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The Criminalization of People with Mental Illness

NAMI’s Position (Summarized from the NAMI Policy Platform)

Treatment, not punishment:

NAMI believes that persons who have committed offenses due to states of mind or behavior caused by a brain disorder require treatment, not punishment. NAMI believes that a prison or jail is never an optimal therapeutic setting. NAMI believes that mental health systems have an obligation to develop and implement systems of appropriate care for individuals whose untreated brain disorders may cause them to engage in inappropriate or criminal behaviors.

Treatment while in correctional settings:

NAMI believes that states and communities have legal and ethical obligations to provide people with brain disorders humane and effective treatment while in correctional settings.

Training and education:

NAMI believes that education about brain disorders at all levels of judicial and legal systems is crucial to the appropriate disposition of cases involving offenders with brain disorders. Judges, lawyers, police officers, correctional officers, parole and probation officers, law enforcement personnel, court officers, and emergency medical transport and service personnel should be required to complete at least 20 hours of training about these disorders. Consumers and family members should be a part of this educational process.

Violence:

NAMI believes that, in the overwhelming majority of cases, dangerous or violent acts committed by persons with brain disorders are the result of neglect or inappropriate or inadequate treatment of their illness.

Insanity defense:

NAMI supports the retention of the "insanity defense" and favors the two-prong test that includes the volitional as well as the cognitive standard. NAMI opposes the adoption of "guilty but mentally ill" statutes. NAMI supports systems that provide comprehensive, long-term care and supervision in hospitals and in the community to individuals found "not guilty by reason of insanity," "guilty except for insanity, or any other similar terminology used in state statutes pertaining to the insanity defense.

Parole and probation, transitional services:

NAMI believes that states must adopt systems for assisting individuals with serious brain disorders who have served sentences and are eligible for release on parole with appropriate treatment and services to aid their transition back into the community.

Death penalty:

NAMI opposes the death penalty for persons with brain disorders.

The "Criminalization" Trend Is Today Worse Than Ever

In 1992, NAMI and Public Citizen’s Health Research Group released a report, entitled Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails as Mental Hospitals, which revealed alarmingly high numbers of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses incarcerated in jails across the country. Most of these people had not committed major crimes, but either had been charged with misdemeanors or minor felonies directly related to the symptoms of their untreated mental illnesses, or had been charged with no crimes at all. Unfortunately, the problems described in that report have worsened in the ensuing years.

A report issued by the United States Department of Justice in 1999 revealed that 16 percent of all inmates in state and federal jails and prisons have schizophrenia, manic depressive illness (bipolar disorder), major depression, or another severe mental illness. This means that on any given day, there are roughly 283,000 persons with severe mental illnesses incarcerated in federal and state jails and prisons. In contrast, there are approximately 70,000 persons with severe mental illnesses in public psychiatric hospitals, and 30 percent of them are forensic patients. Additionally, police are increasingly becoming front-line respondents to people with severe mental illnesses experiencing crises in the community.

Conditions in jails and prisons are often terrifying for people with severe mental illnesses. These settings are not conducive to effectively treating people with these brain disorders. Many correctional facilities do not have qualified mental health professionals on staff to recognize and respond to the needs of inmates experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms. Correctional facilities frequently respond to psychotic inmates by punishing them or placing them in physical restraints or administrative segregation (isolation), responses that may exacerbate rather than alleviate their symptoms. Inmates with severe mental illnesses usually do not have access to newer, state-of-the-art, atypical antipsychotic drugs because of the costs of these medications. Federal and state prisons generally do not have adequate rehabilitative services available for inmates with severe mental illnesses to aid them in their transition back into communities.

These alarming trends are directly related to the inadequacies of community mental health systems and services. The widespread adoption of systems with proven effectiveness in addressing the needs of people with the most severe mental illnesses, such as assertive community treatment programs, would sharply decrease the numbers of people with severe mental illnesses involved in criminal justice systems.

However, since these programs are available only sporadically throughout the country, NAMI’s strategies for reducing criminalization focuses both on improving community mental health services and on addressing the treatment and support needs of people with severe mental illnesses in criminal justice systems.

Strategies for Reducing the Criminalization of People with Severe Mental Illnesses:

NAMI is pursuing the following strategies for reducing the criminalization of people with severe mental illnesses:

  • Adopting programs such as the Memphis Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program to train police officers who come into contact with people with severe mental illnesses in the community to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses and to respond effectively and appropriately to people who are experiencing psychiatric crises.
  • Supporting mechanisms to divert people with severe mental illnesses from arrest and incarceration into treatment before they are arrested and come into contact with correctional and court systems. In FY 2002, Congress appropriated $4 million for the federal Jail Diversion program at the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) authorized under P.L. 106-310 (Section 520g). NAMI urges full funding of $10 million for this program in FY 2003.
  • Creating authority in state criminal codes for judges to divert non-violent offenders with severe mental illnesses away from incarceration into appropriate treatment. This includes authority for judges to defer entries of judgment pending completion of treatment programs and to dismiss charges and expunge the records of individuals who successfully complete treatment programs.
  • Establishing specialty "mental health courts" to hear all cases involving individuals with severe mental illnesses charged with misdemeanors or non-violent felonies, with the purpose of diverting as many of these cases as possible away from criminal incarceration into appropriate mental health treatment and services. In 2000, Congress enacted and former President Clinton signed into law a bill (P.L.106-515) authorizing grants to communities to establish demonstration mental health courts. In fiscal year (FY) 2002, Congress appropriated $4 million for these Courts. One of NAMI’s priorities is to ensure that Congress appropriates full funding of $10 million for these Courts as part of the FY 2003 Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations bill.
  • Training probate, civil, and criminal court judges and other Court personnel about severe mental illnesses and legal issues affecting people with these illnesses.
  • Creating specialized divisions or units within departments of parole and probation with specific responsibility for coordinating and administering services for people with severe mental illnesses who are on probation.
  • Providing specialized training to parole officers about severe mental illnesses, the needs of people with these illnesses on probation, and treatment resources and benefits available to these individuals.

 

Recent legislation has helped more veterans and their families access the mental health care and other services they need. More action will be needed on behalf of the nation's veterans of today and tomorrow.

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NAMI 2010 Elections

As a grassroots organization, NAMI draws its strength from its members and leaders. That strength comes in the form of a skilled and active board of directors, in bylaws that support the organization’s mission and vision, and in resolutions that promote and advance that mission and vision.  

NAMI's board and bylaws can only be changed by vote of the membership—NAMI's affiliates and chartered state organizations—that is: by you! NAMI's future lies in our hands.

This site includes information to help you make those decisions. Please read on—and then join the election debate within your affiliate.

Click here for information about candidates for the NAMI National Board of Directors.

Click here for information about proposed bylaws amendments.

Click here for information about NAMI's voting processes.

You can help shape NAMI's future. Your vote counts!

Service on the NAMI National board is a fulfilling experience. We are honored and humbled to represent the members who elected us and we want to do the best job possible for NAMI and its vital mission. We thank the thousands of NAMI members who inspire and focus us in our work.

Sincerely,

Stephen H. Feinstein, Ph.D
President, NAMI Board of Directors
  Jim Payne
Member, NAMI Board of Directors
2010 Election Chair

A Message from the NAMI National Board of Directors

NAMI Board service demands experience, knowledge, commitment, and time to help others. Board members must be passionate about NAMI's goals, values, and beliefs. But beyond that critical passion, Board members should have some high-level decision-making experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: public policy, fund raising, nonprofit legal oversight, outreach and educational programs, technology and communications, marketing, membership development, business, investments, finance, or volunteerism. Service on the board of a large nonprofit organization and understanding of the complex and varied legal and fiduciary decisions a board struggles with on a routine basis are also critical to good NAMI Board service.

Board members are elected for three year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. Board members should be prepared to dedicate a between six to ten hours/week to their NAMI Board service, including service on three or four standing committees, frequent conference calls, other work groups as may be needed, in addition to Board and other meeting travel. NAMI Board members represent the organization before the general public, NAMI members, professional service providers, and public officials.

To know what specific skills and expertise we need on the Board, we first had to know what we already have. In collecting this information we noticed some important things:

  • While among our most important roles as a governing board is fiscal management, we have very few members with specific training in this area.
  • While fund raising is critically important as a board function—and an expectation of us all—we have relatively few members who really relish this role.
  • While NAMI represents mental illness across the life span, we have no members with younger children who live with mental illness now, and just a few whose adult children became ill when very young.
  • While NAMI seeks to represent the communities in which we live all across the country, our board still lacks substantial diversity (NAMI defines "diversity" broadly, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, as well as representation across the life-span, regionally, urban/rural/frontier, sexual orientation, and lived experience, among others.) Although we think we've made great progress in our diversity in recent years, we know we need to do more!

This year, six board members will be elected. Five candidates will be elected to serve for the standard three-year term and one candidate will be elected to fill the balance of a vacated term for one year. Five current Board members' regular terms will expire and their seats come up for general election. In addition, one member appointed by the Board on an interim basis is required to seek election by the membership to continue Board service.

The NAMI National Board is a working board whose members play active and important roles in setting policy for the success of the national organization. NAMI is best served by Board members who are team players and who keep the big picture in mind. Service on the National Board challenges us all to rise above our local and state concerns, or single areas of particular interest, to see the scope of our national needs. To best serve in the Board role, members are expected to:

  • Attend and participate fully in quarterly Board meetings, Annual Conventions, Leadership Institutes, and other organizational functions
  • Understand and protect the fiduciary health of the organization
  • Understand and adhere to the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of a non-profit board
  • Understand and support NAMI's programs and public policies
  • Be NAMI members in good standing, and
  • Make what feels to the individual to be a significant financial contribution to NAMI National, on an annual basis.

Service on the NAMI National board is a fulfilling experience. We are honored and humbled to represent the members who elected us and we want only to do the best job possible for NAMI and its vital mission. We invite able and experienced leaders from all walks of life to join us in this remarkable journey—and we thank the thousands of NAMI members who inspire and focus us in our work.

Fight Stigma: Become A StigmaBuster!

What is NAMI StigmaBusters?

NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.

Whether these images are found in TV, film, print, or other media, StigmaBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes. They seek to educate society about the reality of mental illness and the courageous struggles faced by consumers and families every day. StigmaBusters' goal is to break down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect.

Each month, close to 20,000 advocates receive a NAMI StigmaBusters Alert, and it is read by countless others around the world online. Send it to your own personal and professional networks.

Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.

Questions? Contact: stigmabusters@nami.org.

Join StigmaBusters

Learn More About Fighting Stigma

Access More Anti-Stigma Resources

  • Discover In Our Own Voice, a powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness
  • Visit The ADS Center, the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Learn about the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery sponsored by SAMHSA and the U.S. Ad Council



Current StigmaBuster Alert

Read the most recent StigmaBuster alert below, browse the StigmaBuster Alerts Archive, or subscribe to have StigmaBuster alerts e-mailed to you.

Welcome!

The Information HelpLine is an information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST.  Business callers, including those seeking particular NAMI staff members, should call 1 (703) 524-7600.

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You may also email us at info@nami.org.

Trained volunteers provide information, referrals and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness.

The Information HelpLine offers:

  • Information.  We provide general (non-professional) information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression; issues affecting children, adolescents & young families; general questions about medication; NAMI programs (such as Family-to-Family and In Our Own Voice); NAMI policy positions (such as mental health parity); and more.
  • Referrals.  Callers are referred to NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and support groups throughout the country and to other organizations serving the needs of those affected by serious mental illness.
  • Support.  Trained volunteers,consumers and family members are in a unique position to offer support and empathy from people who know what it's like and who have "been there."

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 NAMI Provider Education

Teaching Those Who Serve Us

 

The NAMI Provider Education Program presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent brain disorders. The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers endure and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to find ways to reconstruct lives which must be lived, through no fault of the consumer or family, "on the verge."

The Provider Course emphasizes the involvement of consumers in the challenging work of provider-staff training. The teaching team consists of five people:

  • two family members trained as NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program teachers;
  • two consumers who are knowledgeable about their own mental illness, have a supportive relationship with their families, and are dedicated to the process of recovery; and
  • a mental health professional who is also a family member or consumer.

Few teaching programs employ consumers in this kind of sustained training effort in which they are paid to participate on a teaching team as they present a 10-week course.

The course reflects a new knowledge base, the "lived experiences" of coping with a brain disorder or caring for someone who struggles with this life-long challenge. Including this deeply personal perspective creates an appreciable difference in the program's content. It adds a means of teaching the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses to the academic medical information in the course.

In written evaluations and in focus-group surveys of their reactions to these classes, staff members reported that the course was fresh, relevant, helpful, enlightening, and emotionally overwhelming.

Participants felt that not only had their approach towards families changed, but that their understanding of consumers' dealing-with-life dilemmas had expanded as well. Almost every participant described how his or her own clinical practice had changed because of what was learned in class.

The NAMI Provider Education Program is currently being taught in twenty-two states:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana,  New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Provider program is also available in the Canadian province of Ontario.  For more information, contact Joyce Burland or Joe Harris at the National NAMI office at (703) 524-7600, or e-mail joeh@nami.org or joyce@nami.org to find out if the Provider Program is available in your area.  

 

NAMI Legal Center


The NAMI Legal Center advocates on behalf of individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families. Our Legal Center works both independently and collaborates with private attorneys, legal service organizations, mental health and consumer advocacy organizations on projects of mutual interest.

Our Core Projects focus on:

  • Criminalization of People with Severe Mental Illnesses:
    • Jail Diversion Strategies, including Police Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) teams & Mental Health Courts;
    • Access to treatment for inmates with serious mental illnesses;
    • Discharge planning & transitional services; and
    • Training of Law Enforcement & Court Personnel.

  • NAMI Law and Science Center - - The Center was created to provide technical assistance to lawyers suing third party public and private sector payers to promote unrestricted access to medications. The Center provides technical assistance on clinical, legal and health economics issues to lawyers representing people with mental illnesses or their families in pertinent cases, with a particular focus on linking lawyers with information, materials and experts needed to develop and advance their cases on access to medications and services.

  • Amicus Briefs/Litigation Support in cases broadly impacting on access to services and the rights of persons with serious mental illnesses.
  • Provide information about The ADA & Other Legal Rights for People with Mental Illnesses
  • Legal Publications - - Provide important information on legal and advocacy issues that impact people with severe mental illnesses
  • Lawyer Referral Panels
    Unfortunately the NAMI Legal Center is not able to provide individual representation in legal matters. However, we maintain two lawyer referral panels, a general referral panel and an elder and estate planning panel, and may be able to refer you to an attorney for representation. If you are interested in a lawyer referral, or in joining our panels, please click here.

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NAMI's Support for Federal Funding for Mental Illness

  • NAMI strongly supports efforts to substantially increase federal funding to ensure that there are adequate resources for promising biomedical research into brain disorders and genetics and supports initiatives focused on neural receptors, receptor subtypes, and modulators. NAMI applauds efforts in Congress and from the Bush Administration to increase funding for NIH, and urges that increases enacted in FY 2003 for the NIMH be directed to the most serious and disabling brain disorders. NAMI also supports changes in the NIMH mission that will place greater emphasis on the most serious brain disorders—including schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder—in its research portfolio.
  • NAMI supports targeted increases in funding for programs at the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that are focused on assisting states and communities in replicating evidence-based programs that serve children and adults living with severe mental illnesses.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NAMI is extremely grateful to bipartisan leadership in Congress, and on the part of President Bush, to complete the goal of doubling the federal investment in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by 2003. Completing this effort is a major achievement that you and your colleagues in Congress can truly can be proud of and that people with severe mental illness and their families are extremely grateful.

Thanks to important research funded by NIMH, through its current $1.118 billion budget, critical advances have been achieved in treatment for people living with serious brain disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, over the last decade. But we still have a long way to go. Medical science has yet to produce cures for severe mental illnesses. Furthermore, the most promising evidence-based treatments and services remain inaccessible for people who need and deserve them. From biomedical research to services research, NAMI believes that research on severe mental illnesses are under-funded. The proposed FY 2003 investment lacks equitable proportion to the scientific opportunities that exist and the tremendous burden of cost and pain that such disorders impose on NAMI families and the general public.

According to a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization, no less than four of the top ten causes of disability worldwide are severe mental illnesses. Major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder account for an estimated 20 percent of total disability resulting from all diseases and injuries. Based on NIH’s own estimates, for every research dollar spent, 15 cents is allocated to AIDS, 10 cents on cancer, two cents on heart disease, and less than one cent on schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. In contrast, the total costof schizophrenia to society, per research dollar spent, is $161.26, compared to only $65.65 for heart disease, $9.96 for cancer, and $6.86 for AIDS.

Clearly, more equitable, increased investment is needed for NIMH. Therefore while NAMI strongly applauds the increases proposed by the Bush Administration for NIH, NAMI also recognizes that the recommended increase for NIMH lags far behind the nearly 14% increase proposed for the other NIH institutes. NAMI therefore urges Congress to enact an equitable increase for NIMH relative to increases for the entire NIH as part of the FY 2003 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

The budget of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA contains a number of important programs that assist states and localities in increasing access to treatment and supports and improving the overall quality of services. NAMI urges Congress to support the following priorities as part of the FY 2003 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill:

  • PATH – NAMI strongly supports the $7 million increase proposed by the President for the Projects to Assist Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program to help homeless individuals with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. The Administration’s proposed increase for PATH would result in an additional 31,000 homeless individuals with severe mental illnesses receiving services. Given the disproportionate representation of adults with severe mental illness among the chronically homeless population, NAMI strongly supports the Administration’s efforts to place the highest priority in meeting their needs for permanent supportive housing and community-based services.
  • Mental Health Block Grant – The President’s budget proposes freezing the Mental Health Block Grant program at its FY 2002 level of $433 million. As a result of budget cuts at the state level, we are witnessing a continued widening of gaps in the public mental illness treatment system. The consequences of these emerging cracks in the service system are readily apparent, not just to our consumer and family membership, but also to the public: the growing number of homeless adults on our nation’s streets who receive no treatment services, well publicized tragic incidents involving individuals with severe mental illness who are not accessing adequate treatment services and the growing trend of "criminalization" of mental illness and the stress it is placing on state and local jails and prisons. NAMI supports an increase for the Mental Health Block grant program for FY 2003 and to target any additional funds for the program to replication of evidence-based service delivery models for persons with severe mental illness in the community. In particular, NAMI urges Congress to direct CMHS to target Block Grant funding to assertive community treatment (including the Program of Assertive Community Treatment, PACT).
  • Jail Diversion – The President’s budget requests $5 million for the CMHS Jail Diversion program for FY 2003. People with serious mental illness are frequently arrested for minor offenses, many times as a result of homelessness, and then they are incarcerated in jails where their mental health needs are not met. There are also significant numbers of persons with serious mental illness who come in contact with the police, but are not arrested. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 16% of all inmates in state and federal jails have a severe mental illness, as many as 283,000 people with serious mental illnesses were in jail or prison - more than four times the number in state mental hospitals. The CMHS Jail Diversion program assists states and communities in developing treatment programs to get non-violent offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and into treatment. NAMI urges support for the Bush Administration’s request for the CMHS Jail Diversion program for FY 2003.
  • CMHS Discretionary Programs – The President’s budget proposes a $7 million reduction for the CMHS Projects of Regional and National Significance (PRNS) for FY 2003. Included in this proposal is a reduction for the Community Action Grants program. The Community Action Grants at CMHS are a critical link in federal efforts to support knowledge dissemination and replication of evidence-based practices, including integrated treatment, jail diversion, police training and cultural competence. There is growing concern that without guidance from Congress, CMHS will discontinue Community Action Grants in FY 2003. Communities have used these grants constructively to stimulate the development of good programs and services for people with severe mental illnesses. NAMI supports continuation of the Community Action Grants program in FY 2003.

NAMI Housing Fact Sheet

  • NAMI supports efforts to increase funding in FY 2002 for the HUD Section 811 program (above its current $241million level) and to maintain the integrity of the capital-advance and project-based rental-assistance portion of the program (maintaining the existing 75 percent threshold). For the 25 percent of the Section 811 program that HUD directs to tenant-based rental assistance, NAMI supports separate funding – outside of the 811 program – for renewal of all expiring tenant-based subsidies (estimated to cost $32 million in FY 2003). Separate funding for these renewals is needed to avoid cuts to the Section 811 program and erosion of the program’s core mission of increasing the stock of decent, safe and affordable housing for people with more severe disabilities that need supports and services to live in the community.
  • NAMI supports continued funding for a separate allocation of tenant-based rental assistance for non-elderly people with disabilities adversely affected by the designation of public and assisted housing as "elderly only." (Congress has allocated over $250 million for this purpose since 1996).
  • NAMI supports increased funding for federal homeless-assistance programs and continued implementation of a minimum threshold for permanent housing programs for homeless adults with severe mental illness (e.g., Shelter Plus Care, SHP permanent housing). NAMI supports efforts in Congress to continue renewal of all expiring Shelter Plus Care and SHP permanent housing rent subsidies through the Housing Certificate Fund (HCF) as proposed in separate House and Senate bills (HR 3995 and S 2573).
  • NAMI supports legislation authorizing a new federal housing production program to serve households at 30 percent of median income and below (including HR 2349), with specific targeting of individuals for whom tenant-based rental vouchers have proven ineffective for securing stable housing.
  • NAMI opposes efforts to erode standards in the Fair Housing Act that protect group homes and other shared-living arrangements in the community from discriminatory zoning and land use policies.

 

Background

Access to decent, safe, and affordable housing remains a tremendous challenge for adults with severe mental illnesses. Unfortunately, in virtually every part of the United States people with severe mental illnesses struggle to find good-quality housing they can afford. Many people with the most severe and disabling mental illnesses also need access to appropriate services and supports so that they can successfully live in community-based housing, which promotes their independence and dignity.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and many state and local agencies responsible for administering our nation's affordable-housing system do little to alleviate this struggle to access community-based housing and supports. Historically HUD has made little effort to understand the real implications and bitter reality of recent federal housing policies, policies that have reduced the federally subsidized housing units available to people with severe mental illnesses and other disabilities.

Current housing policies were enacted by Congress in 1992 and 1996 to permit public and assisted-housing providers to designate housing as "elderly only." People with disabilities and their advocates understand that Congress must replace the hundreds of thousands of units of federally subsidized housing no longer available to people with disabilities, including people with severe mental illnesses. Unfortunately, HUD has also failed to preserve and adequately fund the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, which was designed to provide housing and supports to people with severe disabilities. But for the efforts of a few leaders in Congress, an increasing number of adults with severe mental illnesses would continue to live at home with aging parents or in substandard housing. Without additional resources, too many adults with severe mental illnesses will likely end up homeless or remain unnecessarily in inappropriate settings (e.g., homeless shelters and local jails and prisons).

The bitter irony of this loss of housing is that it comes when people with all types of disabilities (particularly severe mental illnesses) are increasingly able to live successfully in homes of their own—but only if independent housing is affordable and paired with appropriate supports and services. According to a 1999 HUD report, nearly 40 percent of the nation’s homeless are single adults with severe mental illnesses. In addition, an new report "Priced Out in 2000" reports that SSI income amounts to only 18.5 percent of median income nationally and that the average rent for a modest, one-bedroom apartment consumes, on average, 98 percent of a person's monthly SSI check.

These homeless and income numbers clearly demonstrate that people with disabilities (including severe mental illnesses) have the "worst" of the "worst case needs" and that their needs cannot be ignored by Congress, HUD, or state and local governments. While funding for tenant-based vouchers are helpful to many very low-income individuals with mental illnesses, new housing to serve people at the bottom of the economic ladder is also needed.

NAMI therefore supports efforts underway in Congress to establish a new, federal, flexible housing-production program for households at 30 percent of median income and below. In addition, proposals to restrict enforcement of the Fair Housing Act could make it more difficult to combat the "NIMBYism" that results from stigma and discrimination faced by group homes and other shared community-based housing.

Even though finding decent, safe, and affordable housing with adequate and appropriate support remains daunting for so many consumers and families, some progress has been made in recent years. Since 1997, NAMI worked closely with allies in Congress, including Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), to add more than $250 million to the HUD budget for tenant-based rental assistance for people with disabilities who have been (and will be) adversely affected by "elderly only" public and assisted housing designation. (Adults with severe mental illnesses are especially vulnerable in the "elderly only" housing designation process because of the stigma associated with their illnesses).

In 2001, Congress also maintained funding for homeless-assistance programs under the McKinney-Vento Act at $1.02 billion and continued separate funding for a $100 million account to ensure that all expiring rent subsidies under the Shelter Plus Care program are renewed in future years. Shelter Plus Care (part of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) is a critical resource for helping states and communities fund permanent housing and supportive services for homeless individuals with severe mental illnesses. This new account at HUD will ensure that formerly homeless tenants in Shelter Plus Care housing will not be at risk of losing their housing. In addition to the new account at HUD for Shelter Plus Care renewals, Congress continued for 2001 the requirement for a minimum 30 percent of funds to go toward developing permanent housing (and a 25 percent match requirement for communities using funds for services).

NAMI supports both a reliable, long-term source of funds for Shelter Plus Care and SHP permanent housing renewals and the 30-percent permanent housing set-aside, believing they are critical for ending homelessness instead of institutionalizing a homeless services system. NAMI supports HUD programs that finance permanent housing and public mental heath programs that fund supportive services to assist formerly homeless tenants in these settings. A 2001 University of Pennsylvania study demonstrates that permanent supportive housing for individuals with mental illness who are homeless are nearly as much as the costs of homelessness (emergency room treatment, psychiatric hospitalization, incarceration, etc.).

Finally, NAMI continues to work with allies in the disability community to oppose legislative proposals intended to scale back the existing protections in the Fair Housing Act that bar discriminatory zoning and the land-use policies that restrict placement of group homes and shared living arrangements in the community.

 

 MEDICARE COVERAGE OF MENTAL ILLNESS TREATMENT

  • NAMI strongly supports congressional efforts to modernize coverage of mental illness treatment under the Medicare program – specifically to address the discriminatory aspects of programs such as the 50 percent co-payment requirement for outpatient mental illness treatment and a 190 day lifetime limit on inpatient hospitalization. NAMI supports the following bills in Congress to address these other inequities in Medicare: HR 599, S 841, S 690 and HR 1522,
  • NAMI strongly supports bipartisan efforts in Congress to add a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program that provides adequate protections against the high cost of medications, ensures eligibility for both senior citizens and non-elderly people with disabilities on SSDI and does not administer benefits through use of restrictive formularies.

Parity Under Medicare

Medicare coverage of mental illness treatment has remained virtually unchanged since the program’s inception in 1965. This coverage continues to impose stigma-based distinctions in coverage between mental illness and other medical treatment. Medicare beneficiaries must pay 50 percent of the cost of outpatient mental illness treatment, as opposed to 20 percent for all other outpatient services. Similarly, Medicare imposes a 190-day lifetime limit on inpatient psychiatric hospitalization that is not imposed on all other inpatient treatment.

NAMI strongly supports various bills now before Congress to address these historic inequities in the Medicare program. Among these are HR 599 (Roukema), S 841 (Snowe/Kerry), S 690 (Wellstone) and HR 1522 (Stark) and urges the Bush Administration and Congress to incorporate them into efforts to enact comprehensive restructuring of the program.

Outpatient Prescription Drug Coverage Needed

Both President Bush and congressional leaders have pledged to make coverage of outpatient prescription drugs part of the Medicare program. This issue has been commonly framed as "coverage of prescription-drug benefits for seniors." Much to NAMI’s regret, few elected officials have discussed this popular issue in terms of providing such coverage for the 1.3 million non-elderly people with disabilities who are eligible for Medicare by virtue of having been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a minimum of two years.

Later this year, Congress is expected to take up several competing measures to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. All of these competing plans agree on the need for any Medicare drug benefit to be universal (all Medicare beneficiaries would be eligible for the benefit) and an entitlement. Further, all of the competing plans include some type of "stop loss" coverage – establishing a threshold above which all costs are covered (ranging from as low as $3,500, up to $7,000 in competing bills).

The separate House and Senate bills vary widely on several critical issues: a) costs and b) whether the program should be administered within the existing structure of the Medicare program (generally favored by Democrats) or through private sector plans (generally favored by President Bush and Republicans). On the issue of costs, proposals vary from as low as $200 billion over 10 years, up to more than $750 billion over 10 years. Because of the looming retirement of the large baby-boom generation, putting off enactment of a drug benefit raises the eventual costs by as much as 18% a year.

On the issue of program structure and delivery, a leading proposal authored by Senate Democratic leaders would add a new Part D to Medicare would administer a new prescription drug benefit through the existing Medicare structure. By contrast, a proposal being pushed by House Republican leaders would direct insurance companies and HMOs to offer prescription-drug coverage. This new benefit would be enacted in conjunction with larger, systemic reform of the entire Medicare program. Under this legislation, the government would not directly provide drug coverage, purchase drugs, or regulate prices. Instead, private health plans would be expected to offer a variety of options that would include drug coverage integrated into Medicare as well as "drug only" coverage added to the traditional Medicare program. These private plans would be expected to pass discounts to beneficiaries based on a federal subsidy for the premium costs for drug coverage. Other proposals would rely on Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) providers to administer a new drug benefit and penalize manufacturers that refuse to discount drug prices.

On the issue of restrictive prescription-drug formularies, most of the competing congressional proposals attempt to respond to Medicare-enrollee frustrations about access to the newest and most effective medications. Most proposals would bar the establishment of a uniform national formulary for any class of FDA-approved drugs. At the same time, each proposal either explicitly or implicitly assumes that insurers will be able establish their own formularies and each will have a process to allow beneficiaries to appeal decisions to deny non-formulary drugs.

As part of the debate over Medicare prescription drug coverage, NAMI supports the following principles:

  • prescription drug coverage must address the underlying discrimination in Medicare’s existing, overall mental illness benefit,
  • the 1.3 million non-elderly persons receiving SSDI benefits (25 percent of whom are eligible for SSDI because of a mental illness) must be eligible on the same terms and conditions as elderly beneficiaries),
  • coverage should be a standardized with entitlement for all eligible Medicare recipients,
  • coverage must be sufficient enough to pay for the most expensive drugs for the treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses and include "stop loss" coverage, and
  • prescription drug formulary policies must adhere to a principle of open access to the newest and most effective medications for serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for 12 session, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises. 
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.

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Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

  • Up-to-date information about  a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Impact of mental illness on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies.

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services.

A community

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

 

What Others Have To Say About NAMI Family-to-Family

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

"I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."

 

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“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner.  My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.” 

-- Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications

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Understanding and Coping with PTSD: Information for families and friends of individuals with PTSD

Welcome to the NAMI Newsroom, the place for reporters, advocates and other media professionals. NAMI's communications services team is available around-the-clock to news media for:

  • Expert analysis on a wide range of issues related to severe mental illnesses or brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder/manic-depression, major depression, and anxiety disorders.
  • Current data on research, treatments, rates of prevalence
  • Interviews with national spokespersons and technical experts
  • Access to persons with serious mental illness and their families who are willing to share personal stories with the media
  • Comment on breaking news

Media Contacts:

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Telephone: (703) 524-7600
Fax: (703) 516-7238
Email: bobc@nami.org


Newtown: Marking the First Anniversary

Dec. 14, 2013 will mark the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, where 20 children and six adults were killed. Along with other tragedies, it has resulted in profound examination of the nation’s mental health system.

In observance of the first anniversary, NAMI has created a special section with resources and information for policymakers, news media and the general public ... continue



For NAMI Press Releases, you may read the most recent release below, or visit the Press Release Archive to browse releases from 1997 - present.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

A goal of NAMI is to make high quality ACT teams available to all who need them and to educate others about the effectiveness of this model.  On this page you will find many different documents about ACT -- an effective, evidence-based, outreach-oriented, service delivery model for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  NAMI seeks to educate people about ACT, expand and strengthen current ACT programs, and to ensure that the practices and values of ACT support consumer choice and meaningful participation in treatment and services. 

Please note that NAMI does not directly or indirectly operate any Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams or Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams. We use the terms Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) interchangeably. ACT programs can be operated on a state, county, or local level by mental health centers, private non-profit or for-profit organizations, outpatient units of hospitals, managed care companies, and other providers.

Recovery is a process, beginning with diagnosis and eventually moving into successful management of your illness. Successful recovery involves learning about your illness and the treatments available, empowering yourself through the support of peers and family members, and finally moving to a point where you take action to manage your own illness by helping others.

Untreated Mental Illness: A Needless Human Tragedy

Severe mental illnesses are treatable disorders of the brain. Left untreated, however, they are among the most disabling and destructive illnesses known to humankind.

Millions of Americans struggling with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, know only too well the personal costs of these debilitating illnesses. Stigma, shame, discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, criminalization, social isolation, poverty, and premature death mark the lives of most individuals with the most severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Mental Illness Recovery: A Reality Within Our Grasp

The real tragedy of mental illness in this country is that we know how to put things right. We know how to give people back their lives, to give them back their self-respect, to help them become contributing members of our society. NAMI's In Our Own Voice, a live presentation by consumers, offers living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.

Science has greatly expanded our understanding and treatment of severe mental illnesses. Once forgotten in the back wards of mental institutions, individuals with brain disorders have a real chance at reclaiming full, productive lives, but only if they have access to the treatments, services, and programs so vital to recovery.

  • Newer classes of medications can better treat individuals with severe mental illnesses and with far fewer side effects. Eighty percent of those suffering from bipolar disorder and 65 percent of those with major depression respond quickly to treatment; additionally, 60 percent of those with schizophrenia can be relieved of acute symptoms with proper medication.

  • Assertive community treatment, a proven model treatment program that provides round-the-clock support to individuals with the most severe and persistent mental illnesses, significantly reduces hospitalizations, incarceration, homelessness, and increases employment, decent housing and quality of life.

  • The involvement of consumers and family members in all aspects of planning, organizing, financing, and implementing service-delivery systems results in more responsiveness and accountability, and far fewer grievances.

Resources for Recovery

New Project to Collect Data for Advocacy Asks: What is Necessary for Recovery?

The U.S. Surgeon General and the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health agree that now, more than ever, there are historic possibilities for consumer recovery. Yet, consumers are not fully benefiting from the increased chances for recovery. Both major national studies agree that for consumers to completely enjoy the possibility for recovery, we must understand the large gap that exists between what is possible for recovery, and the reality of the care environment across the country.

To investigate this gap and harness the possibilities for recovery, NAMI is launching TRIAD - Treatment/Recovery Information and Advocacy Database. TRIAD is a process by which NAMI, in collaboration with other stake-holders, will collect a variety of data that characterizes the gap between the services, supports, and environment we all agree are necessary for recovery and what exists in each state. But TRIAD will not just collect data - it also seeks to inform advocacy efforts with better data to achieve better investment and better services to ultimately close that gap.

In this process of data collection, TRIAD is organized around 12 standards of care that reflect the core services, supports and environmental requirements for a system to promote recovery among adults with serious mental illness. These standards of care directly reflect the Institute of Medicine's landmark study on reforming American healthcare-Crossing the Quality Chasm-when it calls for standards of safe, effective, timely and patient centered care that is equitably and efficiently delivered.

TRIAD Standards of Care
  • Access to Appropriate Medication
  • Inpatient Care
  • ACT Programs
  • General Medical Care
  • Integrated Services for Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Psychoeducation and Support
  • Peer Provided Services and Supports
  • Supported Employment Services
  • Affordable Housing and Supports
  • Jail Diversion Programs
  • Non-stigmatizing and Non-discriminating Environment

Current TRIAD efforts include:
  • reports on the implementation of evidence-based treatments and outcomes for severe mental illnesses in adults;
  • a systematic assessment of discrimination in legislation and newspaper coverage of mental illness across the 50 states;
  • a national survey of consumer and family member experiences of evidence-based care and outcomes;
  • a consumer and family member oriented website with an interactive guide to evidence-based schizophrenia treatment.

To learn more about TRIAD or how you can help, please contact Abigail Graf at abigail@nami.org.

Find Out More:
References
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. (2001). Crossing the Quality Chasm.
Washington, DC. National Academy Press.
Interim Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. (2002).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental health: A report of the Surgeon
General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.

The 1999 Surgeon General’s report (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General) revealed that fewer than one-third of all people with a diagnosable mental disorder in the U.S. receive treatment in a given year. And, the 1998 report from the Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) study revealed that fewer than 50% of all people with schizophrenia receive even minimally adequate treatment in a given year. These treatment access problems are even worse for children and adolescents with severe mental disorders.

There are many factors contributing to low rates of treatment and services for people with mental illnesses across the country. One contributing factor is the lack of qualified psychiatrists and other mental health providers in many regions of the country, particularly in rural areas.

One solution proposed to address access to care barriers is to expand prescribing privileges to psychologists. In 2002, New Mexico became the first State to enact legislation expanding prescription privileges to certain psychologists. Emboldened by success in New Mexico, it is anticipated that psychologists will push similar legislation in other states with renewed vigor in 2003 and beyond. In fact, Task Forces to explore the feasibility of expanding prescription privileges to psychologists have been formed in 31 states.

There are many difficult questions that must be addressed as the debate on prescription privileges for psychologists ensures. These include:

  • What impact would expanding prescription privileges to psychologists have on the quality of care, safety and well-being of individuals with mental illnesses?
  • What amount of academic training, hands-on experience, and clinical supervision and oversight is necessary to adequately prepare psychologists to prescribe psychiatric medications?
  • What impact, if any, will expanding prescription privileges have on access to care and quality of care for individuals with mental illnesses residing in rural or under-served regions?
  • Should different standards apply to psychologists prescribing medications for the treatment of acute, temporary mental health conditions (e.g. situational depression) versus prescribing medications for the treatment of chronic, severe mental illnesses (which are often compounded by other complex medical conditions)?
  • Should psychologists authorized to prescribe medications be limited to prescribing certain medications on formulary or afforded unlimited authority to prescribe all psychiatric medications?
  • Are the experiences of other allied mental health professionals with limited prescribing authority in many states (such as physicians assistants and nurse practitioners) instructive in informing the debate on whether psychologists should prescribe?

What outcomes have been derived in current or previous experiences with psychologists prescribing medications (e.g. the Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project, the year old New Mexico law) that can help inform this debate?

Prescribing Privileges Task Force Report and Recommendations to the NAMI Board of Directors

Research

Research is vital to advancing our understanding of mental illness and, eventually, finding a cure. Research is the ultimate source of hope for people living with mental illness and their families. And research is imperative if we are to understand early intervention strategies as well as all we can about the mental illness continuum including medication side-effects, nutrition, recovery and more.

In addition to the information resources below, NAMI frequently features research content in the Advocate, NAMI’s membership magazine. Join today to start receiving the Advocate. If you're already a member, visit the Advocate online.

The Campaign for the Mind of America is 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 to neglect and hopelessness. The Campaign highlights the need to build a comprehensive, efficient system to screen, evaluate, diagnose and treat mental illnesses at every stage of life.

NAMI created the Multicultural Action Center in 2002 to focus attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities, ensure access to culturally competent services and treatment for all Americans and particularly to help and support people of diverse backgrounds who are affected by serious mental illness.

 

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A round up of news, resources, funding opportunties and events covering a variety of topics to support diverse communities in mental health recovery.

Feb. - March 2014 

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Welcome to the NAMI CIT Center. Our mission is to provide NAMI members, local law enforcement and mental health providers with assistance and up-to-date information about Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs.  The NAMI CIT Centerserves as a clearinghouse of information about CIT programs nationwide.   The Center facilitates ongoing communications between CIT programs and engages in national networking to establish standards and promote the expansion of CIT. 

For more information, or to sign up for our mailing list, email Laura Usher at laurau@nami.org.To subscribe on our e-newsletter, CIT in Action, go to www.nami.org/subscribe and follow the instructions to subscribe to a newsletter. Click on the links below to read past issues of CIT in Action.

NAMI is pleased to be working with the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists to offer a new section where Psychiatric Pharmacists write and answer questions that they experience in the course of their work with individuals with mental illness.  We will periodically be posting new questions and answers so be sure to check back frequently.

NAMI and CPNP Foundation Release Survey

Characterizing the Relationship Between Individuals with Mental Conditions and Community Pharmacists finds approximately 75 percent of individuals living with mental illness and their caregivers seldom or never receive safety or effectiveness monitoring assistance from community pharmacists.
Download Survey Report

What Does It Mean To Be A Neuropsychiatric Pharmacist?

Watch this powerful video on what it means to be a neuropsychiatric pharmacist from the 2010 CPNP Video Contest.

NAMI Staff Biographies

Learn more about NAMI staff below.  For more information or to get a high resolution photo please contact Alexis O'Brien, Media Relations Associate.

  • More than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, and about one in seven of those have left active duty since then, according to VA records collected through 2007. Almost one-half of those were PTSD cases.
  • Mental health cases among war veterans, including PTSD, drug and alcohol dependency and depression, grew by 58 percent from 63,767 in 2006 to 100,580 in 2007, VA records show.
  • A study released in 2007 stated that of 103,788 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans seen at VA health care facilities, 25,658 (25 percent) received mental health diagnoses; 56 percent of whom had two or more distinct mental health diagnoses.
  • Overall, 32,010 (31 percent) of veterans in the same study received mental health and/or psychosocial diagnoses. The youngest group of OEF/OIF veterans (aged 18-24 years) were at greatest risk for receiving mental health or posttraumatic stress disorder diagnoses compared with veterans 40 years or older.
  • In 2003, an estimated 56.6 percent of veterans used alcohol in the past month compared with 50.8 percent of comparable nonveterans. An estimated 13.2 percent of veterans reported driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year compared with 12.2 percent of comparable nonveterans. Daily cigarette use was more common among veterans, with an estimated 18.8 percent smoking cigarettes daily in the past month compared with 14.3 percent of comparable nonveterans.
  • In 2002/2003, an estimated 1.2 million male veterans were identified as living with serious mental illness. Approximately 340,000 of these individuals had co-occurring substance abuse disorders.  Approximately 209,000 female veterans (13.1 percent) reported serious mental illness, and 25,000 (1.6 percent) reported co-occurring substance use disorder with mental illness.
Army Veteran Jennifer Crane discusses her recovery from

PTSD and substance abuse

More women are serving in the military in more capacities than ever before. Currently, there are approximately 1.8 million women veterans (8 percent of the total veteran population). The VA estimates that by 2020, that number will increase to 10 percent of the total veteran population. Currently, about 15 percent of all military personnel in Iraq are women, and female troops are stationed in some of the most dangerous areas. In response, the Veterans Administration is developing services and supports designed to meet the unique needs of women veterans, though there may be disparities in access to benefits: it has been suggested that women veterans may face additional obstacles when filing PTSD-related claims.

For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a Center for Women Veterans on its website and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System introduced the Women’s Health Care Center in 2002. Designed to be sensitive to women’s concerns, it offers individual and group therapy, with psychoeducational classes and seminars tailored to the unique needs of women veterans. The Women Veterans Health program was elevated to a Strategic Health Care Group within the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards in 2007.

As part of the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, Calif., the Department of Veterans Affairs also introduced the National Women’s Trauma Recovery Program to treat women veterans living with PTSD or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). According to the National Center for PTSD, women in the military run a double risk of developing PTSD—10 percent of women versus 4 percent of male service members—for reasons ranging from battle stress and sexual harassment to assault. The VA also says that women may take longer to recover from PTSD and are four times more likely than men to experience long-lasting PTSD.

For women veterans we have included information on gender-specific PTSD treatment as well as VA services and links to organizations serving women veterans.

This video about veterans living with a traumatic brain disorder is part one of three in the In Their Boots documentary series.

A brain injury is a long-term or temporary disruption in brain function resulting from injury to the brain. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when there is a strong enough impact to the head to cause damage to the brain. Common causes of TBI include motorcycle accidents, sports injuries, falls or acts of violence.

TBI has been called the “signature injury” of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Increasingly, soldiers are surviving nearby bomb blasts, which produce brain injury through pressure waves that “shake” the brain, which can cause symptoms ranging from dizziness and drowsiness to vomiting, severe headache and shock. If the injury is severe enough the damage can be irreversible, leaving lasting mental effects including depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out and social inappropriateness. TBI can cause changes in personality, thinking and sensation and increase the risk of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. 

In soldiers, the symptoms may also overlap with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), making it more difficult for doctors to treat.

