAMI praises Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, which offers a revealing portrait of the nearly one-in-three American adults who serve as a family caregiver.

Depression Survey: Implications for Diverse Communities
A survey released in November has implications for African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and others at increased risk of untreated depression and suicide.

NOVEMBER

Survey Reveals Big Gap in Understanding of Depression
Americans do not believe they know much about depression, but are highly aware of the risks of not receiving care, according to a survey released today by NAMI.

OCTOBER

NAMI Applauds Initial Review of the Affordable Health Care of America Act and Health Care Reform
U.S. House bill promises key components for people with mental illness.

NAMI Applauds NPR Story Highlighting Mental Health on Campus
A recent National Public Radio show highlights the dramatic increase in the number of students with mental illness on the nation's college and university campuses.

NAMI Calls for Increase in NIH Funding
NAMI supports the "Research Means Hope" movement to ensure that the president’s FY 2011 budget meets the goal of making biomedical research funding a national priority.

Economic Downturn Taking Toll on Americans’ Mental Health
New national survey finds jobless individuals four times as likely to report serious problems.

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Oct. 4-10
NAMI calls attention to a program now airing on PBS, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness.

SEPTEMBER

Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help in 2009
Mental Illness Awareness Week raises awareness about the availability of treatment for mental disorders.

The President's Speech & Mental Health Care
NAMI responds to President Obama’s remarks on health care to the Joint Session of Congress.

AUGUST

Senator Ted Kennedy: A Member of the NAMI Family
NAMI mourns the passing of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2nd from L) shown here at signing of parity law.

Health Care Reform
President Obama expresses his desire to include mental health care as part of health care reform during a New Hampshire town hall meeting.

Stephen H. Feinstein, Ph.D., Elected NAMI National Board President
Stephen H. Feinstein, Ph.D., of Louisburg, Kansas is the new president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness board of directors.

JULY

Death Penalty and Mental Illness
Families of Victims Speak out at National Convention; “Double Tragedies” Report Released

NAMI Observes Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
NAMI reminds Americans that July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for public education about serious mental illness in diverse communities.

JUNE

Convention to Honor NAMI Leaders
NAMI will present more than 20 awards at its national convention in San Francisco, July 5-9, 2009, honoring exemplary leadership at the national, state and local levels.

NAMI Launches New PSA Campaign
NAMI has released "Puzzle Pieces," a new public service announcement (PSA) initiative that encourages people to connect with each other through NAMI to help themselves, their families and their friends who live with mental illness.

MAY

NAMI Applauds America’s Exemplary Psychiatrists
NAMI honored 41 doctors as "Exemplary Psychiatrists" at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual conference in San Francisco today.

NAMI Magazine Cover Story Features President Obama
The 2009 spring issue of the NAMI Advocate Magazine features a cover story about two conversations Matt Kunz of NAMI had with President Barack Obama on the mental health needs of America’s veterans.

Goldie Hawn Champions Children’s Mental Health
In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Goldie Hawn joins NAMI to campaign for effective children’s mental health programs.

APRIL

The Soloist: A Call to Action
NAMI has launched a new Web site, www.nami.org/soloist, as part of a social action campaign with Participant Media surrounding Friday’s release (April 24) of The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

MARCH

Grading the States 2009
The National Alliances on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released a new report, Grading the States, assessing the nation's public mental health care system for adults and finding that the national average grade is a D.

JANUARY

President-Elect Obama Honors NAMI’s Matt Kuntz in Whistle Stop Tour to Inauguration
NAMI is honored by President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of NAMI Montana executive director, Matt Kuntz, to accompany him on his whistle stop tour en route to Obama’s inauguration.

2008

OCTOBER

Veterans Day: New PTSD brochure—“Transmission of trauma” can span generations
For Veterans Day, NAMI has released a new brochure on PTSD, treatment and recovery.

McCain, Obama: What If They Need Mental Health Care?
If John McCain or Barack Obama were to ever need to seek help from their home states through public mental health services, they would be appalled. So too would Joe Biden or Sarah Palin.

Mrs. United States “Breaks the Silence” During Mental Illness Awareness Week
Dr. Gariane Gunter, a psychiatrist in South Carolina, recently was crowned Mrs. United States and will dedicate her reign to raising public awareness about mental illness.

Congress Passes Mental Health Parity
NAMI applauds bipartisan mental illness parity bill.

SEPTEMBER

McCain Obama on Mental Health Care; Background for Upcoming Presidential Debates
NAMI has released the responses of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama to a detailed questionnaire about mental health care—along with highlights of the Democratic and Republican platforms.

NAMI Fund for Hurricanes Gustav & Ike Disaster Relief to Help People with Mental Illnesses
NAMI has established a special fund to provide relief to individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses in Louisiana and Texas communities devastated by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Presidential Election 2008
Needed: A White House Advocate for Families with Special Needs Children

AUGUST

Grading the States: Mental Health Services Survey
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is preparing to grade each of the 50 states on mental health services.

JULY

New York Outrage
NAMI calls for criminal probe after hospital attendants ignored dying woman with mental illness.

JUNE

Mental Illness: 2.4 Million Young Adults
NAMI applauds legislation based on GAO report on transition-age obstacles.

State Healthcare Reforms for Uninsured Fail to Address High Percentage of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
New data indicates that more than one in four adult Americans without medical insurance have a mental illness or substance use disorder, or both.

Schizophrenia: Twice as Common as HIV/AIDS, But Survey Shows Americans Misinformed
Twice as many Americans live with schizophrenia than with HIV/AIDS, but a major report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reveals most Americans are unfamiliar with the disease.

June 13-16: NAMI National Convention in Orlando
Leading experts, consumers and families to address mental health recovery, science, policy issues at convention.

MAY

NAMI Blog: PBS, MTV and Jane Pauley
NAMI announces that Jane Pauley will be honored at annual convention in Orlando.

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists
NAMI honors exemplary psychiatrists at the annual conference of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in the nation’s capital.

NAMI Echoes Iowa State Television and Mental Health Study Findings
NAMI responds to a recent study on the influence of television on mental health treatment.

APRIL

Women & Depression
NAMI self-help brochure discusses causes, symptoms, life stages and treatment for depression.

JANUARY

Britney Spears: Let’s Talk About All of Us
In recent weeks, a media circus and reckless speculation has surrounded events in the life of pop singer Britney Spears and her family.

Presidential Candidates Answer Mental Healthcare Questionnaire
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released the responses of five presidential candidates to a detailed questionnaire about mental healthcare issues.

2007

NOVEMBER

NAMI Launches Online Veterans Resource Center for Mental Health
NAMI's Veterans Resource Center will help support active duty military personnel, veterans and their families facing serious mental illnesses.

NAMI Condemns ManHunt2 Video Game for Linking Mental Illness to Violence
Controversial game raises public health concerns.

OCTOBER

Retired Navy Captain and Mother of Disabled Veteran Testifies for NAMI before U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Constance Walker, mother of a disabled Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, today testified for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) before the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, warning of the “looming reality” that confronts veterans who live in rural communities and need mental health care.

Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research & Care Act
The National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots organization representing individuals and families with mental illnesses, is pleased to offer its strong support for House passage of the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (HR 20).

NAMI Thanks Senator Pete Domenici for 35 years of Service
The National Alliance on Mental Illness thanks Senator Domenici for his leadership on behalf of Americans who live with serious mental illnesses.

SEPTEMBER

NAMI Applauds Senate Passage of Mental Health Parity: House Action Urged
The National Alliance on Mental Illness thanks the U.S. Senate for its unanimous passage of S. 558, which provides for equitable mental health insurance coverage.

Teen Suicide Studies
Teen suicide is an often preventable tragedy. It is an appropriate focus of research and inquiry. Two new studies focused on the issue raise both important clinical and policy questions.

AUGUST

Virginia Tech Review Panel Report
The Virginia Tech Panel Report is important for the entire nation. It exposes problems that exist not just in Virginia but throughout the country.