The outlook for service members with TBI is improving, in part due to increasing military focus on brain injury treatment, like the new Concussion Restoration Care Center for Marines in Afghanistan. Another new program, run by the National Naval Medical Center’s Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Team, offers hope to veterans with multiple issues by treating their TBI, PTSD and substance abuse simultaneously. Another promising development is a new study investigating the use of video games to treat TBI. Injured veterans are already using the Wii as part of their rehabilitation.

Veterans affected by TBI and their families often need help navigating the system and support that takes into account the special needs of veterans. The good news is that there are many others who have been touched by a TBI and are trying to help others. See this Washington Post Q & A with Cheryl Lynch, mother of someone living with a traumatic brain injury and founder of American Veterans with Brain Injuries.

Healthy Eating

EAT-26

The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) is a commonly used method used to standardized the measure of symptoms and behaviors that are characteristic of eating disorders.  The original EAT had 40 items, but this is the latest updated and shortened version designed to be self-administered or administered by health-professionals, school counselors, coaches and others.

This test alone does not diagnose an eating disorder and should not be thought of as the sole means of identification.  Only a qualified health care professional can provide a diagnosis.  The EAT-26 is used to assess “eating disorder risk.”  All self-report measures require open and honest responses in order to provide accurate information.  The test usually provides useful information about the eating symptoms and concerns that are common in eating disorders.

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Definition of a Healthy Body Weight

Dieting is not healthy eating.

Close to a third of the population are overweight, and in addition eating disorders are on the rise especially among young women.  The preoccupation of body image and the pursuit to be thin has professionals looking at weight as they affect the physical and mental health of those involved.  The concept of a healthy weight emerged from the recognition that we needed to shift our attention away from only body weight and focus on healthy living in general.  Healthy living involves eating well, being active, and feeling good about oneself.

A healthy body weight is a weight range appropriate for a particular height and body build.  It should not be confused with a thin weight.  A healthy weight is the point at which you feel: fit and flexible, healthy and energetic, and are at a lower risk for weight-related health problems.  The healthiness of your weight can be measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator Calculate your BMI.   The calculator uses a person’s body weight and in relation of their height to define normal, overweight, and obesity.

To achieve a healthy body weight regular physical activity in combination with healthy eating promises the best hope.  The type of physical activity one chooses can range from walking, riding a bike, dancing, gardening, running with your dog…but joining an expensive gym or sport club is not the only option or an excuse.

Healthy Eating Guidelines

Many people eat for emotional reasons.  It is typically triggered by stress and anxiety too often leads to overeating and/or making poor food choices.  In a study done by the International Journal of Eating Disorders compares the daily journals kept by a group of normal-weight women, half of whom were binge-eaters.  The key influence on emotional eating, however, is not just negative or stressful events, but rather its people’s response to them.  People who are less thrown off by stress tend to focus on how they want to constructively deal with a negative situation or they simply put it aside and move on.  These who tend to experience more disruption due to negative situations are more inclined to stay focused on the problem, mentally replaying a distressing situation over and over again.

Those whose healthy-eating goals, are often disrupted by emotions can benefit from finding new strategies to help them respond more effectively to stressful situations.  A study found that people gave in to eating temptations every time they didn’t have a strategy to deal with stressful situations.  Individuals who respond to a negative situation with both positive and negative thoughts and constructive action are able to avoid emotion-based eating.  Action responses might include attempts to fix a problem by asking a friend, family member, or associate for their advice, or through claming and soothing yourself by taking a walk, listening to music or deep breathing.  Examples of positive thinking include reminding yourself that the problem is not really as big as it seems, or that brainstorming different approaches to the problem to find the most effective solution.

It has been observed that many people use food as a means to distract themselves from emotions ranging from simple boredom to frustration to elevated anxiety.  Differentiating between biological hunger and other urges to eat, and trying to identify the feelings and needs behind non-hunger urges is the baseline for understanding what is behind the hunger.  When a rest or distraction or refreshing relief from routine is needed simply learning to acknowledge it is appropriate to take a break can be freeing.  If you’re not hungry, use breaks to read, nap or take a walk.

It is shown that emotional eating can be a significant source of excess of calories.  This can result in overweight or obesity, which can increase problems.  The American Institute for Cancer Research emphasizes the need to choose portions appropriate to our individual needs and to avoid popular super-sized foods.  Emotional eating is controlled with healthier foods or smaller portions, and by getting whatever help and support you need to learn how to handle non-hunger urges without actually turning to food for temporary solace.

For more information on food and nutrition guidelines visit the American Dietetic Association.

Nutritional Requirements

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but other than origin the genders also see differences in their nutritional requirements.  What does everyone need to be concerned about and what health concerns do men and women specifically need to be aware about?

1. Calcium

Women:  Calcium is important in lowering a woman’s risk of osteoporosis.  A diet high in calcium and Vitamin D has been proven to lower the risk of bone fractures and regulate blood pressure.  Women under 50 years of age the recommended amount of daily calcium is 1,000 milligrams and 1,200 mg for women over 50 years.

Men:  Calcium is important in lowering the risk of osteoporosis in men, but can be harmful in large doses.  Studies have shown that men who consumed high levels of calcium saw an increased risk in prostate cancer.  For all ages the recommended amount is 800mg or 3 servings of dairy per day.

2. Iron

Women:  Women require more iron then men because of their monthly menstrual cycles.  Signs of iron-deficiency anemia include fatigue, inability to concentrate and difficulty breathing.  If these symptoms appear, speak to a doctor.  The recommended amounts of daily iron are 18mg and eight milligrams for postmenopausal women.  The difference is one of the reasons why it’s important to choose an age-appropriate formula if you are taking multi-vitamin supplements.

Men:  The recommended amount is 8mg for men of all ages.  Studies have shown that men with high iron stores were associated with increased risk of heart attacks.  It is important to choose an age-appropriate as well as gender-appropriate formula if taking a multi-vitamin supplement.

3. Omega 3 fatty acids

Women:  Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower triglycerides and increase the good HDL cholesterol.  They may also act as an anticoagulant to prevent blood from clotting. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in almost all fish, but they are particularly high in fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and herring.  They can also be found in nuts and seeds as well as vegetable cooking oils.  There is no official recommendation on how much omega 3 fatty acids women should eat, but the American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week.

Men:  Omega 3 fatty acids benefit men, but only the marine kind from fish oil.  Vegetable omega 3, also known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may not be good for men.  Still controversial a high intake of ALA has been linked to higher risk of prostate cancer.  Until more is known, men should avoid taking concentrated ALA supplements such as flaxseed oil pills.

4. Protein

Women:  Protein provides energy and it is also important in growth and repair.  As a result of the high-protein diet hype, many people eat more protein than required.  Excess protein accelerates calcium loss in urine, therefore, women with a high risk of osteoporosis should be careful not to eat too much protein.  The average requirement is based on 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.  For example, a 130 pound woman would need 47 grams of protein daily.

Men:  Men weigh more and therefore need more protein.  Excess protein accelerates calcium loss in urine, even in men.  Thus, men with a high risk of kidney stones should watch their intake.  The same calculation is applied to men when determining an individual’s average requirement of daily protein.  Based on 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight a 165 pound man would need 60 grams of protein daily.

In general healthy men and women will do fine with a daily 60 grams (8oz) of protein.  If you are an athlete, however, your needs and requirements will increase.

5. Fiber

Women:  Fiber prevents constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis and can help reduce the risk for some chronic diseases such as colon and breast cancer.  In addition, it may help lower bad LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease.  Fiber can also help lower the blood sugar to help manage diabetes.  Women under 50 require 25 grams of fiber, while those over 50 require 21 grams.  This is equivalent to at least two cups of vegetables and 1.5 cups of fruit.

Men:  In a brief statement, men require more fiber than women.  Men in general need more calories and in turn they need more fiber.  Fiber requirements are calculated to provide the greatest protection against heart disease and are based on energy intake.  Men under 5 require 38 grams of fiber, while those over 50 require 30 grams of fiber.  This is equivalent to at least three cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit.

Understanding Food Labels and Nutrition Facts

Food labels have become synonymous with cryptic ingredients, hidden macronutrients and undecipherable content amounts.  Grocery shopping for some can be a real headache and stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  Determining whether or not a product fits into your healthy lifestyle has become easier with the addition to listing the amounts of macronutrients and vitamin and mineral contents.  The food label provides good information to help a consumer determine if a particular food product meets his or her nutritional needs.

In 1990, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act went into effect with the intention that food labels are designed to help consumers make healthy food choices.  The USDA and the FDA developed these guidelines so that consumers would have access to useful nutritional information.  According to this act all packaged food MUST contain the following information:

  • Common name of the product
  • Name and address of the product’s manufacturer
  • Net contents in terms of weight, measure or count, and;
  • Ingredient list and Nutrition Facts

The most frustrating and yet most sought after component is the Nutrition Facts panel.  Required fields include components of common nutrients, such as total fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  Each package must identify the quantities of specified nutrients and food constituents per serving.  Note the following measurements:

  • 1 gram of fat = 9kcal
  • 1g of protein = 4kcal
  • 1g of carbohydrate = 4kcal
  • 1g of alcohol = 7kcal

Nutrients Listed, Serving Size, Calories (kcal)

Total fat, saturated fats, cholesterol, total carbohydrate, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron, are required on the label.  Other nutrients are optional and may be listed at the discretion of the manufacturer.  The percent daily values provide an estimate of the percentage of a nutrient from one serving in a typical 2000kcal diet.  Also included is the daily reference values footnote.  This reminds consumers of the daily intake of different foods depending on their own nutritional needs.  In addition, a few other nutrients relevant to heart health are important to pay attention to when reading a label.  At the beginning of January 2006 all labels will also include trans fatty acids.

Serving sizes are standardized to make for easier comparison among similar products.  They are expresses in common household and metric measures.  It is always important to pay attention to a serving size.  For example, if you eat four pieces and the serving size is two then you need to double the amount of nutrition content listed on the label.

It is important to find out the total amount of calories.  Calories provide a measure of how much energy you obtain after eating a portion of food.  Many consumers are surprised to find out that fat-free is not synonymous with low calorie.  Just as sugar-free is not always low in Calories or fat.  See a comparison of low-fat or fat-free with regular food products.

The Bottom Line: regarding food labels

Food labels and Nutrition Facts enable consumers to compare products based on key ingredients.  When comparing foods, focus on the ingredients that are most important to you.  Tips to consider when comparing food labels.

  • If you are concerned about you weight, compare products based on BOTH their calories and fat.
  • If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, focus on the amount of total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium.  Then choose products that contain less than 20 percent Daily Values for fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • If you have diabetes, focus on the amount of carbohydrate, sugar added as well as fiber.

Nutrition Myths

Good fats, bad fats, low-fat, fat-free, low-calorie.  These are just some of the many terms that get thrown at us as consumers daily by food manufacturers.  They are enticing and intriguing especially with Americans’ preoccupation with body image.  The fact is that we need fats, and reduced fat items have more sugar added to them to enhance the flavor.  What you may think is a conscious effort to be healthy may result in the unintended outcomes and sabotage.  Fats get a bad reputation and are one of the first nutrients monitored when people begin their quest for health.  It is true that all fats are not equal and some promote health while others increase the risk of heart disease, it is also true that fats help nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, and maintaining cell membrane integrity.  The key is to replace the bad fats with good fats in our diet.

Good fats include monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats.  They lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  MUFAs aid in increasing HDL cholesterol and have been found to help weight loss, especially in body fat.  Food stuffs that supply MUFAs include nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios, avocado, canola and olive oil.  Polyunsaturated fats include the well-known group omega 3 fatty acids.  Seafood such as salmon and fish oil, corn, soy, safflower and sunflower oils are high of this type of fat.

Bad fats include saturated fats and the highly talked about trans fats.  Saturated fats raise total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. They are mainly found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Some plant foods such as coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil are also high in saturated fats.  Trans fats are not found in nature, but were invented as scientists began to "hydrogenate" liquid oils so that they can withstand better in food production process and provide a better shelf life.  Trans fatty acids are found in many commercially packaged foods, commercially fried food, other packaged snacks as well as in vegetable shortening and hard stick margarine.

To reduce your intake of bad fats consider these simple changes.  Avoid using cooking oils that are high in saturated fats and/or trans fats such as coconut oil, palm oil or vegetable shortening. Instead, use oils that are low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as canola oil, olive oil and flax seed oil.  Minimize using commercially packaged foods which are high in trans fats, and read labels to look for trans-fat free alternatives.  Use lower-fat dairy products such as 1% or skim milk instead of whole milk and trim visible fats and skins from meat products to reduce saturated fats.

The truth about fats and calories is not the only myth surrounding nutrition.  Other common myths seen in the dieting and the nutrition world are brown eggs are more nutritious than white, avoid carbohydrates to lose weight, avoid nuts because they are fattening, eating for two is necessary during pregnancy, and red meat is bad for health.  All of these “truths” can easily be debunked with the knowledge of dietitians and their work.

1. Brown Eggs are more nutritious than White Eggs

This widely believed myth that the color of the eggshell has an affect on the eggs overall nutritional value has no scientific support.  The color has nothing to do with the nutritional value, quality, flavor, cooking characteristics, or shell thickness.  It only tells you what breed of hen produced the egg.  The white shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white earlobes whereas the brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red earlobes.

2. Avoid carbohydrates to lose weight

Many low-carb diets convey the message that carbohydrates promote insulin production, which in turn results in weight gain.  The problem is many low-carb diets do not provide sufficient carbohydrates to your body for daily maintenance. This means the body will begin to burn stored carbohydrates (glycogen) for energy, and when your body starts burning glycogen, water is released.  This water release is the reason for the initial weight loss of a low-carb diet.  These diets are often calorie-restricted allowing an average of1000 - 1400 calories, compared to 1800 - 2200 calories needed for most people. Carbohydrates are not the pinnacle of successful weight loss.  You can lose weight by healthfully reducing your caloric intake by 500 calories per day in respect to your normal diet.   

3. Avoid Nuts because they are fattening

Nuts are caloric and it is easy to overeat them, but when properly portioned nuts can be part of a healthy diet.  Nuts are high in good fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as plant sterols, which have all been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol. Instead of simply adding nuts to your diet, the best approach is to eat them in replacement of foods high in saturated fats.

4. Eating for two is necessary during pregnancy

The idea that pregnancy allows for women to eat double and ice cream is a free-for-all is a nutrition myth.  Generally it is recommended that pregnant women increase their daily intake by 100 kcal in the first trimester and 300 kcal in the second and third trimesters. A daily prenatal multivitamin supplement is recommended and an extra snack before bedtime such as a piece of fruit, a serving of milk or yogurt, and a few biscuits is enough.

5. Red Meat is bad for health

Some studies have linked red meat with increased risk of heart disease due to the saturated fat content, but even chicken can contain as much saturated fat as a cut of lean pork or beef.  Poultry is naturally lower in saturated fats but only if you do not eat the skin.  Red meat altogether is not bad for your health.  Instead of excluding red meat altogether, choose leaner cuts.  For beef, choose eye of round, top round roast, top sirloin and flank; for pork, choose tenderloin and loin chops.

 Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)

What is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – 4th Edition (DSM-IV) recognizes two distinct eating disorder types, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. If a person is struggling with eating disorder thoughts, feelings or behaviors, but does not have all the symptoms of anorexia or bulimia, that person may be diagnosed with eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). The following section lists examples of how an individual may have a profound eating problem and not have anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

  • A female patient could meet all of the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa except she is still having her periods
  • A person could meet all of the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa are met except that, despite significant weight loss the individual's current weight is in the normal range.
  • A person could meet all of the diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa are met except that the binge eating and inappropriate compensatory mechanisms occur at a frequency of less than twice a week or for duration of less than 3 months.
  • The person could use inappropriate compensatory behavior by an individual of normal body weight after eating small amounts of food (e.g., self-induced vomiting after the consumption of two cookies). This variant is often called purging disorder.
  • The person could repeatedly chewing and spitting out, but not swallowing, large amounts of food.
  • Binge-eating disorder is also officially an EDNOS category (see separate fact sheet for BED): recurrent episodes of binge eating in the absence if the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors characteristic of bulimia nervosa.

The examples provided above illustrate the variety of ways in which disordered eating can look when a person has EDNOS, but this list of examples does not provide a complete picture of the many different ways that eating disorder symptoms can occur. 

The “not otherwise specified” label often suggests to people that these disorders are not as important, as serious, or as common as anorexia or bulimia nervosa.  This is not true.  Far more individuals suffer from EDNOS than from bulimia and anorexia combined, and the risks associated with having EDNOS are often just as profound as with anorexia or bulimia because many people with EDNOS engage in the same risky, damaging behaviors seen in other eating disorders.

Individuals with EDNOS who are losing weight and restricting their caloric intake often report the same fears and obsessions as patients with anorexia.  They may be overly driven to be thin, have very disturbed body image, restrict their caloric intake to unnatural and unhealthy limits, and may eventually suffer the same psychological, physiological and social consequences of anorexic people.  Those who binge, purge, or binge and purge typically report the same concerns as people with bulimia, namely, that they feel they need to purge to control their weight, that they are afraid of getting out of control with their eating, and that binging and/or purging often turn into a very addictive, yet ineffective coping strategy that they feel they can not do without.  In all meaningful ways, people with EDNOS are very similar to those with anorexia or bulimia, and are just as likely to require extensive, specialized, multidisciplinary treatment.

Who develops EDNOS?

Eating Disorder NOS typically begin in adolescence or early adulthood although they can occur at any time throughout the lifespan. Like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, EDNOS is far more common in females; however, among those individuals whose primary symptom is binge eating, the number of males and females is more even. Because EDNOS has not been studied as extensively as anorexia and bulimia, it is harder to gauge an exact prevalence, but estimates suggest that EDNOS accounts for almost three quarters of all community treated eating disorder cases. 

What are the common signs of EDNOS?

Signs of EDNOS are the same signs you would look for in anorexia and bulimia nervosa.  Constant concern about food and weight is a primary sign, as are behaviors designed to restrict eating or compensate for eating (such as exercise or purging). For individuals who binge, most notable is the disappearance of large amounts of food, long periods of eating, or noticeable blocks of time when the individual is alone. Individuals who restrict often find the need to eat by the end of the day and the urge is so strong that it results in a binge. This binge can lead to guilt and shame the leads to purging, which may prompt the individual to promise to “do better tomorrow” by restricting. Cycles like this are consistent with EDNOS and bulimia, and can become very intractable if not addressed. Characteristically, these individuals have many rules about food -- e.g. good foods, bad foods -- and can be entrenched in these rules and particular thinking patterns. This preoccupation and these behaviors allow the person to shift their focus from painful feelings and reduce tension and anxiety perpetuating the need for these behaviors appropriately.  

Are there any serious medical complications?

Individuals with EDNOS are at risk for many of the medical complications of anorexia or bulimia, depending on the symptoms they have. Those who binge and purge run risks similar to bulimia in that they can severely damage their bodies. Electrolyte imbalance and dehydration can occur and may cause cardiac complications and, occasionally, sudden death. In rare instances, binge eating can cause the stomach to rupture, and purging can result in heart failure due to the loss of vital minerals like potassium. Persons with EDNOS who are restricting may have low blood pressure, slower heart rate, disruption of hormones, bone growth, and significant mental, and emotional disturbance.

Do we know what causes EDNOS?

As with other eating disorders that have been more widely studied, the cause of EDNOS is most likely a combination of environmental and biological factors that contribute to the development and expression of these disorders. While each individual may feel that they developed these behaviors “on their own” they are often amazed to find that other people have the same obsessions, irrational fears, and self-loathing. They are not alone, and they are not to blame for having this problem. 

Is treatment available for persons with EDNOS?

Unfortunately, treatment studies specifically for EDNOS are rare. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, either in a group setting or individual therapy session, has been shown to benefit many people with bulimia and would logically be applicable to those with EDNOS who binge or purge. It focuses on self-monitoring of eating and purging behaviors as well as changing the distorted thinking patterns associated with the disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often combined with nutritional counseling and/or antidepressant medications such as fluoxetine (Prozac).

Treatment plans should be adjusted to meet the needs of the individual concerned, but usually a comprehensive treatment plan involving a variety of experts and approaches is best. It is important to take an approach that involves developing support for the person with an eating disorder from the family environment or within the patient’s community environment (support groups or other socially supportive environments).

What about prevention?

Prevention research is increasing as scientists study the known "risk factors" for these disorders. Given that EDNOS and other eating disorders are multi-determined and often affect young people, there is preliminary information on the role and extent such factors as self esteem, resilience, family interactions, peer pressure, the media and dieting might play in its development. Eating disorders and body image is commonly seen as a problem affecting women, but men are also touched by media influence.  Steroid abuse and body image to create the strong, cut male physic results in many short and long term effects, but falls off under the radar in terms of indicating distorted body image and eating disorders.  Advocacy groups are also engaged in prevention through efforts such as removing damaging articles from teen magazines on "dieting" and the importance of "being thin.

Binge Eating Disorder

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What is binge eating disorder?

Individuals with binge eating disorder (BED) experience episodes of rapid food consumption: periods in which they “lose control” of the ability to stop eating. They may eat until after they are already full or at times when they were not hungry to begin with. People with BED will often eat alone or in secret because they are embarrassed by their behaviors. For some people, binging can cause a sense of relief or fulfillment initially. This feeling fades as the episode progresses and leads to feelings of disgust, guilt, worthlessness or depression after the episode is over.

Binge eating disorder is not a mental illness that is formally characterized in the DSM-IV-TR (the system used by many mental health professionals in America). However, it is a recognized clinical syndrome that has been diagnosed and treated for over 50 years. During this time, BED has been called by other names—compulsive overeating, emotional eating or food addiction—but the core symptom of dysfunctional binge eating episodes remains the same.

There is no specific test (e.g., blood test or x-ray) that can diagnose a person with binge eating disorder. Instead, a diagnosis of BED is made by a mental health professional based on a clinical assessment that includes a formal history and collateral information. Any person newly diagnosed with BED should have a physical exam and performed by their primary care physician (or pediatrician) in order to screen for complications of this illness that can include obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Who develops binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder in America. Approximately 3.5 percent of females and 2 percent of males will experience this illness at some point in their life. In obese individuals, the prevalence of BED is even higher and may be up to 20 percent. The average age of onset for BED is in young adulthood, although binge eating in children is likely increasing. People with BED are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder), mood disorders (e.g., depression), and substance abuse disorders.

BED has been shown to run in families and it is believed to be influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Although no specific genes have been identified, scientists are actively researching a number of genes that affect both the brain and the digestive system. People who have developed unhealthy patterns of eating may be at increased risk of developing BED. Individuals who have experienced stressful life events (e.g., bullying or trauma) may also be at increased risk of developing this condition.

What are the medical complications of binge eating disorder?

People with BED are at increased risk of experiencing weight gain and obesity which place them at risk for a wide variety of medical complications. These can include high cholesterol, Type II Diabetes (e.g., non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), high blood pressure and heart disease. In some cases of severe weight gain, people may be at risk of developing arthritis, obstructive sleep apnea or other weight-related illnesses.

What is the treatment of binge eating disorder?

Treatment of binge eating disorder targets both the elimination of binge eating and the development and maintenance of a healthy weight. Most people with BED will benefit from psychotherapy and some may benefit from medications. Usually an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is not required; however an inpatient eating disorders treatment program may be helpful in stopping severe binge eating behaviors.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), either in a group setting or individual therapy session, is one of the most studied forms of treatment for BED. CBT is often referred to as the first-line treatment for this condition. This treatment focuses on self-monitoring of eating behaviors, identifying binge eating triggers, and changing distorted thinking patterns about food and self-image. CBT can help reduce binge frequency and promote binge abstinence. Most people who try CBT can expect a 50 percent or greater decrease in their symptoms.

In some cases, certain people may find that medications are useful in helping to control their symptoms. Some antidepressants from the selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor class (SSRIs)—including citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft)—have been shown to be helpful in decreasing the symptoms of BED. The use of other medications—including topiramate (Topamax)—is beyond the scope of this review. It is important to note that no medications are currently indicated by the FDA for the treatment of binge eating disorder. Furthermore, all treatment decisions should be discussed with one’s physicians as the risks and benefits for each individual may vary.

Comprehensive treatments usually involve a variety of treatment providers that can include mental health professionals, primary care physicians and nutritionists or dieticians. As the importance of family support cannot be understated, many individuals and their loved ones will find family therapy to be quite helpful in the treatment process.

With thorough treatment and the support of their loved ones, most people with binge eating disorder can expect to see a significant decrease in their symptoms and to live healthy lives in absence of serious medical complications. Family members and friends can be most helpful in providing nonjudgmental support of their loved one and by encouraging their loved one to seek treatment for this serious condition.

Reviewed by Ken Duckworth, M.D., and Jacob L. Freedman, M.D., January 2013

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Anorexia Nervosa

What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening mental illness. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder defined by an inability to maintain one’s body weight within 15 percent of their Ideal Body Weight (IBW). Other essential features of this disorder include an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted image of one’s body, denial of the seriousness of the illness, and—in females—amenorrhea, an absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when they are otherwise expected to occur.

There is no specific test than can diagnose this complex illness. Rather, a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa is made when a physician or a mental health professional recognizes the signs, symptoms and patterns of thinking and behavior that characterize this illness. It should be further noted that a number of common medical illnesses can cause symptoms that are similar to those seen in anorexia nervosa. Therefore it should be stressed that prior to a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa being made, a person should have a complete medical evaluation to rule out common illnesses with similar symptoms (thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.).

Who develops anorexia nervosa?

Like all eating disorders, anorexia nervosa tends to occur in adolescence, but can develop at any time throughout one’s lifetime. It predominately affects adolescent girls and young adult women, although it also occurs in boys, men, older women and younger girls. Others especially at risk for eating disorders include athletes, dancers and models for which thinness has become a “professional requirement.”

Many people with anorexia nervosa are also diagnosed with other psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. It has also been suggested that the presence of depression and anxiety disorders may increase the risk of developing anorexia nervosa later in life.

Slightly less than one percent of females will be diagnosed with the illness throughout the course of their lives. Historically, anorexia nervosa was thought to be most common in upper-middle class Caucasian females. Over the past few decades, it is clear that women of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds are confronted with the challenges of anorexia nervosa. Males are significantly less likely to have anorexia nervosa, but it has been suggested that as awareness grows, more males are being treated for this severe mental illness.

What are the common signs of anorexia nervosa?

The main symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa are a preoccupation with food and an inability to maintain normal body weight. One of the most frightening aspects of the disorder is that people with anorexia nervosa continue to think they “look fat” even when have become dangerously thin. Individuals with anorexia nervosa may develop odd and ritualistic eating habits such as cutting their food into tiny pieces, refusing to eat in front of others or fixing elaborate meals for others that they themselves don't eat. Food and weight become obsessions as people with this disorder constantly think about their next encounter with food.

In addition to decreasing their food and liquid intake, people with anorexia nervosa will often exercise excessively as another means of weight loss. They might also try increasing caffeine intake (to increase urination and water loss) or abusing laxatives as other means of weight loss.

As people become thinner, their body starts to experience physical changes associated with malnutrition and starvation. Their nails and hair become brittle, their skin may become dry and yellow and they may grow fine hair (called lanugo) on parts of their body previously without hair. People with anorexia nervosa often complain of feeling cold as their body loses the ability to maintain its temperature. They may also report feeling tired, without energy, or unable to focus both due to their malnutrition and to the hormonal (e.g., thyroid) changes that may occur.

The starvation experienced by persons with anorexia nervosa can cause damage to vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and brain. Pulse rate and blood pressure drop, and people suffering from this illness may experience irregular heart rhythms or heart failure which can lead to death in certain situations. Nutritional deprivation along with purging behaviors causes electrolyte abnormalities such as low potassium and low sodium. Nutritional deprivation also leads to calcium loss from bones, which can become brittle and prone to breakage (e.g., osteoporosis). Nutritional deprivation also leads to decreased brain volume which can cause changes in a person’s thinking. In the worst-case scenario, people with anorexia can actually starve themselves to death. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, both due to the complications of malnutrition and the high rate of suicide in this population.

What are the causes of anorexia nervosa?

Scientists have studied the role of genetics, environment and biochemistry of people with anorexia nervosa. Although its precise cause remains unknown, scientists agree that it is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Eating disorders tend to run in families, with female relatives most commonly affected. Close relatives of a person with anorexia nervosa are more than 10 times more likely to have an eating disorder themselves than someone without this illness in their family. Scientific studies have shown that certain chemicals in the brain, specifically the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin, are not functioning optimally in patients with anorexia nervosa, something which can worsen in times of malnutrition and starvation.

Behavioral and environmental influences also play a role in vulnerability to the illness and stressful life events have been found to increase the risk of developing anorexia nervosa. This has been shown from a scientific standpoint: the hormones controlling the body’s response to stressful events, specifically cortisol and vasopressin, have been shown to be dysfunctional in people with anorexia nervosa.

What treatments are available for anorexia nervosa?

Recovery from anorexia nervosa is possible. In long term studies of people with this illness, about one-half fully recover, many have intermittent periods of recovery and relapse, and a small percentage continue to experience a more chronic form of anorexia nervosa with ongoing symptoms of this and other eating disorders. It is still unknown exactly how to predict who will have a short-lived course of this illness and for whom it will be a more chronic and debilitating illness.

Fortunately, most of the complications experienced by persons with anorexia nervosa are reversible when they restore their weight through engagement in treatment. People with this disorder should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible because eating disorders are most successfully treated when diagnosed early. Some patients can be treated as outpatients, but others may need medical hospitalization to stabilize their dangerously low weight through “re-feeding” treatment.  This may include the use of feeding tubes, intravenous fluids, and structured diets with supervised meals. Weight gain is usually gradual: one to three pounds per week is considered safe and desirable. Given the large overlap between medical and psychiatric symptoms of anorexia nervosa, coordination of care between different medical and mental health professionals is of upmost importance.

A variety of psychotherapeutic approaches are used to help people with anorexia nervosa. Individual therapy is a standard treatment for this illness. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) can help to teach coping skills and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Group therapy is often advised to create a safe environment where people can share their experiences with others. Family therapy is important—particularly if the individual is living at home and is a child or young adolescent—and is specifically useful in mobilizing family support for this complex illness.

Unfortunately there is no medication that can cure anorexia nervosa. In fact, many psychiatric medications have been studied and have been found to be unhelpful in the treatment of this complex illness. In general, certain psychiatric medications may be useful in treating isolated symptoms of anorexia nervosa, but this is beyond the scope of this review and should be discussed at length with one’s treating physicians. While not indicated for anorexia nervosa itself, medication treatment of coexisting anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses can very helpful for people with anorexia nervosa.

Families and friends can be most helpful in encouraging their loved ones to seek treatment for this complex mental illness. With coordinated treatment and the support of family and friends, most people with Anorexia Nervosa can expect to see a decrease in their symptoms as they go on to live meaningful lives.

Reviewed by Ken Duckworth, M.D., and Jacob L. Freedman, M.D., January 2013

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Bulimia Nervosa

What is bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder. People with bulimia nervosa are overly concerned with their body’s shape and weight and engage in detrimental behaviors in an attempt to control their body image. Bulimia nervosa is often characterized by a destructive pattern of binging (eating too much unhealthy food) and inappropriate, reactionary behaviors to control one’s weight following these episodes.

Binge eating is the rapid consumption of an unusually-large amount of food in a short period of time. Unlike simple overeating, people who binge feel “out of control” during these episodes. This means that one “cannot stop the urge to eat” once it has begun, even after their stomach is full. Binging may “feel good” initially, but it quickly becomes distressing for the person who is absorbed in this behavior. Food is often eaten secretly and quickly. A binge is usually ended only with abdominal discomfort, social interruption or running out of food. When the binge is over, the person with bulimia often feels guilty and will engage in inappropriate behaviors to rid their body of the excess calories that were eaten.

Inappropriate behaviors to control one’s weight can include purging. Purging behaviors are potentially dangerous and can consist of a wide variety of actions “to get rid of everything I ate.” This can include self-induced vomiting, the abuse of laxatives, enemas or diuretics (e.g., caffeine). Other behaviors such as “fasting” or restrictive dieting following binge-eating episodes are also common, as well as excessive exercising.

Who develops bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is often under-diagnosed because many people who experience this illness may be of normal weight (or even overweight), as opposed to individuals with anorexia nervosa. The typical age of onset for bulimia nervosa is late adolescence or early adulthood, but onset can and does occur at any time throughout the lifespan. Like other eating disorders, bulimia nervosa mainly affects females, although at least one in 10 individuals with this condition is male. Bulimia nervosa is more common than anorexia nervosa and likely occurs in up to three percent of the population. Like all mental illnesses, Bulimia nervosa is found in all racial, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Bulimia nervosa often occurs with other psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders (e.g., depression), anxiety disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder), substance abuse disorders, and disorders of self-injurious behavior (e.g., borderline personality disorder). Many people with bulimia nervosa will also be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or another eating disorder at some point in their lives. As with any other condition, adequate treatment of coexisting mental illnesses is necessary goal of treatment in bulimia nervosa.

What are the common signs of bulimia nervosa?

Constant obsession with food and weight is a primary sign of bulimia nervosa. Other important indicators are signs of binging (e.g., hidden candy wrappers under a bed or multiple empty cereal boxes stuffed in a closet) and purging (e.g., boxes of laxatives or enemas stored in one’s desk without a clear medical indication for these products).

People with bulimia may also experience irregular menstrual periods or depressed mood. These symptoms may cause a person to go to their doctor. Similarly, doctors may also find they are examining their patients for unexplained stomach pain or sore throat before a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa is made.

Doctors may see common signs of self-induced vomiting including unexplained damage to the teeth (due to the acidity of vomit) and scarring on the backs of the hands and fingers (due to repeatedly pushing fingers down the throat to induce vomiting). A number of people with bulimia will have swollen cheeks (due to damage of their parotid glands).

Are there any serious medical complications of bulimia nervosa?

People with bulimia nervosa—even if their weight remains “normal”—can severely damage their bodies by binging and purging. Self-induced vomiting can injure the various parting of the body involved in eating and digesting food: tooth decay, esophageal and stomach injury, and acid reflux are all common in people with bulimia nervosa. Excessive purging behaviors can cause dehydration and changes in the body’s electrolytes (e.g., low potassium). This can lead to multiple problems including cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and even death.

Do we know what causes bulimia nervosa?

Although the precise causes of bulimia nervosa are unknown, scientists agree that it is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with a family history of eating disorders or a personal history of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other illnesses, are more likely to develop bulimia nervosa. Traumatic events (e.g., physical or sexual abuse) as well as life-stressors (including being bullied at school) can also increase the risk of developing bulimia nervosa. While no specific region of the brain has been directly connected with bulimia nervosa, certain chemicals in the brain (e.g., the neurotransmitter serotonin) have been shown to have a relationship with binging and purging behaviors.

What is the treatment for bulimia nervosa?

The most important thing to do in the treatment of bulimia nervosa is to ensure good medical treatment. As mentioned above, bulimia can cause serious medical complications and before anything else can be done, a thorough medical evaluation—either by a primary care provider or in the hospital setting—should be performed in order to ensure the individual’s safety.

Similar to other eating disorders, therapy is a cornerstone of treatment in bulimia nervosa. Individual therapy can include a wide-variety of techniques: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) have been shown in scientific studies to decrease the symptoms of bulimia nervosa. Group psychotherapy can be useful in helping individuals with a supportive, therapeutic environment to discuss the challenges they face throughout treatment. Family psychotherapy can be useful in helping to support both the individual with bulimia nervosa and their family members. Nutritional counseling is useful in guiding individuals towards a healthy diet and regular eating habits.

Many medications have been used to treat symptoms of bulimia nervosa, the specifics of which are beyond the scope of this review. The only FDA approved medication for bulimia nervosa is fluoxetine (Prozac). This medication helps by decreasing the symptoms of bulimia nervosa, but it does not cure the illness. As with any other mental illness, it is important to discuss any medication decisions with one’s psychiatrist and other members of the treatment team.

With thorough treatment and the support of their loved ones, most people with bulimia nervosa can expect to see a significant decrease in their symptoms and to live healthy lives in absence of serious medical complications. Family members and friends can be most helpful in providing nonjudgmental support of their loved one and by encouraging their loved one to seek treatment for this serious mental illness.

Reviewed by Ken Duckworth, M.D., and Jacob L. Freedman, M.D., January 2013

What You Need to Know About Insurance Parity

Share Your Story

Share your personal experiences with parity implementation. What positive experiences have you had? Are you having a negative experience with the new law? NAMI needs to hear from you.

This information is critical to informing policymakers in the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration on additional steps that may need to be taken to strengthen the law and ensure adequate enforcement. In addition, it is critical for NAMI to demonstrate to the larger public that parity is making a real difference in improving coverage of mental illness treatment and expanding access to critical medical services for children and adults living with mental illness.

Share your story in the parity discussion group.

Introduction to Paul Wellstone & Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

This overview of the document below is an introduction to the MHPAEA and its implementation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Parity from the Parity Implementation Coalition (pdf)

This document addresses questions like medications for psychiatric and substance abuse conditions, Medicaid managed care plans and coverage for specific treatments or levels of care.

FAQ About Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act from United States Department of Labors

Visit the FAQ section of this site for comprehensive coverage of such areas as COBRA benefits, pensions and retirement and reporting forms.

Resources from Mental Health Parity Watch

Visit this site for email and phone contact information and resources that answer the following questions:

  • what the federal law covers; 
  • how a state's law works with the federal parity act
  • where to file a complaint;
  • what's involved in filing an insurance claim with your health plan when benefits have been denied;
  • when an external review is warranted and
  • what it means to file an ERISA claim. 
Sesame Street Family Connections offers videos and
resources to help kids understand a variety of life-changing
events like a family member's deployment and return.

Families of active service members make adjustments when their loved one is called to serve, but further adjustments are often required when the family reunites after a call of duty. A 2009 survey of veterans recently returned from combat who were referred for a mental health evaluation discovered that a sense of distance between the veteran and the rest of the family was common: Some veterans felt like a guest in their home while others felt like their children might be avoiding them.

Some families don’t reunite. The Army’s Medical Health Advisory Team surveyed married junior enlisted officers in 2008 and found that after 15 months of deployment, almost 30 percent were planning divorce or separation. According to data compiled by the Associated Press, divorce rates in the Marine Corps and Army have increased. There are fewer recent statistics about divorce rates after leaving active duty, but the National Center for PTSD cites studies of Vietnam Veterans which found that rates of divorce were much higher than among the general population. This may be related to PTSD and associated problems with intimacy or caregiver stresses.

If a veteran has returned with a disability, the family’s finances may be affected while caregivers’ responsibilities are further stretched by the complicated claim system. Yet with help, many veterans can access VA-backed loans, educational benefits, employment assistance and even educational benefits for dependents that can help get their families back on track.

Research is beginning to confirm what many families already know—partners and children of veterans can be affected by the adult’s PTSD in what is known as secondary traumatization. They may also be more likely to exhibit symptoms like anxiety and aggression.

Families, partners and children sometimes need to seek help from people who are familiar with post-service reintegration and who can help them find a new definition of “normal,” if necessary. The Veterans’ Families United Foundation has a chart designed to help veterans and their families understand “veteran readjustment behaviors,” or adaptive behaviors from active service which are now causing the veteran problems in the civilian world. The National Center for PTSD has resources for families at all stages, including the Returning from the War Zone Guide, available as a video and in a print version. By taking care of themselves they will be more able to in order to support their veteran and make use of resources that can benefit the whole family.

NAMI's Family-to-Family Educational Program partners with the VA to reach veterans' families.

Families

NAMI's Family-to-Family Education Program
NAMI's Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness.

Army Long-term Family Case Management
This call center and website offer long-term assistance to those who have lost a loved one who was a service member. They provide information about Social Security, VA and death benefits as well as lists of local programs for children and other kinds of support.

Teaching Resiliency to Military Families
This article from U.S. Medicine discusses the possibility of helping families deal with trauma by teaching coping skills.

PTSD and the Family
This fact sheet on family coping is from the National Center for PTSD.

Coming Home: Adjustments for Military Families
This is one of several fact sheets designed for military families from the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.

Veterans Administration Centers for Family Support
The Veterans Administration offers family support through centers throughout the country.

Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members
This reintegration guide was written by the experts at the National Center for PTSD.

Coming Home Project
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing compassionate expert care, support, education and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members and their families.

Quality of Life Project
This project serves the families of our severely injured combat service members.

Children

NAMI's Child and Adolescent Action Center
NAMI's Child and Adolescent Action Center is NAMI's resource for information on child and adolescent mental health care.

The “SOFAR” Guide for helping Children and Youth cope with the deployment and return of a Parent in the National Guard or other Reserve Components
This guide, designed to help Reservists, parents, teachers and pediatricians support children whose parents are deployed, contains a number of valuable insights into the emotional experience of a military child.

Bereavement

Gold Star Wives
Gold Star Wives is a nonprofit membership organization for people who have lost spouses in the military. They offer local chapters, memorial programs, support and benefit information.

Society of Military Widows
The Society of Military Widows is a nonprofit membership advocacy and support organization. They provide information about benefits, supports and networking via local chapters.

Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp provides grief support weekend camps for children ages 7 to17 and offers special programs for children in military families.

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
TAPS offers support for survivors: peer support as well as 24-hour crisis intervention. They also provide information about benefits and other services, survivor seminars, camps for children and online chat.

General Sources for Support

The American Legion
The American Legion is a national community service organization with leadership and community programs across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, France and the Philippines.

AMVETS
AMVETS provides information, counseling and claims service to all honorably discharged veterans and their families concerning benefits. They are also involved in community service and advocacy.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
This organization is led by disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars is an organization for veterans with 2.3 million members in approximately 8,400 posts worldwide.

Veterans Service Organizations
A comprehensive list of congressionally chartered veterans service organizations, updated and maintained by the VA.

Increasingly, veterans living with PTSD are turning to Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) for help. Read about three veterans and their animals in "The Role of Service Animals in Recovery."

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder than can develop after a person witnesses a traumatic event. A traumatic event can take many forms--a natural disaster, sexual abuse or a terrorist attack such as 9/11--but for veterans, PTSD is most often related to combat or military exposure.

In wars prior to Vietnam, the disorder was referred to as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue” and was not very well understood beyond the fact that it limited the soldier’s performance on the battlefield. Today, the disorder is more widely studied. We know that PTSD can lead to other mental health problems such as depression, social withdrawal and substance abuse.

The effects can also be long-term. According to the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, one in three people who develop PTSD will continue to experience symptoms.

Recently the Veterans Administration changed the rules regarding claims related to PTSD. To get the most up-to-date information, see the statutes on pensions, bonuses and veterans’ relief online. For a summary of recent research see the March 2010 Final Draft Report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force.

Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge discusses his own experiences with PTSD.
Listen to the podcast.
Maj. Gen. Blackledge



The good news is that more resources and treatments are available today. Some new treatments, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), are being investigated. Others, such as Virtual Iraq, a video game designed for exposure therapy, are still in development. NAMI's Advocate magazine examined the role of service animals in the treatment of PTSD. Additional information on service dogs is below.

Our PTSD section for veterans includes resources where you can find out more about PTSD, learn about treatments and read about how PTSD affects families and children of veterans.

 


5/09/3003
Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (MAP)
NIMH intramural research and information program on mood disorders.

5/09/3003
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Organization to improve lives of people living with mood disorders through support, education, and advocacy.

5/09/3003
National Institute of Mental Health
Information from the NIH institute on bipolar disorder.

5/09/3003
Obsessive Complusive Disorder (OCD)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Obsessive Complusive Disorder (OCD)

5/09/3003
Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder
NIMH sponsored multi-center clinical trial and information resource.

5/09/3003
National Institute of Mental Health
Information from the NIH institute on AD/HD.

5/09/3003
Clinicaltrials.gov
Bipolar disorder research studies identified through the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s link to federally and privately funded studies worldwide.

4/04/3003
Clinical Trial Listings
ClinicalTrials.gov provides current information about clinical research studies from the NIH's National Library of Medicine.

9/18/2020
Multicultural Action Center Resources
main resources page for NAMI's Multicultural Action Center

4/19/2020
Alert: Housing Funding
Two efforts are underway in Congress to promote funding for affordable options for people living with serious mental illness.

2/19/2020
New and Announcements - CIT in Action Feb 2010
BJA Releases Grant Solicitation, CIT International Conference Updates and more!