JUNE

Supreme Court Decision: Mental Illness & Death Penalty
NAMI praised the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court blocking the execution of a Texas man who suffers from severe mental illness.

Virginia Tech, Voting Rights, Stigma Concerns Open NAMI Convention
The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech in which one student with severe mental illness killed 32 students and professors, and the stigma surrounding mental illness generally, were on the minds of many NAMI leaders as they arrived in San Diego on June 20 for their annual convention.

NAMI presents award to theatrical film CANVAS
NAMI honors the film, CANVAS, with an "Outstanding Media Award" for a dramatic motion picture at its annual convention that opened June 20, 2007, in San Diego.

President's Virginia Tech Report: A Disappointment
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released the "Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy."

NAMI Applauds "Network of Care," Encourages Statewide Partnerships
NAMI supports the Network of Care and its innovative approach to wellness and recovery through user-friendly online tools and access to timely information.

MAY

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists
NAMI honored 18 physicians with "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards" at the international American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting held in San Diego, California.

APRIL

To manage mental illness, free on-line video and workbook focus on diet, exercise, smoking cessation
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is making its "Hearts and Minds" program available for the first time, free of charge, through a video and workbook on its web site.

The Virginia Tech Tragedy: Distinguishing Mental Illness from Violence
Statement by NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth on the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Studies Support Monitored Use of Antidepressants for Children and Adolescents
Review concludes that the benefits of antidepressant medications appear to be much greater than the risks.

Latest NIMH Study on Bipolar Disorder
NAMI responds to the Archives of General Psychiatry that published a study on the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for bipolar disorder.

MARCH

African American Families and Mental Health: What You Need to Know
NAMI has released A Family Guide to Mental Health: What You Need to Know, oriented especially to African-American families affected by medical illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Latest Schizophrenia Drug Studies: One Size Does Not Fit All; Community Services also Needed
The American Journal of Psychiatry published two studies representing the most recent installment of the "Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness" (CATIE) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the treatment of schizophrenia.

FEBRUARY

Mental Health Groups Sign Open Letter to Advertising Community
In the last several weeks, television advertisements from two major automotive companies have made light of suicide to sell consumers their products. These ads were both insensitive and potentially dangerous. In response to outrage expressed by our organizations and others, these corporations reevaluated their new ads, determined them inappropriate and pulled them off the air.

National Organizations Urge Volkswagen to Pull Ad
Less than a week after General Motors agreed to edit its advertisement featuring a robot who gets laid off and then jumps off a bridge, yet another automobile company has decided to use suicide as a marketing tool. Volkswagen launched a new three-spot advertising campaign, including one ad called "Jumper" that shows a man on a ledge contemplating suicide, who then changes his mind after a stranger drives by and tells him about the new VWs.

Fairness Coalition Applauds Senate Introduction of Mental Health Parity Bill
The Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage representing consumers, family members, health professionals, health care systems, and administrators applaud Senators Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.) on the introduction of the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007.

NAMI Applauds Bipartisan Mental Illness Insurance Parity Bill
NAMI is proud to support the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 and the unprecedented bipartisan agreement achieved by Senators Pete Domenici, Ted Kennedy and Mike Enzi.

General Motors Blasted For TV Suicide Commercial, Marginalization of Depression
Anger in the mental health and suicide prevention community has grown following a General Motors spokesperson’s statement this week that the company has received "more than a handful, but not a tsunami" of complaints over a Super Bowl ad that depicted a suicidal leap from a bridge -- and that the company intends to air the commercial again during the Academy Awards.

Another Grey's Anatomy Star Steps In It
The January 19th issue of LIFE weekend magazine included a short interview profile of Kate Walsh, the actress on the television show Grey's Anatomy. For "weekend attire," she stated as her preference: "Men's flannel pajamas all day. I can look like a mental patient."

JANUARY

NAMI to Increase Support Groups Nationwide Through AstraZeneca Partnership
NAMI will significantly expand its support group program for people with mental illnesses to all 50 states and Puerto Rico by 2009, thanks to an exclusive multi-year partnership with AztraZeneca, LP.

NAMI Calls for Federal Investigation of Georgia State Hospitals
Deaths, abuse, neglect, poor medical care reported by Atlanta Journal Constitution.

2006

DECEMBER

NIMH Study of Schizophrenia Drugs Requires "New Thinking" in Research, Not Restrictions Based on Cost
The third installment of studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the treatment of schizophrenia with anti-psychotic medications confirms a basic fact that many physicians, consumers, and policymakers already know. "First generation" generic drugs cost less than "second-generation" advancements.

NOVEMBER

Thank You, Bebe Moore Campbell
NAMI mourns the passing of Bebe Moore Campbell, the best-selling author who shared great insight and compassion in writing about individuals and families confronting social issues, including mental illness.

Campaign for Mental Health Reform Names William Emmet as Director
The Campaign for Mental Health Reform, a collaboration of 16 leading national mental health organizations, has appointed William Emmet as its director, responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing its advocacy agenda.

Latest NIMH Study Results — Treatment of Depression
The latest results in the landmark STAR*D study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and published November 1, 2006 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, demonstrates the importance of giving people access to the best possible, most effective medication—right from the start.

NAMI Partners With HOTSOUP.COM
NAMI is teaming with a new, on-line community, HOTSOUP.COM, as part of an experiment to transform polarized national debate into constructive dialogue.

OCTOBER

NAMI awards Dr. Charles L. Bowden Mental Health Research Award
For his research on Bipolar Disorder, Professor Dr. Charles L. Bowden received a $50,000 award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at the Second Annual NAMI Research Gala on October 18, 20006 in Washington DC. The award was presented to Dr. Bowden from Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke.

NAMI Critiques Latest Schizophrenia Study: Interesting Science, Bad Policy Tool
October 3, 2006 - A British study published in the current issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, comparing old and new antipsychotic medications, has two major implications for federal and state policies, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today advised.

SEPTEMBER

Diverse New Coalition Launches Education Campaign To Counter Misconceptions About Depression
Frustrated and concerned by popular misconceptions that trivialize depression as "just the blues" or dismiss it entirely as an "imaginary disease," seven prominent physician, patient and civic nonprofit organizations have joined together to launch a public education campaign to tell Americans the truth about depression.

Police Training in Washington, D.C.
NAMI has joined the District of Columbia's Police Complaints Board (PCB) in calling for a police crisis intervention team (CIT) to improve and strengthen police responses in situations involving individuals experiencing psychiatric crises in the District.

Department of Justice Study: Mental Illness of Prison Inmates Worse Than Past Estimates
The release of a study by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) showing than 64 percent of local jail inmates, 56 percent of state prisoners and 45 percent of federal prisoners have symptoms of serious mental illnesses is an indictment of the nation’s mental healthcare system.

Remembering Wayne S. Fenton, M.D.
NAMI is deeply saddened by the tragic death on September 3, 2006, of Dr. Wayne Fenton, director of the schizophrenia research branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

JULY

Andrea Yates Verdict: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity
Justice has been served by the finding of a Texas jury that Andrea Yates is "not guilty by reason of insanity" (NGRI) in the tragic deaths of her children five years ago.

NAMI Honors College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists with Award
NAMI has honored the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) with its Excellence in Community Mental Health Services Award in recognition of their outstanding efforts to educate people about the available medications for the treatment of mental illness.

NAMI and Magellan Partnership Provides Public Education about Mental Illness
NAMI announces that Magellan Health Services, Inc., the nation’s largest manager of mental health and substance abuse services has expanded their program sponsorship of NAMI’s national Provider Education Program.

HEAT STROKE: Don’t Forget People With Mental Illnesses; Lessons of Hurricane Katrina Cited
NAMI is appealing to the news media and other authorities to publicize heightened risks of heat exhaustion and heat stroke for people with mental illnesses who take psychiatric medications.

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 ($4,312 versus $1,496), according to results of a new survey released by NAMI.

NAMI Announces New Board Members
NAMI elected three new members to its national board of directors at 2006 annual convention.