4/17/2014
Exploring The World of Human Emotions
Giovanni Frazzetto explores the world of human emotions through the lenses of neuroscience and psychology.

4/17/2014
10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
Work can play a vital role in recovery—it gives the day purpose. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of every day.

4/17/2014
Leadership Alliance Giving Club

4/17/2014
Homepage Hero
Sign Up for NAMIWalks!

4/16/2014
Celebrating Recovery through Work
Elliott and Dianne Steele created Vincent House, a place where individuals with mental illness would be treated as people and not like patients.

4/15/2014
Understanding What HIPAA Means for Mental Illness
HIPAA protects the privacy of individual health information. But how does it apply to mental health care?

4/15/2014
Celebrating Recovery Through Work
The story of how Dianne and Elliott Steele built Vincent House, a recovery-through-work Clubhouse.

4/08/2014
Help for Veterans Involved in the Justice System
Too many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing mental health and substance abuse issues. Many wind up in the criminal justice system instead of getting the help they need.

4/08/2014
My Journey With Bipolar
"We have bipolar, it does not have us." Cheryl shares her story

4/04/2014
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.

4/04/2014
Your Story: A Powerful Advocacy Tool
You can use your personal story to advocate for improvements in the mental health field.

4/02/2014
One Week in Washington: Mental Health Care Debate Continues
In the course of week, mental health care has had a high profile in the nation’s capital, including legislative action.

3/31/2014
Frankie & Alice Homepage Ad
Frankie and Alice in Theaters on April 4!

3/31/2014
Shared Decision Making: Empowering People Living with Mental Illness
There isn't always enough time to discuss everything you want when you meet with your doctor. Pat Deegan explains how shared decision making can help.

3/31/2014
Convention Homepage Ad
Register Today and Save!

3/27/2014
A Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, A Call to Action for All Communities
Saddleback Church, the Catholic Diocese and NAMI Orange County have partnered together to host a daylong event on mental health.

3/27/2014
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.

3/27/2014
A Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, A Call to Action for All Communities
Saddleback Church, the Catholic Diocese and NAMI Orange County have partnered together to host a daylong event on mental health.

3/27/2014
Adapting DBT for Children
Therapists have developed a form of DBT that would help children with mental illness and their parents develop better relationships.

3/26/2014
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.

3/25/2014
My Battle, My Victory, My Hope
Nick shares his story of hope. "There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how distant it might seem, or how dark the tunnel is."

3/25/2014
Why Screening for Diabetes is Important
Individuals living with mental illness are at an increased risk for diabetes. Take a screening test today to see if you should take action.

3/24/2014
Working to Improve Wisconsin's Mental Health
NAMI Wisconsin played an integral role in getting legislation passed to improve mental health services in their state.

3/23/2014
Service Dogs Help Veterans Still Battling the Effects of War
Shepherds for Lost Sheep, a project started by veterans to help their compatriots, uses dogs to help those who are still battling the effects of war.

3/21/2014
Recognizing the Important Role of Social Workers
March is National Social Work Month. Social workers can be found in many fields and many provide needed help to individuals with mental illness.

3/20/2014
NAMI Family-to-Family: Evidence Meets Experience
In his blog, Dr. Ken Duckworth explains the significance of the NAMI Family-to-Family program being named an evidence based practice.

3/14/2014
Being Diagnosed Bipolar and Going through My First Year of College
"I’m Ali and I am not afraid to tell my story because I hope it will help others like me who may be silently suffering due to fear of being stigmatized like I have been."

3/14/2014
What Does the President's Budget Mean for Mental Health?
President Obama's proposed budget for 2015 includes increases for mental illness research and additional funding for early intervention and mental health workforce development.

3/13/2014
Supported Housing Can Be the Key to Recovery
For "Owen," a supported housing program helped get him the services he needed to help move him forward in his recovery.

3/12/2014
Helping Families in the Juvenile Justice System
For many families, juvenile court had become the first step in attempting to stabilize the youth’s mental health needs and behavior.

3/10/2014
Discussion Groups Homepage Ad
Join the NAMI Discussion Groups.

3/10/2014
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.

3/09/2014
Stigma of Mental Health in Sports Remains an Opponent
Physical injuries often have a whole team to address them, but mental health concerns are often left out.

3/07/2014
Schizophrenia and Getting Older
Dr. Dilip Jeste points to four types of psychosocial treatments to ensure individuals with schizophrenia age successfully.

3/07/2014
Comments on Medicare Part D Proposed Rule

3/06/2014
Keeping Students Safe in Our Nation's Schools
The use of restraints and seclusion in schools has dire consequences. Sen. Tom Harkin has introduced legislation to limit its use.

3/03/2014
Medication Choice Provides Greater Hope
NAMI needs your help now to send a message to the federal government, which has proposed limiting access to psychiatric medications under Medicare Part D.

2/28/2014
Conversations on Spirituality and Mental Illness
Faith can be an important part of recovery for some. Nancy Kehoe shares her own personal experience forming a faith support group in her community.

2/28/2014
Conversations on Spirituality and Mental Illness
Faith can be an important part of recovery for some. Nancy Kehoe shares her own personal experience forming a faith support group in her community.

2/27/2014
Finding a Way through The Fog of Paranoia
In her captivating and moving memoir, Sarah Rae shares the story of her brother with paranoid schizophrenia.

2/26/2014
Trying To Survive But Not Always Understood
"I think unless you experience it, mental illness can be a bit of an enigma to people. I truly believe that education and awareness can make a difference." Mismis' Story.

2/24/2014
Living Life On a Scale
Abby Lewis has struggled with eating disorders since age 14. It was the faith in herself that helped her move forward in recovery.

2/23/2014
How Housing Can Help Heal
For individuals living with mental illness, finding safe and affordable housing can be a major goal and step forward on the road of recovery.

2/22/2014
Congress Increases Mental Health Funding in Some Areas
The passage of the 2014 omnibus budget bill represents the first time since 2012 that Congress has been able to reach agreement on the annual budget. The 2014 budget agreement (HR 3547), passed last month, was supported in the House and Senate by both Democrats and Republicans. After several years of budget cuts, the budget bill restored funding in some areas and prevented major cuts in others. Below are some highlights from the budget bill related to mental health.

2/20/2014
Successful Advocacy through Relationship Building
Here are 10 tips for forging strong relationships with federal policy makers.

2/20/2014
The Power of Sharing Hope
During Black History Month, NAMI acknowledges the remarkable work of African American leaders who fight the stigma of mental illness at the core of their communities.

2/20/2014
CIT in Action: February 2014
What to Say When you Have to Call 911, Help for Veterans Involved in the Justice System, NAMI Affiliates Play a Key Role in CIT Programs, and much more!

2/19/2014
Interview with Actress Halle Berry
Actress Halle Berry talks about her new movie, Frankie & Alice, mental illness and hope in NAMI interview.

2/19/2014
Exploring DID on the Big Screen
Actress Halle Berry talks about her new movie, Frankie & Alice, mental illness and hope.

2/13/2014
Trying to Unlock the Secrets of Schizophrenia
With new technology, scientists are taking a deeper look in the human genome to find the cause of schizophrenia.

2/11/2014
Black History Month: A Historic Call for Action
In February, NAMI recognizes the significant contributions that African Americans have made throughout U.S. history but also note the mental health concerns facing the African American community.

2/11/2014
2,182 Days
I have made it my passion to reach out to young adults and teenagers who are struggling with mental health issues that cause them to feel as alone as I once did.

2/07/2014
Parity Frequently Asked Questions
What is insurance parity and what does it mean for you?

2/06/2014
The Geometry of Mental Illness
Dr. Geoffrey Phillips is helping fight the stigma of mental illness through his Happy Circle trilogy, written “for all ages and all brains.”

2/05/2014
Here's What People Are Saying
In her first month as NAMI's executive director, Mary Giliberti has been listening to and learning from NAMI members and mental health leaders.

2/03/2014
Speaking with Former Surgeon General David Satcher, a Leader in Mental Health
Nearly 15 years after his landmark report on mental health, Dr. Satcher's work continues to have an impact on the country's mental health.

1/31/2014
Ask a Cop: What Should I Say When I Call 911 for a Loved One?
No one wants to experience a crisis, but it's important to be prepared if one does happen.

1/31/2014
Education, Training and Peer Support Center
The Education, Training and Peer Support Center coordinates NAMI's range of free education and support classes across the country.

1/30/2014
Ask the Doctor: Living Well with Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Nierenberg joined NAMI's medical director Ken Duckworth to look at the combination of factors that help ensure wellness.

1/29/2014
There Is Hope: Sarah's Story
"I will always struggle with my depression, mania and anxiety, but I have committed to over coming it."

1/27/2014
60 Minutes: Here's the Full Story
On Jan. 26, 60 Minutes aired "Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis," to help bring attention to failures in the mental health care system and the effect on youth and families.

1/24/2014
Meditation Shows Promise in Relieving Anxiety and Depression
Meditation is a means of developing wellness, an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life. A new analysis explores the benefits.

1/23/2014
Proposed Rule by CMS Would Wipe Out Critical Protections in Medicare Part D for People Living With Serious Mental Illness

1/22/2014
Growing Outreach Through Faith
NAMI Wood County in Bowling Green, Ohio is expanding their community of faith for people living with serious mental illness with help from the Kitchner FAMILY Foundation.

1/22/2014
Growing Outreach Through Faith
NAMI Wood County in Bowling Green, Ohio is expanding their community of faith for people living with serious mental illness with help from the Kitchner FAMILY Foundation.

1/21/2014
60 Minutes Will Focus on Father and Son Tragedy—For Lack of a Bed
On Sunday, Jan. 26, CBS News' 60 Minutes will air a story on former Virginia senator Creigh Deeds, whose son died by suicide, after attacking his father.

1/14/2014
Remeron (mirtazapine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Remeron (mirtazepine).

1/14/2014
Paxil (paroxetine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Paxil (paroxetine).

1/14/2014
Federal Proposal to Limit Access to Psychiatric Medications Causes Concern
Proposed alterations to Medicare Part D could mean changes in the availability of medication for individuals with mental illness.

1/14/2014
Lexapro (escitalopram)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Lexapro (escitalopram).

1/14/2014
Luvox (fluvoxamine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Luvox (fluvoxamine).

1/14/2014
Cymbalta (duloxetine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Cymbalta (duloxetine).

1/14/2014
Fetzima (Levomilnacipran)
Fetzima, Levomilnacipran, SNRI

1/14/2014
Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine succinate)

1/14/2014
Brintellix (Vortioxetine)
NAMI Factsheet on Brintellix (Vortioxetine).

1/14/2014
Zoloft (sertraline)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Zoloft (sertraline).

1/14/2014
Antipsychotics: Taking the Long View
Antipsychotics help people through the crisis of acute psychosis, but the long-term management of chronic mental illness is another matter.

1/14/2014
Prozac (fluoxetine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Prozac (fluoxetine).

1/14/2014
Effexor (venlafaxine)
NAMI Fact Sheet's on Effexor(venlafaxine).

1/14/2014
Celexa (citalopram)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Celexa (citalopram).

1/13/2014
I’m New on the Job. So Why NAMI? Why Now?
NAMI's new executive director takes a moment to tell why she decided to come back to NAMI and what the future holds for the organization.

1/12/2014
It’s Never Too Late
"I look back on my life with regret, but it's no longer that I was wasting my life, but that I didn’t get help sooner." This is Eric's story.

1/09/2014
Let’s Talk about Cats and Mental Illness
What do we make about the connection between cat bites and the risk of depression?

1/08/2014
Beyond That Gives a Voice to Recovery
Meg Hutchinson's latest album is a compilation of songs that celebrate overcoming adversity and invites listeners to look beyond difficulties towards the potential of the future.

1/08/2014
Mom, Bipolar Disorder and a Confused 9-year-old
"At first I was too scared to tell anyone my mom even lived with bipolar disorder because I didn’t accept it then myself." This is Nicole's story.

1/03/2014
Hyperbole and a Half Draws a Unique Picture of Depression
Allie Brosh chronicles many of her difficult days as a child, including living with depression, in her humorous and poignant new book.

1/02/2014
Mary Giliberti
Learn more about Mary Giliberti, NAMI's Executive Director.

12/31/2013
New Year's Resolutions: Take Stock, Make Them Stick
Now that we've rung in 2014, it's a good time for self-reflection and goal-setting.

12/30/2013
Finding Hope and Helping Others
Stigma and the fear of not being "normal" was enough to keep me from getting treatment for a debilitating mental and physical illness for 23 years.

12/26/2013
Making Better Mental Health Treatment a National Priority
NAMI's Ron Honberg recently met with Vice President Joe Biden and the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.

12/24/2013
NAMI Looks Ahead to 35 Years in 2014
This past year NAMI had many great achievements, but next year brings new opportunities and hope.

12/23/2013
NAMI Homefront Helps Educate Military Families and Veterans
NAMI has adapted its Family-to-Family program to help address the specific needs facing military service members and veterans.

12/23/2013
Dawn and Matthew Spotlight

12/19/2013
Visualizing the Road to Recovery
Healing Vision provides a rare visualization of the road to recovery through the photographs of the Athens Photographic Project.

12/19/2013
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.

12/18/2013
Wil Spotlight

12/17/2013
A CNN Story: It’s about NAMI, So Listen Up!
Recently unveiled by CNN is the powerful story of Stephanie Escamilla, her son “Daniel” and his experience living with mental illness.

12/13/2013
Angela Spotlight

12/11/2013
New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health
Two reports released in recent weeks provide updated views of mental health trends among children and youth.

12/11/2013
Erin Spotlight

12/11/2013
The New Healthcare.gov is Starting to See Results
If you have had difficulties applying through healthcare.gov, NAMI’s best recommendation is to try again now.

12/08/2013
NAMI’s Newtown Prayer: Share Reflections on Dec. 14
One year after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the nation pauses and reflects.

12/06/2013
Juno Spotlight

12/06/2013
Helping Your Child Stay Organized and Handle Adversity
An interview with Carolyn Dalgliesh, author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized.

12/04/2013
Get your smart phone ready and prepare to “Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health”
The Dec. 5 event is an important part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health and is expected to encourage even more participation.

12/04/2013
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.

12/03/2013
Eric Spotlight

12/03/2013
The Healing Power of Faith
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Jeffrey R. Holland discusses the value of hope and faith in living with mental illness.

12/03/2013
The Healing Power of Faith
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Jeffrey R. Holland discusses the value of hope and faith in living with mental illness.

11/26/2013
Yashi Spotlight

11/26/2013
Black Friday, Cyber Monday… #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks and two days for sales and buying presents. Now there is a day for giving back. Help NAMI shine the light on mental illness.

11/25/2013
“I Did It. You can too.”
Supported employment programs can help those living with mental illness secure a job, build a career and move forward on the road to recovery.

11/22/2013
Beat Back the Holiday Blues
The holidays are a difficult time for many people. However, there are strategies one can follow to minimize the negative aspects of the season.

11/20/2013
Edith spotlight

11/20/2013
Ending the Silence of Mental Illness in High School
NAMI's newest signature education program teaches high school students about mental health.

11/20/2013
Newtown: Marking the First Anniversary
In observance of the first anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., NAMI has created a special section of resources for policymakers, news media and the general public.

11/20/2013
“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.

11/16/2013
Let’s Connect for Mental Health
This week, NAMI introduced Connect4MentalHealth, in partnership with the National Council on Behavioral Health, to keep moving the National Dialogue forward to action.

11/15/2013
“Coming out” on Mental Health Sunday
On Oct. 20, people in United Church of Christ communities across the country “came out” to their congregations, telling their stories about living with mental illness.

11/15/2013
“Coming out” on Mental Health Sunday
On Oct. 20, people in United Church of Christ communities across the country “came out” to their congregations, telling their stories about living with mental illness.

11/14/2013
NAMI Honors Professor Patrick McGorry with Scientific Award in Early Intervention for Youth
On Nov. 14, NAMI will be presenting Professor Patrick D. McGorry with NAMI’s annual Scientific Research Award at the House of Sweden in Washington D.C.

11/13/2013
Janie Spotlight

11/08/2013
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.

11/08/2013
Remembering Our Veterans and their Families
On Veterans Day, America pauses to honor every service member who has ever worn one of our nation's uniforms and acknowledges the gratitude that it owes its patriots.

11/08/2013
New Rule Requires Equal Treatment for Mental Health
While issues remain to be solved, this "final rule" that mental health be covered equal to physical health is something to celebrate.

11/07/2013
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.

11/07/2013
Remnants of a Life on Paper
Remnants of a Life on Paper is a moving account of a family’s experience with borderline personality disorder and their appeal for others to reach out and seek help.

11/06/2013
Phillip Spotlight

11/05/2013
NAMI Offers Toolkit to Raise Mental Health Awareness on College Campuses
NAMI has created a special toolkit to raise mental health awareness, educate the college community and help combat stigma.

11/04/2013
CIT in Action: October 2013
Special 25th Anniversary Edition

11/01/2013
Bringing Mental Illness to Life as "Real Monsters"
After struggling with his own anxiety, an artist hopes his drawings can help others.

10/31/2013
Turn Back the Clock this Weekend, but Watch for Signs of Depression
Daylight saving time will end Sunday at 2 a.m. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep, but be mindful of Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms.

10/30/2013
Imaj Spotlight

10/29/2013
What Has Your State Done to Improve Mental Health Care?
NAMI has prepared a State Legislation Report that surveys legislation in 2013 and summarizes trends, themes and best practices that will continue to be important in 2014.

10/24/2013
In San Antonio, Faith Shines in a Candlelight Service
On Oct. 6 in San Antonio, congregations across multiple religious denominations came together for a second annual Ecumenical Candlelight Service in observance of MIAW.

10/24/2013
In San Antonio, Faith Shines in a Candlelight Service
On Oct. 6, congregations across multiple religious denominations came together for a second annual Ecumenical Candlelight Service in observance of MIAW.

10/23/2013
Linea Spotlight

10/21/2013
Never Again: A Family Confronts Nazi Germany and Mental Illness
A great-granddaughter traces how her family has been affected by mental illness.

10/16/2013
Are You Haunted by Halloween Stigma? Here’s What to Do
NAMI loves Halloween as much as anyone else. Unfortunately it is also a holiday that is rife with stigma.

10/16/2013
Paton Spotlight

10/15/2013
The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception
For Latinos in America there seems to be an anomaly: low-income Latino immigrants are often healthier than their U.S. counterparts.

10/15/2013
NAMI Family-to-Family
a free, 12-week program for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses.

10/15/2013
Events
See all of NAMI's fall events

10/14/2013
CIT 25th Anniversary
CIT 25th Anniversary

10/10/2013
Importance of Integrated Care Highlighted in International Report
International experts release report on integration of care for people living with schizophrenia.

10/10/2013
National Depression Screening Day
National Depression Screening Day

10/10/2013
Bringing Mental Illness Awareness to the NFL
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be wearing green shoes tonight to bring mental illness awareness to a national stage.

10/10/2013
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.

10/09/2013
Fight or Flight
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about my panic disorder.

10/09/2013
The Man Who Is Half Of Me
It’s difficult for me to determine how to write this post - he is my dad, the man who helped create me, but that doesn’t mean the same as it does to a lot of other people.

10/08/2013
Making it OK to Talk About Mental Illness
NAMI Minnesota Celebrates Mental Illness Awareness Week with more than eighteen “community conversations” on mental health.

10/07/2013
Veterans, NAMI, a Summit and Pizza
It started with pizza. Or rather, it was the pizza that was the true catalyst to forging a support network for and strong relationship with veterans.

10/04/2013
Hidden Pictures
In observance of World Mental Health Day, Thurs., Oct. 10, a free online Global Screening Event will be held for Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health by Seattle filmmaker, physician and mental health advocate. Delaney Ruston, M.D.

10/04/2013
Saving Lives, Changing Communities
Following the shooting of a man living with mental illness in 1988, NAMI Memphis leaders' efforts with the Memphis police led to the nation’s first crisis intervention team (CIT).

10/02/2013
The NRA’s Rhetoric is No Commitment to Mental Health Care
NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre equates individuals living with mental illness with "violent criminals and the evil-minded."

10/02/2013
What Does the Federal Government Shutdown Mean for Social Security?
SSDI and SSI payments will continue during the shutdown but some services have been limited.

10/01/2013
Researching the Rare: Childhood Onset Schizophrenia
Dr. Judith Rapoport joined this month’s Meet the Scientist Webinar Series to present on “Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia—The Study and Treatment.”

10/01/2013
Taking on the World: Free Global Film Screening on Mental Illness, Oct. 10
In observance of World Mental Health Day, Thurs., Oct. 10, Hidden Pictures is available for free online screening. It explores the global impact of mental illness.

9/30/2013
You Don’t Get Roses in the Psyche Ward
I never knew that other people didn’t count the names of people who liked them in order to understand that they really were okay. But that has been my gauge for as long as I can remember.

9/30/2013
Why I Write
Writing keeps me sane and breathing calmly. Without poetry I would stumble at understanding and comprehending my world.

9/27/2013
Psychiatrists Pose Five Questions About Antipsychotic Medications
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released a list of five uses of antipsychotic medications that are “...potentially unnecessary."

9/26/2013
2013 Voice Awards Honor Unsung Heroes
On Aug. 25, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented its seventh annual "Voice Awards" to mental health advocates.

9/25/2013
Helping Families Navigate Mental Health Care
Dr. Lloyd Sederer's book offers insightful advice to families who are entering the world of mental illness.

9/24/2013
How Shootings Stigmatize People Living with Mental Illness
Navy Shipyard Tragedy: How Shootings Stigmatize People Living with Mental Illness

9/24/2013
Latinos: Has Mental Illness Knocked at Your Door?
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Lynda Cortés-Avellaneda calls the Latino community to fight stigma and have hope.

9/24/2013
Fighting to Prevent Military Suicides
The U.S. Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign aims to prevent suicides and eliminate the stigma of seeking mental health treatment.

9/20/2013
Freshman Year: Blues Are the New Black
The transition to college isn't easy. A new environment means new challenges.

9/20/2013
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Get ready for Mental Illness Awareness Week starting October 6.

9/19/2013
Mental Health in the Marketplace
Have you been denied health coverage? Beginning Oct. 1 you might be eligible for quality health insurance.

9/19/2013
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.

9/18/2013
Suicide Awareness and Resources for Faith Leaders
In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, NAMI has prepared a list of suicide awareness materials, responses and prevention resources for faith leaders.

9/18/2013
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."

9/15/2013
Suicide Portrayals and "Suicide Contagion" are not a Frivolous, Comic Concern
There's nothing funny about suicide, so why would DC Comics make a contest about it?

9/13/2013
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.

9/13/2013
Suicide Awareness and Resources for Faith Leaders
In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, NAMI has prepared a list of suicide awareness, responses and prevention resources for faith leaders.

9/12/2013
Putting Down the Cigarette
Peers can play a huge role in helping you or someone you know quit smoking.

9/10/2013
The Power of Personal Stories
NAMI has been honored with a Platinum Award nomination from PRNews for its outreach and storytelling campaign.

9/10/2013
Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Troops
September is Suicide Prevention Month. It's a time to remember and provide for our veterans and active-duty personnel.

9/05/2013
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.

9/05/2013
A New Paradigm for Addiction
In Recover to Live, Christopher Lawford Kennedy brings together more than 100 experts on determining whether your bad habit is becoming a dependency.

9/03/2013
September is Suicide Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

8/30/2013
Long-term Recovery: More Options, Better Treatment Needed
Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director weighs in on study results that, for some, may turn age-old thinking in the mental health field on its head: long-term recovery in schizophrenia may not necessarily include taking antipsychotic mediations.

8/27/2013
Treating Apathy in Schizophrenia
In this month’s Ask the Doctor dialogue on adult issues, Dr. Stephen Marder, M.D. discussed treating apathy in schizophrenia.

8/22/2013
Ask A Cop: What to do in a Crisis if your Community Doesn’t Have CIT
Not all cities have a police force that has gone through crisis intervention training. Here's how to interact with officers if they haven't.

8/22/2013
Esperanza Summer 2013 Issue
Prone to pessimism? We have some creative ways to help you transform your negative thinking

8/21/2013
As School Doors Swing Open, NAMI Stands Ready to Help
Many have called on schools to play a bigger role, but schools cannot do this alone. NAMI stands ready to help and calls for a commitment from schools in five key areas.

8/20/2013
CIT in Action - August 2013
New re-entry guide to help prisoners with mental illness; Ask a Cop column on what to do if a non-CIT officer comes to your home in a crisis; working with probation officers and much more!

8/16/2013
NAMI on Campus
Find a campus club to get involved with NAMI at your school. Help raise awareness and improve services to students.

8/16/2013
NAMI Peer-to-Peer
Learn more about the NAMI Peer-to-Peer program. "Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home."

8/14/2013
Getting Graphic: An Illustrated Memoir Explores the Creative Side of Mental Illness
Ellen Forney's new book is a creative display of the ups and downs of mania and depression.

8/13/2013
Climate Change? Here's the Stigma Weather Report
The summer of 2013 was marked by quite a few stormy stigma incidents in the media.

8/09/2013
New Trends in Mental Health Treatment
Supplemental treatment options may provide added benefit for those living with mental illness.

8/08/2013
Locked Away
For years I didn’t know. I just thought everyone carried that kind of pain and fear with them. Then, when I was 12, my mom explained it.

8/08/2013
OCD Story
My first memory of OCD began at approximately age 6. Although, the disease has not been acute it has been chronic throughout my life, the disease has taken a few different flavors, if you will, until my adult years where it settled in as only violent obsessions.

8/08/2013
Susanna Compassionately Portrays Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression affects millions of women across the country. Susanna, a Web series starring Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace, mindfully dramatizes one woman's experience.

8/07/2013
Yoga Behind Bars: Study Reveals Positive Mental Health Effects
About one-half of all prisoners live with a mental illness. A new study by Oxford University suggests yoga may improve this population's mental well-being.

8/06/2013
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."

8/06/2013
Mental Illness and the Death Penalty: NAMI Condemns Florida Execution
On Monday, Aug. 5 at 6:17 p.m., John Ferguson, a man living with severe mental illness, was put to death.

8/04/2013
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.

8/03/2013
Mental Health in Schools: A Role for School Resource Officers
After Newtown, NAMI has been flooded with questions about how to recognize mental health conditions and keep schools safe.

8/02/2013
Going Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Learn About Bipolar Disorder
Derek Thompson's book offers a personal look into what it's like to live with a mental illness.

8/01/2013
NAMI FaithNet

8/01/2013
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #25
I have had depression since my early teens, which has been treated with antidepressant medication. I am now 30 years old and I would like to have children; however, I am worried about stopping my antidepressant. Do you have any advice?

7/31/2013
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.

7/31/2013
Building the Silver Lining
It was a bright, sunny afternoon when I decided to accompany my sister-in-law to one of the local NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations at the self-help center near where we lived. I was impressed by the courage of the two women who spoke.

7/31/2013
Don't Stay Down
As an individual who suffers from both mental and physical disabilities, I lost my last two “real jobs” due to my health (I’ve had other very low paying jobs). While employed as a loan processor at a large bank, I experienced my first symptoms of psychosis, hearing voices in my head.

7/30/2013
Stress Boosts Good and Bad Habits, Study Finds
New research shows that stress can be a powerful tool for increasing positive behaviors.

7/29/2013
Navigating a Bipolar Life
Melody Moezzi's new book chronicles her journey of love, success and faith while living with bipolar disorder

7/29/2013
First Episode Podcasts: How families can help.
NAMI Podcasts Episode 3 & 4: How families can help.

7/25/2013
You are Not Alone
Through sharing stories of mental illness, people are helped as they heal. Your story, video or picture submission can make the difference to someone that shows they are not alone.

7/25/2013
It’s OK2TALK about Mental Illness
This week the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) unveiled it’s OK2Talk campaign that encourages teens and parents to have critical conversations about mental illness.

7/25/2013
Emily Tracy
Learn more about Katrina Gay, NAMI's Development Director.

7/24/2013
NAMI Minnesota Creates "Summer Camp" for Teens
Aimed at helping teens living with mental illness feel hopeful, NAMI Minnesota's new weeklong Progression Summer Camp for young adults offers support, education and skills.

7/24/2013
OCD and Chinatown
My story begins when I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 15. I have survived many obstacles and hurdles that life and OCD have presented me with in order to throw me off the path of recovery.

7/24/2013
BP Magazine Summer 2013 Issue

7/23/2013
Keep the Conversation Going
Take a look at all the great things that have happened during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month so far.

7/20/2013
National Dialogue on Mental Health
Today marks the anniversary of the shooting in Colorado and the start of dialogues in the national conversation on mental health.

7/19/2013
National Board of Directors: Lacey Berumen
Lacey Berumen is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors, and a Deputy Director of Operations at Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health–Colorado Chapter. She was previously the executive director of NAMI Colorado.

7/19/2013
National Board of Directors: Dana Foglesong
Dana Foglesong is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors and owner of Birdsong Consulting in Fort Myers, Fla.

7/19/2013
National Board of Directors: Joyce Burland
Joyce Burland, Ph.D., is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors. Dr. Burland found NAMI in Vermont in 1989 for support and help in assisting a daughter and a sister with schizophrenia.

7/19/2013
National Board of Directors: Gary Mihelish
Dr. Gary L. Mihelish is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors. He retired from the private practice of dentistry in Helena, Mont. after 44 years of active practice in August 2012.

7/18/2013
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.

7/18/2013
CleanSweep Content

7/18/2013
NAMI Basics
NAMI's signature program for parents and caregivers of children and youth living with mental illness.

7/17/2013
On Mental Health Awareness in the Muslim Community
The relationship between Melody Moezzi's bipolar disorder and her religion has greatly impacted her identity.

7/17/2013
On Mental Health Awareness in the Muslim Community
The relationship between Melody Moezzi's bipolar disorder and her religion has greatly impacted her identity.

7/17/2013
Recovery: A Long and Winding Road
The recovery is just that, a road. It is not a destination. When you start down the road to recovery, you are ALWAYS in recovery. As you drive down the road, you can look at it in two ways: 1) you sit back and enjoy it, and 2) you can fear it.

7/16/2013
Healthy Emotion Regulation Can Reduce Anxiety, Study Finds
A new study shows that those who approach situations with a more positive outlook experience less anxiety.

7/15/2013
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.

7/10/2013
Ayesha's Story
I did not know anything about mental illness before I experienced a nervous breakdown 2 weeks after my 14th birthday on a cold February winter day in 1995. I am a person living with Schizophrenia.

7/10/2013
Sibling Bullying Linked to Poor Mental Health
Fighting amongst siblings is usually viewed as harmless child's play. But a new study from the University of New Hampshire posits that sibling rivalries may be more harmful than once assumed.

7/09/2013
Healing by Helping Others
Bassey Ikpa's own struggles with bipolar disorder have made it possible for her to provide support to others living with mental illness.

7/08/2013
Book Review: Taking Charge of ADHD
Being a parent of a child living with ADHD brings its own set of challenges. Russell Barkley offers some advice for parents in his new book.

7/08/2013
Naming the Beast: Mental Illness
The loss of a loved one is devastating, but it's important to remember that they were more than just their illness.

7/07/2013
Naming the Beast: Mental Illness
The loss of a loved one to suicide is devastating, but it's important to remember that they were more than just their illness.

7/03/2013
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

7/03/2013
Above All, Be The Heroine of Your Life
February 25th 2013, I laid next to my son’s bed and prayed God would please help me. I then awoke in the ER and remained hospitalized for over 6 weeks. There I was diagnosed Bipolar 1.

7/03/2013
Speaking Out for Minority Mental Health
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

6/28/2013
Catch up on the convention coverage from last week.

6/28/2013
Understanding Social Security Disability Insurance
It's important to know all of your options for help when living with a mental illness.

6/27/2013
Get Updates, Links and Pictures on the Convention Page.

6/27/2013
Sharing Hope and Finding Success
NAMI leaders present their successes with African American and Latino community partnership programs at the NAMI National Convention.

6/27/2013
Rescuing American Healthcare
Can American healthcare be saved? The movie Escape Fire takes a look inside the damaged system.

6/26/2013
Subscribe to the Convention Twitter Feed for Live Tweets!

6/20/2013
Book Review: Coming of Age on Zoloft
A mother reacts to Katherine Sharpe's novel on the impact medication has had on the identity of adolescents and young adults.

6/19/2013
High Maintenance Mind: A Journal of Recovery
I always knew something wasn’t right with me, from the beginning and as far back as I can remember. I hurt. I felt empty, lonely, unloved, inadequate and sad

6/19/2013
PTSD Awareness Month: Educate Yourself
June is PTSD Awareness Month. Take a free self-assessment as a part of PTSD Screening Day.

6/18/2013
FDA Investigates Two Deaths Following Use of Long-Acting Antipsychotic Zyprexa Relprevv
The long-acting injectable used for the treatment of schizophrenia is under investigation.

6/18/2013
CDC: One in Five Kids Lives with a Mental Health Issue
A groundbreaking report from the CDC sheds light on children living with mental disorders.

6/17/2013
HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

6/16/2013
Law Enforcement in Small and Rural Communities
How do police address situations in smaller communities when they don't always have the resources? Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and community partnerships can help.

6/14/2013
A National Dialogue on Mental Health
A National Dialogue on Mental Health

6/13/2013
Loving Our Daughter Is Not a Choice, Just Like Who She Truly Is
When Annette's son became her daughter, the amount of love didn't change. Along the way they found NAMI and a place for support.

6/13/2013
Inspirational Documentary Fights Stigma of Mental Illness
Individuals living with mental illness share their stories of perseverance in a documentary produced as a part of California’s initiative to fight stigma and raise awareness.

6/12/2013
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.

6/11/2013
Crawling into the Light
Hi my name is Jodi. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 17 and Bipolar Type 2 disorder and generalized anxiety disorder when I was 26.

6/11/2013
Autism Research Sheds New Light on Gender Differences
New studies presented at The 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research provide possible explanations behind the skewed gender ratio in autism diagnoses.

6/10/2013
Navigating Life After War
The role of faith and community can be important in helping veterans return to everyday life. NAMI recently spoke with Hector Villarreal of the San Antonio Coalition for Veterans about the importance of this outreach effort.

6/10/2013
Navigating Life After War
The role of faith and community can be important in helping veterans return to everyday life. NAMI recently spoke with Hector Villarreal of the San Antonio Coalition for Veterans about the importance of this outreach effort.

6/06/2013
To Peer or Not to Peer
For Livette Porter, finding peers helped her get the support she needed and moving in the right direction.

6/05/2013
Mental Illness: Let the Dialogue Begin
On Monday, June 3, President Obama convened the White House Conference on Mental Health. NAMI applauds his efforts for engaging in a national dialogue on mental health.

6/05/2013
Disclaimer
The information available on and through the NAMI.org Web site is presented in summary form as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the knowledge, skill, and judgment of qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and health care professionals.

6/04/2013
Mental Health in Schools: A Role for School Resource Officers
In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NAMI has been flooded with questions about how to recognize mental health conditions and keep schools safe.

6/04/2013
CIT in Action: June 2013
School resource officers, gun control and mental health, recovery in the justice system and more!

6/04/2013
Law Enforcement in Small and Rural Communities
On TV, huge teams of police officers race to a crime scene. The truth is, most police serve small towns and are working with limited resources. These agencies need NAMI more than ever!

6/04/2013
NAMI Utah's Advocacy in Mental Health Courts
Jackie Rendo works for NAMI Utah, but as the liaison to three mental health courts, she spends many of her days out of the office and in court.

6/04/2013
Recovery in the Justice System: An Interview with Tracy Love
Wellness educator Tracy Love lived with mental health conditions for 20 years before being diagnosed. She had to go to jail before she got help.

6/03/2013
Providing Hope Through Music
Sisters Kyrsten and Kourtney Roseman have seen their father struggle with mental illness. Music provides them a way to speak out and raise awareness.

6/03/2013
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.

5/30/2013
NAMI Family-to-Family Gets the Recognition it Deserves
For over 20 years, NAMI Family-to-Family has been providing support and hope to families struggling with mental illness. Now it's been recognized as an evidence-based program.

5/30/2013
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.

5/30/2013
Program Event Listing Tool 2013
Details and supporting documents regarding the new online NAMI Program Events Listing Tool, launched June 2013

5/30/2013
Got You Covered
Learn all about the new health care law and what that means for getting health insurance coverage.

5/29/2013
My Mom, NAMI and Letting Go
The recent high profile tragedies ired her so much, that when she was told that there was an 8 week class for loved ones, care givers and advocates of people with mental illness starting that week she signed up-and signed up my poor Dad too!

5/28/2013
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).

5/28/2013
NAMIBikes
Fight Stigma and Ride! NAMIBikes events start this summer. Sign up at www.fightstigmaandride.com

5/27/2013
Trauma Healing and the Importance of Family and Compassion
Treating PTSD in our veterans won't be easy. Approaching treatment from a family perspective might provide some needed help.

5/24/2013
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.

5/24/2013
esperanza Spring 2013 Issue
After coping with depression and major life changes, popular television personality, Leeza Gibbons hit the reset button—and she wants to show you how to do it, too!

5/23/2013
Suicide Rates Rise Significantly Amongst Baby Boomers, Study Finds
A new study conducted by the CDC has shown that suicide rates for adults aged 35 to 64 have increased in the last decade and a half.

5/23/2013
Share Your Strength. What Songs Inspire You?
Music can be a source of inspiration and hope. (It can even provide some common ground between a dad and his kids.)

5/23/2013
2013 Winners
2013 Winners

5/22/2013
Providing Support When It's Needed Most
NAMI Vermont recently teamed up with a local hospital to provide NAMI Connection to individuals right in the psychiatric unit.

5/20/2013
Regulating Glutamate May Help Early Detection of Schizophrenia, Study Finds
A recent study has discovered that increased levels of glutamate may play a role in triggering psychosis.

5/17/2013
Overview of the NAMI re-affiliation process
Overview of the NAMI re-affiliation process

5/17/2013
NAMI State Organizations and re-affiliation
NAMI State Organizations and re-affiliation

5/17/2013
Beyond Chartering
Beyond Chartering

5/17/2013
NAMI Affiliates seeking re-affiliation: The Nuts and Bolts
NAMI Affiliates seeking re-affiliation: The Nuts and Bolts

5/17/2013
Background on the NAMI Standards of Excellence
Background on the NAMI Standards of Excellence

5/17/2013
NAMI Affiliates seeking re-affiliation: The Nuts and Bolts
NAMI Affiliates seeking re-affiliation: The Nuts and Bolts

5/17/2013
Overview of the NAMI State Organization Charter Process
Overview of the NAMI State Organization Charter Process

5/17/2013
New to Standards
New to Standards

5/17/2013
Becoming a Chartered NAMI State Organization: The Nuts and Bolts
Becoming a Chartered NAMI State Organization: The Nuts and Bolts

5/17/2013
DSM-5 and Psychosis: Hopes and Limitations
What does the release of a new version of the DSM mean for the future of diagnosing mental illness?

5/16/2013
A Shared Journey
Max Maddox and his mother Kathy Brandt weave together a beautiful and hopeful narrative describing his experience with bipolar disorder.

5/15/2013
Standards for NAMI State Organizations
Standards for NAMI State Organizations

5/15/2013
Working with Public Defenders- Spanish version

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice Community Programs: Reentry and Community Support
Learn more about programs designed to help people living with mental illness returning home after jail or prison.

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice Community Programs: Prevention
Learn more about the programs that help keep people with mental illness out of the justice system.

5/14/2013
NFL Players May Be More Likely to Develop Depression as they Age, Study Finds
A recent study shows former professional football players are more likely to develop cognitive impairment and depression as they grow older.

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice: Community Programs
Learn more about the local programs that help people with mental illness involved in the justice system.

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice Community Programs: Police and Jail Diversion
Learn more about programs that keep people who have come in contact with police out of the justice system.

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice Community Programs: Jails and Prisons
Learn more about programs that improve conditions and treatment of people living with mental illness in jails and prisons.

5/14/2013
NAMI Introduces Early Psychosis and Recovery Podcast Series
Facing psychosis is a difficult challenge. NAMI has developed a podcast series providing key information to help individuals understand the issues.

5/14/2013
Criminal Justice Community Programs: Courts
Learn more about court-based programs that help people living with mental illness get treatment and get out of the justice system.

5/13/2013
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.

5/13/2013
PTasA Data Reporting
Data reporting instructions for NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies--will change Dec. 2013

5/10/2013
2013 Convention Registration
Early registration discounts are still available. Register by May 31 for the Early Bird rate and save!

5/10/2013
How I Put the Happy in Mother’s Day
It's been over 10 years since her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is what Mother's Day means to Dawn Brown.

5/10/2013
NAMI Has ‘Got You Covered!’
NAMI's new website can help you understand health insurance changes that will be happening in the coming years.

5/09/2013
It's Time
NAMI will honor 20 doctors as "Exemplary Psychiatrists" for NAMI's annual Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards.

5/07/2013
Singing Out for Kid's Mental Health
During National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Congress and pop culture converged to raise awareness for mental illness.

5/06/2013
MAC News Update May 2013
MAC News Update May 2013

5/06/2013
Helping Someone When They Don't Know How to Get Help
NAMIBikes rider Eric Ward was down and almost out. Then his therapist went above and beyond the call.

5/06/2013
MAC News Update April 2013
MAC News Update April 2013

5/03/2013
Guns and Mental Health Care: Finding the Right Solutions
With Congress at a standstill, what lies ahead in the relationship between guns and mental health?

5/03/2013
Faith and Spirituality Beneficial in Treatment, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who believe in a higher power are more responsive to short-term treatment of depression.

5/01/2013
Sharing Life through Poetry
NAMI asked its Facebook page followers to submit haikus during National Poetry Month. Here are the winners.

4/30/2013
Depression Risk Factor Can Be "Contagious," Study Finds
A new study shows that negative thoughts of students vulnerable to depression can increase the likelihood that their roommates will also experience depression.

4/27/2013
Finding the Silver Lining
David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, spoke with NAMI about the film and his personal connection with mental illness for the latest edition of the Advocate.

4/26/2013
Kimberly's Story
My Saving Grace - Addiction is a strong demon! I know this one well. It devoured my life for many years, 15 to be exact. The battle of drugs and alcohol were fierce, and it started so young. I was in 8th grade, 13 years old.

4/26/2013
Putting People in the Bipolar Driver’s Seat
Charles Bowden, M.D., an expert on bipolar disorder, will explore the importance of partnership, self-awareness and treatment strategies at the NAMI National Convention in June.

4/25/2013
Connee's Story
I have had a successful career in marketing and advertising, served on boards, and been a valuable volunteer for ending the stigma of mental illness...But there are days and parts of days where my anxiety and panic owns me...

4/25/2013
NAMI Fact Sheet
Metabolic syndrome is a complex medical condition that individuals living with mental illness are at increased risk for developing.

4/24/2013
NAMI Perspectives on the Justice System

4/24/2013
Depression Runs High Among College Athletes
A new study shows that college athletes may be put at an increased risk for depression.

4/22/2013
Justice Reform - The Issues
Learn about NAMI's work on solitary confinement, the death penalty, juvenile justice, tasers, gun control and other criminal justice issues.

4/22/2013
Criminal Justice homepage
Learn about the criminal justice system and the programs NAMI advocates for to reduce the involvement of people with mental illnesses in the justice system.

4/22/2013
Finding Yourself 'Far From the Tree'
Andrew Soloman's latest book explores what it's like for parents with children who are different than their peers and often stigmatized.

4/22/2013
Get Involved in NAMI and Support Justice Reform

4/19/2013
"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.

4/18/2013
Becoming a Better Church for Families with Special Needs
Pope Francis' embracing of individuals with disabilities has won a lot of hearts. But what about those with illnesses that are not always so visible?

4/18/2013
Becoming a Better Church for Families with Special Needs
Pope Francis' embracing of individuals with disabilities have won a lot of hearts. But what about illnesses like mental illness that are not quite so visible?

4/17/2013
Take Action
We need your assistance to urge your Senators to vote in favor of the Stabenow-Blunt Amendment on the Senate floor.

4/16/2013
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.

4/16/2013
Big Stars Shine Light on Mental Illness in New TV Movies
On April 20, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film premiered on Lifetime Television. Five short films give viewers a new look at what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.

4/16/2013
Fifty Years After Her Death, Sylvia Plath's Poetry Lives On
Sylvia Plath didn’t reach her pinnacle of fame until after her death, but her collection of poetry solidifies her as a tremendous poet.

4/15/2013
MAC News Update March 2013
MAC News Update March 2013

4/12/2013
Relationships: Where Treatment and Recovery Begins
NAMI talks to Dr. Xavier Amador about his upcoming NAMI National Convention Special Presentation and his world-renowned LEAP Institute.

4/11/2013
NAMI’s Analysis of President Barack Obama’s FY 2014 Budget

4/10/2013
Finding the Threads of Strength: Supporting a Sibling with Mental Illness
Ten years ago Molly Wilson's brother started showing signs of schizophrenia. After a long road, he started getting better.

4/10/2013
Melanie's Story
I live on Maui and for years couldn’t understand why I lived on one of the most beautiful places in the world and was the most unhappy person in the world. For year docs would say I think you might be manic depressive…

4/08/2013
Travelling through the Dark Wood of Depression
Between 2005 and 2007, David Blistein faced a depression that took him through his own inferno, but ultimately a transformation. NAMI spoke with him about his experiences and new memoir.

4/07/2013
Insomnia Linked with Increased Thoughts of Suicide, Study Finds
A recent study discovers the connection between insomnia and increased thoughts of suicide. Findings may change the way doctors treat persons living with insomnia in the future.

4/05/2013
Jinneh Dyson
Jinneh Dyson

4/05/2013
Liz Smith

4/04/2013
After An Arrest: Understanding the Courts
The criminal justice system is difficult to navigate. NAMI recently spoke with an expert to provide insight.

4/03/2013
White House BRAIN Initiative Calls for $100 Million for Scientific Advancement
President Obama unveiled a bold new plan to increase our understanding of the human brain.

4/03/2013
New Mental Illness Brochure
New Mental Illness Brochure is now available for download or in the NAMI store.

4/02/2013
'Killer Bread’ Provides Inspiration
Dave Dahl had been to prison four times but decided to turn his life around and rejoined, and rejuvenated, the family bread business.

4/02/2013
Iris the Dragon Helps Kids Cope with Mental Illness
The children’s book series helps kids all across North America understand and cope with their mental illness while fighting stigma and promoting awareness.

4/02/2013
Strength of Us
Strength of Us is an online community to inspire and connect young adults impacted by mental illness.

4/02/2013
Research on NAMI Programs

3/29/2013
One of History’s Best Painters Colored our World while Battling Depression
Vincent van Gogh is of the most famous painters in history. He also may have lived with mental illness.

3/28/2013
FY '14 NAMI Statement to House Labor and HHS Committee

3/28/2013
#ThinkPositive and Make a Difference in the Lives of Young Adults
NAMI has relaunched StrengthofUs.org, an online community designed to inspire young adults living with mental illness.

3/28/2013
Kristina's Story
Many people ask me what my specialty is or what I am going to do when I graduate. I answer, “psychiatry.” Almost always, I get the response, “are you crazy?” or “why would you want to do that?” Well, here is my question, why not?

3/27/2013
Never Give Up: A Mother's Story
A mother tells the story of having to turn her son into police after realizing he had participated in a robbery in the latest edition of NAMI's Avanzamos.

3/27/2013
Vera's Story
Our love and dedication, knowledge and determination as parents will make the difference in the lives of the mentally ill. I have 2 sons diagnosed with schizophrenia and thanks to NAMI helping me, my sons have a stable life.

3/26/2013
Holy Week Can Give Perspective on Mental Illness, Regardless of Religion or Spirituality
The themes of Holy Week can transcend religious boundaries.

3/26/2013
Holy Week Can Give Perspective on Mental Illness, Regardless of Religion or Spirituality
The themes of Holy Week can transcend religious boundaries.

3/25/2013
Subscribe to the NAMINow
Get the latest news, updates, stories, and NAMI content in our monthly newsletter.

3/22/2013
Easing the Transition to College for Students with ADHD
Scholarships and coaching available for students with ADHD might help make the transition from high school to college easier for students and parents.

3/22/2013
Two Voices Speak Out from among the 26 Percent who Live with Mental Illness
Annmarie Timmons and Lisa Halpern openness about their personal struggles with mental illness is an inspiration.

3/22/2013
FaF Home

3/21/2013
Nunca te rindas/ Never Give Up
Featured article from issue 18 of NAMI's bilingual magazine, Avanzamos.

3/21/2013
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Each year 1.7 million Americans experience a brain injury. Raising awareness about the seriousness of the issue can help improve care.

3/21/2013
Nunca te rindas/ Never Give Up
Featured article from issue 18 of NAMI's bilingual magazine, Avanzamos.

3/21/2013
NAMI Testifies Before U.S. Senate on Veterans, Stigma and Suicide Prevention
On Wed., March 20, Kenny Allred of NAMI and others spoke before Congress and expressed the need for better mental health care for Veterans.

3/21/2013
2013 TT Resources

3/19/2013
Voices of CIT
Read the stories of CIT officers, families and individuals affected by CIT.

3/18/2013
Postpartum Depression Affects 1 in 7 Mothers; Bipolar Rate Strikingly High, Study Finds
The largest study to date on postpartum depression has revealed some startling statistics.

3/18/2013
Battling from the Inside: The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
Pepper does not have a mental illness but finds himself suddenly placed in a psychiatric ward. He soon joins forces with three other residents to fight monsters outside and within.

3/15/2013
Get NAMI updates on your dashboard
If you want to keep up to date on all the latest NAMI news, blogs, stories and events then follow NAMI on Facebook and participate in our growing online community.

3/15/2013
Ask the Doctor
Ask the Doctor, Friday, March 22nd with Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland of WRAP from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

3/14/2013
Executive Order Calls for New Recommendations on Veterans’ Mental Health Issues
President Obama addresses lack of mental and substance abuse treatment for veterans, service members, and their families in executive order.

3/13/2013
Strong Advocacy Effort Needed to Help Smokers with Mental Illness
While public health efforts have reduced smoking rates as a whole, smokers with mental illness have benefited very little.

3/13/2013
The Depression Boom: As US Population Ages, Mental Illness Rises
NAMI recently spoke with Dr. Dilip Jeste, a keynote speaker at the 2013 NAMI National Convention and an expert on mental illness in older populations.

3/12/2013
Is your group health plan in compliance with the federal parity law?
Mental health parity is the recognition of mental health conditions as equivalent to physical illnesses. Historically, many health insurance companies limited benefits for mental health to a much lower level than those available for physical conditions. With the passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) mental health parity is the law of the land. NAMI is asking for your help to make compliance with the federal parity law a reality.

3/12/2013
My Experience So Far as a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator
Majorie Antus tries to provide others with something she didn't have after her daughter's suicide: a safe place to be heard.

3/12/2013
MAC Update February 2013
MAC Update February 2013

3/11/2013
Experimental Brain Therapy and Antidepressant Combo Could Help Depression
A new research study has found that a brain stimulation therapy paired with antidepressants can reduce symptoms of depression.

3/08/2013
Carrie Fisher’s “Bipolar Incident” Shows Progress in Fighting Stigma
News coverage of Carrie Fisher's bipolar episode in late February shows a new and improved tone from the media.

3/08/2013
BP Magazine Winter 2013
BP Magazine Winter 2013, Bipolar Sleep Smarts, Read how one mother makes up the deficit when life interferes with her sacred shut-eye. PLUS simple changes that may improve your nighttime rest.

3/07/2013
Entry on Mental Illness Added to AP Stylebook
The shooting in Newtown, Conn. helped prompt the Associated Press to change the way they instruct news agencies to talk about mental illness.

3/07/2013
Parents of Children with Mental Illness Share their Stories with Congress
On Tuesday, parents and mental health leaders met with members of Congress to discuss how to improve access to mental health care.

3/05/2013
The Friend You Forgot: A Book Review
Sometimes an imaginary friend is what you need to help you through difficult situations.

3/05/2013
Innovative Programs Targeting Youth and Young Adults Living with Mental Illness and their Families
This catalog of programs and activities is designed to allow NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to learn about programs in the field that focus on youth and young adults. The programs listed include those developed by NAMI at all levels of the organization and other programs and activities developed outside of NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates. This listing of programs will be updated periodically so please send programs that your organization has available, but that are not listed, to Jessica Hart at jwhart@nami.org.

3/04/2013
A Cop’s Story of Courage and Hope
Retired police officer Eric Weaver says, “We must be able to recognize emotional trauma in ourselves and others, and we must tend to it despite our fear and embarrassment. Officers are only people. People that are asked to do a very tough job, but people nonetheless.”

3/04/2013
A Son in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: An Interview with Jayette Lansbury
Jayette Lansbury’s son pled insanity to a crime and has been in a secure psychiatric hospital for fifteen years, longer than the prison term he would have served if convicted.

3/04/2013
New and Announcements - March 2013

3/04/2013
After An Arrest: Understanding the Courts: A Q&A interview with Dr. Catherine Cerulli
Learn what to expect if you or a loved one need to appear in court.

3/04/2013
CIT in Action: March 2013
Ask a Cop, A Son in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, A Cop's Story of Courage and Hope, After Arrest: Understanding the Courts, and more!

3/04/2013
Fallen Riviera: Another World Proposes a Turning Point
Members of the Los Angeles-based band were deeply affected by the suicide of a former band member's brother-in-law and have used the stage to raise awareness for mental health.

2/28/2013
HUD Announces Awards for 3,530 Units of New Supportive Housing in 13 States
On February 13, 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced grants totaling $98 million for 3,530 units of supportive housing for people living with serious mental illness and other disabilities – including people living in institutions and people experiencing chronic homelessness.

2/28/2013
The Family Role in Recovery: Understanding the Illness and Embracing the Process
When families engage themselves in the care of family members living with mental illness, outcomes improve dramatically.

2/27/2013
Mariel Hemingway Focuses on Family's History of Mental Illness in Running From Crazy
Mariel Hemingway and director Barbara Kopple spoke with NAMI about the new documentary, which chronicles the history of mental illness in the Hemingway family and Mariel’s understanding of her own struggles.

2/26/2013
Connecting with Others
Finding peers dealing with same issues can help you understand your own and help you realize that you are not alone. For Emma Volesky, the NAMI National Convention provided her that opportunity.

2/26/2013
Everybody Knows Somebody: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Eating disorders specialist Andrea Vazzana spoke with NAMI to provide insight into the illnesses that affect one in 20 Americans.

2/25/2013
Top Oscar Awards Connect to Mental Illness
The 85th Annual Academy Awards featured multiple winning films with links to the topic of mental health, including Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln.

2/22/2013
Face the Nation
NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick will be on CBS-TV’s Face the Nation, airing this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST. The segment will focus on a diverse discussion of what we should do in the wake of Newtown including mental health services, detecting early warning signs, legislation, the impact of violence in the media and more.

2/22/2013
Discovering the Biological Basis of Anorexia
Like other mental illnesses, anorexia nervosa can be the result of both environmental and biological factors.

2/21/2013
A New Gold Standard
Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard worked hard to overcome depression. Read all about her story and the struggles of other Olympians in the WINTER 2013 issue of esperanza.

2/21/2013
Another Look at Sandy Hook
More than two months after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., questions still remain unanswered but efforts are being made to prevent future tragedies.

2/20/2013
One Word at a Time: A Writer’s Spiritual Journey to Recovery
At the age of 19, Kevin Coyle was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. In the decade following, it has been his faith that has provided him strength.

2/20/2013
One Word at a Time: A Writer’s Spiritual Journey to Recovery

2/19/2013
The National Dialogue: NAMI Minnesota Talks with President Obama
Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota, and others met with President Barack Obama this month to discuss how to improve mental health in the U.S.

2/18/2013
Stop Automatic Cuts

2/15/2013
Can Combining Therapies Have a Synergistic Effect?
Researchers are testing to see if utilizing both cognitive adaption training (CAT) and cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTP) at the same time produces even more salubrious results.

2/13/2013
Hockey Talks: Will the Rest of the NHL Listen?
During the month of February, the seven Canadian NHL teams will take part in a campaign to raise awareness for mental health.

2/12/2013
Update: December 2012
December 2012 issue of the Multicultural Action Center's monthly news round-up.

2/11/2013
Promotional Materials

2/11/2013
How I Found a Home at School
After struggling with depression and isolating herself the first year at school, Megan Rogers found a connection as a sophomore and everything changed.

2/08/2013
Disclosure and Relationships
Dating isn't always the easiest thing. When you throw in a mental illness, navigating a relationship can become even more difficult.

2/08/2013
TT 2013 Pre-Training Component
TT 2013 Pre-Training Component

2/08/2013
Putting a Life Back Together
Bipolar disorder derailed her son's life. Tracing back through his childhood, Charlotte Pierce-Baker tells a necessary story of the difficulty identifying early signs of mental illness.

2/07/2013
Fifty Years Ago, John F. Kennedy Called on Congress to Improve Mental Health
In a special message to Congress in 1963, President John F. Kennedy stated his wishes to improve the mental health system of the U.S. Today, President Barack Obama does the same.

2/06/2013
You Are Not Alone: Kat's Story
It wasn't a friend or family member who brought Kat's disorder to the attention of someone who could help. It was, and still is, a complete stranger. But she's just as thankful.

2/05/2013
CIT Frequently Asked Questions

2/01/2013
Bradley Cooper Speaks Out in National Dialogue on Mental Illness 
Academy Award nominated actor of Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper was in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 1 with Patrick Kennedy, NAMI and others to discuss the state of mental health in America.

1/31/2013
Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Information and resources from NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness

1/30/2013
Accomodations at Work
What you need to know

1/30/2013
Book, Film, Art

1/30/2013
Cover Story Image

1/30/2013
Person First

1/30/2013
Research at a Crossroads
The lull in mental health research needs revving up. "For new treatments, we need to identify and confirm targets, as is done already in cancer and other disease areas."

1/30/2013
NAMI Election 2013
NAMI Board Nominations, Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions Sought for 2013

1/30/2013
Implementing CIT - Getting Started
What you need to know to get started with CIT in your community.

1/30/2013
NAMI News

1/30/2013
Creativity and Mental Illness
A common connection.

1/30/2013
President's Letter

1/30/2013
From Shakespeare to Schizophrenia
Research pioneer Nancy Andreasen on creativity, brain imaging and mental illness.

1/30/2013
Top Story Image

1/30/2013
From the Executive Director: What's At Stake?

1/30/2013
NAMIWalks Update

1/30/2013
Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed

1/30/2013
The Sensible Use of Psychiatric Medications
They may be a key piece of the recovery puzzle, but they are rarely enough to promote recovery alone.

1/30/2013
Latinos, Mental Health Care and the American Dream

1/29/2013
Ask a Cop: CIT Changes the Way Law Enforcement Respond in a Crisis
The reasons for joining CIT may be different for everyone, but the results are the same: success.

1/29/2013
Ask a Cop: CIT Changes the Way Law Enforcement Respond in a Crisis

1/29/2013
Bipolar & Finding the right Work
The Winter 2013 issue of bp Magazine looks at figuring out the right fit when it comes to finding a job that will support your recovery.

1/29/2013
CIT Partners
Organizations NAMI partners with to promote the expansion of crisis intervention teams.

1/29/2013
Finding Truth about Bipolar Disorder through Fiction
In her debut novel, Juliann Garey offers up a moving story with details drawn from her own experience with bipolar disorder.

1/28/2013
How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?
NPR host Michel Martin discusses the plan's mental health goals with Michael Fitzpatrick of NAMI and Dr. Carl Bell.

1/27/2013
To Train or Not to Train
NAMI's education programs are vital resources for individuals living with mental illness across the country. Each year new people are trained to help pass on the knowledge.

1/26/2013
New Semester, New NAMI on Campus Clubs
As winter break ends and college classes start again, many students are realizing the importance of mental health and creating clubs to raise awareness and bring support.

1/23/2013
The Power of Empathy and Non-Violence
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential civil rights leaders. While he is known for his political strategies, many do not know it was his experiences with depression that helped form his ideas.

1/23/2013
Suicide Still Major Concern For Teens Even after Treatment, Study Finds
Even after receiving treatment, suicide remains a risk for teens with mental illness. Does this mean current mental health treatments for adolescents need an overhaul?

1/22/2013
Less Sunlight Means More Blues for Some
During the winter, an increased number of people report feeling depressed. The changes in mood are a result of seasonal affective disorder and can be treated.

1/18/2013
Michael Fitzpatrick CNN Interview

1/18/2013
esperanza Fall 2012
The latest issue of esperanza features an article on parenting while living with depression and a feature on the reactions to Bruce Springsteen’s disclosure on being in therapy.

1/17/2013
USA Today profile of the mental health care system
includes NAMI's 2009 report grading the states

1/16/2013
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.

1/14/2013
About the NAMI CIT Center
Learn more about the NAMI CIT Center

1/14/2013
A Different Kind of Recovery
With humor and wit, Christal Presley provides insight into the impact of PTSD on the entire family through the telling of her own, very personal experience.

1/12/2013
NAMI on Campus
NAMI just re-lauched NAMI on Campus. NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students living with mental health conditions and to empower them to take action on their campuses. This site also includes materials to help colleges in improving the academic and social experience of their students by addressing the mental health needs of all students.

1/11/2013
Stress and the Brain: Neuroimaging and Hope for New Treatments
Understanding neural pathways in the brain may help reduce the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

1/11/2013
MAC Update/Recovery for All Archive
Archive of Multicultural Action Center's e-newsletter dating back to April 2003

1/10/2013
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.

1/10/2013
Latest News
Latest news about what's going on in the Peer-to-Peer program

1/09/2013
NAMI Basics Education Program
The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness. Learn More...

1/08/2013
I’m Just a Dad with a Bicycle
Living with mental illness is often a struggle for Eric Ward, but the love for his children and cycling keep him moving forward.

1/07/2013
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.

1/04/2013
Another View: More Mental health Care
Improving mental health care is an important first step in preventing tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn.

1/03/2013
Thank You
To everyone who donated, shared their personal stories and helped show others that they were not alone, you have helped us soar past our goal!

1/02/2013
Mental Health on the Bench
Judges can change the way the criminal justice system responds to mental illness and substance abuse, but they need training.

12/28/2012
Provider Resources

12/28/2012
FSG Marketing

12/28/2012
PTA Resources

12/28/2012
Provider Marketing

12/28/2012
P2P Marketing

12/28/2012
PTA Marketing

12/28/2012
FSG Home

12/28/2012
FSG Resources

12/27/2012
Connection Resources

12/27/2012
Connection Marketing

12/27/2012
P2P Home Page

12/26/2012
F2F Resources

12/26/2012
Princess Diana
Princess Diana, “the people’s princess,” was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, well-known for her charity work and speaking openly about depression.

12/26/2012
F2F Marketing

12/26/2012
IOOV Resources

12/26/2012
F2F Home Page

12/26/2012
My Life Changing Experience with NAMI's Family-to-Family
Enrolling in NAMI's Family-to-Family class allowed Dawn Brown to connect with other families and learn from their experiences dealing with mental illness

12/21/2012
Newtown Tragedy: NAMI Condemns NRA Position as "Outrageous and Wrong"
A statement by NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.

12/21/2012
A Letter to the President and Vice President
It should not have taken a tragic event to stir up a mental health care debate, but it has and America must act.

12/21/2012
Mike Wallace: Speaking to a Nation
Legendary journalist Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes took his secret of depression and decided not to hide it anymore but to share it with everyone.

12/21/2012
Club Mission Statement

12/20/2012
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.

12/20/2012
Shop Amazon to Support NAMI
Your holiday shopping can also give to NAMI. Use the NAMI Amazon links and 5-8% of your purchases will help support NAMI through the holiday season.

12/20/2012
Newtown Tragedy: Push for Mental Health Reform
Last week, the shooting in Newtown, Conn. shook the nation. It's now a question of whether Congress and the rest of the country will act together to stop future tragedies from happening.

12/20/2012
Give a Gift to NAMI
Your contribution will send the message: You Are Not Alone.

12/18/2012
NAMI on Campus
NAMI just re-lauched NAMI on Campus. NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students living with mental health conditions and to empower them to take action on their campuses. This site also includes materials to help colleges in improving the academic and social experience of their students by addressing the mental health needs of all students.

12/18/2012
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.

12/17/2012
NAMI on Campus Leaders Section

12/15/2012
NAMI Survey Examines Expanded Role of Pharmacists in Mental Health Care
A new survey revealed that individuals want to talk to pharmacists about medication but the lack of private space prohibits it.

12/13/2012
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.

12/12/2012
In Sandy’s Wake: Managing Mental Illness after a Disaster and Finding Support
After a disaster, individuals who are affected can experience extreme mental distress. It's important to get help, especially for those already living with serious mental illness.

12/12/2012
Sample Constitutions and Bylaws

12/11/2012
The “Fiscal Cliff:” What Does It Mean for Americans with Mental Illness?
As the deadline for making a budget deal comes closer, the services individuals living with mental illness receive could be affected by the decision.

12/10/2012
Honesty: Silver Linings Playbook Delivers
The new film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence brings an abundant supply of laughs and tears that is sure to leave viewers satisfied.

12/10/2012
Nina Simone
As a legendary jazz singer and civil rights activist, Simone became a generational icon while privately dealing with mental illness.

12/07/2012
One Win, One Loss
The U.S. Congress passed a bill to remove the word “lunatic” from federal law, but the U.S. Senate failed to approve an international treaty on the rights of people with disabilities.

12/06/2012
Parity: Now an “Essential” Health Benefit
Mental health and substance abuse treatment are no longer optional for health insurance plans and must be covered.

12/06/2012
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

12/04/2012
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.

12/04/2012
Depression during the Holidays: Helping Family Members
Running into family you haven't seen in a while means there might be some changes. Don't be afraid to reach out and give help.

12/04/2012
Mental Health on the Bench: Empowering Judges to Change the Way the Criminal Justice System Responds to Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
On a given day in Florida, more than 70,000 people with mental illness are under correctional supervision. Until recently, judges and attorneys working with these individuals had few training opportunities or information about mental illness. Florida Partners in Crisis (FLPIC), an organization that brings together criminal justice leaders, mental health and substance abuse service providers and advocates, is changing that.

12/04/2012
CIT in Action: December 2012
In this issue: The Jericho Project, Avoiding Arrest During a Mental Health Crisis, Solitary Confinement Reform, Mental Health on the Bench and much more!

12/03/2012
Antipsychotic Medicines for Children and Teens: A Review of the Antipsychotic Medicines for Children and Teens: A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers

12/03/2012
Reintegration Awards
Honor the achievements of the individuals improving the lives of or living with serious mental illness. Nominations are due no later than December 31, 2012.

12/03/2012
Syd Barrett
A founding member of Pink Floyd, his experimental sounds and lyrics went on to inspire generations of musicians.

11/30/2012
Cross-Cultural Connection
A NAMI Connection support group in Utah has overcome cultural barriers in providing mental health resources to its members.

11/27/2012
Young Adults Find Friendships and Hope through NAMI Peer-to-Peer
Supports group targeted at young adults are integral in inspiring hope for recovery.

11/27/2012
The International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

11/27/2012
Content Update
We have updated information and content on Schizoaffective Disorder. Take a look at the new information and download the fact sheet.

11/26/2012
Virginia Woolf
Considered one of the greatest modernist and early feminist writers of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf also struggled with bipolar disorder.

11/26/2012
October 2012
October 2012 update from the Multicultural Action Center

11/25/2012
A day for thanks, a day to shop and a day to give back
This Tuesday support NAMI during #GivingTuesday to help kick off the first annual day of giving for the holiday season.

11/21/2012
A Conversation with My Pastor
Speaking out when you see prejudice is important. Even if it means confronting someone you respect.

11/21/2012
A Conversation with My Pastor
Speaking out when you see prejudice is important. Even if it means confronting someone you respect.

11/20/2012
Don’t Forget to Share Love and Thanks
Each year brings new questions (and hopefully a few answers). It's important to remember the people in your life and show them how important they are to you.

11/19/2012
Mohandas Gandhi
In spite of depression and uncertainty Gandhi led India to independence and became a symbol for non-violent civil disobedience.

11/19/2012
MAC Update Nov. 2012
The November 2012 edition of the Multicultural Action Center News Update roundup of recent information, news, resources and upcoming events and opportunities.

11/19/2012
TT Landing Page
Training of Trainers information

11/19/2012
MAC Update Nov. 2012
The November 2012 edition of the Multicultural Action Center News Update roundup of recent information, news, resources and upcoming events and opportunities.

11/16/2012
Using Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD
In his book At War with PTSD Dr. Robert McLay explains how “video games” may be a new frontier in PTSD treatment.

11/15/2012
Solitary Confinement

11/14/2012
From Shakespeare to Schizophrenia
Research pioneer Nancy Andreasen will be awarded NAMI’s Scientific Research Award for her work on creativity, brain imaging and mental illness.

11/13/2012
Frida Kahlo
Famed artist Frida Kahlo’s life was plagued by many obstacles but none of them held her back from leaving her creative mark on the world.

11/13/2012
Mental Health Survey: College Students Speak
Going away to school can be exhilarating but also stressful. Having the right resources available to students can make a difference.

11/12/2012
NAMI's Thank You to Veterans
Thank you for your courage and commitment in defense of our nation’s constitution and for preserving our quality and way of life.

11/09/2012
Healing Touch with Guided Imagery Shown to Relieve PTSD
A recent study revealed that methods of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could possibly alleviate symptoms of PTSD in soldiers.

11/09/2012
Veterans and Military Resource Center
Find resources, information and support or check out the free online class, Treating the Invisible Wounds of War.

11/08/2012
A Family's Journey with Schizophrenia
In her book Ben Behind His Voices, Randye Kaye provides readers with a glimpse into her family and the turmoil that ensued after her son started showing signs of mental illness.

11/07/2012
Audie L. Murphy
The most decorated soldier in American military history and one of the first men to speak out publicly about what we know now as PTSD.

11/06/2012
NAMI 2012 Native American Heritage Month Webinar
NAMI 2012 Native American Heritage Month Webinar announcement

11/06/2012
NAMI Bikes
With three events for 2012, NAMI Bikes will have rides in Arizona, California and Florida. This program will help spread awareness around the issues and perceptions about mental illness.

11/06/2012
Cante' Wast'e Win: Breaking the Cycle of Historical Trauma
Elicia hopes her daughter's love for taekwondo will break down the walls of oppression and privilege and the cycle of trauma and pain.

11/06/2012
The Sergeant Sullivan Center
The Sergeant Sullivan Center offers helpful information and resources for assisting post-deployed with guidance on their health care issues, including mental health care.

11/05/2012
I have Bipolar Disorder, I am not Bipolar
For Ellen Krantz, her bipolar disorder does not define her. Speaking out about her experiences allows her to demystify the stigmatizing ideas about the illness.

11/01/2012
College Students Speak
Read our national survey report on the needs of college students living with mental health conditions.

11/01/2012
NAMI Survey on College Students
NAMI released a national survey report on the needs of college students living with mental health conditions.

11/01/2012
Managing Your Mental Health Condition in College

11/01/2012
Share Your Successes

11/01/2012
Check Out Resources

11/01/2012
Learn About The Issue

11/01/2012
Resources for Staff, Faculty and Administrators

10/31/2012
Besides Voting, Let’s Talk with the Winners
Regardless of who wins on Nov. 6, people across the country need to make sure mental health is a priority.

10/31/2012
Mental Health Care Gets My Vote!
Help make mental health care a priority for this election.

10/31/2012
Theodore Roosevelt
Sickly and frequently confined as a child, Roosevelt would not let his limitations hinder his thirst for knowledge or accomplishment.

10/26/2012
The Jericho Project: Hope for People Entangled in the Criminal Justice System
Jail diversion programs aim to get people living with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders the help they need, not just into a prison cell.

10/26/2012
Working with Public Defenders: Q&A with Stephen Bush

10/26/2012
The Jericho Project: Hope for People Entangled in the Criminal Justice System
Jail diversion programs aim to get people living with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders the help they need, not just into a prison cell.

10/25/2012
Helping a Friend Who is Struggling

10/25/2012
Love, Loss and Schizophrenia
Carefully balancing past and present, Karen Winters Schwartz takes readers on the fictional journey of one man's idyllic life turned upside down by mental illness.

10/25/2012
Words That Can Help

10/25/2012
Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Mental Health Issues

10/24/2012
Making the Decision: Choosing the Right College for You

10/24/2012
GLBT Perspectives Video page
Page housing the NAMI short video featuring perspectives of recovery among GLBT leaders and organizational supporters.

10/24/2012
What’s at Stake in the 2012 Elections?
The 2012 elections will be here in less than two weeks. What does the outcome mean for mental health? Everything.

10/24/2012
Must Dos Before Applying to Colleges

10/23/2012
Register Online

10/23/2012
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.

10/23/2012
Is American Horror Story Stigmatizing or Just Silly?
The new season of American Horror Story is set in a 1964 psychiatric hospital, but is more a commentary on life 50 years ago than anything else.

10/22/2012
Update Sept. 2012
Multicultural Action Center News Update September 2012. Round-up of relevant news, resources and events.

10/22/2012
Winston Churchill
Was it Churchill’s depression that allowed him to realistically assess the threat of Germany?

10/21/2012
Tips for Transitioning to College

10/19/2012
Making a Difference with Just a Phone Call
Something as simple as a phone call can help in recovery. For Helen Singer, that call just happened to come from Mike Wallace.

10/19/2012
MAC Update Oct. 2012
The October 2012 edition of the Multicultural Action Center News Update roundup of recent information, news, resources and upcoming events and opportunities.

10/18/2012
Why I Vote for Mental Health Care (and More)
This is Logan Stewart's first chance to vote in a presidential election. She's not going to pass up the opportunity to shape her—and her country's—future.

10/17/2012
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.

10/17/2012
Ask the Pharmacist
The FDA announced that the generic medication, Budeprion XL 300 mg, was not equivalent to the brand name drug Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. Find out the facts here first.

10/17/2012
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #24
I just heard on the news that the FDA is recalling a generic version of Wellbutrin XL (bupropion XL). Can you explain this? Should I stop taking my medication?

10/16/2012
Anxiety & Bipolar
In the Fall 2012 issue of bp Magazine we learn that adding an anxiety diagnosis to bipolar disorder can feel like bad news—but it’s actually a key step toward real relief.

10/16/2012
Living Well with ADHD
Stay informed and educated during ADHD Awareness Week with new resources, podcasts and personal stories about living with ADHD.

10/15/2012
What Churches Can Do to Help
Mental illness of a family member can destroy the family's connection with its religious community. Churches across the country can help change that.

10/15/2012
What Churches Can Do to Help
Mental illness of a family member can destroy the family's connection with their religious community. Churches across the country can help change that.

10/14/2012
2012 Convention Highlights
Highlights from the 2012 NAMI Convention in Seattle.

10/13/2012
2013 National Convention
NAMI National Convention will in San Antonio, TX at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, June 27-30 2013.

10/12/2012
Halloween Protests: Haunted Asylums and Mental Illness
In addition to trick-or-treating and the rest of the fun Halloween brings, it can also mean stigmatizing displays about mental illness.

10/12/2012
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.

10/12/2012
David Levy
Learn more about David Levy, NAMI's Cheif Financial Officer.

10/11/2012
Ask A Cop: Avoiding Arrest During a Mental Health Crisis
Ask a Cop is a new column produced by NAMI’s CIT Center, answering common questions about law enforcement and mental health issues. This column provides advice on avoiding an arrest.

10/11/2012
FDA Pulls Generic Version of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg
The FDA issued a press release on Oct. 3 stating that they are removing Budeprion XL 300 mg from the market because it is not bioequivalent.

10/10/2012
Ask A Cop: Avoiding Arrest During a Mental Health Crisis
Ask a Cop is a new column produced by NAMI’s CIT Center, answering common questions about law enforcement and mental health issues. This column provides advice on avoiding an arrest.

10/09/2012
Abraham Lincoln
You might know him as the 16th President but what is less known is his experience and battle with major depression.

10/09/2012
Baseball and Mental Illness: Something to Cheer About?
For many, October marks the beginning of the Major League Baseball postseason. It also means Mental Illness Awareness Week is here.

10/05/2012
Megan's Story
Deanna Adams tells a story of fear, uncertainty, diagnosis and ultimately hope, surrounding her granddaughter's experience with schizoaffective disorder.

10/04/2012
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.

10/03/2012
New Television PSA Campaign:
Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi Symbolize Hope and Courage in the Fight against Mental Illness

10/03/2012
Finding "the Clue" to Effective Treatment
Including psychoeducation and stigmatization, there are many variables that must be looked at to promote positive recovery in Latino communities.

10/02/2012
Building Awareness: Mental Illness’ Special Week
During MIAW, communities around the country will hold events to raise awareness of mental illness to help promote treatment and eliminate stigma.

10/02/2012
NAMIBikes Florida: State Event on Nov. 3
Cyclists will 'Fight Stigma & Ride' to Help Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

10/02/2012
NAMI Now
Get all of NAMI's news and stories from the website delivered to your inbox every month when you register on NAMI.org

10/02/2012
Homeland: An Upfront Look at Bipolar Disorder
In the Showtime series Homeland, Claire Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a character living with bipolar disorder. NAMI recently spoke to one of the lead writers. Season two premieres Sept. 30.

10/01/2012
Rediscovering Family through Memories
After changing her name to try and hide from her mother, author Mira Bartók found her way back and rediscovered what she had missed.

9/30/2012
Are You Registered to Vote for Mental Health?
Election Day is closer than you think, but it's not too late to register. Mental health care needs your vote.

9/26/2012
A Compelling Memoir of a Cutter’s Descent and Emergence
David Fitzpatrick provides an intimate, and sometimes horrifying, look into his 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder and self-mutilation and his fight to have a normal life.

9/25/2012
NAMIBikes Arizona: State Event on Oct. 27
Cyclists 'Fight Stigma & Ride' to Help Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

9/25/2012
Help Us Make Parity a Reality!
Ask your member of Congress to support a final rule to make parity implementation a reality!

9/24/2012
Solitary Reform: An Unexpected Leader
Instead of filling solitary cells up with prisoners, Mississippi started emptying them. Prison violence declined and now other states are following suit.

9/22/2012
New Study: Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed
For many, spirituality can provide a great benefit in recovery from physical and mental health conditions.

9/20/2012
New Study: Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed
For many, spirituality can provide a great benefit in recovery from physical and mental health conditions.

9/19/2012
Postpartum Anxiety and Depression: It Happened to Me
Following the birth of her son, Sarah Coon experienced an intense fear that soon turned into terror and panic attacks. But after reaching out to her doctor, she's getting better.

9/19/2012
MAC Update Sept. 2012
The September 2012 edition of the Multicultural Action Center News Update roundup of recent information, news, resources and upcoming events and opportunities.

9/18/2012
NAMI Comments on Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

9/18/2012
Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health
Linked content as easy solution to navigation link problems in MAC section

9/18/2012
NAMI en Español
Link to spanish-language portion of the site to correct navigation link issues

9/12/2012
Latinos, Mental Health Care and the American Dream
Latinos have similar rates of mental illness as the rest of the population. However, Latinos often face many cultural obstacles in receiving appropriate health care.

9/11/2012
National Strategy Launched for Suicide Prevention
A nationwide plan has been implemented to help stop suicides, especially among U.S. military veterans and younger Americans.

9/10/2012
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General have launched a new report on Suicide Prevention for the decade ahead..

9/10/2012
Accommodations at Work: What You Need to Know
Holding down a job can be a difficult task when living with a mental illness. With knowledge and the right strategy, however, the path to staying employed becomes a little easier.

9/09/2012
The Continuing Struggle
Cracks in the mental health system are resulting in jails and prisons becoming filled with individuals living with mental illness.

9/07/2012
You are not alone in this fight

9/06/2012
All the same content... Now
Your favorite stories, book reviews, and news are still here but better. New content is published to the home page with an archive and monthly newsletter to read anything you missed.

9/06/2012
The Continuing Struggle: Helping Individuals and Families in the Criminal Justice System
Cracks in the mental health system are resulting in jails and prisons becoming filled with individuals living with mental illness.

9/05/2012
Moving Forward

9/05/2012
Bears' Brandon Marshall Puts Experience with BPD to Good Use

9/05/2012
An Upfront Look at Bipolar Disorder

9/05/2012
NAMI Rallies for Veterans
It began with “Born in the USA” in the heart of Seattle. It ended with hundreds of NAMI members singing “God Bless America.”

9/05/2012
Make a Connection, Spark a Champion

9/05/2012
Cover Story Image

9/05/2012
From the Executive Director: What's At Stake?

9/05/2012
Unlikely Allies in the Fight for Mental Health Services

9/05/2012
Setting Expectations for Services and Supports in Your Community

9/05/2012
President's Letter

9/05/2012
Book, Film, Art

9/05/2012
Mental Health: The Importance of Voting
Legislators and politicians can have a large impact on the lives of individuals living with mental illness. Voting can help ensure it's a positive one.

9/05/2012
Person First

9/05/2012
NAMI News

9/05/2012
We Vote, We Count

9/05/2012
Taking Exit 5150 on the 101

9/05/2012
Top Story Image

9/05/2012
What's at Stake in the 2012 Elections?
What does this year’s election season have to do with mental health? “Everything.”

9/04/2012
New Content on TMS
We have updated information on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Take a look at our new content and download the fact sheet.

9/04/2012
Recovery for All July 2012
Recovery for All July 2012: The final issue of Recovery for All as one of NAMI's e-newsletters. This issue highlights a boost in social media efforts new to National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2012, features recently released resources and research and celebrates recognition and new roles for NAMI champions of diversity and inclusion in mental health recovery.

8/30/2012
Why You Should Care about Quitting Smoking
People living with mental illness are almost twice as likely to smoke as other persons.

8/29/2012
NAMIWALKS

8/29/2012
Book Review: The Blue Cascade
After returning from Afghanistan, Lt. Mike Scotti was faced with a creeping depression and contemplating suicide. Through a series of powerful events, he finally found a path to healing.

8/28/2012
NAMI Beginnings - Winter 2012 - Issue #19
This issue of the magazine focuses on achieving school success.

8/28/2012
Take the Stop Bullying Challenge
Bullying is a challenge that children and adolescents still face across the country. A new government program aims to help change that.

8/25/2012
Depression Update
We have updated our web section on depression. See the latest content online or check out the downloadable brochure.

8/24/2012
“Voice Awards” Honor Movies, TV Shows and Real-Life Stars
Leaders were honored this past Wednesday for their work in the field of mental health and substance abuse.

8/22/2012
More than Training, More than a Specialized Police Response
CIT is more than training and more than a specialized police response, it is a transformation of the community’s response to mental illness.

8/21/2012
Gun Laws and Mental Health
It's important to discuss how states handle the access of guns to those living with mental illness, but appropriate and accurate language should be used.

8/20/2012
The Lives Behind Bipolar
The film Of Two Minds provides an honest and poignant portrayal of lives affected by bipolar disorder.

8/20/2012
Honor the Colonel
Vote for LTC (ret.) Kenny Allred for his tireless support of
NAMI, military personnel and veterans in the honor of a rare life.

8/17/2012
Honoring the Forgotten
A D.C. memorial garden honors individuals from the past who lost their lives to mental illness.

8/16/2012
Opening Doors to Healing
Even in the most progressive congregations, people can be judgmental and ignorant when it comes to the causes of, and recovery from, mental illness.

8/16/2012
Opening Doors to Healing
Even in the most progressive congregations, people can be judgmental and ignorant when it comes to the causes of, and recovery from, mental illness.

8/15/2012
Speaking Out: A Cheesy Stigma Story
Who would have ever thought that French cheese would stigmatize people living with mental illness?

8/15/2012
NAMI Education Programs Serving the Criminal Justice System
NAMI’s education and support programs offer potential for educating criminal justice professionals and assisting people involved in the justice system.

8/15/2012
NAMI’s Peer to Peer: A Resource for Mental Health Courts
Mental health courts in Florida use NAMI Peer-to-Peer to provide education to people involved with the justice system.

8/15/2012
CIT in Action: August 2012
In this issue: Helping Individuals and Families Iinvolved in the Justice system, The CIT Program: More than Training, More than a Specialized Police Responses, NAMI Peer-to-Peer: A Resource for Mental Health Courts and more!

8/14/2012
Understanding Schizophrenia
At the NAMI National Convention this past June, Dr. Jack McClellan, presented the latest findings in the genetics of schizophrenia.

8/14/2012
Strike Back Against Depression
esperanza’s Summer issue lists tried-and-true strategies to fend off negative thoughts and celebrate achievements—even when low self-esteem drags you down.

8/10/2012
Victoria Gonzalez
NAMI BOD Victoria Gonzalez

8/09/2012
Finding Your Own Way: Learning to Live with Bipolar Disorder
Two new books address living with bipolar disorder. While the covers and authors' voices are quite different, both books address the struggles of living with mental illness.

8/07/2012
Letter from a Grateful Parent
A recent story in the The Los Angeles Times on NAMI BOD President Keris Myrick touches the mother of a son living with schizophrenia.

8/07/2012
The Proposed DSM-5: Alterations and Altercations
As the diagnostic bible for mental illness gets its latest revision, there is a lot of debate in the mental health community.

8/03/2012
On My Mind: Distinguishing Scars
"Coming out" with a mental illness isn't as easy as with a physical disease, but doing so is just as important.

8/03/2012
Korean Language Resources

8/03/2012
Videos
The complete collection of videos featured by the Multicultural Action Center to feature cultural perspectives and experiences of mental health.

8/03/2012
On My Mind: Distinguishing Scars
"Coming out" with a mental illness isn't as easy as with a physical disease, but doing so is just as important.

8/03/2012
Vietnamese Language Resources

8/02/2012
New Web Content on ECT
We have updated and expanded our content and information on Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Take a look at our new content and download the fact sheet.

8/02/2012
NAMI Legal Center: Lawyer Referral
The NAMI Legal Center provides lawyer referrals as a service to our members and the general public.

8/01/2012
The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns
News developments this week have raised questions about psychiatric care—both in this specific case and our society overall.

7/30/2012
The Hope for Mental Illness: Research
Dr. Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, spoke at the NAMI National Convention in July and offered a glimpse into what the future holds for mental illness.

7/30/2012
Book review: In the Water They Can’t See You Cry
Olympian Amanda Beard shares her struggle with depression and bulimia in this moving memoir.

7/27/2012
Sleep Apnea Treatments Help Reduce Depression Symptoms
Sleep apnea can be the cause or consequence of a mental illness. New research shows the importance of treating it and getting a good night's rest.

7/25/2012
BP Magazine's Summer 2012 Issue
Are you feeling scatterbrained? Can’t remember a thing? It may be “bipolar brain fog”—and you can manage it.

7/24/2012
Tracking Symptoms of Mental Illness? There’s an App for That
With more and more people always on the move, a new app makes monitoring symptoms of mental illness easier.

7/24/2012
Recovery for All May 2012
May 2012 issue of Recovery for All

7/24/2012
RfA July 2012: Exemplary NAMI Leader Awarded for Inclusive Work
Exemplary NAMI Leader Awarded for Inclusive Work

7/24/2012
RfA July 2012: Mental Health Screening Application Adapted for Spanish-speaking Users
Mental Health Screening Application Adapted for Spanish-speaking Users

7/24/2012
RfA July 2012:National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012 in Multimedia
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012 in Multimedia

7/23/2012
The Colorado Tragedy: What Families Are Asking
As investigations continue into last week's events, NAMI’s executive director offers perspective on questions that are difficult to answer.

7/20/2012
Stigma Stands as a Hurdle for Teens
Perceptions of mental illness are stopping adolescents from seeking help. New research tries to find why stigma is so rampant.

7/19/2012
Taking Exit 5150 on the 101
Last December Eric Victorino of the band The Limousines stood on the precipice of life and death. This summer he's begun to use his voice for more than just singing songs.

7/18/2012
Miss President: NAMI Welcomes Keris Myrick
This July, Keris Myrick became the newly elected president of the NAMI Board of Directors.

7/17/2012
A Good Life: Early Treatment and Eggplant Rollatini
Sometimes all you need is a little love, a little time and some good home cooking.

7/16/2012
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.

7/13/2012
Book Review: Better Than Normal by Dr. Dale Archer
Are traits we view as detrimental actually strengths in disguise?