JUNE

NAMI Honors the CBS Television Network Public Service Campaign on Depression
NAMI honors the CBS Television Network with its Outstanding Media Award for Public Service for the network’s CBS Cares public service awareness campaign on depression, during its 2006 national convention.

NAMI and The HealthCentral Network Announce Partnership to Develop Online Resources
NAMI and The HealthCentral Network, a ChoiceMedia company, have formed a partnership to create new Internet content and services for individuals seeking information on mental illnesses and support for recovery.

MAY

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists for Disaster Relief
NAMI honored 16 physicians with "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards" at the international American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting on May 22nd, 2006, held in Toronto, Canada.

SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie Resigns; Leadership Marked by Achievement
NAMI has learned that Charles Curie, administrator of the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), intends to resign, effective August 5, 2006.

NAMI Warns Congress About Cutting NIMH Budget
The president of NAMI warns Congress that President Bush's proposed $9 million cut in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) budget will erode progress in finding new treatments for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression—condemning millions of Americans to chronic disability.

NAMI Expands "FaithNet"on Mental Illness, Provides New Resources for Faith Communities
NAMI has expanded its "FaithNet" outreach program for faith communities with the inauguration of a new Web site, www.faithnetnami.org

NAMI Applauds Senate Amendment Providing Housing Help To Gulf State Residents with Mental Illnesses Hurt by Hurricane Katrina
NAMI applauds the U.S. Senate’s adoption of an amendment offered by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana that provides $100 million to help people with mental illnesses and other disabilities in Louisiana and Mississippi affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

MARCH

For Depression: A Message of Hope
Dramatic NIMH-Funded Studies Emphasize Need for Continued Research; Open Access to Medication.

NAMI Calls on NY Legislature to Investigate State Office of Mental Health
NAMI has called on the New York state legislature to investigate the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) after its refusal to participate in a national survey of state mental healthcare systems released on March 1, 2006.

Nation's Mental Healthcare System Gets "D" Grade
The United States gets a D grade in helping adults with serious mental illnesses, according to the first state-by-state report on the nation's mental healthcare system in more than 15 years.

JANUARY

Amnesty International's Report on the Death Penalty and Serious Mental Illness
Amnesty International's report on people with serious mental illnesses and the death penalty represents a compelling step forward in making the case that profound injustice exists at the most painful intersection of the mental healthcare and criminal justice systems in America.

Study Looks at Treatment-Resistant Depression
Initial results from NIMH study measure effectiveness of depression treatment.

2005

DECEMBER

Miami Shooting of Man with Bipolar Disorder
Statement by NAMI executive director in response to the shooting of a man with bipolar disorder on a plane in Miami.

NAMI Applauds ABC-TV Network Affiliates Broadcasting "Shadow Voices" Documentary
NAMI applauds ABC-TV affiliate stations, which at their discretion will broadcast the documentary, "Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness," beginning Sunday, December 4th and running through February 4th.

NOVEMBER

NAMI Publishes Suicide Prevention Guides for Doctors, Families and Attempt Survivors
NAMI - focusing on an area of special need — has published a set of guides to support people who attempt suicide, are treated in hospital emergency rooms, and survive.

The Institute of Medicine Prescription for Mental Health Care; NAMI Calls for Action
The Institute of Medicine released a report entitled "Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-use Conditions." The report is an excellent prescription of principles, some of which have been reflected in earlier reports but never acted upon, others of which provide a greater vision of a 21st century system of care.

OCTOBER

Mental Health Groups Launch Web Site Dedicated to Medicare’s New Prescription Drug Benefit
Leading mental health organizations have joined together to create a central resource on Medicare’s new prescription drug benefit. The new website, www.mentalhealthpartd.org, contains easy-to-understand, top-line information tailored specifically to psychiatrists and other physicians, providers at community health centers, and consumers and their families.

Surveys Reveal Gap in Understanding of Bipolar Disorder
Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment options, public understanding about bipolar disorder remains low, according to two surveys released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on October 6th – Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. A public knowledge survey, conducted by Harris Interactive®1, shows that even though eight out of ten U.S. adults (82%) claim to know what bipolar disorder is, less than two-thirds (64%) can correctly define bipolar disorder from a list of descriptions of several mental illnesses.

SEPTEMBER

APA-NAMI Symposium Educates Congress on PTSD following Iraq, Katrina
On September 22nd, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) helped raise the awareness of Congressional members on mental illnesses by highlighting a common problem suffered by survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq: posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD.

NAMI Praises NIMH Study on Treatment of Schizophrenia; Medicines Must Be Chosen Carefully
The "Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness" (CATIE) are the largest comparative study of old generation and newer "atypical" medications ever conducted. Findings from the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have implications for both the role of medication in treating schizophrenia and continued access to a range of options.

NAMI Hits FEMA Policy for Ignoring People With Mental Illnesses In Hurricane Relief
NAMI calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to broaden its Crisis Counseling Program to include treatment and services for people with serious mental illnesses.

NAMI Creates Dedicated Fund for Hurricane Disaster Relief For Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has established a special dedicated fund to help provide relief to individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses in the Gulf region left devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

AUGUST

Albuquerque Tragedy: President Bush’s Call to Action: Transform the Mental Health System
NAMI responds to the tragedy of two police officers and three others that were killed by an individual with mental illness. NAMI calls on renewed commitment to fix our broken mental health system.

National Depression Survey Reveals Gap in Awareness of Treatment Goals
Results of a new national survey reveal a disparity between what people with depression say they know about their illness and how they manage it. Although 91 percent of those surveyed say it is very important to take their antidepressant medication exactly as prescribed, at some point approximately 40 percent stopped taking their medication without the advice of their health care professional because they personally believed they were no longer experiencing symptoms of depression.

Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, M.D., of Pennsylvania is New NAMI Board President
Delegates to the recent national convention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in Austin, Texas elected four new members to the organization’s board of directors, along with one incumbent, to three-year terms.

JULY

16 National Organizations Cite Crisis in Mental Health System, Release Roadmap for Reform
The Campaign for Mental Health Reform released "Emergency Response: A Roadmap for Federal Action on America's Mental Health Crisis." The coalition of 16 national organizations proposed 28 action steps as a "roadmap" for Congress and the Administration to transform the country's ailing mental health care system.

NAMI Florida Opposes AHCA Decision on Changes to Access to Medications for Mental Illness
As the state’s largest grassroots mental health organization of people living with mental illnesses, their families and friends, NAMI Florida is gravely concerned about the recent decision by the Florida Legislature and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to limit access to life-saving medications for people diagnosed with a mental illness.

JUNE

The Mental Health Community Responds to Tom Cruise's Today Show Interview
A joint statement was made by NAMI, NMHA, and the American Psychiatric Association with facts about mental illness in response to Tom Cruise's Today Show interview.

NAMI Honors California Volunteer for Exceptional Service and Dedication
NAMI has presented its annual 'Outstanding NAMI Member' Award to William (Bill) Harwood of Santa Ana, California.

MAY

NAMI Presents 15th Annual Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards; Focus on Criminal Justice
NAMI honors 25 physicians today with its "Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards," presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

A Public Health Crisis: Children and Adolescents with Mental Disorders
On May 11th several individuals warned Congress that children's health and well-being could be at risk without programs for early identification, evaluation and treatment of mental disorders.

APRIL

NAMI Sponsors Walks in 38 States
The National Alliance for the Mentally (NAMI) is sponsoring walkathons around the nation to raise public awareness about mental illness. They are a celebration of dignity, courage, hope and recovery.

MARCH

House Medicaid Cuts Devastating for Americans with Mental Illnesses, Say Advocates
The House of Representatives passed a federal budget resolution that advocates say would dramatically reduce federal support for Medicaid-financed mental health services.

APA, NAMI Testify on New Medicare Drug Program's Impact on Medicaid Patients
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and NAMI joined with other mental health groups in testifying at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing entitled "Implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act: Delivering Prescription Drugs to Dual Eligibles."

FEBRUARY

Keeping Families Together Act Re-Introduced
Lawmakers today will reintroduce legislation to address barriers that have led thousands of families to relinquish custody of children with mental or emotional disorders to access scarce mental health services.

2004

DECEMBER

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program To Expand Nationally in 2005
NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program will be expanding in 2005 as the result of support from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Country Music Superstar Clint Black to Entertain at NAMI "Time for Hope" Benefit Concert
Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Clint Black will perform at a special benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium on January 13, NAMI announced today, as part of its nationwide Campaign for the Mind of America.

NOVEMBER

NAMI National Board Members Honored with National Award
NAMI National Board Members, Moe Armstrong of Connecticut and Mindy Greiling of Minnesota, will be given Eli Lilly and Company's "2004 Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Award," on November 11, in Indianapolis.

OCTOBER

Take A Mental Health Day After Election Day
Four days after Election Day, NAMI will hold its first 5K fundraising walkathon in the nation's capital — NAMIWalks DC —to benefit the 220,000-person national organization and its District of Columbia affiliate.

FDA Announces Black Box Warning Label
The FDA has announced a black box warning label to be used on antidepressents used in children.

SEPTEMBER

NAMI Blasts CBS for Television Malpractice
NAMI today charged CBS Television with gross irresponsibility and potential endangerment of the lives of children with mental illness as a result of its September 22 broadcast of the Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First.

NAMI Convention Opens
NAMI opens its 25th Anniversary convention this week with a symposium on African Americans and mental illness, the deaf community and sessions focused on youth suicide prevention.

AUGUST

Mental Illness Prolific Among College Students
Due to a high rate of mental illness found among the college population, NAMI urges parents to talk to their children about mental illness before college and maintain an open dialogue throughout young adulthood.

Los Legisladores Latinos y NAMI 'Rompen el Silencio' Sobre Enfermedades Mentales en Foro Nacional en California
NAMI y el Caucus Nacional Hispano de Legisladores Estatales organizarán esta semana un foro nacional sobre enfermedades mentales en La Jolla, California.

NAMI and Latino Legislators "Break the Silence" on Mental Illness in National Forum
NAMI and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators are holding a national forum in La Jolla, California this week for Latino state legislators to address issues involving mental illness.

NAMI Honors "People Say I'm Crazy" With National Award
NAMI has selected People Say I'm Crazy, scheduled to premiere on Cinemax on August 18, for its Outstanding Media Award for the best television documentary of 2004.

JULY

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Named NAMI Executive Director
NAMI Board of Directors formally announces the appointment of Michael J. Fitzpatrick as the national organization’s executive director.

African Americans: Facing Mental Illness, Experiencing Recovery
African Americans face unique challenges in confronting mental illness and finding paths to recovery, which will be the focus of a symposium organized by NAMI on September 8, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

NAMI Announces "STAR" Center
NAMI has inaugurated a new technical assistance center to help improve and increase the capacity of consumer-operated programs to meet the needs of persons living with mental illnesses in diverse communities.

Stop Putting Sick Children in Jail
NAMI today condemned state and local governments that warehouse children and adolescents with mental illnesses in the juvenile justice system—simply because adequate treatment and services in their communities are unavailable.

Steve Buck Named National Director of State Relations
NAMI announces the appointment of Steven Buck as Director of State Relations of the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with mental illnesses.

JUNE

NAMI Releases Children and Psychotropics Report
On Wednesday, June 9th, NAMI releases a report on Children and Psychotropic Medications. The report provides important perspectives on the need for sound clinical practice and giving parents information to make decisions in the best interests of their children.

NAMI To Release Children and Psychotropic Medications Report
NAMI's Policy Research Institute will be releasing a report entitled "Children and Psychotropic Medications," on Wednesday, June 9th.

NAMI Establishes New Multicultural Action Center
NAMI announces the creation of a Multicultural Action Center (MAC) in conjunction with a national forum offering multicultural perspectives on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission Report.

MAY

NAMI Maine Executive Director Wins National Award
Carol Carothers, executive director of NAMI Maine, who led Maine’s initiative to prevent inappropriate incarceration and improve treatment of people with mental illnesses has been awarded $120,000 and the nation’s highest honor for community health leadership. She is one of 10 outstanding individuals from around the United States chosen to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program award.

NAMI Honors Nation's Exemplary Psychiatrists
NAMI will honor 16 physicians with "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards" at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in New York City.

APRIL

NAMI Alabama Parent Testifies Before U.S. Senate
Linda Champion of Montgomery, Alabama testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee today that findings by the U.S. Surgeon General and President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health on the fragmentation of the nation's mental health care system and burden of suffering on families of children with mental illnesses are "frankly, an understatement."

NAMIWALKS Deliver Message That Recovery From Mental Illness is Possible
Tens of thousands of Americans will take to the streets beginning this weekend, May 1-2, to raise public awareness that recovery from mental illnesses is possible. NAMIWALKS are part of the Campaign for the Mind of America, sponsored by NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) during Mental Health Month.

Emergency Departments See Dramatic Increase in People with Mental Illness Seeking Care
A recent upsurge in people with mental illness seeking treatment in emergency departments is taking a significant toll on patient care and hospital resources nationwide, according to a new survey of emergency physicians conducted by the nation’s leading mental health organizations and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Fact Sheets: Spending Money in All the Wrong Places
NAMI's Policy Research Institute has created 6 fact sheets dedicated to pressing issues. Specifically, the fact sheets address homelessness, unemployment, school failure, overcrowding in jails and prisons, overcrowding in emergency departments, and the uninsured problem.

MARCH

NAMI Task Force Calls For Stronger, Smarter Research Investment
Roadmap to Recovery and Cure calls for $1 billion increase in NIMH funding over the next 5 years.

NAMI Florida Lanza la 'Campaign for the Mind of America' con el Estudio sobre el Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental
NAMI Florida, con socios nacionales y estatales, emitió el informe El Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental en la Florida (The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida) en la capital el día de hoy como parte de una campaña nacional para la construcción de apoyos para la recuperación.

NAMI Florida Launches Campaign for the Mind of America
NAMI Florida, with national and state partners, released The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida in the state capital today, as part of a national campaign to build support for recovery.

FEBRUARY

Advocates Assail Budget Proposals to Deny Life-Saving Access to Treatment for People in Need
NAMI-Florida supports legislators making tough budget choices with data for cost-effective, smart decisions to benefit the entire community.

NAMI Urges the FDA to Promptly Issue Guidance on the Use of SSRIs to Treat Major Depression in Children
NAMI calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide clear guidance to families and mental health providers on the safe and effective treatment of major depression in children--after reviewing all of the relevant research data.

JANUARY

Campaign Launched in West Virginia
NAMI-WV and more than thirty partner organizations are kicking off West Virginia Mental/Behavioral Health Awareness Day today.

NAMI Leaders Lobby Congress
State and local leaders of NAMI will be visiting Capitol Hill offices on Thursday, January 15, as part of an annual leadership conference lasting through the weekend.

CARES Commission Accountable if Realignment Plans Are Flawed
NAMI’s concern grows over the Veterans Administration’s Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) commission’s decisions to close inpatient psychiatric care beds, such as the currently planned closure of Waco Veterans Affairs Psychiatric Hospital in Waco, TX.

2003

NOVEMBER

NAMI Launches National Campaign
Law enforcement, education, business, and health care leaders join forces. State campaigns to go in Florida, Iowa, W. Virginia, Maine, Kentucky, and Mass.

NAMI Establishes Campus Affiliates
Mental illness on college campuses has become an increasingly prevalent issue, as the pressures of college life hit at a time of increased susceptibility.

OCTOBER

Council of State Governments to Provide Technical Assistance for Mental Health Courts Grant Program
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has named the Council of State Governments (CSG), coordinator of the Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project, as the technical assistance provider for the BJA Mental Health Courts Grant Program.

NAMI Sees Cure for Schizophrenia in 10 Years
The NAMI Policy Research Institute (NPRI) today announced creation of a Task Force on Serious Mental Illness Research, co-chaired by Edward Scolnick, MD, president emeritus of Merck Research Laboratories and NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth, MD, who is the former mental health commissioner for Massachusetts. The Executive Committee of NAMI’s Scientific Council, chaired by Jack Gorman, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will help coordinate the effort.