7/13/2012
Follow NAMI on Facebook
Get news and content updates, join a community of NAMI supporters and participate in our growing online community.

7/11/2012
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.

7/11/2012
Helping Young Adults Overcome Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
A recent study shows that one in four college students experienced alcohol abuse or dependence in the last year—and one in four also showed signs of depression.

7/10/2012
From Psychosis to Functionality with NAMI's Help
Jacquese Armstrong had lived in a state of psychosis and suicide ideation for 25 years. Five years ago, she found NAMI and her life started to change.

7/10/2012
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Individuals and organizations of all types and sizes can take this wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities.

7/09/2012
NAMI Comments on Medicaid Programs
Read NAMI's comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Medicaid pogram; state plan home and community-based services, 5-year period for waivers, provider payment reassignment, and setting requirements for community. First Choice Proposed Rule

7/03/2012
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #23
I'm having trouble remembering to take my medications. Is there anything to help me remember?

7/03/2012
At the Intersection of Racism and Stigma
Jessica Gimeno won't let mental illness or physical illnesses prevent her from putting on her boxing gloves to face the day.

7/03/2012
Abilify (aripiprazole)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Abilify (aripiprazole).

7/02/2012
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #22
I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and recently started taking Invega (paliperidone). It has been working well for me but I occasionally see what looks like Invega tablets in the stool. Should I be concerned that I am not getting the whole dose of medication since the tablet is not dissolving?

7/01/2012
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #21
My son has bipolar disorder and is mostly depressed. He did not tolerate Lamictal (lamotrigine) or Seroquel (quetiapine). What are some other options for treatment?

6/30/2012
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.

6/28/2012
Parity for Patriots
Report urges that Purple Heart medals be awarded for psychological wounds such as PTSD.

6/28/2012
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.

6/28/2012
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.

6/28/2012
Parity for Patriots: The mental health needs of military personnel, veterans and their families
June 2012 - The report calls for Purple Heart medals to be awarded for psychological wounds like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and for military commanders at all levels to be accountable for suicide prevention and elimination of stigma.

6/27/2012
Does Race Matter When It Comes to Treating Depression?
A new study shows that when it comes to the treatment of depression, whites are prescribed antidepressants more often than other groups.

6/25/2012
Friday Night at the Movies (for Less Than 40 Cents)
This year at NAMI's National Convention, three tremendous films about mental illness—Pensar Eterno, Kings Park and OC87—are being featured.

6/25/2012
Check Out the Spring 2012 Issue of NAMI Beginnings!
Issue #20 focuses on young adults and mental health.

6/25/2012
Informational Sheet: Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs and Activities
NAMI is developing a catalog of programs and activities that NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates have available for children, adolescents and young adults (18-25 years old). We would like to include your programs and activities in our catalog. Use this form to describe what you have for children, adolescents and young adults impacted by mental illness.

6/25/2012
In Our Own Voice
is an opportunity for individuals living with mental illness to share their experiences of recovery and transformation—and spread messages of hope.

6/22/2012
What is the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act and Why is it Important to NAMI?
An obscure but important piece of legislation has been moving quickly though Congress in recent months and it offers important promise for helping to accelerate access to new and innovative treatments for serious mental illness.

6/22/2012
Tough Choices: Treating Mental Illness in Children
When it comes to diagnosis and treatment of a child, lack of research and stigma play major roles.

6/22/2012
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.

6/22/2012
FY 2013 Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research, Services, Housing and Veterans Programs Move Forward
Against a backdrop of tight limits on federal discretionary spending and a possible across the board cut looming at the end the of the year, Congress has been moving forward in advancing spending bills to cover federal discretionary programs, including mental illness research and services.

6/22/2012
Support Strong Prescription Drug Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
One of NAMI’s strongest allies in the House is leading an effort to press the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen the scope of prescription drug coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

6/21/2012
Book Review: The Dark Side of Innocence
A memoir of a childhood growing up with an undiagnosed and untreated case of bipolar disorder.

6/20/2012
Solitary Confinement: Like Gas on a Fire: NAMI Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19, warning that placing individuals with severe psychiatric symptoms into solitary confinement in prisons is "akin to pouring gasoline on a fire."

6/20/2012
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."

6/19/2012
Remembering Britni: One Step at a Time
Becky Wright lost her sister-in-law to suicide nearly a year ago. What did she to do show her how much she meant to her? Run a marathon.

6/18/2012
NAMI Voice: Summer 2012
In this issue of NAMI’s quarterly donor newsletter: Loving a Sibling with a Chronic Illness, Darkness to Light and more!

6/18/2012
Sowing Seeds of Hope
In Yolo County, Calif., sunflowers are being turned into a symbol of strength for individuals living with mental illness.

6/15/2012
The Best Father I Know, Any Day of the Year
Living with schizophrenia isn't easy, but one father refuses to let it get in the way of him being there for—and loving—his kids.

6/15/2012
A Bridge across Religious Borders
A new collaborative has been created in California to ensure faith-based communities get the support and resources they need.

6/15/2012
Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) Programs FAQ

6/15/2012
Support Effort to Protect Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services and Housing Programs
This coming January, funding for mental illness research and services, as well as housing and veterans’ programs are at risk of being subject to an across-the-board cut of as much as 8.4 percent. Read further on how you can take action.

6/12/2012
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
We have updated and reviewed our content, information, and fact sheets on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Take a look at our new content!

6/12/2012
Gay Pride Month: Coming Out for Mental Health
In June, communities around the country are observing Gay Pride Month. Mental health challenges often face many teens who come out.

6/11/2012
Man's Best Friend Lives Up to the Name
When medication isn't enough, sometimes non-traditional methods of treatment are the answer. Psychiatric service dogs are quickly becoming the most popular choice.

6/08/2012
Author Linea Johnson Talks Suicide, Bipolar and Recovery
Linea Johnson discusses her revealing memoir, co-written with her mother, that recalls her battle with suicide, mental illness and finding balance.

6/05/2012
“Oh No, I’ve Just Been Diagnosed With a Mental Illness...”
Poet Yashi Brown has been hospitalized more than twice for bipolar disorder. She talks about what helps keep her resilient every day.

6/04/2012
Book Review: Polarized: A Bipolar Memoir by Patricia Frisch
The personal story of a woman with bipolar disorder who overcame life's obstacles, forgave the people who betrayed her and received her Ph.D. along the way.

6/01/2012
HHS Announces Funding to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services & Supports
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act to help states provide home and community-based long-term services and supports to seniors and people living with disabilities.

6/01/2012
Rally for Patriots: Come to Seattle
On June 28, NAMI supporters will come together to honor the brave men and women who have served our country.

5/30/2012
Unlikely Allies in the Fight for Mental Health Services
What needs to be in place in every community to ensure people living with mental illness get the right treatment.

5/29/2012
Veterans Courts Spread Across the Nation
On May 30, the nation’s largest gathering of veterans’ treatment court professionals kicks off in Nashville, Tenn.

5/29/2012
CIT in Action May 2012
In this issue: Unlikely partners in the fight for mental health services, Forensic assertive community treatment, A first responder on experiencing mental illness, Veterans treatment courts and more!

5/29/2012
Unlikely Allies in the Fight for Mental Health Services: Criminal Justice Leaders Speak Out
If you have existing partnerships with your local police, court personnel or other criminal justice leaders, they can be powerful allies in fighting for mental health services in your community. Consider tapping these relationships when you are advocating for mental health funding with state and local policymakers.

5/29/2012
A Change in Perspective: A First Responder on Experiencing Mental Illness
A Q&A with former firefighter and EMT Bryan Sanderson, who helps law enforcement understand what it’s like to experience psychosis.

5/29/2012
Treatment, not Jail: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment
When it comes to keeping people with mental illness out of jail, some interventions are more effective than others. Learn more about forensic assertive community treatment (FACT), a promising practice to keep people out of jail.

5/29/2012
News and Announcements May 2012

5/28/2012
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet—Or Would It?
Members of the military are calling for the name posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be changed in hopes of encouraging troops to seek help for mental health issues.

5/25/2012
Senate Approves Bill to Strike ‘Lunatic’ from Federal Law
In an effort to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to eliminate the use of the word "lunatic" from federal law. This is a significant and symbolic victory for mental health advocates.

5/22/2012
Never Give Up Hope: Joplin and NAMI Volunteers Everywhere
One year after a massive tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., we remember those who lost their lives and thank the NAMI volunteers everywhere who are helping strengthen their communities.

5/21/2012
Caffeine Shown to Induce Anxiety and, in Larger Doses, Maybe More
A new case report suggests too much caffeine can lead to anxiety, insomnia and, in one case, even suicide attempts.

5/20/2012
Book Review: Milt Greek's Blueprint for Recovery
The author offers first-hand experience dealing with recovery, the stresses of medication and social factors of living with mental illness.

5/18/2012
50 Years of Data Confirms Benefit of Antipsychotics
A new analysis of studies published in the last half-century found that the use of antipsychotics for individuals living with schizophrenia is valuable, but that there are still many risks.

5/17/2012
HUD Issues Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for New Supportive Housing Units
On May 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a NOFA for $85 million for the development of new permanent supportive housing units targeted to extremely low-income non-elderly people living with disabilities, including serious mental illness. Read further for details.

5/16/2012
Veteran Success and Survival Depends on Advocacy
The month of May has been designated by Congress as Military Appreciation Month. NAMI's Military Council is hard at work raising awareness and getting help for veterans.

5/15/2012
Can Fish Oil Help Prevent Psychosis?

5/15/2012
Sleep
Recent Research and a Few Tips

5/15/2012
Rosalynn Carter: A Voice for Mental Health

5/15/2012
From the Executive Director: What's At Stake?

5/15/2012
Person First - Coming Home

5/15/2012
NAMI News

5/15/2012
NAMI Talks to Dr. Marsha Linehan

5/15/2012
NAMI Board Elections

5/15/2012
Top Story Image

5/15/2012
President's Letter

5/15/2012
Book, Film, Art

5/15/2012
The Election Connection
Besides ballots full of candidates this election year, what does this mean for NAMI members?

5/15/2012
Crazy and Proud
A photojournalist shares his craft with women who live with mental illness.

5/15/2012
Cover Story Image

5/15/2012
Breaking the Cycle: Leaving the Hospital
An innovative program in Georgia helps people reclaim their lives in the community.

5/15/2012
NAMIWalks Update

5/15/2012
Georgia Program Aims to Break the Cycle of Recidivism

5/14/2012
EPA 2012 Winners Photos

5/14/2012
Are You Walking?
With more than a dozen upcoming NAMIWalks find a walk site near you to participate and raise funds for education and support programs for individuals living with mental illness.

5/14/2012
The Sopranos Joey Pants Talks Depression and Recovery
In his new memoir, Joe Pantoliano takes aim at the stigma attached to mental illness by writing candidly about his struggle with depression and addiction.

5/11/2012
A Mother’s Message of Reconciliation and Restoration
Mental illness can impact anyone. When it does it can strain relationships. Unfortunately, one of the most strained relationships is between a mother and a child. Restoring that relationship is key.

5/10/2012
Depakote (valproate)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Depakote (divalproex).

5/09/2012
Through Rain, Sleet and Snow, NAMI Walks On
Wearing a host of silly hats, elementary school students in Ohio braved the cold and helped raised awareness for NAMI Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties during their seventh annual walk.

5/08/2012
Closing the Gap for Children's Mental Health
More than half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14. Decreasing the time between the onset of symptoms and moment of intervention is extremely important.

5/08/2012
About Bebe Moore Campbell: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
About Bebe Moore Campbell: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

5/08/2012
Tools and Resources: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Tools and Resources: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

5/07/2012
Beacon of Light: My Path to Becoming a NAMI Leader
Jinneh Dyson, one of the youngest NAMI Affiliate executive directors to date, shares her story about "becoming NAMI."

5/07/2012
History and Highlights: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
History and Highlights: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

5/06/2012
My Road to Recovery: Learning to Understand My Illness
For Kara Germia, accepting her diagnosis of bipolar disorder wasn't easy, but with the support of family, friends and her therapist, the road became a little easier to travel.

5/04/2012
RfA May 2012: My Story
My Story by Kim for Recovery for All May 2012

5/04/2012
RfA May2012: Learning to Support LGBT Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being
Learning to Support LGBT Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being by Caitlin Ryan for Recovery for All May 2012

5/04/2012
RfA May2012: Supporting Students: Addressing Mental Health on College Campuses
Supporting Students: Addressing Mental Health on College Campuses by Dana Markey for Recovery for All May 2012

5/04/2012
RfA May2012: Beacon of Light: My Path to Becoming a NAMI Leader
Beacon of Light: My Path to Becoming a NAMI Leader by Jinneh Dyson for Recovery for All May 2012

5/04/2012
RfA May2012: Growing Up Strong with NAMI
Growing Up Strong with NAMI by Destin Strauss for Recovery for All May 2012

5/04/2012
Recovery for All Archive
Archive of Recovery for All issues

5/04/2012
Raise Your Voice and Cast Your Vote
With 2012 being an election year, it's important to familiarize yourself with the issues around mental health care in the U.S.

5/02/2012
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.

5/02/2012
Recovery & Depression
esperanza’s Spring 2012 cover story shows that in the holistic model of recovery, a depression diagnosis can be the start of your journey toward a more satisfying life.

5/01/2012
NAMI's newest brochure
on depression is great for anyone who wants to learn more about depression and how to handle this serious mental illness. Order your copy today in the NAMI Store.

5/01/2012
A Tough Matchup: Aubrey Huff Faces Anxiety
This past week San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder. Huff’s acknowledgement of his struggles brings attention to an important issue that affects millions of people.

5/01/2012
Family Caregivers and the Gift of Hope and Healing
Caregivers who are active in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program gathered recently to participate in a video project aimed at capturing the essence of their experiences.

4/30/2012
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2012
In This Issue - Key Ministry: Welcoming Youth and Their Families at Church, Faith, Creativity and Managing Recovery and May is Mental Health Month!

4/30/2012
Please take a minute
to complete our survey on the NAMIBikes tagline. Your input is highly valued and we want to hear from you! NAMIBikes is a new NAMI program based on the successful NAMIWalks model.

4/29/2012
Welcoming Youth and Their Families at Church
Youth living with mental illness and their families shouldn't have to face barriers to participation in worship services, educational programming and opportunities available through local churches.

4/25/2012
Having an Impact: Reporter Meg Kissinger and Her Brother Jake
The Association of Health Care Journalists presented its top award this past weekend to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a series published earlier this year, titled “Imminent Danger.” The series probed the issue of involuntary commitment for mental illness.

4/25/2012
Election
This section contains resources for NAMI advocates seeking to educate voters about issues related to mental illness.

4/20/2012
BP Magazine's Spring Issue
Having a mom with bipolar disorder can be a heavy load for a child to bear. Jessie Close’s daughter, Mattie, and others reflect on their childhoods.

4/20/2012
Contact Your Congressional Members and Urge Them to Support the Keeping All Students Safe Act!
The Keeping All Students Safe Act has been introduced in both the House (HR 1381) and the Senate (S. 2020). This federal legislation will protect students from the harmful use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

4/17/2012
Psychiatric Advance Directives: An Overview
Basic facts about psychiatric advance directives.

4/17/2012
Does the White House Read the Washington Post?
It’s been four years since the mental health parity act was enacted. Why hasn’t the Obama administration implemented it yet?

4/16/2012
NAMI Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion Planning Guide Access
The Multicultural Action Center manual on general information regarding successful engagement and inclusion of diverse communities. Gives step by step suggestions and important information to consider when embarking on or continuing outreach activities.

4/10/2012
It Is What It Is
My son was 8 years old the first time a doctor told me he had a psychotic illness ... I knew the meaning of the word psychotic, but I could not imagine it describing my son.

4/09/2012
NAMI Sign-on Letter to HELP Committee (PDF)
Read NAMI's support of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).

4/04/2012
Dancing for NAMI? Now that’s a Slam Dunk
NAMI Oklahoma teamed up with Jazzercise Edmond of Oklahoma City to raise and awareness for NAMI. How? By dancing at haltime during a NBA basketball game.

4/04/2012
Book Review: Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortman
Fletcher Wortman's sketch comedy group in college became his lifeline after being hospitalized and diagnosed with OCD.

4/04/2012
NAMI e-Advocate: April 2012
In this issue: The Pros and Cons of Using Antidepressants During Pregnancy, Dancing for NAMI? Now that's a Slam Dunk, Go Away Evil: Global Mental Health and Traditional Healers, reviews of the books Triggered and Defying Mental Illness

4/04/2012
Book Review: Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support
Having a convenient and straight forward reference guide for mental illness is often hard to come by. Komarek and Schroer have created an easy to read companion that helps explain mental health issues.

4/04/2012
Voices of Hope - Jill Eley
As part of our Countdown to Recovery year-end campaign, we asked you to submit stories of your experiences to help let others know that there is hope, that recovery is an attainable goal for many. This month we bring you the story of Jill Eley.

4/04/2012
The Pros and Cons of Using Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Antidepressant use during pregnanancy has resulted in some birth defects. A new study tries to shed light on the issue on whether taking medication is the right decision.

4/03/2012
NAMI Testifies on Solitary Confinement
NAMI testified about damage that solitary confinement in prisons can cause to people living with mental illness. As Illinois considers closing the Tamms Supermax prison, NAMI weighs in with facts about how conditions at the prison devastate prisoners.

4/03/2012
Action Agenda

4/03/2012
Nonprofit Guide

4/03/2012
Print Resources

4/03/2012
Stories of Recovery. Voices of Hope.
We will publish new stories to help inspire courage in individuals and families impacted by mental illness. This month we bring you the journey of Jil Eley.

4/03/2012
Candidate Kit

4/03/2012
Go Away Evil: Global Mental Health and Traditional Healers
Most developing countries spend less than 1% of their health budgets on mental health and most go untreated.

4/03/2012
Right to Vote

4/01/2012
NAMI Beginnings - Spring 2012 - Issue #20
This issue of Beginnings focuses on young adults and mental health.

3/30/2012
Airlines and Mental Health: Issues to Think About
NAMI released the following statement concerning the recent incidents aboard American Airlines and JetBlue flights...

3/29/2012
Post-deployment Brain Responses
Online: 15 minute lecture series from Massachusetts General Hospital on PTSD and other brain-related responses.

3/29/2012
Health Care Reform, the Supreme Court and Implications for People Living with Mental Illness
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the Affordable Care Act...

3/22/2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: March 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for March 2012. In This Issue: Kindling the FaithNet Flame in N.C. and Faith, Creativity and Managing Recovery

3/20/2012
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.

3/19/2012
Support Funding for Mental Illness Research, Services and Supportive Housing
Urge your congressional delegation to sign on to a number of "Dear Colleague" letters currently circulating in Congress.

3/14/2012
Language, Stigma and Political Correctness: How We Talk about Mental Illness
One of the best strategies in fighting stigma is to turn protest into dialogue.

3/08/2012
e-Advocate: March 2012
Read the latest content of this month's e-Advocate including the new Stories of Recovery, Voices of Hope featuring stories of recovery from our readers.

3/07/2012
NAMI Newsletter: March 2012
In this Issue: Can Fish Oil Help Prevent Psychosis?, The New Normal: Claire Danes, "Homeland" and Hollywood's New Take on Mental Illness, "Daddy's Home" Explains a Military Parent's PTSD to Kids and more.

3/07/2012
The New Normal: Claire Danes, Homeland and Hollywood's New Take on Mental Illness
Mental illness is not always shown accurately in Television and movies. Showtime's Homeland, however, provides a truthful and powerful representation of bipolar disorder.

3/07/2012
Action Needed – Sign Parity Petition
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida recently terminated mental health and addiction service providers and is seeking new contracts at substantially reduced rates through its affiliate New Directions Behavioral Health. This could affect patient access to care. Read further.

3/07/2012
Learning to Accept Your Illness
Stigma doesn't always have to come from the outside. Sometimes your own thoughts can hold yourself back.

3/07/2012
Book Review: Shockaholic
In this memoir, Carrie Fisher opens up about the difficult decision to go through with ECT.

3/07/2012
Voices of Hope - Chad Wise

3/07/2012
Can Fish Oil Help Prevent Psychosis?
Previous research has found that Omega-3 fatty acids can help alleviate symptoms of psychosis. A new study has been has been planned to see if it can help prevent them.

3/07/2012
Daddy's Home Explains a Military Parent's PTSD to Kids
Discussing mental illness with children isn't easy.Author Carolina Nadel has written a book that can help you talk about PTSD with your child.

3/06/2012
Anita Fisher Remarks on African American Mental Health Recovery Perspectives Video
Anita Fisher remarks on African American Mental Health Recovery Perspectives Video during the NAMI 2012 Black History Month Webinar in which the video was released.

3/06/2012
The New Normal:
Claire Danes, Homeland and Hollywood’s New Take on Mental Illness - Showtime’s original series is one of the first TV shows to feature a female protagonist living with bipolar disorder.

3/05/2012
Sharing Hope 2012 Overview presentation
Sharing Hope 2012 Overview presentation from 2-28-12 NAMI Black History Month Webinar, including information on available funding for the 2012-13 SharePoint Pilot.

3/02/2012
Improving Lives, Improving America
Almost everyone’s life has been touched in some way by mental illness. The face of mental illness is not the face of some stranger.

2/29/2012
National Forum on Reentry and Recidivism Reduction

2/29/2012
News and Announcements Feb 2012

2/29/2012
CIT in Action: February 2012
In this issue: CIT and Veterans: An officer's perspective, Hospital safety officers, Rural CIT and more!

2/27/2012
African American recovery perspectives video page
Page featuring the African American recovery perspectives short video

2/27/2012
CIT and Veterans: An Officer's Perspective

2/27/2012
The Secret to Rural CIT Success: Broad-Based based Community Support

2/27/2012
Hospital Safety Officers: The Newest Innovation in CIT
Tony Potter describes a scenario that was once the norm in the hospital emergency room (ER) where he oversees security: a police officer brings in someone for a psychiatric evaluation, and both officer and patient spend the next several days in the ER while the individual waits for an inpatient bed to open up.

2/24/2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: February 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for February 2012. In This Issue: Hope's Nest & Reverend and Church Take on Mental Illness.

2/23/2012
Compartiendo la Esperanza
Adaptation of Sharing Hope program for outreach to Latinos/ spanish-speakers

2/22/2012
The First Lady of Mental Health
"We have to get the word out that mental illnesses can be diagnosed and treated, and almost everyone suffering from mental illness can live more normal lives."

2/21/2012
You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
esperanza examines the role hormones throughout a woman’s life—puberty, PMS, pregnancy and perimenopause—and the mood symptoms they can trigger.

2/17/2012
NAMI Joins “Friend of the Court Brief” Supporting Medicaid Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
NAMI joined 38 colleague national organizations in filing an Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. HHS challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Read further for details.

2/15/2012
Budget Debates: Let's Look at the Ground Level
Much of the debate leading into the fall’s elections will be over what programs should be cut and how much taxes should be raised...

2/10/2012
Sharing Hope Materials
Restricted access area of Sharing Hope materials for Sharing Hope coordinators.

2/09/2012
NAMI Statement on MEDPAC

2/07/2012
American Idol: Singing Against Stigma
It takes courage for a person to talk about living with a mental illness. That’s especially the case if you are a teenager on American Idol.

2/01/2012
Survey Finds Many Living with Mental Illness Go Without Treatment
A recent survey by SAMHSA uncovers some startling truths around mental illness and the lack of treatment

2/01/2012
NAMI Bookshelf February 2012
Book reviews of "When Truth Lies" and "Looking for Answers Through Dirty Glasses."

2/01/2012
Paying it Forward: Spreading Hope and Recovery
Once in need of help herself, NAMI AOP's Michelle Ready now dedicates her time to helping others in need.

2/01/2012
Voices of Hope: Annette Santiago-Reyes

2/01/2012
Book Review: Looking for Answers Through Dirty Glasses
Matt Kuntz offers his own personal interactions and the importance faith plays in rising above life’s challenges. Looking straight into the tragedies and heartaches of life, he offers profound reasons to have hope.

2/01/2012
NAMI e-Advocate: February 2012
In this issue: Paying it Forward, Many Living with Mental Illness Don't Receive Treatment, Raising Awareness Around the World, Book Reviews and Stories of Recovery

2/01/2012
Raising Awareness Around the World
Mental illness affects individuals in every country. The Taiwan Alliance for the Mentally Ill (TAMI) has taken a few ideas from NAMI to help create a successful advocacy group.

2/01/2012
Book Review: When Truth Lies
It is 1967. In state hospitals and at times homeless, Kevin experiences the events that define a generation of individuals living with mental illness.

1/24/2012
NAMIWalks Makes Mental Illness Awareness a Community Issue
"From the very beginning the challenge was always the need to educate the public about mental illness."

1/23/2012
Navigating the Justice System
Here's what you need to know if you or a loved one has been arrested.

1/23/2012
BP Magazine's Winter Issue
bp’s latest issue introduces research from Tufts psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi which suggests bipolar is linked to welcome traits such as empathy, creativity and resilience.

1/20/2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: January 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for January 2012. In This Issue: A Jewish Understanding of Renewed Relationships & NAMI STAR Center Faith-based Initiatives

1/17/2012
The Message of Martin Luther King, Jr. Resonates in NAMI
They hoped to “…inspire people to know that there is hope for a global community working and acting together for a better world."

1/11/2012
Election Mental Health Advocacy: Opportunity and Action
2012 will be a pivotal year for mental health care in America. Do your part to enhance your candidates’ understanding of mental illness.

1/11/2012
The Why, When, What and How of Disclosure in College

1/05/2012
Gaining Support and Fighting Stigma Through Music
The newly launched ME2/orchestra provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages affected by mental illness to come together and do what they enjoy: play music.

1/05/2012
The Arizona Tragedy: One Year Later
In the aftermath of the attack, 50 percent of Americans saw it as the result of failure in the mental healthcare system.

1/05/2012
Book Review: When the War Never Ends
Accounts direct from veterans and family members give a personal voice to the significant mental effects that war can have long after the physical battle is over.

1/05/2012
Integrated Care: Improving the Quality of Care Your Child Receives
Imagine discussing all of your child’s mental health needs with their normal pediatrician. This possibility is becoming a reality with increased attention in integrated care.

1/05/2012
NAMI e-Advocate: January 2012
In this issue: Gaining Support and Fighting Stigma through Music, Integrated Care: Improving the Quality of Care Your Child Receives, Tips and Tools for Managing Your Health in the New Year, A Conversation with Ned Zeman, author of The Rules of the Tunnel, and a review of When the War Never Ends.

1/05/2012
A Conversation with Ned Zeman
Ned Zemen recounts profiling adventurers and eccentrics who pushed the limits and died young. But after memory loss experienced from ECT, he discovers the most difficult story to write may be his own.

1/05/2012
Tips and Tools for Managing Your Health in the New Year
New Year’s resolutions aren’t always easy to stick to and follow. A few simple tips can help ensure that you stay active throughout the year and keep up your physical and mental health.

12/30/2011
Dec. 30: Staying Informed! Mental Health News From Around The Country
The most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

12/29/2011
An Exciting Year Lights the Way for a Bright Future
Too many people with mental illness both young and old, including many returning military and their families, do not get the right help in the right place at the right time.

12/23/2011
Dec. 23: Staying Informed! Mental Health News From Around The Country
The most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

12/21/2011
Finding Our Way Through Psychosis
NAMI Survey outcomes shapes a mew resource.

12/21/2011
New NAMI Report Reveals Continuing Funding Crisis in States

12/21/2011
NAMI on Campus
Support and Stigma-busting at the college level.

12/21/2011
Book, Film, Art
Book, Film, Art

12/21/2011
Person First - Mental Illness: From Both Sides
Mental Illness: From Both Sides

12/21/2011
Depression
The Role of Inflammation in the Body.

12/21/2011
From the Executive Director: What's at Stake?
From the Executive Director

12/21/2011
President's Letter
NAMI Board of Directors Update

12/21/2011
Top Story Image

12/21/2011
NAMI News
NAMI News

12/21/2011
Congressmen Honored at NAMI Research Award Event

12/21/2011
NAMIWalks Update

12/21/2011
NAMI Education and Support Programs
One person makes a big difference.

12/21/2011
Cover Story Image

12/20/2011
Final FY 2012 Spending Bill Approved
ongress gave final approval to a massive $1.2 trillion “omnibus” appropriations bill for the current federal fiscal year that includes funding for a broad array of federal discretionary programs including mental illness research, services and veterans’ programs. Read further for details.

12/20/2011
About Countdown to Recovery Video
Mike Fitzpatrick explains the importance and need for our Countdown to Recovery campaign.

12/20/2011
Dealing with Winter's Downside? Light Therapy for Dark Days
The shorter daylight at this time of year can affect those with seasonal affective disorder.

12/19/2011
2012 NAMI National Convention
Register for the convention before Dec. 31st to save. Remember to book your hotel and travel arrangements early.

12/19/2011
About NAMI Video

12/19/2011
HHS Issues Guidance on Essential Health Benefits
On Dec. 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an information bulletin outlining how it plans to implement the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance plans offer at least a minimum set of essential health benefits. Read further for details.

12/16/2011
Dec. 16: Staying Informed! Mental Health News From Around The Country
The most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

12/15/2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: December 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for December 2011

12/13/2011
Books: For the 12 Days of Christmas
Books can make great holiday gifts. Here are a few around which there’s been some “buzz” in 2011.

12/13/2011
Colleen Duewel

12/12/2011
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.

12/12/2011
Susan Gaffney

12/12/2011
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #20
On the vial for my antidepressant, a warning label states that I should not drink alcoholic beverages with this medication. I like to have a glass of wine with dinner though, and my doctor told me that this will lower my risk of heart disease. Can I just have one glass of wine with dinner?

12/12/2011
Courtney Reyers

12/12/2011
NAMI to House and Senate Appropriations Committees:
Fully fund this essential Reserve and National Guard mental health program in the Department of Defense's Appropriations bill.

12/12/2011
Essential Health Benefits Sign-On Letter
Read comments to Secretary Sebelius on the Essential Health Benefits Package.

12/11/2011
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #19
I recently heard that one of my medications can cause a side effect called tardive dyskinesia and it can become permanent. What is this?

12/10/2011
NAMI’s Family Guide
Learn about integrated care and how you can improve the quality of care your child receives.

12/09/2011
Dec. 9: Staying Informed! Mental Health News From Around The Country
The most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

12/07/2011
NAMI Election 2013
Learn more about NAMI's 2013 Board Elections to be held at the NAMI Convention in Seattle.

12/06/2011
Children in Foster Care and Psychotropic Medications … Monitoring is not enough
Monitoring the use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care isn't enough.

12/06/2011
Provider Education Intranet

12/05/2011
NAMI Statement: Children in Foster Care and Medication
NAMI shared this statement at a hearing on the Financial and Societal Costs of Medicating America's Foster Children.

12/05/2011
Education, Training and Peer Support Helpdesk Spanish

12/05/2011
Parents and Teachers Intranet

12/02/2011
Native American Heritage Month Webinar 2011
Resource portal for information, slides and video playback of the 2011 Native American Heritage Month webinar, "American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health: Collaboration for Healing"

12/02/2011
Dec. 2: Staying Informed! Mental Health News From Around The Country
The most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

12/01/2011
New GAO Report on Federal Parity Law
On Nov. 30, 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the first of two reports mandated by Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Read further for details.

12/01/2011
2012 NAMI Convention, Seattle, June 27-30, “Think, Learn and Live: Wellness, Resiliency and Recovery.”
2012 NAMI Convention, Seattle, June 27-30, “Think, Learn and Live: Wellness, Resiliency and Recovery.”

12/01/2011
Multi-lingual NAMI fact sheet series on Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health (2011)
Tag content link to AAPI resources page

12/01/2011
Final Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex and Disability Status as required by the Affordable Care Act
Final Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex and Disability Status as required by the Affordable Care Act

12/01/2011
New York Times profile of an inspiring NAMI leader, Keris Myrick, “A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills”
New York Times profile of an inspiring NAMI leader, Keris Myrick, “A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills”

12/01/2011
12th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, Hilton Austin Hotel, Feb. 16-17
12th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, Hilton Austin Hotel, Feb. 16-17

12/01/2011
NAMI blog features reflections of staff member, Carmen Argueta, on 2011 Spanish-language programs training nish-language programs training
NAMI blog features reflections of staff member, Carmen Argueta, on 2011 Spanish-language programs training

12/01/2011
Congressional Update: The Super Committee
What does failure of the congressional super committee mean for programs impacting children and adults living with mental illness?

12/01/2011
A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care
This new guide provides families with a better understanding of what integrated care is and what it can mean for their child's improved health. It offers families help and hope in finding the best comprehensive care for their child.

12/01/2011
“Organization Provides Resources and Support to Native Americans,” by Gwendolyn Packard, Co-Chair, Rain Cloud, featured on the NAMI Blog in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2011
“Organization Provides Resources and Support to Native Americans,” by Gwendolyn Packard, Co-Chair, Rain Cloud, featured on the NAMI Blog in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2011

11/30/2011
FY 2012 HUD Budget Approved
On Nov. 18, 2011, the House and Senate gave final approval to the FY 2012 budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD), including funding for critical programs providing affordable housing for non-elderly adults living with serious mental illness. Read further for more information.

11/30/2011
Expansion of Education Programs Ensures Recovery for All
At a national NAMI training event in St. Louis, individuals from across the country came together to learn how to effectively implement NAMI's education programs in Spanish speaking communities.

11/30/2011
NAMI e-Advocate: November 2011
In this issue Expansion of Education Programs Ensures Recovery for All, Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise Tied to Depression, Supported Work Program Inspires Dancer to Keep Moving and the NAMI Bookshelf.

11/30/2011
NAMI Bookshelf November 2011
Including reviews of the books A Lethal Inheritance and The Quiet Room.

11/30/2011
Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise Tied to Depression
A new study published has found that not exercising enough and watching too much TV are dangerous to your mental health. Staying active in the winter may be difficult, but doing so can provide great benefits.

11/30/2011
Supported Work Program Inspires Dancer to Keep Moving
After experiencing major depression, Megan Riggs' life was thrown off track. With the help of Ticket to Work, she was equipped to handle the loss of her job and financial struggles.

11/29/2011
Countdown to Recovery: Voices of Hope
As part of our Countdown to Recovery campaign we are spreading stories of hope throughout the holiday season.

11/29/2011
RfA Dec 2011 Perspectives of Diverse NAMI Leaders
Recovery for All December 2011 Multicultural Action Center highlight of 2011 on the personal testimonies offered by members of the NAMI Diversity and Inclusion Work Group in honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

11/29/2011
RfA Dec 2011 Fact Sheet Series on AAPI MH
Recovery for All December 2011 Multicultural Action Center highlight of 2011 on the development and release of a fact sheet series on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

11/29/2011
RfA Dec 2011 Preview of Plans for the Coming Year
Recovery for All December 2011 Multicultural Action Center preview of highlighted plans and projects for 2012 including improvements for Sharing Hope, a renewed focus on GLBT issues, a second Multicultural Champions Conference and a new adaptation of Sharing Hope for Latinos and Spanish-speakers

11/29/2011
RfA Dec 2011 First Champions Conference Held
Recovery for All December 2011 Multicultural Action Center highlight of 2011, featuring the Multicultural Champions Conference held in April 2011

11/28/2011
RfA Dec 2011 NAMI’s Sharing Hope program continues to grow
Recovery for All December 2011 Multicultural Action Center highlight of 2011 on progress of Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health

11/28/2011
Recovery for All December 2011
The 2011 year-end review/ look-ahead issue of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center e-newsletter.

11/23/2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: November 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for November 2011

11/23/2011
MEN WITH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
esperanza’s Fall issue looks at how a diagnosis of depression and anxiety can leave a guy feeling less than manly, but asking for help is what shows real strength.

11/23/2011
Organization Provides Resources and Support to Native Americans
Native American Heritage Month: Rain Cloud provides resources for the Native American community in New Mexico.

11/21/2011
Staying Informed! Mental Health News from Around the Country
the most up-to-date information on mental illness from around the country on the NAMI Twitter page.

11/18/2011
Yashi Brown
A poet, philanthropist, and national voice for mental health advocacy.

11/18/2011
The Deepening Crisis in Mental Health Funding
There is no easy way of saying it. After more than four years of budget cutting in many states, the mental health safety net is seriously frayed.

11/12/2011
State Mental Health Cuts: The Continuing Crisis
The latest report from NAMI shows the nation’s mental health crisis is continuing to deepen.

11/11/2011
Veterans and Mental Health: We Owe Them Better
On Veterans Day we must commit to doing more over the long haul. That will be the true measure of honoring the men and women of our military.

11/10/2011
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).

11/10/2011
Podcast: NAMI Interviews General William “Buck” Kernan, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Ret. – Serving Today’s Veterans, Military and Families.

11/10/2011
Education Podcasts
Podcasts

11/08/2011
NAMI Comments on Exchanges 10-31-11

11/08/2011
NAMI Comments on Medicaid Eligibility 10-31-11

11/07/2011
CIT Curriculum Model in Development
Have you ever wondered what the national standard for a CIT curriculum looks like? Now, thanks to a new collaboration between NAMI, the University of Memphis (U of M), the International Association of Chiefs of Police and CIT International, there will be an answer to that question.

11/07/2011
New Resource from NAMI’s CIT Center: CIT FAQ
This new FAQ helps to answer common questions that arise when communities first learn about CIT, such as: What is CIT? How do I get my law enforcement agency trained? Is there a CIT program in my city/state?

11/07/2011
Launch of IACP’s Youth-focused Policing Resource Center
The International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has launched the Youth-Focused Policing Resource Center.

11/07/2011
CIT Programs Collaborating with Academic Researchers
Learn more about how local CIT programs can collaborate with academic researchers to improve their training and evaluate the program.

11/07/2011
CIT in Action: November 2011
In this issue: CIT curriculum model in development, CIT programs collaborating with academic researchers, CIT frequently asked questions and more!

11/07/2011
News and Annoucements
Share your CIT story, Police-mental health coalition forms in New York State, New Corrections and Mental Health Newsletter and more!

11/04/2011
Making Strides in the Spanish-language Community
I was familiar with NAMI’s education programs but had not experienced firsthand the truly life changing impact they had on people’s lives.

11/02/2011
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Allen Hill & his family face the challenges of PTSD. A two-hour special co-sponsored by actress Glenn Close’s Bring Change 2 Mind campaign.

11/02/2011
State Mental Health Cuts: The Continuing Crisis
In March, 2011, NAMI released State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis, a report documenting deep cuts to state spending on services for children and adults living with serious mental illness. Read NAMI's follow-up report, State Mental Health Cuts: The Continuing Crisis

11/02/2011
BP Magazine's Fall Issue
We asked and YOU answered: Get the lowdown from bp Magazine’s readers for inspirational tips and tricks for taking off weight and maintaining a healthy diet!

10/28/2011
NAMI Blog: Connecting NAMI with the World
Increasing the influence of our social community is significant as we strive to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

10/27/2011
NAMI Comments to DHHS on IOM 10 11
Read NAMI's Comments to the Department of Health and Human Services listening Session on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations on Essential Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

10/26/2011
Take Shelter: A Different Kind of Movie
The new movie starring Michael Shannon blends the lines between reality and fantasy. But is the film stigmatizing? Or is it enlightening?

10/26/2011
Improving the Road to Recovery
Experiencing an episode of psychosis can be a stressful and frightening time in an individual's life. Having the appropriate resources is vital to a positive outcome. NAMI's new website on first episodes of psychosis provides hope.

10/26/2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: October 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for October 2011

10/26/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: October 2011
In this issue: Preparing for the Road to Recovery, Nearly 350,000 New Vets Seek Mental Health Care, Take Shelter: A Different Kind of Movie and the NAMI Bookshelf

10/26/2011
NAMI Bookshelf October 2011
Including reviews of the books A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness and It's Not Mental: Finding Innovative Support and Medical Treatment for a Child Diagnosed with a Severe Mental Illness.

10/26/2011
Nearly 350,000 New Vets Seek Mental Health Care
As we near Veteran's Day, an increasing amount of veterans are returning from war with mental illness. Providing them with proper care is important but becoming exceedingly difficult.

10/24/2011
Latino mental health issues & perspectives
Spanish-speaking NAMI Leaders discuss Latino mental health issues and personal recovery perspectives

10/21/2011
Nami Blog: Early Intervention
A two year research study of the NAMI Basics program indicates that NAMI basics produces “significant improvement” in families’ communication and coping skills.

10/19/2011
NAMI Basics Study
NAMI Basics: New Study on the Importance of Education and Support for Families of Children and Adolescents Living with Mental Illness

10/17/2011
Comments to Nat'l Committee for Quality Assurance
NAMI comments to the National Committee for Quality Assurance on quality measures for Medicaid beneficiaries living with schizophrenia. Read further for details. (PDF file)

10/17/2011
NAMI Blog: States at Risk
SAMHSA has released state by state estimates of mental illness. Now let’s follow the money.

10/12/2011
NAMIWalks 2012 Manual
NAMIWalks 2012 Manual

10/07/2011
First Episodes of Psychosis
What it is, What to do, Ways to live: New content on Psychosis and the 2011 First Episode Survey Report.

10/07/2011
Providing the Steps to Recovery from First Episode Psychoses
I was troubled to find that there was an average of a nine year delay in getting the correct diagnosis...

10/06/2011
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2013
Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first week in October to raise awareness about mental illness.

10/06/2011
Medicare Part D 2012 "Open Enrollment"
The annual "open enrollment" period for Medicare Part D drug coverage and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans begin Oct. 15, 2011. Read further for details.

10/06/2011
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.

10/04/2011
Spanish-language Community Perspectives on Recovery video
NAMI page featuring the Spanish-language Community Perspectives on Recovery video with information of featured interviewees.

10/03/2011
FY2012 Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research, Services and Housing Move Forward
Congress is making slow progress in advancing spending bills to cover federal discretionary programs, including mental illness research, services and housing programs. Read further for details.

10/01/2011
2011 Convention Program
program schedule for the 2011 convention

9/30/2011
2011 Research Award
NAMI is pleased to announce that Jeffrey A. Lieberman, has been selected to receive the 2011 NAMI Scientific Research Award.

9/29/2011
Ticket to Work
Mental Illness Awareness week promotes employment efforts for all Americans, including those living with mental illness.

9/28/2011
MIAW 2011: Celebrate Your Way
Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponsoring activities to raise awareness about mental illness.

9/28/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: September 2011
In this issue: Collaboration Aims to Ensure Unity in CIT, Why Psychotherapy Works: Its Affect on Brain Biology, Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011: Celebrate Your Way and the NAMI September Bookshelf

9/28/2011
Why Psychotherapy Works: Its Effect On Brain Biology
In the past two decades, using brain imaging, the physiological effects of psychotherapy on the brain are now being seen.

9/28/2011
NAMI Bookshelf September 2011
Including reviews of the books "What a Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder," "Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship" and "A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie."

9/28/2011
National Collaboration Aims to Ensure Unity in CIT
Compiling the curriculum of hundreds of Crisis Intervention Teams from across the country, a new collective has formed to produce a standardized CIT model.

9/27/2011
NAMIWalks 2012 Printing and Collateral Pieces (HTML)
2012 Print Materials

9/26/2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: September 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for September 2011

9/23/2011
NAMIWalks 2011 Printing & Collateral Pieces
2011 Print Materials

9/22/2011
Scientific Research: In the News
Medical science usually advances slowly. What seems logical now may be built upon or overturned in the next decade—or even 20 years later.

9/21/2011
NAMI Washington State Comments on PCORI
Read testimony from Washington State on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

9/16/2011
Mental Health Cuts: The "Super Committee" Debate
Congressional leaders targeting Medicaid, critical safety net programs, mental health research and more.

9/15/2011
The NAMI Advocate: Read All About It
The Advocate magazine is starting to arrive in the mail boxes of NAMI members this week.

9/09/2011
NAMI Statement: The Nevada IHOP Tragedy; Questions to Ask
Michael Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of NAMI has issued this statement on this week’s tragedy in Nevada.

9/08/2011
Youth Shouldn’t Struggle in Silence
Identify youth who need help early so they can be connected to school- and community-based services and supports when they first need it.