NAMI Calls for Action Following Report on Brutal Mistreatment of U.S. Prisoners With Mental Illnesses
NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, is calling for federal and state legislative action in conjunction with the release of a report by Human Rights Watch documenting mistreatment and neglect of individuals with mental illnesses in U.S. prisons.

NAMI Veterans Testify Against Erosion of VA Psychiatric Care
The Veterans Committee of NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, testified today before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) Commission that lack of capacity and access to treatment represents “one of the greatest unmet needs” of the VA health system for military veterans with severe mental illnesses.

International Battlefield Shares Common Ground in D.C.
Global Partnership Initiative offers unique opportunity to dialogue on struggles and achievements for mental health advocates around the world.

SEPTEMBER

NAMI Latino Leadership Institute Convenes in Los Angeles
NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, will host an Instituto de Liderazgo (Leadership Institute) during the 9th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute’s (LBHI) Conference, September 23– 25, at the Universal City Hilton and Towers in Los Angeles.

Consumer Leadership Opportunity
NAMI Consumer Council calls for dialogue to identify consensus goals that promote recovery.

AUGUST

New NAMI Directors Accept Leadership Opportunity
Anand Pandya, M.D., New York City, New York; Fred Frese, Ph.D., Hudson, Ohio; and Xavier Amador, Ph.D., Peconic, New York were recently elected to NAMI's Board of Directors.

Senate Confronts Criminalization of People with Mental Illness
Our nation is failing an inordinate number of Americans with mental disorders who too often come into contact with the justice system because of a lack of appropriate services in the community, according to testimony by the Campaign for Mental Health Reform to be heard by a Senate committee today.

JULY

NAMI Releases new TRIAD Report
Data shows that people with mental illness in America are paying a high price for failures of the mental health system and continuing public stigma.

President’s Commission Offers Prescription for Broken Mental Health System
July 23, 2003 -- The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health today released its long-awaited report, including recommendations to improve America's broken mental health system. NAMI joins with a coalition of other groups to commend the Commission for its work and call on President Bush and Congress to now take the bold steps needed to realize the Commission's recommendations and make mental health a national priority.

Hope insufficient: science to services is required in crisis
Dr. Ed Scolnick, president emeritus, Merck Research Laboratories, shared revealing data comparing mental illness research with other prominent areas of medical research, such as atherosclerosis.

JUNE

Mental Health Crisis Demands Sweeping Transformation
New national survey data shows 67% of mental health consumers in the prime of their lives are unemployed: 55% have an annual income of less than $10,000. Nation's grassroots, state and federal leaders call for unified commitment for immediate change.

NAMI and American Indian & Alaska Native Leaders Meet
NAMI convened a symposium on American Indian & Alaska Native Mental Health Care at its annual convention—as part of efforts to build new partnerships and alliances to confront the mental health crisis in communities throughout the United States.

Minneapolis Students Earn National Championship
Ben Meiches and Josh Garen, students at The Blake School, Minneapolis, won the National Forensic League Championship in NAMI policy debate in Atlanta, GA this weekend. More than 91,000 students from more than 2,600 high schools nationwide competed throughout the 2002-2003 school year to qualify for the annual tournament.

Power Named to Head Federal Center for Mental Health Services
Kathryn Power is the new Director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

NAMI OUTSTANDING LITERATURE AWARDS
NAMI will honor three major authors, representing three literary genres, at its annual convention in Minneapolis on June 28-July 1, 2003.

NAMI RINDE TRIBUTO A LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN HISPANOS
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - Alianza Nacional para los Enfermos Mentales – hará entrega de los "Outstanding Media Awards" (Premios a los Medios de Comunicación más Destacados), en la próxima convención nacional de Minneapolis, a dos periódicos y una red de televisión por su ayuda en hacerle frente a la crisis de la salud mental en las comunidades latinas.

NAMI Announces 2003 Media Awards
NAMI honors editors, producers, reporters, writers or actors who address mental illness with accuracy, fairness, and compassion.

NAMI Applauds Visionary Bill to Reduce Criminalization of Mental Illness
NAMI strongly endorses this important bill to reduce unnecessary incarceration of juveniles and adults with mental illnesses and applauds these visionary leaders.

MAY

NAMIWALKS ROCKS!
Thousands will hit the streets again this weekend to raise funds, awareness for mental illness as NAMIWALKS 2003 rolls on.

NAMI Honors 'Hope on the Street'
Documentary features profile of Ramiro Guevara, NAMI's new anti-stigma director.

HOUSE HEARING OUT OF STEP WITH PRESIDENT BUSH & SURGEON GENERAL
This is the third House hearing on the topic, skewed against science, against treatment, and against principles of partnership in communities.

MARK THE DATES!
NAMI’s 24th Annual National Convention

APRIL

States Force Families to Abandon Thousands of Children
April 21, 2003 -- Federal report confirms NAMI Call to Action to help "families on the brink."

NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America Launches NAMIWALKS in 11 States
April 14, 2003--Thousands of Americans will take to the streets next month to support research, education and advocacy to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses.

Pulitzer Prizes Focus on Mental Illness for Second Year in a Row
April 8, 2003 -- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is proud to congratulate Clifford Levy and The New York Times for winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for their series on abuses in adult homes for people with mental illnesses.

MARCH

Don't Lose the War at Home
March 29, 2003 -- The National Board of Directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today called unanimously on Congress to oppose any cuts in Medicaid in the budget resolution currently before them.

MEDICAID MALPRACTICE
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today released a 10-point policy prescription for State Medicaid programs to ensure access to effective medications for people with severe mental illnesses-challenging moves by states to save money by restricting drug benefits.

FEBRUARY

APA, NAMI, NMHA Raise Serious Concerns Over Multi-State Restrictions on Medications in Medicaid
Fiscal crisis continues to lead states toward penny-wise but pound-foolish policy choices.

NAMI URGES SUPPORT FOR PAUL WELLSTONE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT
NAMI fully supports the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act of 2003.

District of Columbia Raises NAMI Flag for Lieutenant Governors
Special flag-raising ceremony offers DC News Bureaus an opportunity for background and visual footage for upcoming stories in March and April about President Bush's New Freedom Commission, deepening state budget crises in mental healthcare, and parity legislation still pending in Congress.

JANUARY

APA, NAMI, NMHA Call Upon States to Preserve Access to Psychotropic Medications
Restrictions on access to psychotropic medications not only jeopardize consumer health, they also fail to reduce health care costs over the long run.

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National Champion of People with Mental Illnesses Dies
Richard T. (Dick) Greer, 76, who in the 1980s helped spearhead the drive to refocus the federal government’s research efforts toward the biological basis for mental illnesses and to increase research funding and community services, died of acute leukemia on January 13, 2003 at his Arlington, Virginia home. Dick served six years as NAMI's first legislative director.

2002

NOVEMBER

NAMI Warns House of Representatives:Insurance Discrimination Kills


NAMI Says a Few Congressional Leaders Will Decide Mental Health Parity: Discrimination That Can Kill


President Bush's 'New Freedom' Commission on Mental Health Releases Interim Report Statement of Jim McNulty, President


OCTOBER

NAMI Lists Nation's Worst 'Halloween Horrors'


NAMI Mourns Death of Senator Paul Wellstone


NAMI Launches Campaign for the Mind of America
Announcing the Campaign for the Mind of America, a multi-year effort on many fronts to promote investment in recovery and to prevent the abandonment of yet another generation of Americans with mental illnesses.