9/06/2011
Mother and Son Share Moving Stories at NAMI Convention
Mother and Son Share Moving Stories at NAMI Convention

9/06/2011
The U.S. Military and Mental Illness: Taking It Seriously
The U.S. Military and Mental Illness: Taking It Seriously

9/06/2011
Cover Story Image

9/06/2011
Book, Film, Art
Book, Film, Art

9/06/2011
Off to College and Living with Mental Illness?
Tips for Deciding on the Right College or University

9/06/2011
Mental Illness in the Workplace

9/06/2011
Recovery through CET
Recovery through CET

9/06/2011
Patrick Kennedy Launches Campaign, Calls for a “Moonshot to the Mind” in Brain Research
Patrick Kennedy Launches Campaign, Calls for a “Moonshot to the Mind” in Brain Research

9/06/2011
It’s Kind of a Funny Movie
It’s Kind of a Funny Movie

9/06/2011
NAMI News
NAMI News

9/06/2011
From the Executive Director: What’s at Stake?
From the Executive Director

9/06/2011
Improving Cognition in Schizophrenia

9/06/2011
Updated PORT Guidelines: Outlining Treatment Recommendations for Schizophrenia
Updated PORT Guidelines: Outlining Treatment Recommendations for Schizophrenia

9/06/2011
The Latest in Schizophrenia Research NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel Gives Overview at 2011 NAMI Convention
The Latest in Schizophrenia Research NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel Gives Overview at 2011 NAMI Convention

9/06/2011
Top Story Image

9/06/2011
Only in Your Dreams: Revising Recurring Nightmares Can Help with PTSD Symptoms

9/06/2011
NAMIWalks: Steps, Leaps and Bounds
NAMIWalks: Steps, Leaps and Bounds

9/06/2011
President’s Letter
NAMI Board of Directors Update

9/06/2011
Person First - Mental Illness: From Both Sides
Mental Illness: From Both Sides

9/01/2011
NAMI’s News Desk: People-Watching
Running NAMI’s “news desk” is a challenge, I get to monitor where and how NAMI is making a difference.

8/31/2011
Altering the Course of Schizophrenia
This August the NIMH RAISE Project launched full-scale trials to test theories on the effectiveness of various forms of early intervention on schizophrenia.

8/31/2011
NAMI Bookshelf August 2011
Including a review of the books "A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the links Between Leadership and Mental Illness," "The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families," and "Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey From the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope."

8/31/2011
Handling the Stress of Heading Back to School
Starting the school year off right is important. Follow these tips for making the transition to a new school year an easy one.

8/31/2011
Fighting Stigma at the Voice Awards
Every year SAMSHA holds the Voice Awards, an award show dedicated to the members of Hollywood who help portray mental illness and fight the stigma people associate with it. This year quality films such as "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter" took home some of the awards.

8/31/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: August 2011
In this issue: Altering the Course of Schizophrenia: Advancements in the RAISE Project, Handling the Stress of Heading Back to School, Fighting Stigma at the Voice Awards, NAMI Education Programs Help Latino Community

8/31/2011
NAMI Education Programs Aim to Benefit Latino Community
Because of cultural differences Latino communities are often at risk for receiving inadequate health care. A training program offered by the NAMI Education, Traning and Support Center aims to help improve the ability to communicate to diverse populations.

8/29/2011
Join the Conversation at StrengthofUs.org
Meet, share and support other young adults living with mental health conditions.

8/25/2011
Behind Bars Without Help
The new head of Michigan’s Department of Corrections expressed concerns about how the department’s resources are used to provide mental health to inmates.

8/23/2011
BP MAGAZINE’S SUMMER ISSUE
Duke’s famous TV role as identical cousins may have been inspired by her bipolar behavior, but she pulled herself together with the right help—and she knows you can, too.

8/23/2011
HEROES AT RISK
The SUMMER 2011 issue’s of esperanza Magazine includes a special section that honors those who put their lives and their mental health on the line.

8/23/2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for August 2011

8/19/2011
National Board of Directors: Kym Bolado
Kym Bolado is the president of NAMI San Antonio. She is the president of Advanced Childhood Learning.

8/19/2011
NAMI Survey: College Mental Health Services and Supports
Are you or is your child a recent or current college student living with a mental health condition? NAMI wants to hear from you!

8/19/2011
National Board of Directors: Janet Edelman
Janet Edelman is a member of NAMI Howard County, Maryland.

8/18/2011
Strengthofus.org
NAMI's social networking website and online resource center for young adults. Connect Now!

8/11/2011
Off to College
NAMI Staff member recalls her experience in college handling mental illness and finding help on her own.

8/11/2011
Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration Details

8/10/2011
Joint statement on behalf of NAMI Orange County, NAMI California and the national organization:
"What happened in Fullerton could happen to any American in any community ..."

8/05/2011
The Voice and Ears of NAMI
By suggesting ideas from their own experience, HelpLine members can connect with callers and change the entire tone of a call.

8/05/2011
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.

8/02/2011
Jesse Calen
Read the full transcripts of the speeches given by Jesse Close and her son, Calen, at the 2011 NAMI National Convention.

8/01/2011
What the Debt Limit Agreement Means for People Living With Serious Mental Illness
Learn about the provisions the debt limit agreement before Congress and how funding changes affect people living with serious mental illness.

7/28/2011
A NAMI Summer
A NAMI Communications intern tells all about her experience working with various projects and being a part of the NAMI mission.

7/27/2011
NAMI Bookshelf July 2011
Selections for this month's e-Advocate

7/27/2011
Through Acceptance Comes Freedom
Elyn Saks was awarded the Gloria Huntley Award at this year’s NAMI National Convention on July 6

7/27/2011
Creating Your Way to Recovery
The Awakenings Project located just outside Chicago is helping artists with mental illness develop their artistic creativity. By providing a venue, a new supportive community seeks to produce quality art and quality relationships.

7/27/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: July 2011
In this issue: Through Acceptance Comes Freedom, Army Program Aims to Keep Soldiers Fit in Mind and Body, Creating Your Way to Recovery, NAMI Bookshelf, and more.

7/27/2011
Army Program Aims to Keep Soldiers Fit in Mind and Body
With the creation of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program, the army is begins to attempt to decrease the number of cases of PTSD and deaths by suicide.

7/26/2011
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.

7/22/2011
New PTSD Resources
Updated brochure and web site for individuals and families facing posttraumatic stress disorder.

7/18/2011
Recovery for All: July 2011
This issue of the e-newsletter of the Multicultural Action Center features a celebration of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2011

7/18/2011
RfA July 2011: NAMI Diversity and Inclusion Work Group Members Share Personal Perspectives in Honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
NAMI Diversity and Inclusion Work Group Members Share Personal Perspectives in Honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

7/15/2011
2011 Leadership Institute

7/15/2011
NAMI Fact Sheet Series on Mental Health among Asian American and Pacific Islanders (English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese)
Link for new resources section of MAC page: NAMI Fact Sheet Series on Mental Health among Asian American and Pacific Islanders (English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese)

7/14/2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for July 2011

7/14/2011
U.S. Army Combat Veteran Testifies on Behalf of NAMI
Senate committee hears testimony from Iraq veteran calling for better mental health care.

7/14/2011
"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.

7/13/2011
Health Reform FAQs from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
For new resources section of MAC page: Health Reform FAQs from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

7/12/2011
“How Health Reform Helps Communities of Color,” a series of state-by-state fact sheets from Families USA
Link for new resources section of MAC page: “How Health Reform Helps Communities of Color,” a series of state-by-state fact sheets from Families USA

7/11/2011
2011 NAMI Convention Awards
2011 NAMI Convention Awards

7/11/2011
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

7/11/2011
Toolkit for Assessing Cultural Competence in Peer-run Mental Health Organizations
Link to Toolkit for Assessing Cultural Competence in Peer-run Mental Health Organizations for new resources section

7/09/2011
2011 Convention Chicago - Day 4 Highlights
2011 Convention Chicago - Day 4 Highlights

7/08/2011
2011 NAMI National Convention Highlights
Daily coverage, photos and videos of the the 2011 NAMI National Convention.

7/08/2011
2011 Convention Chicago - Day 3 Highlights
NAMI's Convention in Chicago 2011, Day 3 Highlights

7/08/2011
2011 Convention Chicago - Day 2 Highlights
NAMI's Convention in Chicago 2011, Day 2 Highlights

7/07/2011
2011 Convention Chicago - Day 1 Highlights
NAMI's Convention in Chicago 2011, Day 1 Highlights

7/05/2011
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

6/30/2011
CIT for Youth Resource Center
Learn more CIT for Youth and order a copy of NAMI's new CIT for Youth implementation manual!

6/29/2011
2011 Winners
2011 Winners

6/29/2011
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

6/29/2011
NAMIWalks Knowledgebase
FAQ about NAMIWalks

6/27/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: June 2011
In this issue: After Disasters, Survivors Now Face Struggle with Mental Health... Mental Illness is a Top Concern for Youth Around the World... Family and Loved Ones Provide the Best Medicine... and more

6/27/2011
Resources
Resources for PTSD

6/27/2011
Symptoms
The symptoms of PTSD

6/27/2011
Causes
The causes of PTSD

6/27/2011
NAMI Bookshelf June 2011

6/27/2011
Family and Loved Ones Help Provide the Best Medicine

6/27/2011
After Disasters, Survivors Now Face Issues with Mental Health

6/27/2011
Treatment, Services and Support
Treatment and support options for PTSD.

6/27/2011
Diagnosis
Diagnosing PTSD

6/27/2011
Mental Health is a Top Concern for Youth Around the World

6/24/2011
Transportation from the Airports to Downtown Chicago
Transportation from the Airports to Downtown Chicago

6/24/2011
Directions to Hilton Chicago from other hotels
Directions to Chicago Hilton from other

6/22/2011
Check out the Spring 2011 Issue of NAMI's Beginnings Magazine
Issue #18 focuses on early identification and intervention.

6/22/2011
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.

6/21/2011
Team Knowledge Base
Frequently asked questions pertaining to NAMIWalks Teams.

6/21/2011
Walk-Manager Knowledge Base
Frequently asked questions pertaining to NAMIWalks.

6/21/2011
New Priced Out Report Released
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released the ‘Priced Out in 2010’ study which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person living with a disability. Read further...

6/21/2011
Responding to Youth with Mental Health Needs: A CIT for Youth Implementation Manual
The manual is designed to provide step-by-step guidance on implementing CIT for Youth. It includes the common, critical steps that diverse communities across the country have taken to successfully implement CIT for Youth programs.

6/20/2011
New Resource for Collaborating with Academic Researchers

6/20/2011
News and Announcements - June 2011

6/20/2011
A Training Officer’s Perspective on CIT

6/20/2011
Sneak Peek! Responding to Youth with Mental Health Needs: A CIT for Youth Implementation Manual
In July, NAMI will release Responding to Youth with Mental Health Needs: A CIT for Youth Implementation Manual. CIT in Action readers can get the first sneak peek and download the manual today!

6/20/2011
CIT in Action - June 2011
In this issue: A sneak peek of NAMI's new CIT for Youth implementation manual, a training officer's perspective on CIT, a recent Supreme Court decision on prison conditions in California and more!

6/20/2011
Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Continuing Criminalization of Mental Illness

6/17/2011
Overview of CIT for Youth
Overview of CIT for Youth

6/17/2011
CIT for Youth Resources
CIT for Youth Resources

6/17/2011
CIT for Youth Training Information
CIT for Youth Training Information

6/17/2011
FAQ About CIT for Youth
FAQ about cit for youth.

6/16/2011
New Study on Family-to-Family: It’s All about People
A new study has found that the Family-to-Family program “significantly” improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members.

6/16/2011
NAMI Comments on Medicaid Funded Home and Community-based Services
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is proposing a new rule which will affect Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Read NAMI's comments to CMS.

6/15/2011
CIT for Youth Full Manual

6/14/2011
NAMI Ohio Medical Protocol Project

6/14/2011
Accountable Care Organizations
The Affordable Care Act establishes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a new type of provider within the Medicare program. Read comments submitted by NAMI and proposed federal ACO rules.

6/14/2011
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

6/10/2011
The Top 10 Movies about Mental Illness
We asked, the fans answered: What movies made the biggest impact on you when it came to films that put mental illness in the spotlight?

6/08/2011
Proposals to “Cap” Federal Spending Threaten Medicaid: Additional Information

6/06/2011
The Kids Grow Up
A humorous and deeply moving look at father-daughter relationships, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.

6/02/2011
A Bumpy Road: Dealing with relapse
There may not ever be a last episode, but there are ways to fend off and mitigate the next one.

6/02/2011
National Day of Prayer - MIAW
Resources for the National Day of Prayer during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

6/01/2011
Standing Up for Mental Illness
A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand—you cannot have one, without the other.

6/01/2011
Everyday Heroes: A Senator’s Story
It took a tragic family event to push Antonioni into seeking help—and into a new role as a role model.

5/27/2011
Overflow Hotel Info
overflow Hotel

5/26/2011
Calling All Legal Beagles
by Bob Carolla, NAMI director of media relations

5/25/2011
NAMI Bookshelf May 2011

5/25/2011
Providing Help for All Communities, No Matter How Small

5/25/2011
Knowledge and Support from Family Doctors is Key for Families Living with Mental Illness

5/25/2011
Securing Your Ticket to Independence

5/25/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: May 2011
In this issue: Providing Knowledge and Support, Family Doctors are Key for Families Living with Mental Illness... Providing Help for All Communities, No Matter How Small... Securing Your Ticket to Independence: How the SSA Can Help You Find Employment... and more

5/19/2011
Overcoming it all to fulfill a dream
by Janet Ohlsen

5/12/2011
Jean-Michel Texier

5/12/2011
Sita Diehl

5/11/2011
Survey on the Family Experience in Primary Care
Survey asked parents and caregivers about their experiences with mental health care with their child's primary care physician and staff.

5/11/2011
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

5/06/2011
NAMI-NYC Metro / Psychiatric Services Study
NAMI-NYC Metro / Psychiatric Services Study

5/06/2011
Joyce Burland
This is the full interview with Joyce Burland, Ph.D the National Director of the Education, Training and Peer Support Centers for NAMI.

5/06/2011
The Beaver
The new motion picture The Beaver stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. The film explores the complexity of personal challenges that many encounter as part of this human condition.

5/06/2011
A Mother’s Look at Her Son’s First Episode with Schizophrenia

5/06/2011
NAMI Board of Directors Update

5/06/2011
Family-to-Family: Now an Evidence-Based Practice

5/06/2011
Top Story Image

5/06/2011
Complementing the Conventional: Supplementary Treatments and Mental Illness

5/06/2011
NAMIWalks and Legislative Advocacy

5/06/2011
NAMI Family-to-Family: Happy 20th Anniversary

5/06/2011
Cover Story Image

5/06/2011
Nationwide Budget Cuts to Mental Health Services Pose Major Threats

5/06/2011
Books, Films, Art

5/05/2011
Recovery and Wellness for GLBTQ Ethnic Minorities?
By Philip Qualo, STAR Center Program Manager

5/04/2011
NAMI 2011 Bylaws Amendment Proposal
NAMI 2011 Bylaws Amendment Proposal

5/04/2011
Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care

5/04/2011
Open Letter From Board 2011

5/04/2011
Election Information 2011

5/04/2011
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
This day is dedicated to all the young lives that have been impacted by mental, emotional or behavioral health challenges.

4/29/2011
2011 Vacancy Appointment Certification Form
2011 Vacancy Appointment Certification Form

4/28/2011
Women's Day: Fighting Stigma
Women's Day: Fighting Stigma

4/28/2011
NAMI Cultural Community-Specific Resources
Special page with links to each targeted diverse community-specific resources from the Multicultural Action Center

4/28/2011
NAMI Bookshelf: April 2011
Including reviews of the book Nerve: Poise under Pressure, Serenity under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool and the movie Fly Away

4/28/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: April 2011
In this issue:NAMI's Roots in the Past Provide Hope for the Future, NAMI's Roots in the Past Provide Hope for the Future, As Teens Face Tough Times, Some People Only Make Them Harder and more

4/28/2011
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

4/28/2011
NAMI and the Pulitzer Prize
by Bob Carolla, NAMI director of media relations

4/28/2011
When Teens Face Tough Times, Community Support Can Help
When Teens Face Tough Times, Community Support Can Help

4/28/2011
A New Approach to Schizophrenia?
A New Approach to Schizophrenia?

4/28/2011
May Is Mental Health Month
May Is Mental Health Month

4/27/2011
NAMI's Roots in the Past Provide Hope for the Future
NAMI's Roots in the Past Provide Hope for the Future

4/27/2011
More Than Cancer: Secondhand Smoke Increases the Risk of Mental Illness In Children
More Than Cancer: Secondhand Smoke Increases the Risk of Mental Illness In Children

4/18/2011
Latuda (Lurasidone)
NAMI fact sheet on Latuda (Lurasidone)

4/18/2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for April 2011

4/16/2011
All About Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects 2.4 million American adults over the age of 18.

4/15/2011
Catherine Zeta-Jones Puts Mental Illness In Spotlight
When the actress revealed that she lives with bipolar II disorder many people began asking questions about mental illness.

4/13/2011
Funding Levels for Final FY 2011 “Continuing Resolution”

4/06/2011
Mental Health Services at Stake for Current Budget Year
A government shutdown looms, as the “continuing resolution” for the current federal budget is set to expire on midnight April 8, 2011. What’s at stake? Current proposals for fiscal year 2011 include significant cuts to research, services and housing for children and adults living with serious mental illness. Take Action.

4/06/2011
NAMI Opposes Medicaid Block Grant
The draft budget resolution introduced on April 5th by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) would result in major reductions in future federal spending on Medicaid and convert the program from a federal entitlement to a block grant to the states. Read more.

3/31/2011
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

3/30/2011
2011 Virtual Leadership Conference
2011 Virtual Leadership Conference

3/30/2011
NAMI Bookshelf: March 2011
NAMI Bookshelf: March 2011

3/30/2011
The Difficulty in Seeing Your Own Illness
The Difficulty in Seeing Your Own Illness

3/30/2011
Mental Health Cuts: NAMI Fights Back
Mental Health Cuts: NAMI Fights Back

3/30/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: March 2011
In this issue: Mental Health Cuts: NAMI Fights Back; The Difficulty in Seeing Your Own Illness; Can Omega-3 Supplements Prevent Schizophrenia?

3/30/2011
Can Omega-3 Supplements Prevent Schizophrenia?
Can Omega-3 Supplements Prevent Schizophrenia?

3/22/2011
Avanzamos edicion 14
14th issue of Avanzamos, NAMI's fully bilingual (English and Spanish) magazine.

3/21/2011
CIT in Action March 2011- News and Announcements
Take our Readers Survey, Editorial offiers wanted, and more!

3/21/2011
Mental Health Learning Sites Aim to Teach Effective Intervention Techniques
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has chosen six Law Enforcement Learning Sites to provide technical assistance and models to communities interested in implementing specialized law enforcement responses to people living with mental illnesses, including CIT.

3/21/2011
CIT in Action - March 2011
The role of CIT in preventing violent tragedies, Law Enforcement/Mental Health Learning Sites, a new report on budget cuts, and more...

3/21/2011
Commentary: The Role of CIT in Preventing Violent Tragedies
The recent tragic shootings in Arizona have raised painful questions about what went wrong. While it's impossible to rewrite history, CIT programs can help communities plan, coordinate and prevent a crisis.

3/21/2011
NAMI Report Reveals Deep Cuts to State Mental Health Services
A report published this month by NAMI reveals that states are slashing community mental health budgets and eliminating inpatient beds. Two-thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years—even though need has increased because of the nation's economic distress and troops returning home from war.

3/17/2011
Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis
The symptoms, causes and diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

3/16/2011
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #18
I was recently prescribed an antidepressant. The information sheet from the pharmacy said the medication may increase suicidal thoughts. Is this true?

3/16/2011
NAMI Center for Excellence
NAMI State Organization Handbook

3/15/2011
State Mental Health Cuts: A National Crisis
In recent years, the worst recession in the U.S. since the Great Depression has dramatically impacted an already inadequate public mental health system. From 2009 to 2011, massive cuts to non-Medicaid state mental health spending totaled more than $1.8 billion dollars.

3/15/2011
Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #17
I have heard that there may be negative effects associated with stopping antidepressants. Is this true?

3/11/2011
Sharing Hope: Partnering with African American Congregations
Recovery for All March 2011 article, Sharing Hope: Partnering with African American Congregations which first appeared in the Feburary 2011 Web Edition of the Advocate Magazine

3/11/2011
NAMI Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health
Recovery for All March 2011 article, NAMI Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

3/11/2011
Recovery for All: March 2011
March 2011 edition of Recovery for All,the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center. This issue features stories and announcements of the NAMI report on AAPI Mental Health, Sharing Hope, StrengthofUs 1st anniversary, Rebbie Jackson and Stephen Puibello.

3/11/2011
StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life through Community
Recovery for All March 2011 article, StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life through Community, celebrating the 1st anniversary of StrengthofUS.

3/09/2011
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.

3/09/2011
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.

3/07/2011
The Fiscal 2011 "Continuing Resolution"
As of March 7, 2011, Congress has yet to pass operating budgets for nearly all federal discrtionary programs. Read details on the House-passed "continuing resolution" and the Senate-proposed bill.

3/05/2011
NAMI spoke with Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster
about her upcoming comedy-drama The Beaver, which deals with depression.

3/03/2011
Coping Strategies for Grandparent Caregivers
Grandparents play an important role when mental illness affects the family

3/03/2011
Self-empowerment
The Winter 2011 issue of esperanza Magazine examines how shaking off internalized shame and blame may be the first step to recovery. The secret: Self-Empowerment.

3/01/2011
March 2011 Newsletter - Program Highlights
Program Highlights

2/25/2011
New National Partner
Sunrise Premiums is NAMIWalks new national partner

2/24/2011
About 25 percent of people who are homeless
also live with a serious mental illness.

2/16/2011
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).

2/16/2011
What's in the President's 2013 Budget Proposal
As is being widely reported, President Obama and his Administration on Feb. 13, 2012, presented their $3.8 billion budget for FY 2013. Included in the budget are requests to Congress for funding levels for all discretionary programs including those for NIMH, SAMHSA, HUD and VA. Read further for more details.

2/15/2011
The Winter 2010 Issue of NAMI's Beginnings Magazine Is Now Available!
Issue #17 of Beginnings focuses on the mental healh needs of military children and families.

2/15/2011
Massive Cuts Loom for Federal Mental Health and Housing Programs
The White House unveiled the President’s budget proposal for FY 2012 requesting modest increases for mental illness research and services, as well as veterans housing programs.

2/15/2011
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.

2/14/2011
NAMI Election 2011
NAMI Board Nominations, Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions Sought for 2011

2/14/2011
From The Executive Director
NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick examines what is at stake for the organization in 2011.

2/14/2011
NAMI Board of Directors Update
A letter from Kevin B. Sullivan, President of the NAMI Board of Directors.

2/14/2011
Only More So: An Interview with Mark Vonnegut, M.D.
Mark is the son of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., who is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

2/14/2011
A Lifetime of Research: Robert Post, M.D., on Bipolar Disorder and the Future of Treatment
r. Robert Post is one of those great researchers and was the recipient of the 2010 Mind of America Scientific Award in December. Dr. Post has dedicated his career to the development of effective long-term treatment approaches for bipolar disorder.

2/14/2011
A Look at Black History Through the Lens of Mental Health
Mental illness in the African American community is continues to be shaped by historical forces.

2/14/2011
The Two Shall Meet: Eastern and Western Reach for Synergy in Mental Health Treatment
Historically, one of the most common groupings of cultural worldviews has been made between Western and Eastern cultures.

2/14/2011
Ruminating Spirit: Jodie Foster on Depression, Healing and the Human Condition
The Beaver, a film exploring depression and healing, was directed by Jodie Foster.

2/14/2011
Workplace Communication Tips for People Living with Mental Illness
Guest writer Dave Carl is a social worker and writer who offers advice for improving communication in the workplace.

2/14/2011
Creative Outlets and Recovery: Got to Find Me An Angel
My name is Sharon Denise Wise, but my family called me Angel (as well as some other names). I was diagnosed with a mental illness at a very young age.

2/14/2011
Cover Story Image

2/14/2011
Genes and Mental Illness: What’s the Connection?
The resulting advances in genetic technology and research have, in turn, impacted the search for the origins schizophrenia—and a potential cure.

2/14/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: February 2011
In this issue: Identity Survey results, the Black Swan's Shadow and eating disorders, Workplace communication from a job coach, Sharing hope

2/14/2011
Sharing Hope: Partnering with African American Congregations
With the release of updated materials and the announcement of new grant opportunities, NAMI continues to expand its signature outreach and education efforts to African American congregations across the country under the banner of Sharing Hope.

2/14/2011
Top Story Image

2/14/2011
Challenges to Health Care Reform Law Will Continue in 2011
Nearly a year after its passage, federal health care reform remains a divisive political issue, with efforts to scale back and even repeal the law intensifying in Congress and the courts this year.

2/14/2011
CIGNA and NAMIWalks: Serving Communities Together
The relationship between NAMI Metro Baltimore and CIGNA was the result of CIGNA’s request that NAMI send a representative to make a presentation to CIGNA staff.

2/14/2011
Identity and Recovery: Survey Results
NAMI's Identity and Recovery survey revealed that confidence and a redefining of the self are among the most important aspects of self-image for people living with mental illness.

2/14/2011
The Black Swan's Shadow
Guest writer Joelle Maletis, a therapist and former ballet dancer, discusses eating disorders.

2/14/2011
Book Notices
Recent books listed below may be of interest to NAMI readers. NAMI does not endorse books or other commercial products; views expressed in books are those of the authors only.

2/14/2011
NAMI Bookshelf: February 2011
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding and Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story

2/14/2011
Three Gentle Steps: The What, When and How of Weight Loss
Just like the general population, people living with mental illness need to eat less and exercise more. In contrast to other Americans, people living with mental illness live an average of 25 years less, in part due to obesity and obesity-related complications like heart disease and diabetes.

2/10/2011
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Mental Health: Report from a NAMI Listening Session
Recognizing the unique needs of the AAPI community, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multicultural Action Center hosted an Asian American/Pacific Islander Mental Health Listening Session to discuss current issues in AAPI mental health.

2/10/2011
Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health: Report from a NAMI Listening Session
Recognizing the unique needs of the AAPI community, the NAMI Multicultural Action Center hosted an Asian American/Pacific Islander Mental Health Listening Session to discuss current issues in AAPI mental health.

2/10/2011
Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
Federal discretionary spending will come clearly into focus as President Obama unveils his FY 2012 budget and Congress moves forward on omnibus spending legislation for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2011).

2/08/2011
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.

2/02/2011
Ask the Doctor
Listen to transcripts of NAMI's monthly Ask the Doctor teleconference series and view upcoming schedules.

2/01/2011
When tragedies involving mental illness occur,
it is essential to understand the nature of mental illness and to find out what went wrong.

1/28/2011
BP Magazine's Winter Issue
Relationships strained to the breaking point are the trailing ghosts of bipolar disorder. But that doesn’t mean repairing friendships and family ties is out of reach.

1/28/2011
StigmaBusters - Jan. 2011
In this issue: Arizona, The Beaver, Identity Survey

1/28/2011
BP Magazine's Winter Issue
Relationships strained to the breaking point are the trailing ghosts of bipolar disorder. But that doesn’t mean repairing friendships and family ties is out of reach.

1/26/2011
What's your identity?
Discovering who you are is part of recovery.

1/25/2011
Anxiety and the Brain
Scientists are working to untangle what may feel like an overwhelming wave of fear, pressure or dread for the person experiencing it, hoping to locate the brain’s anxiety centers.

1/25/2011
Missed Opportunities: The Rise and Rise of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome—a cluster of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors that can be triggered by some antipsychotic medications—has been difficult for treatment professionals to address.

1/25/2011
NAMI’s Voice: The Arizona Tragedy
NAMI leaders have spoken out about the Arizona tragedy, helping to shape media coverage of the events.

1/25/2011
NAMI Bookshelf: January 2011
This month: The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques and Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael's Journey

1/25/2011
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: January 2011
In this issue: Arizona, Identity and Recovery, Metabolic Syndrome, Anxiety and the Brain and NAMI Bookshelf.

1/25/2011
Survey: Identity and Recovery
Mental illness can cause profound changes in self-image. Yet having a strong identity can help in recovery.

1/10/2011
Start the New Year off right
Sign up for NAMI education and support groups today.

1/10/2011
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.

1/05/2011
Family Guide on Adolescent Depression
NAMI's family guide on What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression.

1/04/2011
the majority of youth living with depression are undiagnosed and untreated.
Find out about the signs, symptoms and resources for adolescent depression.

12/30/2010
The Leaders and the Bridge: Building a Grassroots Program for the Latino Community (NAMI e-Advocate Sept. 2010)
The Leaders and the Bridge: Building a Grassroots Program for the Latino Community (NAMI e-Advocate Sept. 2010)

12/30/2010
Celebrating Difference, Working Toward the Same Goals: Native American Mental Health Care (NAMI e-Advocate Nov. 2010)

12/30/2010
India's Mentally Ill Turn To Faith, Not Medicine (NPR Aug. 2010)

12/30/2010
Culture and Diagnosis: A Set of Iron Laws? (NAMI e-Advocate Aug. 2010)
Culture and Diagnosis: A Set of Iron Laws? (NAMI e-Advocate Aug. 2010)

12/30/2010
Stigma haunts mentally ill Latinos (Health.com, Nov. 2010)
Stigma haunts mentally ill Latinos (Health.com, Nov. 2010)

12/30/2010
Mental illness: denied or unidentified? (Latino Perspectives Magazine)
Mental illness: denied or unidentified? (Latino Perspectives Magazine)

12/29/2010
Hugh Laurie Supports NAMI
Hugh Laurie, who plays Dr. House on the hit FOX TV drama House, M.D., voices his support for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

12/22/2010
Congres Moves toward Final Adjournment in Passing "Continuing Resolution"
The 111th Congress is expected to reach final adjournment today in passing the "Continuing Resolution," extending current spending levels through March, 2011.

12/22/2010
About the Education, Training and Support Center

12/20/2010
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.

12/16/2010
Senate Set to Vote on FY 2011 “Omnibus” Spending Bill
The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on an FY 2011 “omnibus” spending bill that integrates 12 separate spending bills that would fund most federal agencies through the end of the current fiscal year (September 20, 2011).

12/16/2010
Family Resources

12/16/2010
Celebrate a Night out with NAMI Mercer, N.J.
The dinner and benefit concert will feature the healing power of American music

12/14/2010
Interest Grows in Faith Outreach and Partnership through Sharing Hope
Recovery for All December 2010 article, Interest Grows in Faith Outreach and Partnership through Sharing Hope

12/14/2010
Collaborative Training on Telling Your Story and Sharing Cultural Perspective
Recovery for All December 2010 article, Collaborative Training on Telling Your Story and Sharing Cultural Perspective

12/14/2010
Recovery for All: December 2010
The 2010 year-end-review issue of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center e-newsletter.

12/14/2010
NAMI Hosts Meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health
Recovery for All December 2010 article, NAMI Hosts Meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

12/14/2010
Plans for 2011
Recovery for All December 2010 article, Plans for 2011 featuring Compartiendo la Esperanza, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2011 and NAMI Convention 2011

12/14/2010
Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup
Recovery for All December 2010 article, Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup

12/14/2010
New Tool for Putting Diversity into Action
Recovery for All December 2010 article, New Tool for Putting Diversity into Action

12/08/2010
StigmaBusters - Dec. 2010
Dec 2010 issue of StigmaBusters

12/07/2010
IOM Comments on Essential Benefits Package
Read NAMI's comments to the Institute of Medicine on the Essential Benefits Package in Health Care Reform.

12/02/2010
Social Security Re-Opens Comment Period on Changes to the Mental Impairment Listings
Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is taking additional comments (through December 9, 2010) on its proposed rules revising the “Mental Impairment Listings” that are used to assess eligibility for disability benefits (both SSI and SSDI).

11/25/2010
Start the New Year off right
by registering for NAMI education and support groups

11/24/2010
Urge Senators to Press for Action on Supportive Housing Legislation
During the week of November 29, 2010, a bipartisan coalition of Senators is expected to press for passage of legislation to promote expanded opportunities for access to permanent supportive housing. Read further for details.

11/24/2010
Support Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund
NAMI is joining a large coalition of national organizations urging support in the Senate for a $1.06 billion investment in the NHTF. Read further for details.

11/22/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2010
In This Issue: A Healing Agent from the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese, New Survey: Religion Helps, Hurts Depression, CMS: A Faith and Community-Based Gathering, Social Networking Support for People Affected by Mental Illness

11/22/2010
A Healing Agent
Deacon Tom Lambert of the Commission on Mental Illness at the Archdiocese of Chicago talks about outreach strategies that have made the diocese more inclusive.

11/22/2010
Social Security Extends Comments Period on Proposed Changes to Mental Impairment Listings
On November 17, the Social Security Administration announced that it will be publishing a clarification on the proposed regulations making changes in the mental impairment listings used by the agency when adjudicating claims for disability benefits.

11/22/2010
Celebrating Difference, Working Toward the Same Goals: Native American Mental Health Care
NAMI Board member Ron Morton discussed cultural competency, spirituality and a Native American view of mental illness.

11/22/2010
Assessing the Impact of the 2010 Mid-Term Elections on People Living With Mental Illness and Their Families
What could be in store for NAMI’s federal legislative agenda in the new Congress that will convene in January?

11/22/2010
For Native American Heritage Month
NAMI Board Member discusses mental health care, culture and spirituality.

11/22/2010
A Healing Agent: The Chicago Catholic Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness
Deacon Tom Lambert discusses inclusion and community in the November issue of the FaithNet newsletter.

11/22/2010
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: November 2010
In this issue: Celebrating Difference: Native American Mental Health Care;Assessing the Impact of the 2010 Mid-term Election; Meeting the Needs of Military Families; Next to Normal Tour; NAMI Bookshelf

11/22/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: November 2010
Where are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder and The Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum.

11/22/2010
Meeting the Needs of Military Families: What Advocates Need to Know
Children may be too young to enlist but they are still affected by the stress of a parent's deployment.

11/18/2010
Using NAMI Education Brochures
Using NAMI Education Brochures

11/15/2010
Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine extended-release injectable suspension)

11/15/2010
StigmaBusters - Nov. 2010
Nov. 2010 issue of StigmaBusters

11/12/2010
Comments Needed on Proposed Changes for Evaluating SSI/SSDI Eligibility for People Living with Mental Illness
Learn how to submit your comments to the Social Security Administration--deadline Nov. 17.

11/11/2010
'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.

11/09/2010
Bipolar Depression: The Downside of Up

11/09/2010
BP Magazine's Fall Issue
Bipolar depression can disrupt and devastate lives, and tends to dominate the course of one's illness. Yet, it's difficult to diagnose and a challenge to treat.

11/08/2010
Fanapt (iloperidone)
NAMI's fact sheet on Fanapt (iloperidone)

11/08/2010
PTSD - Intro
Introduction to PTSD section on NAMI's Veterans Resource Center

11/08/2010
News and Announcement - November 2010

11/08/2010
CIT in Action: November 2010
In this issue: Healthcare reform and people involved with the criminal justice system, new fact sheets, and much more!

11/08/2010
Saphris (asenapine)
NAMI's medication fact sheet on Saphris (asenapine).

11/04/2010
Feature Story: Legislative Analysis: Will Health Care Reform Help Those Most at Risk?
Will health care reform help some of our most vulnerable members--those who are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system?

11/02/2010
NAMI Brings Family-to-Family Program to Veterans' Families
NAMI is partnering with the Veterans Administration to bring NAMI's support and education to veterans' families.

10/29/2010
NAMI Scientific Research Award
NAMI will honor Dr. Robert M. Post, M.D. at a special invitation only event.

10/29/2010
AIAN Youth Mental Health Webinar 2010
Details and video segments of the AIAN Youth Mental Health webinar held in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2010, hosted by NAMI, First Nations Behavioral Health Association and Indian Health Service.

10/28/2010
NAMIWalks Finances
Accounting information and forms for NAMIWalks

10/28/2010
NAMI Beginnings - Fall 2010 - Issue 16
Issue #16 of Beginnings focuses on back to school issues, including accessing school-based services and supports and developing an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP).

10/28/2010
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).

10/26/2010
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.

10/25/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: October 2010
Talking to Families About Mental Illness: What Clinicians Should Know and Challenging Depression: The Go-to Guide for Clinicians and Patients

10/25/2010
The Leaders and the Bridge: Building a Grassroots Program for the Latino Community
Leaders from NAMI's Latino community offer insight into the creation of a new grassroots program.

10/25/2010
Not a System Apart: Veterans and Active-duty Troops Living with Mental Illness
The issues affecting military families are similar to the concerns of the larger NAMI community.

10/25/2010
NAMI Advocate e-Newsletter: October 2010
Not a System Apart: Veterans Living with Mental Illness; Schizophrenia Today; The Leaders and the Bridge: Building a Grassroots Program; Personalized Donation Pages; NAMI Bookshelf

10/25/2010
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.

10/25/2010
Schizophrenia Today
Researchers are searching for the patterns hidden within the brains of people living with schizophrenia.

10/25/2010
StigmaBusters - Oct. 2010

10/22/2010
Medicaid Webinar: Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding
View the presentation on Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding, October 21, 2010, from Judith Solomon of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. (PDF)

10/21/2010
Tips for Filing a PTSD Claim with the VA
The Veterans Today blog posted a series of tips, resources and frequently asked questions regarding filing a PTSD claim.

10/21/2010
VA Help Page for Veterans with PTSD
This page answers some basic questions about the claims process and links to other sources of help.

10/21/2010
Veterans Service Organizations Representatives
Use this search form on the VA site to look for accredited claim agents, Veterans Services Organization (VSO) representatives and attorneys to help with filing your disability claim.

10/20/2010
Active-duty Service Members
The mental health of active-duty troops has come under increased scrutiny.

10/19/2010
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.

10/19/2010
Video: Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury
This video from BrainLine.org and UWTV.org features several people living with TBI discussing their recovery.

10/19/2010
Women Warriors: Supporting She "Who Has Borne the Battle"
This report from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, provides valuable information about challenges women face on the battlefield and when they return to civilian society.

10/18/2010
Brain Injury Network (BIN)
BIN is the first advocacy organization run by and for survivors of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) .

10/18/2010
Real Warriors
Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to combat stigma against mental health conditions and traumatic brain injuries. Their collection of multimedia and public education resources targets veterans and active-duty service members.

10/18/2010
Witness Justice: For Survivors of Traumatic Events
Witness Justice offers information to help survivors and their friends and family. Use keywords, "military families" or "war" in the search box to find materials on these topics.

10/18/2010
The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
Returning service members and their families will find fact sheets and state-specific resources.

10/18/2010
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
SAMHSA provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, including affordable mental health services. Their website has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator to help find substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment.

10/18/2010
Psychiatric Service Dog Society (PSDS)
Some veterans have found service dogs to be helpful in their recovery from PTSD. Explore the resources available from PSDS that are specifically designed for veterans wishing to train their own animals.

10/18/2010
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America offers extensive information about PTSD, including online self-screening tools, a searchable list of treatment professionals and support groups, information about clinical trials, a medication chart and personal stories.

10/18/2010
Discussing Trauma and PTSD With Your Doctor
This checklist helps communicate trauma symptoms, which are often hard to articulate.

10/18/2010
Veterans Benefits Network
This active online forum is a place to talk about benefits issues with other veterans.

10/18/2010
For Veteran Families, Parents, Children and Spouses
There are many resources available for the families, partners and children of veterans.

10/18/2010
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The APA has information about a broad range of mental health topics. To locate a psychiatrist in your area, you can contact APA's Answer Center using their toll-free number:1 (888) 357-7924.

10/18/2010
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This website, sponsored by the Department.of Veterans Affairs, offers a broad range of information about post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment methods and has a VA facilities locator.

10/15/2010
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.

10/14/2010
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."

10/13/2010
Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 Signed Into Law
H.R. 3219 improves some of the services available to veterans, including homeless veterans.

10/12/2010
Lecture Series Tackles Problems Facing Female Veterans
Women veterans are four times more likely to be homeless than a male vet, said Denise Duman, the women veterans program manager at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center.

10/12/2010
Family-to-Family VA Toolbox, November 2010
Family-to-Family VA Toolbox, November 2010

10/12/2010
Women Combat Veterans Often Live With Posttraumatic Stress in Silence
As women return to a society unfamiliar with their wartime roles, they often choose isolation over embarrassment.

10/12/2010
Peer-to-Peer Course Topic List

10/12/2010
New Data Collection Form 2010
New Data Collection Form 2010

10/12/2010
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.

10/12/2010
Cover Story, November 2010
Cover Story, November 2010

10/12/2010
Study Shows One in Five U.S. Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Has PTSD
According to the latest Pentagon study, released in April 2010, nearly 20 percent—or one in five returning war veterans—reported symptoms of PTSD or major depression. The study also reports that approximately one-half of them sought treatment.

10/10/2010
Changing the World One Mind at a Time
After her daughter was diagnosed with mental illness, Bonnie Kinschner's family sought to raise awareness of the role of spirituality in recovery.

10/08/2010
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #16
Why do I still hear voices even while taking an antipsychotic?

10/07/2010
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.

10/06/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2010
In This Issue: One Mind Mental Illness Ministry: Changing the World One Mind at a Time; The Role of Religion in the Well-being of Older Adults Living with Schizophrenia; The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder; NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf: Just Like Your Father; October Mental Wellness Series in Indianapolis

10/06/2010
NAMI Comments on the Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges
Read comments provided by NAMI to the Department of Health & Human Services regarding state-level exchanges.

10/05/2010
Cause and Effect: NAMIWalks Update
The NAMIWalk program is an effective tool for NAMI advocates, and NAMIWalks raise much-needed funds that fuel grassroots efforts while raising visibility in communities.

10/05/2010
Athletes and Mental Illness: Major League Baseball Steps Up to the Plate
Major League Baseball is setting a new standard in the world of sports by supporting athletes with mental health conditions.

10/05/2010
Politics and Stigma: Presidents, Governors and Legislators Are Not Immune
When it comes to American politics, messages exploiting the stigma imposed on mental illness are part of a long tradition of mud-slinging.

10/05/2010
Film Reviews
NAMI staff reviewed "The Dry Land" and "Hiding Divya"

10/05/2010
A Mother’s Journey, A Family’s Success Story: Managing ADHD
A mother shares her family's success story with coping with ADHD.

10/05/2010
From the Executive Director
What's at stake in the 2010 elections? Mental health care is a central issue.

10/05/2010
The Latest Schizophrenia Treatment
The quest to develop better treatments for people with schizophrenia is at a crossroads: how can treatments be improved?

10/05/2010
Book Notices
Taking Antidepressants, Struck by Living, Falling into the Sun, Living with Someone Who’s Living with Bipolar Disorder

10/05/2010
Top Story Image

10/05/2010
What are They Thinking? Research, Diagnosis and Mental Illness
Why are there frequently long delays between symptom onset and the diagnosis of a mental health condition?

10/05/2010
It Doesn’t End on Election Day Make Sure Mental Health Gets Your Vote
This fall NAMI has mounted a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign to remind candidates that mental health gets our vote.

10/05/2010
Cover Story Image

10/05/2010
The New Federal Parity Law
Three red flags can alert you to the fact that your insurance provider is not following the new parity law.

10/05/2010
The Role of Service Animals in Recovery
Service dogs can help people living with mental illness, including veterans affected by PTSD.

10/05/2010
From the President
A letter from Kevin B. Sullivan, NAMI's new president

10/05/2010
Advocate Magazine: Fall 2010
The new edition of NAMI's member magazine is packed with informative articles.

10/05/2010
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).

10/05/2010
Unlisted Film: a Tool for Public Education
Beginning in October, the documentary Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia will be available for broadcast on local PBS stations.

10/04/2010
Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan.

10/01/2010
Avanzamos edicion 13
13th issue of the bilingual (Spanish and English) magazine of NAMI, focusing on the development of Latino behavioral health workforce featuring the Alliance for Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Development and key training and support programs for educational and professional development in behavioral health for Latinos throughout the country.

10/01/2010
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.

10/01/2010
Maj. Gen. David Blackledge
spoke with NAMI about his own experience with Posttraumatic Stress and the military's current efforts to address mental health issues.

10/01/2010
Continuing Education For Nurses, Social Workers And Counselors
Instructions for those interested in presenting a workshop at the NAMI National Convention in Chicago.

10/01/2010
Legislation for Veterans From 2007-2010: A Summary
This overview covers changes in VA appropriations, services for veterans and their families as well as mental health issues that occurred between 2007 and 2010.

10/01/2010
2011 Exhibit Information
2011 NAMI convention exhibit information

9/30/2010
NAMI Connection, Aug 2010
The NAMI Connection Master Class is Now Available Online!

9/30/2010
NAMI Family-to-Family, Manual Updates, Aug 2010
Do you have your August 2010 F2F teacher manual updates?

9/30/2010
NAMI Education Brochure
NAMI Education Brochure

9/30/2010
NAMI Peer-to-Peer, Aug 2010
Peer-to-Peer achieving success through creative partnerships

9/30/2010
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
This legislation, effective Dec. 1, 2010, increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities as well as compensation for survivors of certain disabled veterans.

9/30/2010
NAMI Family-to-Family, Sept 2010
Research Alert! Family-to-Family NIMH Study Almost Complete Results Support Designation as an EBP

9/30/2010
Cover Story 2, Aug 2010
Cover Story, Aug 2010; New end-user data collection

9/30/2010
Cover Story 1, Aug 2010
Cover Story, Aug 2010

9/30/2010
General News, Aug 2010
The NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center Presents Leadership Awards at the Annual NAMI Convention in D.C.

9/28/2010
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.

9/27/2010
NAMIWalks 2011 Manual

9/27/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: September 2010

9/27/2010
Mental Illness in the Deaf Community

9/27/2010
Outpost for Hope

9/27/2010
www.effectivechildtherapy.com
The information on this website is offered as a completely free service to families and mental health professionals to help ensure that children and adolescents benefit from the most up-to-date information about mental health psychosocial interventions.

9/27/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: September 2010
In this issue: Mental Illness and the Deaf Community;Health Care Reform Law Implementation Begins;Outpost for Hope, Locating the Invisible Missing People; New NAMI ADHD Resource Center;NAMI Bookshelf

9/27/2010
ADHD Resource Center: It's Not Just About Kids

9/27/2010
Health Care Reform Law Implementation Begins

9/24/2010
Intuniv (guanfacine)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Intuniv (guanfacine)

9/23/2010
NAMI Comments on the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (HR 6143)
Read submitted comments submitted by NAMI to Representative Paul Tonko in support of the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (HR 6143)

9/23/2010
Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
holds a free concert featuring her new album at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

9/21/2010
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.

9/21/2010
NAMI Connecticut's Understanding the Criminal Justice System
NAMI Connecticut recently released this guide to the criminal justice system in Connecticut for adults with mental illnesses, advocates and families.

9/20/2010
StigmaBusters: September 20, 2010
In this issue: The NFL tackles mental illness, PBS Stations to Air Unlisted, Eva Mendes does stigma and stuffed animals cause a stir

9/17/2010
NAMI Comments on Preventive Services Requirements
Read comments provided by NAMI on interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relating to coverage of preventetive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

9/15/2010
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).

9/15/2010
All About ADHD
A new comprehensive and interactive online resource center for information relating to Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

9/14/2010
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.

9/14/2010
Urban Institute: State Mental Health Systems for Children
View the Urban Institute's report on State Mental Health Systems for Children.

9/09/2010
National board of Directors: Ron Morton
Ron Morton is director of recovery and resiliency at ValueOptions in Knoxville, Tenn. and was active in the creation of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.

9/09/2010
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.

9/09/2010
NAMI National Board of Directors: Linda Jensen
Linda Jensen, R.N., Ph.D., is associate professor of graduate nursing at Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb.

9/09/2010
National Board of Directors: Michael Weaver
Mike Weaver is consumer council director on the NAMI Board of Directors and a program developer at Mecklenburg Open Door in Charlotte, N.C.

9/08/2010
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.

9/07/2010
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.

9/03/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2010
In this issue: Opening Windows: Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and Beyond, Changing Times: Mental Health Awareness in the Jewish Community, NAMI FaithNet Training Modules Update, Mental Health in India: Most turn to Faith, not Medicine, Mental Illness: Denied or Unidentified?, Sept. 23-25: Widening the Welcome, National Conference

9/03/2010
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.

9/02/2010
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.

9/02/2010
Understanding psychiatric disorders
at the molecular and cellular level is what will ultimately lead scientists to target the underlying causes.

9/01/2010
Changing Times: Mental Health Awareness in the Jewish Community
A look into the issue of mental illness in the Jewish community

9/01/2010
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.

9/01/2010
Clip of Unlisted
Clip of Unlisted

9/01/2010
Building a Grassroots Program
Leaders from NAMI's Latino community are creating a new faith-based outreach program.

8/31/2010
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.

8/31/2010
StigmaBusters: August 31, 2010
In this issue: Halloween Horrors and a look at whether a Geico TV advertisement is stigmatizing.

8/30/2010
NAMI Education Programs and Support Groups: We Saw a Lot of Nodding Heads
Two parents who attended NAMI's Capitol Hill Day talk about the supports they found at NAMI's groups and the importance of advocating for people living with mental illness.

8/30/2010
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.

8/30/2010
What is NIMH?
The National Institute on Mental Health is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. Their site includes up-to-date reports concerning child and adolescent mental health.

8/26/2010
Hurricane Katrina 5th Anniversary: Mental Health Crisis
NAMI responds to Kaiser Foundation Survey and USA Today Story.

8/25/2010
TERRY-ON-TERRY
Football legend, Terry Bradshaw, talks about getting sacked by depression and how he’s managed to move forward - from the Summer issue of esperanza Magazine.

8/24/2010
Culture and Diagnosis
Everyone benefits from a mental health care system that takes into account cultural differences.

8/24/2010
School Resource Officers on Children’s Mental Health
A conversation with SROs is the basis of “A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT Trained School Resource Officers.”

8/24/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: August 2010
This month: Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, After Her Brain Broke, Welcome to the Jungle and Taking Antidepressants.

8/24/2010
Meg Hutchinson: Life on the Living Side
Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning singer-songwriter who lives with bipolar disorder

8/24/2010
CIT Special Networking Session: The Role of Top-down Leadership

8/24/2010
CIT in Action: August 2010
In this issue: Special coverage of NAMI's 2010 Convention!

8/24/2010
Vocational Rehabilitation and IPS for Job Seekers
When state VR partners with IPS, then people living with mental illness are have the best chances of finding a job.

8/24/2010
Thoughts on Back to School
Some students have more difficulty than others when adjusting to school.

8/24/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: August 2010
In this issue: Back to School, Culture and Diagnosis, Singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson, Best Plans for Job Seekers, Schools and Children's Mental Health NAMI Bookshelf and more...

8/24/2010
Criminal Justice Symposium: Making the Case for Justice Reinvestment During Difficult Economic Times

8/24/2010
Implementing CIT Programs for School Resource Officers

8/24/2010
Former Dallas Chief Kunkle Receives Sam Cochran Award

8/19/2010
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinators Network
Portal of information on the Georgetown National Center on Cultural Competence and NAMI collaboratively-led Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinators Network for State, Territorial, and Tribal Mental Health Services

8/17/2010
U.S. and International Partners
List of former 'Multicultural Partner Coaltion' members, links to contact information for other U.S. and international organizations with focus on multicultural populations

8/17/2010
Election Day Countdown: 'Mental Health Gets My Vote'
NAMI unveils an Elections 2010 website for grassroots advocates.

8/17/2010
Bilingualism Brings Benefits to Asian-American Children's MH, Psyciatric News 7/2/10
Bilingualism Brings Benefits to Asian-American Children's MH, Psyciatric News 7/2/10

8/11/2010
Extended Federal Medicaid Funds Signed into Law
President Obama signed into a law a package of aid (HR 1586) that includes a six-month extension of higher Medicaid federal matching funds for states.

8/11/2010
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.

8/11/2010
BP Oil Spill Fund Should Cover Mental Health Claims
NAMI Warns Administrator Kenneth Feinberg that Exclusion Would Be 'Neither Fair nor Equitable'

8/09/2010
RfA August 2010: NMMHAM
Article highlighting activities and accomplishments of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010.

8/09/2010
Parity Help
Get practical information on insurance coverage for mental health and how health care reform may affect you.

8/09/2010
Urge Your House Member to Support Higher Medicaid Funding!
The House of Representatives will be voting as early as Tuesday, August 10, 2010 on extending higher federal Medicaid matching funds for states.

8/09/2010
Recovery for All: August 2010
August 2010 edition of Recovery for All,the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center. This issue features highlights of National Minority Mental Health Awareness 2010 activities and accomplishments as well as Joe Powell, NAMI leader who recently received an award for his passion in promoting recovery from mental illness and addiction.

8/06/2010
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: August 2010

8/06/2010
Election Tools for Leaders

8/04/2010
Senate Votes Yes on FMAP Extension!
The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 61-38 that will bring millions in needed Medicaid funding to our states. Read more for further details.

8/03/2010
State Services

8/03/2010
State Laws
Some states have competence laws related to voting.

8/02/2010
Educating Candidates
Some things you can do to educate candidates about mental health.

8/02/2010
U.S. Army Report: Record-High Suicides
While military suicides reach historic highs, commanders are failing to address soldiers’ mental health needs.

8/02/2010
Voting Rights
People living with mental illness sometimes face barriers to voting.

8/02/2010
How to "Vote Mental Health"
Read tips to raise questions, get answers and make informed choices on how you can "vote mental health."

7/30/2010
Veterans and Suicide
Suicide prevention has become a top priority at many organizations serving the military.

7/27/2010
NAMI Blog
Research Practices, the Criminalization of Mental Health and more...

7/27/2010
Professional Tennis Player Aces Depression
Tennis champion Cliff Richey spoke about his recovery journey and his new book at the NAMI Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

7/27/2010
STIGMA FIGHTING SISTERS
bp Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue features a hold-nothing-back conversation with actress Glenn Close and her sister, Jessie, about stigma and self-awareness.

7/27/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: July 2010
This month: Struck By Living: From Depression to Hope, Falling into the Sun, The Buddha & the Borderline and When do I get my Shoelaces Back?

7/27/2010
Getting the Message: Mental Illness, Language and Culture
This is the first of three articles dealing with culture as it affects people living with mental illness and members of the NAMI community.

7/27/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: July 2010
In this issue: Bipolar disorder and pregnancy; Culture, language and mental health care; Cliff Richey, Tennis Champ; NAMI Bookshelf and the NAMI Blog

7/27/2010
StigmaBusters: July 21, 2010
In this issue: Free Teleconference on Military Stigma, Language: Let's Keep Talking, Americorps Superheroes Stomp Stigma and more

7/27/2010
Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy: Asking the Right Questions
Learn about the right questions to ask your health care provider and explore the often-ignored issue of parents living with a mental illness.

7/21/2010
Understanding and Coping with PTSD: Information for families and friends of individuals with PTSD
Because the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma reactions change how a trauma survivor feels and acts, traumatic experiences that happen to one member of a family can affect everyone else in the family.

7/19/2010
Mike Fitzpatrick on Talk Therapy TV

7/16/2010
Time Cards
2012 IOOV Time Cards

7/15/2010
NAMI Blasts BP: Oil Company Ignores Louisiana's Call for $10 Million to Meet Mental Health Crisis

7/15/2010
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.

7/15/2010
FAQ on Parity Implementation
The Parity Implementation Coalition has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document in response to questions by consumers and providers regarding coverage and reimbursement of addiction and mental health services.

7/15/2010
2010 NAMI Leadership Conference
2010 NAMI Leadership Conference

7/14/2010
The Urban Institute’s Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Initiative
Justice reinvestment employs data and collaborative decision-making to help jurisdictions reduce criminal justice spending by controlling growth in correctional populations while ensuring public safety. The overarching goal of local justice reinvestment work is to reduce county, city, and/or tribal criminal justice costs and reinvest those resources to yield a more cost-beneficial impact on public safety and community well-being.

7/14/2010
The High Cost of Cutting Mental Health: Criminal Justice
This new fact sheet on criminalization of people with mental illness is part of our State Advocacy series and shows how state budget cuts hurt people with mental illness.

7/14/2010
National Re-entry Resource Center
The Resource Center, established by the Second Chance Act, provides assistance to the prisoner reentry field. It provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections agencies working on prisoner reentry.

7/14/2010
Sequential Intercept Model
The National GAINS Center's newly updated Sequential Intercept Model.

7/13/2010
VA Eases Rules Related to PTSD
This fact sheet answers basic questions about the new PTSD regulations from the VA.

7/07/2010
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2010
Since 1990 MIAW has become a NAMI tradition, bringing together mental health advocates across to focus on a common goal.

7/07/2010
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.

7/03/2010
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).

7/03/2010
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.

7/02/2010
2010 Convention - Day 3
Day 3 of the 2010 NAMI National Convention

7/02/2010
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."

7/01/2010
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."

7/01/2010
Healthcare.gov
The Obama administration launched HealthCare.gov with new fact sheets and explanations of the Health Care Reform law.

6/30/2010
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.

6/30/2010
The Latest from the NAMI Advocate e-newsletter
Beautiful Minds, Meeting Up for Recovery, NAMIWalks, NAMI Blog, NAMI Bookshelf and more...

6/30/2010
2010 Convention - Day 1
Coverage from the first day of the 2010 NAMI National Convention

6/29/2010
Daily Coverage of the 2010 NAMI National Convention
The 2010 NAMI National Convention kicks off in the Washington, D.C. Check here daily for comprehensive coverage.

6/29/2010
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.

6/29/2010
Parity Implementation Coalition
Visit the Parity Implementation Coalition's website to learn more about: * what the federal law covers; * how a state's law works with the federal parity act; * where to file a complaint; * what's involved in filing an insurance claim with your health plan when benefits have been denied; * when an external review is warranted; and * what it means to file an ERISA claim.

6/28/2010
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.

6/25/2010
Harrisburg group helps gays and lesbians overcome health disparities (The Patriot-News 6-8-10)
AIDS Community Alliance if Harrisburg, Pa. to expand efforts beyond HIV/AIDS services to address health disparities including mental health, cancer, substance abuse, and health communication.

6/25/2010
StigmaBusters: June 25, 2010
In this issue: What's in a Word?, Like Fiction, Like Life?, National Video Contest and more

6/25/2010
Eve Oliphant
In memoriam of Eve Oliphant who recently passed away at the age of 90.

6/25/2010
Fight Continues for Higher Medicaid Federal Match
A new compromise proposal to extend, then phase down, higher federal Medicaid matching funds needs your Senators' support. Contact your Senators now and urge them to support this bill (HR 4213)

6/25/2010
NAMI Beginnings - Summer 2010 - Issue 15
Issue #15 of Beginnings focuses on young adults and ADHD.

6/25/2010
State’s health coverage still high [Racial/ethnic disparities narrowing] (Boston Globe 6-9-10)
Report finds uninsured rates relatively stable in Massachusetts over the past year despite the recession; minorities and whites report similar rates of insurance coverage, and “by the fall of 2009, minorities were less likely than white adults to say that they went without health care because of the costs … attributing those gains to greater enrollment by minorities in the state’s subsidized insurance, which typically has lower charges for doctors’ visits and other care.”

6/24/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: June 2010
NAMI Blog, NAMIWalks, Beautiful Minds, Meeting Up for Recovery, NAMI Bookshelf and more

6/24/2010
Meeting Up for Fun and Recovery
Support from family and friends can make a difference in overcoming mental illness.

6/24/2010
NAMIWalks: Hope for Recovery
Hundreds of thousands of people joined the 2010 spring NAMIWalks, five kilometer (5k) walks held across the nation to raise awareness about mental illness.

6/24/2010
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.

6/24/2010
Beautiful Minds: Creativity and Mental Illness
People who think differently—whether they’re artists or people living with mental illness—may share similar brain structures or a genetic link.

6/24/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: June 2010
This month: Try to Remember, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision-Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t, Living with Someone Who’s Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends and Co-Workers, Songs of Three Islands: A Story of Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family.

6/23/2010
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.

6/22/2010
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.

6/21/2010
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.

6/21/2010
Advocating for People with Mental Illnesses in the Minnesota Criminal Justice System
NAMI Minnesota’s new guide to navigating the Minnesota criminal justice system provides an excellent example for states and communities interested in creating similar guides to their local criminal justice system

6/21/2010
Reentry Housing Options: The Policymaker’s Guide
This publication from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community.

6/21/2010
Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health and Criminal Justice System Collaboration: The Sequential Intercept Model
The National GAINS Center has released an updated version of the Sequential Intercept Model for comprehensive community planning.

6/21/2010
More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals: A Survey of the States
This report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association analyzes new data to reveal that people living with severe mental illness are about three times more likely to be in jail or prison than a hospital

6/21/2010
Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing: Defining ‘‘Homeless’’
Read comments submitted by NAMI regarding the proposed rule—Defining “Homeless."

6/20/2010
CIT Advocacy Toolkit
This toolkit includes facts and information that local leaders need to advocate for CIT in their communities, including fact sheets about CIT and criminalization, media talking points, grant writing tools, a guide to building community partnerships, and more.

6/20/2010
Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions
This new guide from the Council on State Governments explores the program design process, including detailed examples from several communities from accross the country. It is meant to assist community leaders to select or adapt program features from models that will be most effective in their communities.

6/20/2010
Strength of Us
Information on Strength of Us, a social networking site for youth and young adults from 18 to 25 years old.

6/18/2010
Research Shows Importance of Studying Different Ethnic Groups (Psychiatric Services, 6-18-10)
It's important to include Latinos in Alzheimer's treatment trials now that those who carry a particular gene variant have been found to be as susceptible to Alzheimer's as Caucasians who carry it.

6/18/2010
Parenting a mentally ill child
Raising a child who suffers from a mental illness brings significant challenges to a parent's skills and resources.

6/18/2010
SZ Magazine Spring 2010
Raising a child who suffers from a mental illness brings significant challenges to a parent's skills and resources.

6/18/2010
NAMI e-News: Call Your Senator NOW to Tip the Balance on FMAP Funding
Another opportunity to extend higher federal Medicaid matching funds (FMAP) failed, but it's getting closer...

6/17/2010
Avanzamos edicion 12
Avanzamos issue #12 focuses on concepts of recovery, peer-networking and culture-based recovery supports for Latino communities. Contributors represent the Tenemos Voz National Latino Consumer Network, the National Latino/a Psychological Association and the NAMI STAR Center

6/17/2010
Protect the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
Health insurance companies are claiming that they need to treat mental health conditions differently than other medical conditions. This is discriminatory and outdated thinking. Read the Honorable Paul Tonko's counter to arguments made by health insurance companies.

6/17/2010
Press Charges or Press for Change? The Criminalization of Mental Illness
The treatment system in America that is meant to fix the people itself desperately needs to be fixed.

6/16/2010
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.

6/16/2010
Gulf Oil Spill: Mental Health Care Resource Guide for Families and Individuals Living with Mental Illness
Support for Gulf Coast residents.

6/16/2010
Help Save Medicaid Match Rate Extension from Defeat
On Wednesday morning, June 16, the Senate voted against extending higher federal Medicaid match rates (known as FMAP) through June 2011. Urge your Senators to support funding for the Medicaid FMAP extension.

6/14/2010
CIT in Action - June 2010
In this issue: New Report Shows People Living with Severe Mental Illness More Likely to Be Imprisoned than Hospitalized; A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT-trained School Resource Officers; and much more!

6/14/2010
News and Announcements - June 2010 CIT in Action

6/11/2010
A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT Trained School Resource Officers
A focus group report that outlines the valuable feedback, input and thoughts School Resource Officers provided during a focus group NAMI hosted in Lake Charles, La. The report includes recommendations on topics that NAMI believes should be covered in CIT for Youth training and changes that should be made in schools and other child-serving systems to improve the school environment for SROs, school staff and all students, especially those living with mental health needs.

6/09/2010
Call Now to Preserve Vital Funding for State & Local Mental Health Services
This week, the Senate will begin work on a new version of the Jobs and Tax Extenders legislative package that passed the House of May 28, which includes a provision that would extend each state’s federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011. Read further for details.

6/09/2010
2010 Census
Your participation helps determine federal funding for hospitals, emergency services, job training and more.

6/07/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2010

6/03/2010
House Strikes Extended Medicaid FMAP from Jobs-Tax Extenders Package
On May 28, the House approved a Jobs and Tax Extenders legislative package by a vote of 215-204, but not before eliminating a provision that would have extended each state’s federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011. The bill, known as the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act (HR 4213), now moves to the Senate where efforts will be made to get the extended Medicaid FMAP funds for the states back into the bill.

6/01/2010
World Suicide Prevention Day
This week's blog post discusses Kurt Vonnegut, despair and saving lives

6/01/2010
Task Force affirms APA's refutation of 'gender identity disorder' in new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (4-12-2010)
Task Force affirms APA's refutation of 'gender identity disorder' in new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

5/28/2010
StigmaBusters: May 28, 2010
NAMI StigmaBusters from May 28, 2010

5/27/2010
Honors for NAMI Medical Director
Ken Duckworth, M.D. receives the 2010 APA Patient Advocacy Award and is featured on CNN Health and Huffington Post.

5/27/2010
Frequently Asked Questions from Facilitators

5/27/2010
Trainer Manual 2010 Updates file

5/27/2010
Frequently Asked Questions from Coordinators

5/25/2010
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.

5/25/2010
NAMIWalks
NAMI NYC Metro Walk fights stigma, inspires hope for recovery.

5/25/2010
Two-Day Materials Examples

5/25/2010
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).

5/24/2010
From the President
NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness.

5/24/2010
Singing in the Dark, Bringing Depression to Light
Susan McKeown, a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, spoke to NAMI about her forthcoming album exploring depression in all its facets.

5/24/2010
Special Needs Estate Planning Resources
Special Needs Estate Planning resources will help with the coordination of the legal, financial, and care components for the beneficiary.

5/24/2010
NAMI to Honor Minds on the Edge and Vermont Public Television
At NAMI’s upcoming national convention in Washington, D.C., to be held June 30-July 3, NAMI will honor Fred Friendly Seminars, Inc., producer of Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness, and Vermont Public Television (VPT) with its Outstanding Media Award for Public Service.

5/24/2010
From the Executive Director
In the context of today's challenges, America needs NAMI more than ever.

5/24/2010
Election 2010: A Message from the NAMI Board of Directors
The NAMI Board of Directors outlines the responsibilities and rewards of serving on the board.

5/24/2010
NAMI Election 2010: Procedures and Candidates
Meet the candidates and learn about election procedures.

5/24/2010
Why I Choose L.I.F.E. (Life is for Everyone)
Tanya Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson's sister, discusses her experiences with mental illness and recovery

5/24/2010
What Does the New Health Care Reform Law Mean for You?
The new health care reform law creates enormous opportunities to expand access to insurance coverage and treatment for children and adults living with mental illness.

5/24/2010
A Scalpel or a Meat Ax?
In this extremely difficult financial climate, cuts to public mental health funding have already occurred in many states. More cuts are likely.

5/24/2010
Put Diversity on Your To-do List
NAMI has made a commitment to become a diverse and inclusive organization.

5/24/2010
Book Notices
Recent books listed below may be of interest to NAMI readers. NAMI does not endorse books or other commercial products; views expressed in books are those of the authors only.

5/24/2010
Recovery and Reform: the Road from Here
This is a critical time for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. National, state and local policies are undergoing a sea change—changes that will have an impact for years to come.

5/24/2010
NAMI Hearts & Minds: Steps Towards Wellness
NAMI recently launched a new health education program, NAMI Hearts & Minds to promote sound mind and body health practices among people living with serious mental illness.

5/24/2010
De Parte Del Director Ejecutivo
Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI Director Ejecutivo, explica por que America necesita a NAMI mas que nunca.

5/24/2010
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5/24/2010
Actress Glenn Close Advocates for Change
One of Hollywood’s brightest stars has also become a passionate mental illness advocate. Legendary actress Glenn Close steps under a new spotlight with her family members that live with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

5/24/2010
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5/21/2010
New Report Shows People Living with Severe Mental Illness more Likely to be Imprisoned than Hospitalized
Last week, the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) and the National Sheriff’s Association released a report revealing that people living with severe mental illness are more likely to be in jail or prison than they are to be in a hospital. Read NAMI's summary on this report.

5/21/2010
Legal Resources
There are numerous ways to locate a lawyer or obtain legal information, among them using NAMI's referral service.

5/19/2010
RfA May 2010: Strength of Us
Article featuring Strength of Us, the new youth social networking and support site

5/19/2010
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.

5/19/2010
Actress Glenn Close Advocates for Change
Legendary actress Glenn Close steps under a new spotlight with her family members that live with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

5/19/2010
RfA May 2010: Sharing Hope Update
Recovery for All May 2010 article providing an update on the Sharing Hope initiative, featuring the updated toolkit and new implementation grantees

5/19/2010
RfA May 2010: StigmaBuster Charleta B. Tavares
Recovery for All May 2010 article reprint of NAMI Ohio's StigmaBuster publication April 2010 feature of Charleta Tavares.

5/19/2010
RfA May 2010: Tenemos Voz
Recovery for All May 2010 article featuring Tenemos Voz, the new national Latino consumer network, now welcoming participants.

5/18/2010
Recovery for All: May 2010
May 2010 issue of the Recovery for All e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center, featuring StrengthofUs, Tenemos Voz, NAMI 2010 Convention plans, Sharing Hope update and a touching personal story from Ohio leader.

5/18/2010
2010 Convention: MAC Recommended Events and Sessions
Program highlights from the 2010 NAMI Annual Convention, featuring events and sessions with culturally-inclusive and relevant information for multicultural audiences.

5/12/2010
NAMI Tells Congress: Act Now
Fund more scientific research, offset massive state budget cuts and an end backlog of Social Security disability claims.

5/12/2010
When Medicine Got It Wrong Documentary
NAMI's story is told in When Medicine Got It Wrong, a moving documentary shown on many PBS stations nationwide.

5/12/2010
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.

5/12/2010
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.

5/10/2010
Urge Legislators to Extend Medicaid Funding
An increase in Medicaid funding ends in December of 2010. Urge your legislators to extend this increase.

5/08/2010
NAMI's Comments on Rule Pertaining to Grandfathered Status
View NAMI's comments on a rule issued by the Obama Administration clarifying which plans will qualify for "grandfathered" status, meaning that they will be permitted to avoid compliance with certain health care reform requirements until 2014.

5/04/2010
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.

5/03/2010
When Medicine Got It Wrong: The Movie
When Medicine Got it Wrong is the groundbreaking story of loving parents who rocked the halls of psychiatry, changing how we understand schizophrenia. In the 1970s, a small group of parents rebelled against then-popular psychiatric theories blaming schizophrenia on bad parenting. Their activism helped revolutionize treatment forever and their stories reveal the origins of the tragic state of mental health care today.

5/01/2010
2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award Winners
2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award Winners

4/30/2010
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, with a special music preview.

4/30/2010
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: May 2010
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: May 2010

4/29/2010
Act Now to Increase Funding for the Federal Mental Health Block Grant
Please contact your Representative in the U.S. Congress and your two U.S. Senators and urge them to increase funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant by $100 million in the fiscal year Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

4/29/2010
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.

4/28/2010
Submit Your Comments on the Mental Health Parity Regulations
The Interim Final Regulations (IFR) implementing the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act were published in February of 2010 and the comment period on the regulations expires at 11:59 pm eastern on Monday, May 3rd.

4/28/2010
Take Care of You: Saving Your Mental Health (Latin in America, 4/26/10)
Take Care of You: Saving Your Mental Health, an article from Latin in America focused on mental health risk factors for Latinas and the need to speak up and seek support.

4/23/2010
Support Legislation to Fund HIT for Mental Health
Several Representatives have introduced legislation to expand eligibility for federal health information technology (HIT) resources to a broad range of mental health and substance abuse professionals and providers.

4/22/2010
StigmaBusters: April 22, 2010
NAMI StigmaBusters from April 22, 2010. Includes follow up to controversial Burger King ad.

4/22/2010
All in the Family
bp Magazine’s Spring 2010 issue features family members who observe and reflect on patterns of bipolar disorder — generation to generation.

4/21/2010
StrengthofUs.org Launch Party Features Musician William Fitzsimmons
Hear an exclusive remix of "Goodmorning" and win an autographed CD!

4/21/2010
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.

4/21/2010
Hope for Youth With Mental Illness at School
by Dana Markey, Program Manager, NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center

4/19/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: April 2010
This month--Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy and Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis

4/19/2010
2010 CIT International Conference
This year’s CIT International Conference promoting crisis intervention teams will be in beautiful San Antonio from June 1-3.

4/19/2010
NAMI Pioneer Dies at Age 92
Harriet Shetler turned her personal experience into an effort that transformed an entire nation's views on mental illness and its relationship to upbringing.

4/19/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: April 2010
William Fitzsimmons: From Mental Health to Music, NAMI Pioneer Dies at Age 92, NIMH Schizophrenia Lecture Series: Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia, 2010 CIT International Conference, NAMI Bookshelf and more

4/19/2010
William Fitzsimmons: From Mental Health to Music
Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons now finds himself on the brink of underground neo-folk stardom after working as a mental health therapist.

4/19/2010
NIMH Schizophrenia Lecture Series: Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia
Genetics, research, and treatment related to schizophrenia were examined in a free online lecture given on April 5, 2010 by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) researchers Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D. and Jose A. Apud, M.D., Ph.D.

4/19/2010
State Fact Sheets
Comprehensive, state-by-state fact sheets with statistics to better help you relay NAMI's message of urgency for mental health funding.

4/15/2010
NAMI 2010 Bylaws Amendment Proposal
Proposed 2010 amendments to NAMI bylaws.

4/14/2010
The Voting Process
NAMI voting process 2010

4/14/2010
NAMIWalks Goes to Iraq
An US Army platoon in Iraq will hold a 5K run to coincide with NAMIWalks San Diego event.

4/14/2010
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.

4/13/2010
NAMI Comments on APA's Draft DSM-V
The NAMI Board of Directors has posted five papers with specific recommendations concerning the first draft of the DSM-V.

4/12/2010
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 6th, 2010 marks the 5th annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

4/12/2010
NAMI ED Testimony on FY 2011 Budgets
View Mike Fitzpatrick's statement to the Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education on FY 2011 funding for NIMH, SAMHSA and SSA

4/12/2010
Prescriptions Translated to Spanish Could Be Hazardous to Health (HealthDay 4/8/10)
Link to article, Prescriptions Translated to Spanish Could Be Hazardous to Health, from Medline Plus' HealthDay publication.

4/12/2010
Silent No More: Mental Health Month
A reverend's personal experience with depression led to the creation of a congregation engaged in helping people living with mental illness.

4/09/2010
Sharing Hope: Community Partnership through Education Webinar
NAMI’s Education, Training and Peer Support Center and Multicultural Action Center are pleased to announce a special Webinar, Sharing Hope: Community Partnership through Education to be held on Wednesday, April 14.

4/09/2010
Silent No More: Mental Health Month
He was surprised to learn that I was no longer serving a church, but I had started a ministry to create resources to help reduce the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities.

4/09/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2010

4/08/2010
IOOV Coordinator Conference Call - Sept. 09
IOOV Coordinator Conference Call notes from Sept. 2009.

4/08/2010
Trainer Refresher Call Notes - Sept. 09
IOOV Training the Trainer refresher notes from Sept. 2009 call.

4/08/2010
IOOV Presenter Refresher Call - Dec. 09
IOOV Presenter Refresher Call notes from Dec. 2009.

4/08/2010
Trainer Refresher Call Notes - Nov. 09
IOOV Training the Trainer refresher notes from Nov. 2009 call.

4/08/2010
IOOV Coordinator Conference Call - Nov. 09
IOOV Coordinator Conference Call notes from Nov. 2009.

4/08/2010
IOOV Presenter Refresher Call - Aug. 09
IOOV Presenter Refresher Call notes from Aug. 2009.

4/07/2010
CIT In Action April 2010
In this issue: New Study Validates Effectiveness of CIT, State Budget Cuts are NAMI’s Top Priority in 2010, and more...

4/07/2010
NAMI Founder Harriet Shetler’s Legacy
Statement by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director

4/06/2010
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.

4/06/2010
When Medicine Got it Wrong
When Medicine Got it Wrong is the groundbreaking story of loving parents who rocked the halls of psychiatry, changing how we understand schizophrenia. In the 1970s, a small group of parents rebelled against then-popular psychiatric theories blaming schizophrenia on bad parenting. Their activism helped revolutionize treatment forever and their stories reveal the origins of the tragic state of mental health care today.

4/05/2010
African-American Women Respond to Novel Therapeutic Approach (Psychatric News 4/2/10)
APA's Psychatric News article on new culturally competent CBT approach being utilized to treat anxiety disorders in African American women.

4/04/2010
Break the Cycle
Brother and Sister Cycle Team Support Those Affected by Serious Mental Illness

4/03/2010
Feature Story: New Study Validates Effectiveness of CIT

4/03/2010
Budget Cuts are NAMI’s Top Priority in 2010

4/02/2010
News and Announcements -- April 2010
In this issue: NAMI National Convention June 30-July 3rd, Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act Moving through Congress, New Resource on Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions.

4/01/2010
Actress Glenn Close’s Anti-Stigma Campaign Joins NAMIWalks
NAMI announces NAMIWalks partnership with Glen Close's BringChange2Mind campaign.

4/01/2010
BringChange2Mind Campaign Joins NAMIWalks
Glenn Close partners with NAMI to raise funds for mental illness recovery.

3/26/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: March 2010
In this issue: State Budgets: Soldiers Fight the Battle of Stigma, State Mental Health Cuts Continue: Take Action Today, BringChange2Mind and NAMIWalks, The Federal Parity Law's New Regulations, NAMI Bookshelf and more

3/26/2010
Mental Health Budget Crisis
Budget cuts aren’t just about data. In real, human terms, lives are at risk.

3/26/2010
BringChange2Mind and NAMIWalks
What do NAMIWalks and the award-winning actress Glenn Close have in common? Today, both work diligently to combat stigma and both are engaged in NAMIWalks.

3/26/2010
NAMI Comments to the SSA
Read the statement of Tim Cudddingan on behalf of NAMI to the Social Security Administration's Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel (OIDAP)

3/26/2010
State Mental Health Cuts Continue: Take Action Today
State budget cuts continue to jeopardize mental health systems across the country and NAMI advocates are fighting to preserve and strengthen mental health care in every state.

3/26/2010
The Federal Parity Law's New Regulations
The new law bars health plans from imposing durational treatment limits or financial limitations that do not also apply to medical-surgical coverage.

3/26/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: March 2010
This month: We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match and The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

3/26/2010
Soldiers Fight the Battle of Stigma
While some NAMIWalk participants move at a more relaxed pace, these military men and women will be running their course in full body armor in Iraq.

3/25/2010
House Members Press for CMHS Block Grant Funding

3/24/2010
Pat Quinn's Story
Pat tells a story a story of hope and recovery and how he was able to gain control of his illness and of his life.

3/23/2010
NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults
StrengthofUs.org -- A new online community for young adults living with mental illness to provide support, make friends and more.

3/23/2010
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.

3/23/2010
Energy Jobs for Veterans Act Passes House
The Energy Jobs for Veterans Act, also known as H.R. 4592, is intended to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related jobs.

3/22/2010
House Clears Health Care Reform
By a vote of 219-212, the House of Representatives cleared major health care reform legislation, sending it on to the White House for the President's signature.

3/22/2010
NAMIWalks and BringChange2Mind
BringChange2Mind partners with NAMIWalks. Join teams around the country.

3/18/2010
'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.

3/17/2010
March 2010

3/17/2010
December 2009

3/17/2010
January / February 2010

3/17/2010
November 2009

3/15/2010
Final Push Needed on Health Reform
The U.S. House of Representatives may vote as early as this week on final health care reform legislation that can be sent to President Obama for his signature.

3/11/2010
NAMI launches Hearts and Minds
NAMI has launched a new health education program to promote sound "mind and body" health practices among individuals who live with serious mental illness.

3/11/2010
Senate Passess Extended Medicaid FMAP
The Senate voted in favor of extending higher federal Medicaid matching funds for an additional six months, through June 30, 2011.

3/11/2010
National Homeless Veteran Call Center

3/10/2010
House Calls
One of NAMI's strongest supporters is the hit television show House (also known as House, M.D.)-one of the most popular television series in America and around the world.

3/10/2010
NAMI News: NAMI Election 2010
Nominations are being accepted for candidates for election to the NAMI National Board of Directors at this year's Annual Convention.

3/10/2010
Teen Stress Linked to Depression and Obesity
A new study suggests that early diagnosis and treatment of teen depression could help control obesity.

3/10/2010
NAMI News: Depression Podcasts
As a member of the Depression is Real Coalition, formed in 2006, NAMI works to provide important public education around the true nature of depression and the important message of hope of recovery.

3/10/2010
Clarence Jordan Testimony on Behalf of Veterans, 3/10/2010
NAMI board member Clarence Jordan shared his perspective about the Veterans Administration with the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

3/10/2010
NAMI's Top Priorities in Health Care Reform

3/10/2010
This Flu Season, Practice Prevention

3/10/2010
Diversity in Action
As a teenager, I knew that one day I would be working in human rights, but I didn't know how that would look. As a Caucasian, lower-middle-class kid, I was mocked for my support of racial equality. Nevertheless, I continued to have dreams of standing in Washington, D.C., shoulder to shoulder with others fighting for equality and being that voice of social change.

3/10/2010
Advocacy 2010
Do your part to keep people living with mental illness on the road to recovery by sharing your story with elected officials.

3/10/2010
The Complicated Nature of Loss

3/10/2010
2009 NAMI Depression Survey

3/10/2010
NAMIWalks Update
Next to Normal star Alice Ripley is profiled.

3/10/2010
From the Executive Director
As we reflect on the things for which we are grateful, I want to thank you for your support of NAMI and touch on some of these accomplishments along with the challenges we will face in 2010.

3/10/2010
Altering the Course of Schizophrenia

3/10/2010
Top Story Image

3/10/2010
Person First
It is my hope and intention that writing about this illness in a personal way will help others and their families recognize depression and seek out help.

3/10/2010
Adult Care Home Decision Sparks Hope, Debate

3/10/2010
Cover Story Image

3/10/2010
From The President
NAMI has much to celebrate in its drive to combat stigma and bring mental illness into the mainstream of medical treatment.

3/10/2010
Book Notices
Recent books listed below may be of interest to NAMI readers. NAMI does not endorse books or other commercial products; views expressed in books are those of the authors only.

3/08/2010
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.

3/08/2010
NAMI Peer-to-Peer, March 2010
NAMI Peer-to-Peer, Education Newsletter 2010

3/08/2010
Upcoming Events, March 2010
Upcoming Events, Education Newsletter, March 2010

3/08/2010
Faith & Mental Illness in the African American Community (APA's Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives. blog 2/15/10)
Article from APA's Healthy Minds Healthy Lives blog by Gina N. Duncan, M.D.

3/08/2010
NAMI Connection, March 2010
NAMI Connection, Education Newsletter, March 2010

3/08/2010
Next to Normal
See the Tony-winning Broadway smash and $5 from your ticket will help NAMI improve the lives of people with mental illness.

3/08/2010
General News, March 2010
General News, March 2010, Education Newsletter

3/08/2010
NAMI In Our Own Voice, March 2010
NAMI In Our Own Voice, Education Newsletter, March 2010

3/08/2010
Cover Story March 2010
NAMI Education, Training & Peer Support Newsletter, March 2010

3/08/2010
NAMI Family-to-Family, March 2010
NAMI Family-to-Family, March 2010 Education Newsletter

3/05/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: March 2010
In this issue: Multicultural Outreach through Training for Ministries, Faith and Mental Illness in the African American Community, Understanding Faith and Depression, Studies: Belief in God Relieves Depression and NAMI Wants to Hear about Your Faith Outreach Efforts

3/05/2010
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: March 5, 2010
In This Issue... Burger King: We Want It Our Way and Free Teleconference: Friday, March 26th

3/05/2010
Multicultural Outreach through Training Ministries
As faith communities expand their efforts to embrace the needs of families and individuals with mental illness, lives and communities will improve. The cry for good services will grow louder. Families and individuals everywhere will feel welcome, supported and loved. They will have better access to relief in crises.

3/04/2010
Hand-me-down Depression
The Winter issue of esperanza examines emerging research indicating that the legacy of depression and anxiety disorders carries down through generations of women.

3/04/2010
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.

3/04/2010
Hand-me-down Depression
The Winter issue of esperanza examines emerging research indicating that the legacy of depression and anxiety disorders carries down through generations of women.

3/03/2010
Avanzamos issue 11
Issue 11 of NAMI's bilingual spanish/english magazine features articles contributed by Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola and other expert researchers and faculty of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, U.C. Davis School of Medicine as well as personal stories on the experience of immigration and finding mental health supports.

3/03/2010
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).

3/02/2010
NAMI Board Member Testifies on Behalf of Veterans
Vietnam era combat pilot and national board member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Clarence Jordan testified at a Senate hearing calling for better outreach and coordination of mental health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

2/26/2010
2010 NAMI Leadership Conference Agenda

2/25/2010
Job Loss Linked to Serious Health Risks
Research suggests that layoffs may increase risk for illness.

2/25/2010
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: February 25, 2010
In this issue: Different Movies, Different Strategies - Looking at The Crazies and Shutter Island

2/24/2010
Sullivan Testimony on Extending Medicaid Match
National board member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Kevin Sullivan testified at a special briefingcalling for better outreach and coordination of mental health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

2/24/2010
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.

2/23/2010
President's Proposal on Health Reform
The White House has released a revised health care proposal designed to spur action in Congress and draw Republicans to engage in negotiations to revive the prospects for an agreement this year.

2/22/2010
Advocating Amidst Budget Woes: NAMI State Advocacy 2010
Recovery for All February 2010 article featuring the NAMI State Advocacy 2010 initiative

2/22/2010
Celebrating the Hope of Recovery with an Increasingly Diverse Nation
Recovery for All February 2010 article on planning for National Minority Mental Health Awareness 2010.

2/22/2010
Diversity and Inclusion Group Work Underway
Recovery for All February 2010 article covering highlights from the Diversity & Inclusion Work Group first in-person meeting held Feb. 5 in Baltimore.

2/22/2010
NAMI Continues to Share the Hope of Recovery with African American Faith Community
Recovery for All February 2010 article featuring the 2010 expansion of Sharing Hope

2/22/2010
Recovery for All: February 2010
February 2010 issue of the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center featuring the NAMI State Advocacy 2010 initiative, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010, Sharing Hope, leaders efforts and award recognition, new resources and upcoming events.

2/19/2010
Chicago Begins Specialized Veterans CIT Program
As more and more veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, many will be affected by mental illness and encounter law enforcement??? In what ways?. Recently, police in Chicago participated in specialized CIT training to prepare them for working with returning veterans who live with mental illness.

2/19/2010
“Housing First” Approach Benefits Both Consumers and Law Enforcement
The “housing first” model has become the favored approach to addressing homelessness around the country. Besides successfully aiding people who live with mental illness experiencing homelessness, it presents a huge aid to law enforcement and shifts responsibilities from police to social workers and mental health care providers.

2/19/2010
Federal Parity for Mental Illness and Addiction
Learn more about the federal parity law that goes into effect in October 2009.

2/19/2010
CIT in Action: February 2010
In this issue: Housing First, New Veterans CIT Program in Chicago, Updates on the CIT International Conference and more!

2/19/2010
NAMI Bucks County Forms New Crisis Intervention Team
NAMI Bucks County (Pa.) recently saw the implementation of the county’s first Crisis Intervention Team program. The training was the result of long hard work on the part of NAMI members and law enforcement partners.

2/19/2010
The Implementation of Mental Health Parity—Has it made a difference?
For many group health plans, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act went into effect on January 1, 2010. Individuals and families are strongly encouraged to share their personal experiences with parity implementation – both positive and negative.

2/19/2010
Is Parity Working for You? Share Your Story
Share your experiences with the new parity laws. This information is critical to informing policymakers in the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration on additional steps that may need to be taken to strengthen the law and ensure adequate enforcement.

2/17/2010
"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.

2/16/2010
FY 2012 President’s Budget Proposal
As is being widely reported in the press, the President released a proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget for FY 2012 highlighted by a proposed overall freeze for most non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending. Read more for further details.