SEPTEMBER

NAMI Condemns Congressional Hearing For Promoting 'Bad Science'


New NIMH Director Named


NAMI Tribute to Heroes


AUGUST

NAMI Calls for 'Cultural Competence' in Mental Health System Before Presidential Commission


NAMI Hace un Llamado a la Comisión Presidencial Pidiendo 'Competencia Cultural' en el Sistema de Salud Mental


JULY

Mental Health Parity: Benefits Outweigh Costs and Risks of Untreated Illnesses


NAMI Calls on Presidential Commission to Fight Stigma as Part of Reform


NAMI Condemns Trenton Newspaper for 'Roasted Nuts' Headline About Fire at Psychiatric Hospital


JUNE

Idaho, New Jersey, and Ft. Wayne NAMI Groups Win National Honors


Billy Graham's 35,000 Souls: One in Five Will Experience Mental Illness


NAMI Honors Kansas Consumer Advocate For Outstanding Service and Dedication


Presidential Commission Seeks New Era for Mental Health Care


NAMI Convention Speakers Warn: Mental Illness Increasing, Services Worsening


KEY TOPICS FOR OHIO, KENTUCKY & INDIANA MEDIA


NAMI Honors Clackamas County Affiliate


NAMI Honors Riverside Affiliate


NAMI Honors Southwest Missouri Affiliate


NAMI Unveils Monitoring Project to Measure State Mental Health Care Systems


Max Schneier Dies at 85


NAMI Announces Annual Media Awards for...


NAMI Convention Honors 'A Beautiful Mind'


NAMI Loses A Dedicated Friend


NAMI Loses A Dedicated Friend - Richard Jed Wyatt, M.D.


NAMI Members Rally in Support of Mental Health Parity


Pass Parity Now: Statement of Jim McNulty


NAMI Members Rally in Support of Mental Health Parity


Pass Parity Now: Statement of Jim McNulty,President, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill


D-DAY: Hundreds to Rally at U.S. Capitol to Demand Mental Health Parity


D-DAY: Hundreds to Rally at U.S. Capitol to Demand Mental Health Parity


MAY

Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness & Survival


NAMI Recognizes America's Exemplary Psychiatrists


2002 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrists


Olympic Torch Run on February 7th Honors Families Affected by Mental Illness


APRIL

NAMI Applauds President's Mental Health Commission and Pledge to Pass Full Parity Legislation


PBS Documentary: A Brilliant Madness


Remarks of President George W. Bush in Support of Insurance Parity (April 29, 2002)


NAMI Condemns CBS's 60 Minutes For 'Sound Bite Journalism'


PBS Documentary: A Brilliant Madness


Los Angeles Times Wins Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing on Homelessness and Mental Illness


MARCH

What NAMI Members Are Saying About "A Beautiful Mind"


NAMI Establishes Policy Institute to 'Drive National Debate on Mental Illness'


NAMI Supports Introduction of House Legislation to End Insurance Discrimination


Nami Honors A Beautiful Mind For Year's Most Outstanding Contribution To Public Understanding Of Mental Illness


DON'T KILL ANDREA YATES: Change the Law Instead


FEBRUARY

Federal Court Strikes Down BoundaryBetween Physical And Mental Illness


NAMI Outlines HHS Budget Concerns;National Commission on Treatment of Mental Illness Also Awaited


JANUARY

In Our Own Voice: Living With Mental Illness


NAMI Calls


2001

DECEMBER

Contact Local PBS Stations by January 11th
Award-Winning Documentaries on Mental IllnessNow Available for Local Broadcast



The President, Congress, and the Mental Health Parity Amendment:Let's Hold The Leaders Who Killed It Accountable


NAMI Announces New Center on Practice & Research;Dr. Xavier Amador to Head


NAMI Offers Perspective On A Beautiful Mind:Living With Schizophrenia


Just In Time For End-Of-Year Giving:NAMI Named One Of Nation's Best Charities


NOVEMBER

Mental health system 'failed' man who attacked Beatle George Harrison; Government apologizes


NAMI Opposes Michigan Move To Restrict Medicaid Access to Drugs


OCTOBER

U.S. Senate Passes Parity for Mental Health Insurance: Victory for Consumers and Nation's Needs


NIMH Director Steven Hyman to return to Harvard; NAMI praises his leadership as "a hard act to follow"


NAMI Applauds World Health Organization's Landmark Report on Mental Health


AUGUST

NAMI Warns Sony and Mattel: International Reputations are at Risk


NAMI Applauds Senate Committee for Unanimous Approval of Parity Bill


JULY

Media Advisory: Postpartum Depression & Parity Legislation Deadline


New Officers & Directors Elected to NAMI Board


NAMI Commends Senate for Convening Hearing on Mental Health Parity


NAMI Convention Focuses on Global Impact of Mental Illness


JUNE

Media Advisory - NAMI Convention Key Speakers Schedule


NAMI Honors LA Times and SF Chronicle for Leading Mental Health Reforms


NAMI Outstanding Media Awards for 2001


NAMI Honors Hollywood Actors for Confronting Mental Illness in Drama & Real Life


Ground-Breaking Study Reveals Importance Of Combining Supported Employment With Mental Health Services


MAY

NAMI Invites Latino Community to its Convention in Washington, D.C.


NAMI Convention Set for Washington, D.C.


NAMI Invita a la Comunidad Latina a su Convención en Washington, D.C.


NAMI Recognizes America's Exemplary Psychiatrists
Awards Presented During APA Convention



National Suicide Prevention Strategy Must Emphasize Screening, Treatment, and End to Stigma


APRIL

NAMI Salutes World Health Day's Focus on Mental Health & Mental Illnesses


MARCH

NAMI Calls for Investigation in New York State


Richard Birkel Named NAMI Executive Director


Help End School Violence: NAMI Calls for Routine Screenings of Children for Mental Illness


NAMI Partners with HBO for Suicide Education & Prevention


NAMI Publishes Tools for Advocates:Legal Protections in Managed Care and Preserving Access to Effective Medications to Treat Mental Illness


FEBRUARY

Partnership for Solutions: Poll Reveals Major Public Concern for Chronic Conditions, Including Mental Illnesses


Don't Miss It Again: Discovery Channel's Documentary on Schizophrenia


NAMI Supports 'Family Opportunity Act' to Secure Treatment for Children with Mental Illnesses


White House Shooting Reflects National Issue: 'Suicide By Cop'


JANUARY

THE RUSSELL WESTON CASE: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ON TRIAL


NAMI WEB SITE GETS NEW LOOK


Media Advisory: NAMI Offers Family Perspectives on the Surgeon General's Release of a National Action Agenda on Children's Mental Health


NAMI Emphasizes Urgency Of Surgeon General's Report On Children's Mental Health


2000

DECEMBER

Don't Miss Discovery Channel Documentary On Schizophrenia


'Stark Raving Mad' TV Producer Reassures Mental Health Community


Leading Experts to Discuss Latest Developments at Annual Convention


NAMI APPLAUDS SURGEON GENERAL’S REPORT AS A FOUNDATION FOR ACTION


NAMI Blasts Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating for Veto of Insurance Parity Bill as Anti-Family and Anti-Taxpayer


NAMI Endorses Campaign To Double NIH Funding
“NIH-2” Key To Efforts to Develop New Treatments for Serious Brain Disorders



NAMI Protests ABC’s Wonderland With Commercial Sponsors


NAMI Protests Syndicated Columnist’s 'Cruel and Offensive' Bigotry Toward People with Mental Illnesses


President Awards Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D. National Medal Of Science For Research On Mental Illness


NOVEMBER

Maine Voting Rights Referendum And The 2000 Presidential Election


OCTOBER

NAMI Names Andrew Sperling Deputy Executive Director For Public Policy


Planned Resignation Of Laurie Flynn And Search For New Executive Director


NAMI Receives Net Services Software Donation from Novell


NAMI Applauds Nobel Prize Winners


NAMI Condemns Congressional Hearing For Putting Children At Risk


Hiring Individuals With Mental Illnesses: Coaxing The Mental Health System Toward A Recovery-Based Model


SEPTEMBER

Congress Passes Landmark Legislation Restricting Restraints & Seclusion


Stop Criminalizing Mental Illness


U.S. Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: Developing A National Action Agenda


NAMI Hosts Children's Consortium Celebrating 30 Years As Policy Forum


AUGUST

NAMI Appeals For Justice In Georgia Death Penalty Case


JULY

NAMI Applauds Introduction Of House Legislation Expanding Access To Mental Health Treatment


NAMI Supports Grassley-Kennedy Bill To End Financial Devastation of Families With Children Who Have Serious Mental Illnesses


Texan Chosen for Additional Term as NAMI President


JUNE

Media and Entertainment Leaders Honored for Excellence On News Reports, Dramatic Portrayals of Mental Illness


NAMI Applauds Bush Speech On Disability Policy


NAMI to Present Outstanding Media Awards at Annual Convention


NAMI Opens Annual Convention In San Diego


NAMI Protests 'Me, Myself & Irene'


Childhood and Adolescent Mental Illnesses Take Center Stage at NAMI's 21st Annual Convention in San Diego


MAY

NAMI Applauds Vice-President Gore's Mental Health Initiative


Senators Domenici And Kennedy Introduce Mental Health Reform Bill


NAMI Supports Domenici-Wellstone Bill For Full Insurance Coverage For Severe Mental Illnesses


Thank You Governor Gilmore!


NAMI Recognizes Outstanding Psychiatrists


NAMI Joins In Announcing New Center For The Advancement Of Children's Mental Health


Congress Begins Action On FY 2001 Spending Bills For Research And Services


15 National Groups Seek Warnings From ABC On Suicide TV Episode


NAMI Applauds Massachusetts Governor For Signing Parity Law


APRIL

NAMI To Hold Annual Convention In San Diego


Massachusetts Poised To Enact Parity; Kentucky Is 30th State


ABC Agrees to Add Epilogue to Wonderland


ABC Takes Wonderland Off The Air


15 National Groups Demand ABC Warn Viewers


MARCH

Wonderland Premiere Brings Call On White House To Fight Stigma In Entertainment Industry


NAMI Warns ABC Television: 'Wonderland' Is Hazardous To Public Health


The Andrew Goldstein Verdict


The Family Opportunity Act Of 2000


Congressional Staff Briefing On The Abuses Of Restraints In Psychiatric Facilities


MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressional Staff Briefing On Deaths And Injuries From The Abuse Of Restraints In Psychiatric Hospitals And Other Treatment Facilities


NAMI Emphasizes Critical Need For Increased Brain Research For Severe Mental Illnesses


NAMI Asks Attorney General Reno For Investigation Of State Of Florida's Mental Health Treatment Of Children & Adolescents


NAMI Praises Patrick Kennedy For Courage In Acknowledging Depression


FEBRUARY

NAMI Salutes 13 For Leadership in Supporting Employment of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses


NAMI Presents 10-Year Forecast Of Mental Health Care Trends


A Shooting Death In San Diego


NAMI Praises New Mexico Govenor for Signing Parity Bill


Mental Illness Suicide Prevention


NAMI Launches National 'I Vote, I Count' Campaign For Voter Registration & Education


NAMI's Interviews With Danielle Steel & Kay Jamison Provide Advance Glimpse Of Tuesday Hearing


Mental Illness Recovery Platform Emphasized At NAMI Annual Legislative Conference, February 5-8, 2000


NAMI Calls on North Carolina Lawmakers to Stem the Tide of Death


JANUARY

What Does Every Presidential Candidate Except John McCain Know About Mental Illness?


Texas Execution Tests Governor Bush's Compassion On Eve Of Iowa Caucuses


NAMI Moves to New National Headquarters


1999

DECEMBER

Are You Ready For The Surgeon General's Report?


The New York Subway Case: A Hung Jury for Andrew Goldstein


OCTOBER

World Premiere Presentation: Investigative Reports: Teenage Suicide: The Silent Threat


Senate Finance Committee Hearing On The Abuse Of Seclusion & Restraints In Psychiatric Facilities


The Death Of Senator John Chafee


Coast-To-Coast 'Ride For Awareness' Heads Into Final Stretch


Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's Remarks On Suicide


NAMI Challenges Decision Makers To Make Mental Illness Recovery A Priority


Senate Chairman To Hold Hearing On Abuse Of Seclusion & Restraints In Psychiatric Facilities


SEPTEMBER

As The Hurricane Approaches: Don't Forget People With Mental Illness


Governor Gray Davis Urged to Sign Mental Health Parity Bill to Redeem California as National Leader


AUGUST

DATELINE NBC DEVOTES FULL HOUR TO MAN WITH MENTAL ILLNESS FRIDAY NIGHT


NAMI Protests Nestle's Promotion Of Mental Illness Stigma


Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Stays Execution Of Man With Schizophrenia


NAMI Criticizes Arkansas Officials For Lack Of Consumer Input On Managed Care Plan


NAMI Asks Texas Governor George Bush To Commute Death Sentence Of Man With Schizophrenia


A Brother's Odyssey: Bicyclist Raises Awareness Of Mental Illness


JULY

NAMI Lauds Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent Suicide


Gaps Exist In Public's Understanding Of Bipolar Disorder


Three New Advocates Elected to NAMI Board, Three Incumbents Also Chosen


NAMI Calls For Congressional Hearings Following Justice Department Report


NAMI Minnesota Receives Outstanding Advocacy Award


Hellish Lives for Children with Severe Mental Illnesses and Their Families, Landmark National Survey Finds


NAMI Honors The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints


JUNE

Chicago Is Site For Major Convention On Mental Illness


Supreme Court Gives Incremental Victory To Persons With Mental Illness In Olmstead Decision


A Brother's 'Cycle Across America'


NAMI Applauds White House Conference On Mental Health


NAMI Media Efforts In Connection With White House Conference On Mental Health


NAMI Calls On President Clinton To Require Mental Health Insurance Parity From Federal Contractors


Nation's Voice On Mental Illness Unveils Model State Legislation For New National Campaign


MAY

White House to Require Full Mental Illness Insurance Parity for Federal Employees


'Dawson's Creek' links with NAMI


NAMI Recognizes Outstanding Psychiatrists


Tipper Gore & Depression: It Can Happen To Anyone


APRIL

NAMI Publishes First-Ever Consumer Survey On Scientific Research


Supreme Court Nears 'Defining Moment'


Montana Governor Signs Parity Law


Utah Tragedy Distorts View Of Severe Mental Illness


Federal Legislation To Provide Full Insurance Coverage For Severe Mental Illnesses


'How Many More Must Die' NAMI Asks Congress


MEDIA ADVISORY: Deadly Restraints


NAMI Asks New Jersey Governor To Sign Parity Bill


MARCH

Introduction Of Legislation For National Standards To Prevent Abuse Of Restraints And Seclusion


NAMI Applauds Senators Lieberman, Dodd and Representatives DeGette, DeLauro and Stark For Introducing Bills On Restraints & Seclusion


NAMI Urges Virginia Governor Gilmore To Make History By Signing Parity Law


Bipartisan House Legislation Introduced to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Disabilities


New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Given Second Chance To End Discrimination Against Persons With Mental Illness


NAMI Applauds NBC News Program 'Back to Bedlam' For Exposing Failure of Mental Healthcare System


FEBRUARY

Federal legislation Will End Health Insurance Discrimination - NAMI


Utah House Passes Landmark Parity Bill, Spotlight Now On Senate


NAMI Calls 'Beverly Hills 90210' Plot Grossly Irresponsible


First Ohio Execution In 35 Years Involves Man With Severe Mental Illness


JANUARY

NAMI's Legislative Conference Highlights Mental Illness Agenda, February 4-7, 1999


Governor Almond and Cabinet Host


Nation's Leading Research Agency Fails Basic Mission


Bipartisan Leadership Bill to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Disabilities


The Kendra Webdale-Andrew Goldstein Tragedy: One More Failure In America's Mental Healthcare System


1998

OCTOBER

NAMI Applauds ResearchProtections, Opposes Threats to Research In Draft Report IssuedBy National Bioethics Advisory Commission


NAMI Calls For Major Reforms In Use Of Physical Restraints In Psychiatric Facilities


FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS - Our Nation’s Continued Failure to Provide Effective Care and Treatment For Individuals With the Most Severe Mental Illnesses


FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS - New Survey Shows Nation’s Continued Failure to Provide Care and Treatment For Individuals With the Most Severe Mental Illnesses


SEPTEMBER

Wilson Rejects Opportunity to End Discrimination Against Hundreds of Thousands in California with Mental Illness


NAMI Calls On Congress To Act On Patients’ Bill Of Rights Legislation


Texan Appointed President of NAMI Board


NAMI Urges Governor Wilson To Sign Health Insurance Parity Bill The Time To End Insurance Discrimination Is Now!


AUGUST

New Report Shows Costs of Medications for Severe Mental Illnesses Significantly Higher in United States, Than In Europe


New Federal Report Reconfirms Affordability of Equal Health Insurance Coverage for Mental Illnesses


Statement From NAMI Concerning Access to Most Effective Medicines For Schizophrenia


JULY

NAMI Awards Compaq For Leading The Way In Equal Insurance Coverage For Mental Illness


NAMI Awards EEX For Leading The Way In Equal Insurance Coverage For Mental Illness


The National Alliance For The Mentally Ill Calls For Parity In Massachusetts


The Russell Weston Tragedy is the Tragic Story of Schizophrenia in America


NAMI Awards Nine U.S. Corporations Leading The Way In Equal Insurance Coverage For Severe Mental Illness


E. Clarke Ross To Join NAMI As Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy


Massachusetts Advocate Honored For Personal Courage, Leadership, And Advocacy On Behalf Of Others Living With Serious Mental Illnesses


Montana Advocate Honored Nationally For Fighting Discrimination Against People With Mental Illness


NAMI EXAMINES PIVOTAL ROLE OF RESEARCH IN RECOVERY FROM SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION


Nation at Crossroads of Success or Failure, Declare Advocates for the Mentally Ill


NAMI Kicks-Off Annual Convention With Special Legislative Briefings
Events Scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 1998



From Discovery to Recovery: NAMI Hosts Annual Convention In Washington, D.C.


JUNE

NAMI Urges Puerto Rico Senate To Remove Barriers To Fair Medical Treatment
Pass Parity Bill And End Discrimination Against People with Severe Mental Illnesses



THE MICHAEL LAUDOR TRAGEDY


NAMI Urges New York Senate To Pass Parity Bill Before Legislature Adjourns On Thursday


Landmark Court Decision Against Kmart Strikes Down Unfair Disability Coverage For Severe Mental Illness


NAMI Urges Pennsylvania To Remove Barriers To Medical Treatment
Gannon Amendment Will End Mental Illness Insurance Discrimination



NAMI Urges Massachusetts Legislature To Pass Mental Health Parity Bill


NAMI Awards Outstanding Psychiatrists


MAY

NAMI Congratulates Gov. Carper For Signing Equal Insurance Coverage Into Law


New Study Confirms Treatment Reduces Violence in Individuals with Major Psychiatric Disorders by Half


Statewide Poll Shows 91 Percent Of New Yorkers Want To End Discrimination In Health Insurance Coverage


William T. Emmet to Join NAMI as Chief Operating Officer


NAMI Urges Massachusetts Legislators To Pass Health Insurance Parity Bill - The Time To Act Is Now!


Behavioral Health Benefit Dollars Have Plummeted, New Study Finds Consumer, Provider Groups Say Patient Care May Be At Risk


Mental Healthcare Benefits Erode Farther and Faster Than Thought Landmark Study


APRIL

NAMI Praises Tennessee Governor Sundquist For Ending Insurance Discrimination Against People With Mental Illness


NAMI Praises Tennessee Legislature for Passing Parity Bill - Elected Officials Join Fast Growing Trend Among States to End Discrimination


NAMI Blasts Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating for Veto of State Parity Bill
- Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness Allowed to Continue -



NAMI Urges Surgeon General To Make Suicide Prevention Top Priority


The National Alliance For The Mentally Ill Urges Illinois Senate Action On House Bill 111


NAMI Salutes  Georgia Governor And State Lawmakers For Ending DiscriminationAgainst Mental Illness


NAMI Congratulates Massachusetts Senate On Passing Parity And Urges House To Do The Same


NAMI Congratulates NJ Senate On Passing Parity And Urges NJ Assembly To Do The Same


MARCH

Full Health Insurance Coverage A Must For People With Severe Mental Illnesses


Millions With Schizophrenia Not Getting Basic Treatment, Landmark Study Shows Care Lags Far Behind Science


NAMI Salutes South Dakota Governor And State Lawmakers For Ending Discrimination Against Mental Illness


What Americans Need To Know About Health Insurance For Mental Illness


NAMI Blasts New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for Veto Of Insurance Parity Bill As Anti-Family, Anti-Taxpayer


FEBRUARY

NAMI Salutes Influential Individuals For Their Courage In Speaking Publicly About Personal Experiences With Mental Illness


NAMI Salutes Prominent Figures For Their Courage In Working To End Stigma Against Mental Illness


NAMI Calls On Governor Johnson To End Discrimination Against People With Mental Illnesses


Parity In New York - The Time Is Now


Parity In Tennessee - Now Is The Time To Show Treatment Works


Parity In New Mexico - The Time Is Now


NAMI Calls For Increased Funding For Research Of Serious Brain Disorders


JANUARY

NAMI To Hold Legislative Conference January 30 - February 1, 1998


Facts On Schizophrenia


NAMI Praises Justice Department's Humane Decision In Kaczynski Case


No Death Penalty For Persons With Severe Mental Illnesses
Statement By Laurie M. Flynn, Executive Director
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill



1997

DECEMBER

Mental Health Parity Act To Take Effect At Midnight


Parity Regulations Published in Today's Federal Register


Interest in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Increasing


Pivotal Victory For Americans With Severe Mental Illnesses


President Clinton Signs Bill Intended to Speed Approval of New Drugs


New HBO Documentary Unlocks The Mystery Behind Major Depression


NAMI Ranked Among Top 10 Charitable Organizations Nationwide


New Antipsychotic Drugs As First-line Treatment


New Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Recommended As First-line Medications For People With Serious Brain Disorders


NOVEMBER

President's Managed Care Consumer Bill Of Rights


States Falling Short in Plans to Cover Children with Severe Mental Illnesses


JAMA Paper Shows That Mental Health Parity is Affordable


Discrimination Upheld In Maine


Legal Advocacy Project Established to End Barriers to Care for Millions


Legal Advocacy Project Established to End Barriers to Care for Millions


OCTOBER

Survey Shows Nation’s Businesses Preparing to Make Insurance Discrimination A Thing of the Past


Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 Threatened by Backdoor Maneuver


Texas Lawmaker Appointed To NAMI Board


SEPTEMBER

Managed Care Puts Millions With Severe Mental Illness at Risk, Landmark Study Reveals


National Report Card To Show Managed Care Shortcomings


JULY

Nearly 40 Percent Of Older Suicide Victims See Doctor During Week Before Killing Themselves


JUNE

NAMI Praises Senate in Landmark Move to End Discrimination Against Children with Severe Mental Illnesses


NAMI Applauds Governor Bush and Texas Legislature For Ending Insurance Discrimination in Coverage For Severe Mental Illness


Parity Becomes Law in Vermont


MAY

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Assails PacifiCare For Restricting Access to Effective Medications


People With Severe Mental Illness Speak Out For The First Time In Study On Effects Of Stigma


U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, Mrs. Nancy Domenici To be Honored by New Mexico Alliance for the Mentally Ill


APRIL

Parity in Missouri - The Time is Now


In Support Of Janssen Pharmaceutica's Person-To-Person Initiative


MARCH

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Supports Passage of Georgia Senate Bill 139


NAMI Applauds Colorado Legislature for Ending Insurance Discrimination in Coverage For Severe Mental Illness


NAMI Combats Stigma with Science


FEBRUARY

Focus Group Report Analyzes First Two Wonderland Episodes


NAMI To Hold Legislative Conference February 14 - 16, 1997



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