2/16/2010
Hearts and Minds
Hearts & Minds is a new educational undertaking to promote awareness and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease among people with mental illness. The program consists of a 13 minute videotape and 28 page workbook.

2/12/2010
NAMI Encourages DSM-5 Discussion
NAMI urges individuals and families to familiarize themselves with the draft of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual(DSM).

2/07/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2011

2/05/2010
Speak to the "80 percent"
Gunnar E. Christiansen, M.D., reflects on the importance of educating and engaging the 80 percent of people who are not directly affected by mental illness in faith communities. He also highlights a number of resources that can be used to develop such ministries related to mental illness.

2/05/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2010
In this issue: Speak to the "80 percent", Through a glass darkly: How Catholics struggle with Mental Illness, NAMI Family-to-Family: A Pastor's Education, Grants Available for African American Outreach and Education Program Expansion.

2/03/2010
Media Tool Kit: Appendix
Media Tool Kit: Appendix

2/03/2010
Media Tool Kit: Tough Q&A

2/02/2010
President Releases FY 2011 Budget Proposal
View brief summaries of the President’s FY 2011 budget requests for mental illness research and services programs.

2/02/2010
America Needs NAMI: Mike Fitzpatrick Interview
Mike Fitzpatrick on Comcast Local Edition.

2/02/2010
Media Tool Kit: Media Relations - Responsive Strategy
Media Tool Kit: Media Relations - Responsive Strategy

2/02/2010
American Indian / Alaska Native Suicide Prevention Resources
These web pages are designed specifically for individuals working with native populations, with the aim to enhance resources and knowledge specific for American Indian and Alaska Native populations to support suicide prevention and mental health promotion.

2/02/2010
Media Tool Kit: Using Social Networking Tools
Media Tool Kit: Using Social Networking Tools

2/02/2010
2010 Poster Presentation Instructions
Instructions for poster presentation

2/02/2010
Media Tool Kit: Media Relations - Basic Strategy
Media Tool Kit: Media Relations - Basic Strategy

2/02/2010
Update: Interim Final Rules Issued on Parity Law
On February 2, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and Treasury released interim final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

2/02/2010
Media Tool Kit: Intro
Media tool kit intro

1/30/2010
NAMI Presentation: What is Mental Health Parity?
A Powerpoint presentation outlining the specifics of this law. January 2010.

1/29/2010
Supported Employment: A Road to Recovery
Sadly, 60-80 percent of people who live with mental illness are unemployed and, for people living with the most severe mental illness, unemployment rates are as high as 90 percent.

1/29/2010
Health Care: Parity Update
The new law requires most group health plans to cover treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders on the same terms and conditions as medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma.

1/29/2010
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
More than one of every two people added to the nation's population from July 1, 2007- July 1, 2008 was Hispanic/Latino

1/29/2010
State Budgets: If Ever There Was a Rainy Day, It's Now
NAMI's top priority for 2010 is to save state mental health services from massive state budget cuts and the issue is humming nationwide.

1/29/2010
Inside Look at NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Program
An Inside Look at NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Program

1/29/2010
NAMI Bookshelf: Jan 2010
In this issue: Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion; Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength and Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER

1/29/2010
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: January 2010
In this issue: State Budgets: If Ever There Was a Rainy Day, Lionel Aldridge: NAMI’s Super Bowl Connection, Health Care: Parity Update, Inside NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Education Program, Supported Employment: A Road to Recovery, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Bookshelf and more.

1/29/2010
Lionel Aldridge: NAMI’s Super Bowl Connection
Lionel Aldridge played in the first two Super Bowls. Every year NAMI honors him at its national convention by awarding the Lionel Aldridge Award.

1/28/2010
State Advocacy 2010: Headlines
News about the 2010 state mental health care budget crises.

1/27/2010
State Advocacy 2010: Take Action
Contact your state government and fight for mental health care funding in your state.

1/27/2010
bp Magazine Celebrates 5 Years!
bp Magazine’s Winter 2010 issue celebrates five years of bp Magazine, including an intimate conversation with actress, writer and Broadway star, Carrie Fisher.

1/27/2010
The wit and wisdom of Carrie Fisher
bp Magazine’s Winter 2010 issue celebrates five years of bp Magazine, including an intimate conversation with actress, writer and Broadway star, Carrie Fisher.

1/19/2010
Research Revolution
An editorial in the international scientific journal Nature calls for a major revolution in mental illness research this decade.

1/17/2010
Metabolic Tests Ignored in Medicaid Patients
Most patients taking antipsychotic medications are not screened.

1/16/2010
State Mental Health Budget Crisis
State budget cuts are creating an unprecedented crisis in mental health systems across the country.

1/15/2010
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: January 15, 2010
In this issue: URGENT! Vote Now!, Stop the Cuts!, Where There's Smoke, There's Stigma, plus more.

1/15/2010
Haiti Earthquake: How You Can Help
"NAMI understands the trauma experienced by victims and family members," says Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director.

1/13/2010
The Americanization of Mental Illness (NY Times Magazine 1/8/10)
This article reflects on how American-led globalization around the world affects the world’s understanding of mental health and illness, positing that that understanding has been Americanized.

1/12/2010
Beyond the Spin: The high cost of inequality (Philadelphia Inquirer 12/25/09)
Want to save trillions? Deal with the huge health disparities among the races. Article by George Curry, Inquirer Columnist

1/11/2010
Officials Urge Collaboration in Suicide Prevention
A conference about preventing suicide among veterans, held by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, called for better cooperation between federal and private institutions.

1/11/2010
National Board of Directors: Lynda Michaud Cutrell

1/10/2010
Education Program Logos

1/08/2010
A New Year Key for Success: Collaboration
Learn how a NAMI affiliate, faith communities, the public mental health care system and others are joining forces to raise mental health awareness and break down barriers to treatment in Virginia.

1/08/2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2010
In this issue: A New Year Key for Success: Collaboration, Commit to Good Mental Health in 2010, Religion Often too Crucial to Ignore in Therapy, NAMI Advocate Helps Family in Need, and New Resource from Mental Health Ministries Available.

1/07/2010
Bipolar Disorder Research Studies
Research studies involving bipolar disorder.

1/06/2010
Behavioral Health Care in Health Care Reform Legislation
Read the report published by analyst, Ramya Sundararaman, on December 15, 2009 on behavioral health care in health care reform legislation.

1/06/2010
With therapy, grit, ex-Dallas Cowboy Haley tackles bipolar disorder (Dallas News, Jan. 3 2010)
Link to Dallas News article on Charles Haley and his recovery with bipolar disorder.

1/06/2010
Naomi Sims: Cover Girl (NY Times 12-22-09)
"[Sims] never spoke publicly about her mental illness, and told few friends...perhaps from a fear of damaging the Naomi Sims brand. ‘Three months ago, as she knew she was dying, she told me [her son], ‘I’m ready to share it.’”

1/05/2010
Disparities in Major Depression Treatment
Half of Americans living with major depression do not receive treatment, more so with Mexican and African Americans.

1/02/2010
Medicare Part D Benefit Update: 2011 Open Enrollment Period Set to Begin
Open enrollment for the Part D prescription drug benefit program will begin on November 15, 2010 and run through December 31, 2010.

1/01/2010
Learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression – usually in late fall and winter.

12/23/2009
Senate Moves to Complete Action on Health Reform
The Senate is expected to give final approval to comprehensive health reform legislation on December 24, 2009, completing nearly a month of deliberations.

12/18/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: December 2009
This month: Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better and Move on Without Wasting Time or Money and Nothing Was The Same

12/18/2009
Send Your Governor a Holiday Card

12/18/2009
Portrait of American Caregivers

12/18/2009
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.

12/18/2009
Coping With Holiday Stress

12/18/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: December 2009
In this issue: Send Your Governor a Holiday Card, Happy Holidays from NAMI: A Time for Reflection and Renewal, Contact Your Senator Today, Portrait of American Caregivers, Colleges Urged to Increase Mental Health Services, NAMI's Multicultural Action Center Releases New Sharing Hope Brochure and more...

12/18/2009
NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center Releases New Sharing Hope Brochure

12/18/2009
Colleges Urged to Increase Mental Health Services

12/18/2009
Support Legislation to End the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
NAMI applauds federal legislative leaders for their commitment to protecting children and to ending the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

12/17/2009
House Approves Jobs Bill (HR 2847)
The House approved a $154 billion package of initiatives designed to promote economic recovery and job creation, including extended higher federal match funding for state Medicaid programs and a $1 billion investment in the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)

12/16/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: December 16, 2009
In this issue: Send Your Governor a New Year's Card, What a Year! Looking Back on 2009, Happy Holidays and more

12/15/2009
State Advocacy 2010: Tools for Leaders
Tools and toolkits for leaders.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy 2010: About the Issue
Budget cuts today are dismantling state mental health care systems at levels never faced before. In 2010, NAMI's top advocacy priority is to protect and strengthen state and local public mental health services.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy 2010: Healthcare
Cutting mental health services causes unintended consequences that increase other health care costs. When children and adults living with mental illness cannot get mental health services, they often end up using more health care resources, such as emergency rooms. Mental health disorders accounted for more than 4.2 million hospital emergency department visits in 2006.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy: Homelessness
Cutting mental health budgets can contribute to higher costs resulting from increased homelessness. When adults living with serious mental illness cannot get adequate treatment or services, they often end up on the street. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about one in four homeless persons struggle with severe mental illness.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy: Children and Youth
Our nation’s future depends on the health and wellbeing of its children. Today, one in 10 children struggles with mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment in their day-to-day lives.1 Mental illness begins early in life and interferes with development and functioning.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy 2010 Overview
State budget cuts are impacting mental health systems at a level never faced before. Across the country, demand for public mental health care is increasing while budget cuts are reducing coverage for and access to treatment for children and adults with mental illness. NAMI recognizes this as a priority issue and has organized an initiative, State Advocacy 2010, to protect and strengthen funding for mental health treatment and supports.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy 2010: Budget Advocacy Overview
Budget cuts today are dismantling state mental health care systems at levels never faced before. In 2010, NAMI's top advocacy priority is to protect and strengthen state and local public mental health services.

12/15/2009
State Advocacy: Criminal Justice
Without state and local mental health services, too many people living with mental illness end up in encounters with police or warehoused unnecessarily in jails and prisons.

12/15/2009
Steve Luxenberg Keynote Speech 2009
Steve Luxenberg’s keynote speech, “Losing an Identity, Finding a Voice,” NAMI 5th Annual Gala Awards Dinner, Oct. 14, 2009.

12/14/2009
Senate Clears Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research & Services
The Senate cleared President Obama’s signature spending legislation (HR 3288) for FY 2010 for a broad array of domestic discretionary spending, including funding for mental illness research, mental health services, housing and veterans programs.

12/10/2009
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.

12/09/2009
National Board of Directors: Graham Champion

12/09/2009
Congress Agrees on FY 2010 Spending Bills
Congress, this week, agreed on spending legislation for FY 2010 for a broad array of domestic discretionary spending, including funding for mental illness research, mental health services, housing and veterans programs.

12/09/2009
New Podcasts Available
Depression Podcast Series Features New Episodes with Latino and Asian American Populations Focus.

12/09/2009
National Board of Directors: Ralph E Nelson Jr., M.D.

12/09/2009
NAMI Comments on Medicare Part D Benefit
View submitted comments on the CMS proposed rule on Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.

12/09/2009
Portrait of American Caregivers
According to a new report, nearly one-third of the American adult population serves as a family caregiver.

12/09/2009
Medicare Drug Benefit Update: 2010 Plan Year Enrollment Begins
Open enrollment period for the Medicare Part D drug benefit for 2010 has started. Learn more about the coverage that goes into effect on Jan 1.

12/08/2009
Senate Moves Forward on Health Reform
The Senate resumes work on comprehensive health care reform legislation.

12/04/2009
Senate Moves Forward on Health Care Reform
The Senate resumed work on comprehensive health care reform legislation, HR 3590.

12/04/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2009
In this issue: Happy Holidays from NAMI!, Interfaith Spiritual Support in Seattle's House of Healing, Faith, Delusion and Forgiveness, Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder, Coping with the Holidays, Blue Christmas Services.

12/04/2009
Faith, Delusion & Forgiveness

12/04/2009
Interfaith Spiritual Support in Seattle’s House of Healing
Craig Rennebohm of the Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy offers a glimpse into life at the Plymouth House of Healing, where homeless individuals with mental illness can live in a supportive, interfaith community as they begin their recovery.

12/03/2009
Advocacy 2010
State advocacy campaign 2010

12/01/2009
American Indian and Alaska Native Initiative
Recovery for All December 2009 article on the NAMI 2009 efforts focused on AIAN communities

12/01/2009
¡Avanzamos! Offered in New Fully Bilingual Format
Recovery for All December 2009 article on Avanzamos change to fully bilingual publication in 2009

12/01/2009
In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care Curriculum Rollout
Recovery for All December 2009 review of the 2009 In Living Color grant program.

12/01/2009
Sharing Hope with African American Congregations
Recovery for All December 2009 coverage of 2009 Sharing Hope program updates.

12/01/2009
Grading the States 2009
Recovery for All December 2009 coverage of Grading the States 2009 contributions from the Multicultural Action Center

12/01/2009
New Resources Released on GLBTQI Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration
Recovery for All December 2009 look back on NAMI GLBT mental health resources created in 2009

12/01/2009
Plans for 2010
Recovery for All December 2009 look ahead at 2010 Multicultural Action Center plans.

12/01/2009
Start Planning for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010
Announcement on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2010 planning for Recovery for All December 2009.

12/01/2009
New NAMI Diversity & Inclusion Work Group
Announcement of the new Diversity and Inclusion Work Group of the NAMI National Board of Directors for Recovery for All December 2009

12/01/2009
Recovery for All: December 2009
The 2009 year-in-review/look ahead issue of Recovery for All, the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center

12/01/2009
NAMI MAC recognized for its work on GLBTQI mental health
Recovery for All December 2009 article on MAC's Fruit and Nut Bowl award reception at Alternatives 2009.

11/30/2009
Investment in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Information on why NAMI supports NHTF

11/30/2009
Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch
SAMHSA has created the new Co-occuring and Homeless Activites branch to create a vision of systems of care for persons experiencing co-occurring disorders and persons who are homeless. Two critical ways they are working to accomplish this are by issuing grants and sponsoring other projects to advance the field. They also provide grantees and the field with state-of-the-art technical assistance to help individuals and entities to address homelessness and co-occurring disorders (COD), two public health issues that warrant significant attention.

11/29/2009
Psychiatric Neurosurgery
The New York Times reports on the hopes and concerns surrounding new brain surgery techniques.

11/25/2009
Congress Recognizes Rising Military Suicides
Several members of Congress are interviewed in this article about the number of military suicides in 2009.

11/23/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: November 23, 2009
In this issue: Voices for Change, Shuddering About Shutter Island? and Free Teleconference: December 17.

11/23/2009
Maureen McCormick: Dropping the Act
esperanza features an in-depth interview with Maureen McCormick. As Marcia Brady she was the perfect popular teen. But in real life she spent decades hiding secrets and sadness.

11/23/2009
Dropping the Act
esperanza features an in-depth interview with Maureen McCormick. As Marcia Brady she was the perfect popular teen. But in real life she spent decades hiding secrets and sadness.

11/20/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: November 2009
In this issue: Health Care Reform Legislation Advances in Congress; Voice Awards Honor Those Who Give Voice to Mental Illness Issues; NAMI Receives National LGBT Award; Actress Glenn Close is Changing Minds about Mental Illness and more...

11/20/2009
Actress Glenn Close: Changing Minds about Mental Illness
Emmy award-winning actress Glenn Close has launched a campaign to fight stigma and provide people with mental illness, their family and friends with access to information and support.

11/20/2009
Health Care Reform Legislation Advances in Congress
The U.S. Senate began debate on legislation to reform our nation's health care system. The Senate bill contains a number of coverage expansions and improvements critical for people living with mental illness.

11/20/2009
Voice Awards
Hollywood reaffirmed its commitment to combating stigma through the annual Voice Awards, which were hosted by Oscar award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss.

11/20/2009
Fighting Stigma: NAMI Receives National LGBT Award
NAMI's Multicultural Action Center received an award at the annual "Alternatives Conference" organized by the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse.

11/19/2009
NAMI Beginnings Magazine
The Fall 2009 issue of NAMI Beginnings is now available for download. It focuses on integrating mental health and primary care.

11/19/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: November 2009
This month: Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness

11/19/2009
CIT in Action: November 2009
In this issue: NAMI California Bridging Communication between Prisons and Mental Health Advocates; Advocacy Spotlight and News & Announcements.

11/19/2009
Medicare Drug Benefit Update: 2010 Plan Year Enrollment Begins
This week marks the start of the open enrollment period for the Medicare Part D drug benefit for 2010. The "open season" period for 2010 drug plan enrollment runs through December 31.

11/18/2009
NAMI California: Bridging Communication Between Prisons and Mental Health Advocates
After Mark Gale's mentally ill son became entangled in the criminal justice and prison system, it became clear that there was a need to ease the exchange of information on persons who were experiencing incarceration and mental illness. Together with advocates, law enforcement and prison officials, he and NAMI California members set out to establish a standardized way of letting friends and family of persons with mental illness help their loved ones get treatment and medication.

11/18/2009
NAMI Beginnings Magazine

11/18/2009
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore
NAMI Baltimore has updated their "Beyond Punishment" guide that assists with helping link people in need with resources. But the process of putting together the guide may have done more than the booklet itself.

11/18/2009
NAMI Beginnings - Fall 2009 - Issue #14
Issue #14 of NAMI's Beginnings magazine focuses on the integration of mental health and primary care.

11/18/2009
NAMI New York State
Deborah Faust of NAMI New York State talks about her work in the development of their "How to Help" guide that assists friends and family members of persons with mental illness who are arrested.

11/18/2009
News and Announcements: CIT in Action November 2009

11/17/2009
Unprecedented Army Suicide Rate
The 2009 Army suicide rate is expected top last year’s record high.

11/16/2009
Senate Unveils Health Care Bill
Senate Democrats have unveiled their $849 billion health care bill. Learn more today!

11/10/2009
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.

11/10/2009
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI)
This peer support network and information resource to the families of American service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Some of the kinds of support available include live chat, a forum and personal stories.

11/10/2009
President Obama Signs Veterans Health Care Legislation 10/22/09
Veterans Health Care Legislation creates predictable funding for veterans’ health care.

11/10/2009
Vietnam Veterans of America, Women Veterans Committee
Reports and information on a wide array of issues important to the women who served in Vietnam and other wars.

11/10/2009
U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

11/10/2009
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

11/10/2009
WOVEN—Women Veterans Network
A community of women veterans spanning all ages, services, ranks, experiences and geographies, the network is woven together by a common desire to connect for social support and camaraderie, share information and resources and serve our fellow veterans and local communities.

11/10/2009
VA Pledge to Women Veterans on Women's Equality Day
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki pledged that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will work to ensure the nation upholds its obligation to meet the needs of our veterans—including women veterans.

11/10/2009
The Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2009
This legislation authorized a study to assess the physical, mental and reproductive effects of conflict upon women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan VA health care services It will also help the Veterans Administration to provide evidence-based treatment to women with sexual trauma.

11/10/2009
Veterans and Military Families for Progress
A grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, military service members (including active duty, guard and reserve) and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation and public policy initiatives.

11/10/2009
VA, DoD Host National Mental Health Summit, 10/26/09
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) hosted a first-of-its-kind national summit to address the mental health care needs of America’s military personnel, families and Veterans, harnessing the programs, resources and expertise of both departments to deal with the aftermath of the battlefield.

11/10/2009
Women’s Health USA 2009
An easy-to-use collection of current and historical data on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, their families and their communities.

11/09/2009
Tackling stigma from the stage
bp Magazine's fall cover story takes readers behind the scenes of the Tony Award-winning show, Next to Normal, as they tackle stigma from the stage.

11/09/2009
Tackling stigma from the stage
bp Magazine's fall cover story takes readers behind the scenes of the Tony Award-winning show, Next to Normal, as they tackle stigma from the stage.

11/08/2009
About PTSD
This fact sheet from NAMI contains an explanation of PTSD and general resources that are available.

11/06/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2009
In this issue: Veterans Day: Support Military Families, MIAW Changes One NAMI Advocate's Life, NAMI Wheeling Opens MIAW with Candlelight Service, The Role of Spirituality in Recovery, Clergy and Depression, and New Book Releases

11/06/2009
Strong in all the Broken Places: Congregations Caring for our Veterans
What thought-provoking irony there is in the phrase “strong in all the broken places” penned by Ernest Hemmingway in A Farewell to Arms. We all have broken places in our lives, but many veteran families have special challenges to healing.

11/06/2009
Help Expand Access to Affordable Housing
NAMI is currently supporting two major housing initiatives in Congress. Learn more and take action today!

11/05/2009
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:00-5:30 pm EST

11/05/2009
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar
An informative discussion in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2009.

11/05/2009
Mental Health on Campus
Recent national surveys indicate that an unprecedented number of college students are requesting psychiatric help.

11/04/2009
Clarence Jordan: Person First
NAMI Board Member and Veteran Navy Pilot Clarence Jordan opens up about his experience with depression while serving in the military.

11/04/2009
Women and Depression True Life Story: Strength and Courage
I believe that I am one of the lucky ones. The right diagnosis, the right medications, the right doctor, the right therapist and the right treatment plan came together at the right time to save me.

11/04/2009
Help Expand Access to Affordable Housing
NAMI is currently supporting two major initiatives in Congress; the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009 and the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. They are designed to expand supportive housing targeted to extremely low income people with severe disabilities, including serious mental illness.

11/04/2009
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar 11-17-09 4:00pm EST
Invitation to the American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Webinar, November 17 in honor of Native American Heritage Month, hosted by NAMI in partnership with IHS Division of Behavioral Health

11/04/2009
Depression and Cultural Groups
Information and resources pertaining to depression and cultural groups

11/02/2009
Support Health Care Reform – Contact Your House Member
The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) later this week. It contains a number of critical coverage expansions and improvements critical for people living with mental illness.

10/30/2009
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.

10/30/2009
StigmaBusters: Halloween Horrors
It's Halloween time again, and this year is no different when it comes to stigmatizing attractions and customes. Join StigmaBusters and send the message that violent stereotypes are inaccurate, offensive and discourage people getting help when they need it.

10/30/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: October 2009
This month: In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide and Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Treatment Shows Promise in the Most Difficult Cases.

10/30/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: October 2009
In this issue: NAMI Supports Health Reform Bill, Moscow Ballet Teams with NAMI South Dakota; StigmaBusters: Halloween Horrors; Former Prime Minister of Norway Talks About Depression; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

10/30/2009
The Affordable Health Care of America Act and Health Care Reform
NAMI urges action on U.S. House bill which promises key components for people with mental illness.

10/30/2009
A Well-coordinated Dance: Moscow Ballet Teams with NAMI South Dakota
Performance partnership connects mental illness, art and movement to uplift and energize audiences.

10/30/2009
Former Prime Minister of Norway Talks about Depression at NAMI Wisconsin Event
Many people struggle with the issue of disclosing their mental illness. Here, Kjell Magne Bondevik talks about his decision to disclose his experience with depression.

10/23/2009
This Flu Season is a Good Opportunity to Practice Prevention
The 2009-10 flu season is likely to be more difficult than the past few years.

10/23/2009
This Flu Season is a Good Opportunity to Practice Prevention
The 2009-10 flu season is likely to be more difficult than the past few years. In addition to the regular strain of influenza A (the flu) there is also the H1N1 virus and a new Center for Disease Control (CDC) bacterial vaccine recommendation that impacts people with mental illness.

10/23/2009
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.

10/22/2009
Ask the Doctor Call on Health Care Reform
Download the presentation being made by Andrew Sperling for NAMIs Ask the Doctor call on October 23, 2009.

10/22/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: October 22, 2009
In this issue: Halloween Horrors, Cell Block Psycho, and a Victory!

10/22/2009
NAMI Calls for Increase in NIH Funding
"Medical research is the source of hope for people living with serious mental illness," says Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director.

10/21/2009
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.

10/20/2009
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Find a group near you!

10/20/2009
New Resource Available
"A Mental Health and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know," is a 12-page booklet covering a range of key issues in mental health recovery.

10/19/2009
NAMI Urges President Obama to Support Increases for NIH & NIMH
NAMI is joining advocates from across the nation in asking President Obama to make medical research for improving health care a priority and support robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

10/16/2009
National Board of Directors: Harry Acosta
Learn more about National Board of Directors member Henry Acosta.

10/16/2009
National Board of Directors: Jim Payne

10/16/2009
2010 Exhibit Information
NAMI national 2010 convention exhibit information

10/09/2009
Peer-to-Peer Grant
NAMI Peer-to-Peer grants are now being made available to States on a competitive basis. Seven grants of $5,000 will be awarded to NAMI State Organizations wishing to implement or expand the already existing program.

10/06/2009
Latest Resources

10/06/2009
Economic Downturn Taking Toll on Americans’ Mental Health
New national survey finds jobless individuals four times as likely to report serious problems.

10/06/2009
F2F/VHA Documents
Information on the F2F and VHA agreement.

10/05/2009
Mental Illness Awareness Week
What You Should Know, Including PBS Broadcasts, Oct. 4-10

10/04/2009
Economy's Toll on Mental Health
New National Survey Finds Jobless Individuals Four Times as Likely To Report Serious Problems

10/02/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2009
In this issue: Reaching Multicultural Faith Communities during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct. 4-10, National Day of Prayer Oct. 6, National Depression Screening Day Oct. 8, A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul, A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul by Tim Farrington (Harper One, 2009).

10/02/2009
Ken Minkoff, M.D.
A Web site with information on addictive psychiatry, dual disorders and more.

10/01/2009
NAMI Launches New PSA Campaign
NAMI's PSA initiative encourages people to connect with each other through NAMI to help themselves and others affected by mental illness.

10/01/2009
Policy Platform
NAMI's Public Policy Platform as approved by the Board of Directors.

10/01/2009
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Oct. 4-10
NAMI calls attention to a program now airing on PBS, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness.

9/30/2009
CIT in Action: September 2009
In this issue: COPS Office Resources Emphasize Community Partnerships, New Fundraising Toolkit, News and Announcements.

9/30/2009
NAMI FaithNet: Mental Illness Awareness Week
Tuesday, October 6 is The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding.

9/30/2009
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
People living with obsessive-compulsive disorder share their experiences.

9/28/2009
COPS Office Resources Emphasize Community Partnerships
The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) is responsible for promoting community policing with the nation’s local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies. Read more about the COPS Office and the resources it offers to NAMI members and their partners in criminal justice.

9/28/2009
News and Announcements - CIT In Action, September 2009
Learn more about the CIT International Conference, the GAINS Center Conference, and a new resource on veteran and re-entry from the National GAINS Center.

9/25/2009
Special Needs Trust: What you need to know

9/25/2009
Book Notices
The latest Book Notices from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
The Evolution and Revolution of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., the founder of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), delivered the NAMI convention research plenary address, describing her experiences in developing DBT, a revolutionary treatment for chronically suicidal individuals and people with borderline personality disorder.

9/25/2009
Stella March: Chief StigmaBuster
Chief StigmaBuster receives NAMI's highest award.

9/25/2009
NAMI News: NAMIWalks Update

9/25/2009
NAMI Launches Year-Long PBS Education, Advocacy Campaign with Minds on the Edge

9/25/2009
Double Tragedies
Speaking out against the death penalty.

9/25/2009
Cover Story Image

9/25/2009
Del Nuestro Director Ejecutivo
The latest from the NAMI Executive Director from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
NAMI’s 2009 National Convention in Pictures

9/25/2009
NAMI Honors Nathaniel Ayers
Several hundred convention attendees gathered to celebrate Nathaniel Ayers, whose journey from studying at the prestigious Julliard School of Music to living as a homeless street musician in Los Angeles, has educated the public about mental illness and homelessness.

9/25/2009
NAMI News: Welcome NAMI's New Board of Directors
The latest NAMI News from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
From the President
The latest from the NAMI President from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
News You Can Use
The latest News You Can Use from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
Person First
The latest Person First from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/25/2009
Faith and Mental Illness at the 2009 Convention
The FaithNet Advisory Council hosted workshops on faith and mental illness.

9/25/2009
Top Story Image

9/25/2009
From the Executive Director
The latest from the NAMI Executive Director from the Fall 2009 issue of the NAMI Advocate.

9/24/2009
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.

9/23/2009
Kennedy Letter of Support for Parity Regulations
Read the letter of support the Rep. Patrick Kennedy and many other House colleagues have circulated urging the Secretaries of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to issue regulations in compliance with the 2008 parity bill.

9/22/2009
2009 NAMI Convention Highlights
Highlights from the 2009 NAMI National Convention in San Francisco

9/22/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: September 22, 2009
In this issue: Mental Illness Awareness Week, Fred Friendly Seminars' Minds on the Edge, and Extremely Foolish Vocabulary

9/15/2009
Tell Your Member of Congress We Need Parity Regulations!
After years of hard work by addiction and mental health treatment advocates, consumers, and providers, Congress passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 on October 3, 2008. The bill requires the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury to issue regulations before the effective date for the Act which is January 1, 2010.

9/15/2009
21st Century Outreach & Social Networking
This tip sheet will give you some ideas about how to utilize the web for outreach to new, untapped communities.

9/14/2009
Avanzamos Edición 10
The second fully bilingual issue of ¡Avanzamos!. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the issue honors Latino NAMI leaders who help NAMI advocate for, educate and support thousands of people across the country. This issue also features personal stories of mental illness recovery and family support, new research on resiliency of Latino teens, an article on how the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University is addressing the challenges Latinos face to receive psychiatric rehabilitation services and more. Articles are included in both Spanish and English.

9/11/2009
The President's Speech & Mental Health Care
NAMI responds to President Obama’s remarks on health care to the Joint Session of Congress.

9/10/2009
The President's Speech & Mental Health Care
NAMI responds to President Obama's remarks on health care to the Joint Session of Congress.

9/09/2009
Center for Leadership Development
Introduction to NAMI Center for Leadership Development.

9/04/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2009
In this issue: NAMI FaithNet Wins Award, National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness, Bolstering a California Community, A Catholic Psychiatrist's Calling, The Washington City, Pa., Mission and Faith-centered Rehabilitation, Touched by God: A Devotional for Mental Illness

9/01/2009
Education, Training and Peer Support Center Newsletter
Check out the latest news from all your favorite NAMI signature programs!

8/31/2009
NAMI Tennessee Native American Summit Report
Report of the July 2009 NAMI Tennessee Native American Summit providing details of speakers, agenda, results and goals that came out of the conference for NAMI Tennessee's efforts around this community.

8/31/2009
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #15
What does it take to get a medication to the American public?

8/29/2009
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #14
Someone I really care about has mental illness but repeatedly stops taking his medication and his symptoms come back. Sometimes my friend has to be hospitalized. How can I help him?

8/28/2009
NAMI Hearts and Minds Online—Coming Soon!
The NAMI Hearts and Minds program is an online, interactive wellness educational initiative premiering Fall 2009.

8/28/2009
Senator Ted Kennedy: A Member of the NAMI family
NAMI mourns the passing of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a true champion for individuals and families affected by serious mental illness.

8/28/2009
Dr. Ken Duckworth Talks about Dual Diagnosis on NPR
The NPR radio program Behind Closed Doors delves into issues that people often don't talk about openly because of shame or stigma.

8/28/2009
Recovery for All August 2009
August 2009 issue of the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center featuring highlights of activities and events that took place during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2009.

8/28/2009
Study Finds Depression in Children as Young as 3
Depression in children as young as 3 is real and not just a passing grumpy mood, according to new research.

8/28/2009
A Veteran Family Member’s Take on the NAMI Family-to-Family Program
NAMI and the Veterans Health Administration partnered one year ago to bring a F2F class to one VHA facility in each of the 49 states offering the program.

8/28/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: August 2009
In this issue: Senator Ted Kennedy: A Member of the NAMI Family; Study Finds Depression in Children as Young as 3; Dr. Ken Duckworth Talks about Dual Diagnosis on NPR; A Veteran Family Member's Take on the NAMI Family-to-Family Program; NAMI Hearts and Minds Online—Coming Soon; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

8/26/2009
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.

8/25/2009
Hand in Hand
esperanza Magazine examines how depression in one spouse can complicate the challenges of marriage, and how couples can thrive when they work together to manage the illness.

8/25/2009
Partner Events
Learn more about events hosted by our partner organizations.

8/25/2009
Hand in Hand
esperanza Magazine examines how depression in one spouse can complicate the challenges of marriage, and how couples can thrive when they work together to manage the illness.

8/17/2009
P2P Link

8/17/2009
Basics Link

8/17/2009
FaF Link

8/17/2009
NAMI Education Newsletter August 2009
This is the August 2009 issue of the Education Newsletter.

8/17/2009
Connection Link

8/17/2009
F2F Link

8/16/2009
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.

8/13/2009
Bid Today
Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy a walk-on role on FX Network’s legal thriller Damages, courtesy of the one and only award winning, Glenn Close.

8/12/2009
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.

8/11/2009
NAMI Meets with President Obama at White House
NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick joined a group of representatives from the disability community for an historic meeting.

8/11/2009
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.

8/11/2009
Gala 2009
2009 NAMI Unmasking Mental Illness Gala

8/10/2009
Convention Link

8/07/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: August 7, 2009
In this issue: "Psycho Donuts" are tasteless.

8/07/2009
NAMI’s National Office is Moving!
Please update our address in your records effective August 20th.

8/07/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2009
In this issue: Ministries Pave a Spiritual Path to Help Veterans, Faith and the Brain, and Faith Community Nurses Thrives in Virginia.

8/06/2009
August Trainer Call Minutes
These are the minutes from our August Trainer Call.

8/06/2009
Peer-to-Peer Course Reporting Forms
Required course forms for Peer-to-Peer classes, as well as optional course documents for your internal record keeping. MENTOR EVALUATION INCLUDED HERE!

8/05/2009
Police Executive Research Forum
PERF is a membership organization of police executives, and is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.

8/05/2009
The Council of State Governments Justice Center
The Justice Center serves states to promote effective data-driven practices — particularly in areas in which the criminal justice system intersects with other disciplines, such as public health — to affect a particular public safety problem.

8/03/2009
Bipolar Goes to Hollywood!
Read bp Magazine’s latest cover story on how Hollywood is stepping up to educate viewers by showing more responsible portrayals of people with bipolar.

8/03/2009
Ask Your Senators to Support Parity Regulations!
After years of hard work by consumers, families and advocates, Congress passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 on October 3, 2008. The bill requires the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury to issue regulations before the effective date for the Act which is January 1, 2010. It is essential the regulations are issued to avoid misinterpretation of the law and to ensure access to critical mental health and addiction services.

8/01/2009
Consumer Council
The NAMI Consumer Council, made up of people who have or have had a mental illness, is an advisory body to the Board of Directors.

7/31/2009
NAMI Meets with President Obama at White House
NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick joined a group of 12 representatives from the disability community last week for a historic meeting with President Barack Obama.

7/31/2009
Death Penalty and Mental Illness: Families of Victims Speak Out in Double Tragedies
For the first time, families of murder victims have joined with families of persons with mental illness who have been executed to speak out against the death penalty.

7/31/2009
Performance by the Real Soloist Caps Off 2009 NAMI National Convention
A spectacular performance from Nathaniel Ayers highlighted an inspiring week at the 2009 NAMI National Convention in San Francisco.

7/31/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: July 2009
In this issue: NAMI Meets with President Obama; Real Soloist Caps Off NAMI Convention; New Design for NAMI.org; Death Penalty Victims Speak Out; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

7/31/2009
New Look, New Features for NAMI.org
The new look of NAMI.org is more than just a facelift -- it's designed to make it easier for you to interact with NAMI.

7/31/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: July 2009
This month: The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living with BPD, Regular & Decaf, When Someone You Love is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner, Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

7/29/2009
Other Convention News

7/29/2009
CIT in Action: July 2009
In this issue: Special Convention Coverage; Prevention, Not Excution: Eliminating the Death Penalty for People with Severe Mental Illness; CIT and Veterans; and more!

7/28/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: July 28, 2009
In this issue: Coverage of the NAMI Convention, NAMI's new PSA, and a thank you from Stella March

7/28/2009
Prevention, Not Execution: Eliminating the Death Penalty for People with Severe Mental Illness
Murder Victims Families for Human Rights and NAMI have released a report entitled Double Tragedies: Victims Speak Out against the Death Penalty for People with Severe Mental Illness. The report calls the death penalty “inappropriate and unwarranted” for people with severe mental illnesses and “a distraction from problems within the mental health system that contributed or even directly led to tragic violence.”

7/28/2009
Regional Texas Mental Health Agency Develops Faith-Based Model
Pillars of Healing is a model program that incorporates mental health, physical health and spirituality

7/28/2009
CIT and Veterans: A Natural Partnership
This year’s CIT Special Networking Session featured a law enforcement officer and officials from the Veteran’s Administration in a discussion of partnerships between CIT programs and the VA to better serve veterans with mental illnesses who are risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.

7/24/2009
House Approves 2010 Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services
On July 24, by a vote of 264-153, the House cleared legislation that includes funding for mental illness research and services for FY 2010.

7/24/2009
Details on Proposed Mental Illness Research and Services Funding for FY 2010
On July 24, the House cleared legislation that includes funding for mental illness research and services for FY 2010. The bill, known as the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (HR 3293) includes a $52 million increase for mental illness research at NIMH, as well as an $8.4 million increase for the PATH program (outreach services for homeless individuals with serious mental illness) and a $17 million for the Childrens Mental Health program.

7/23/2009
Progress Report on Health Reform Legislation
Andrew Sperling's presentation to NAMI grassroots leaders on Health Reform Legislation.

7/23/2009
Details of FY 2010 Funding Levels for Housing Programs
Learn more about proposed FY 2010 funding levels for Section 811, Section 8, McKinney-Vento homeless programs, and homeless veterans programs.

7/22/2009
NAMI's Letter of Support for S 1481
View NAMI's letter of support for S 1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009

7/21/2009
House Votes to Improve and Expand Supportive Housing for Consumers
This week the House of Representatives cleared legislation making important improvements to the HUD Section 811 program, and in a separate move voted to increase funding for the program by $100 million.

7/21/2009
NAMI's Letter of Support for the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009
Read NAMI's letter of support for HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009, written in conjunction with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

7/21/2009
Fact Sheet on the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009
Learn more about major changes to the Section 811 supportive housing for persons with disabilities program that was recently reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

7/20/2009
Day 3 Part 2
More highlights from the third day of the NAMI National Convention.

7/13/2009
Day 4
Photos from the final day of the 2009 NAMI National Convention.

7/10/2009
NAMI PSA 2009
NAMI's 2009 PSA entitled "Puzzle Pieces."

7/08/2009
Day 3
Day three of the 2009 NAMI National Convention in San Francisco.

7/07/2009
Day 2
Day two of the NAMI National convention in San Francisco was chock full of NAMI goodness. Here are the photos to prove it.

7/07/2009
A BPD Brief: An Introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder
Read an introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes information on diagnosis, origins, course, and treatment.

7/07/2009
Be a part of the NAMI convention - from wherever you are!
Learn more about the new PBS program Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness.

7/07/2009
Board Binder July 2009

7/07/2009
behavioraltech.org
Behavioral Tech, LLC a site founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

7/06/2009
Day 1
Highlights from day 1 of the 2009 NAMI National Convention.

7/06/2009
www.bpdresourcecenter.org
Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center (run by New York Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell).

7/06/2009
Double Tragedies: Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty for People with Severe Mental Illness
For the first time, families of murder victims have joined with families of persons with mental illness who have been executed to speak out against the death penalty.

7/06/2009
Death Penalty and Mental Illness
Families of Victims Speak out at National Convention; “Double Tragedies” Report Released

7/05/2009
www.bpdcentral.org
BDP Central, a site founded by author Randi Kreger.

7/02/2009
NAMI Beginnings - Summer 2009 - Issue #13
Issue 13 of our Beginnings magazine focuses on the intersection between the juvenile justice system and schools.

7/02/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2009
In this issue: NAMI FaithNet Offerings at the 2009 NAMI National Convention, New Initiative by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, Faith Community Partners with Pathways to Housing

7/01/2009
What Is Schizophrenia?
Dr. Ken Duckworth explains Schizophrenia.

7/01/2009
NAMI.org New Look
NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick discusses the new look and feel of NAMI.org

7/01/2009
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.

7/01/2009
Nathaniel Ayers
Nathaniel Ayers, whom The Soloist was based on, peforms at the 2009 NAMI National Convention in San Francisco.

6/30/2009
Grading the States 2009
NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick on Grading the States 2009.

6/30/2009
Adolescent Suicide
Dr. Ken Duckworth talks about adolescent suicide.

6/30/2009
Role as a Parent with Child's Treatment
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "What role does the parent play on the treatment team?"

6/30/2009
A Future for Children with Mental Illness
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "What kind of future can my child expect, living with mental illness?"

6/30/2009
Treatment Options for Children
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "What kind of treatment is available for my child once we have a diagnosis?"

6/30/2009
NAMI Connection: All About The Program
Learn about the NAMI Connection program.

6/30/2009
Is It Really Mental Illness?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "are there other medical conditions that can look like mental illness?"

6/30/2009
How Can I Help My Child with Mental Illness?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "what does my child need from me to help them get through this?"

6/30/2009
In Our Own Voice Overview
Learn about the In Our Own Voice program from NAMI

6/30/2009
Not Treating Mental Illness
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "What are the consequences of not treating mental illness once it is diagnosed?"

6/30/2009
Can Children Develop Mental Illness?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "Can children and adolescents really develop mental illness, and what is mental illness?"

6/30/2009
Changing Diagnosis in Children
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "Why does the diagnosis frequently change for my child?"

6/30/2009
Social stigma and mental illness
Dr. Ken Duckworth discusses social stigma and mental illness

6/30/2009
Does My Child Really Have a Problem?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "How do I know if my child is really having a problem, or if it is just a phase?"

6/30/2009
Does Mental Illness Look the Same in Everyone?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "does mental illness look the same in every child?"

6/30/2009
Mental Health Professionals and Children
Doctor Ken Duckworth discusses how to work with mental health professionals caring for children.

6/30/2009
Activities that Help Children with Mental Illness
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "what kind of activities can help my child, in addition to treatment?"

6/30/2009
What is NAMI?
Doctor Ken Duckworth answers the question, "what is NAMI, and how can NAMI's educational programs help me, as a parent?"

6/29/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: June 29, 2009
In this issue: Congratulations to Stella March. This special edition is dedicated to her life's work.

6/26/2009
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder is an illness that centers on the struggle to manage emotions. Symptoms include chaotic relationships, rage, self harm, fears of abandonment and substance abuse. With correct diagnosis and effective treatment, people with BPD do recover.

6/26/2009
NAMI Launches New PSA Campaign
This month, NAMI launched Puzzle Pieces a national public service announcement initiative that encourages people to connect with each other through NAMI.

6/26/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: June 2009
In this issue: NAMI 2009 Annual Convention; Borderline Personality Disorder; National Minority Mental Health Awareness; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

6/26/2009
The 2009 NAMI National Convention Is Almost Here!
On July 6-9, thousands of NAMI members and leaders will descend upon San Francisco for the 2009 NAMI National Convention. This year's theme: Creating a Healthy Future for Us All.

6/26/2009
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Throughout the month of July, NAMI states and affiliates are encouraged to join efforts across the country to increase public awareness of mental illness among diverse communities.

6/26/2009
Advocacy Urgently Needed in Support of Health Care Reform!
Separate House and Senate Committees are now moving forward on comprehensive health reform legislation. With Congress scheduled to begin its week-long July 4th recess this afternoon, it is now a critical time for advocates to contact their House member and Senators to urge support for reform that will expand coverage, control costs and meet the needs of children and adults living serious mental illness.

6/26/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: June 2009
This month: Requiem for Locusts and The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs.

6/23/2009
Help Us Improve Re-entry Support for People with Serious Mental Illness
A new bill is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to help ensure that people re-entering the community can have ready access to the benefits they need to survive.

6/22/2009
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: July 2009
Start planning now! NAMI states and affiliates will join efforts across the country to increase public awareness of mental illness among diverse communities throughout the month of July.

6/22/2009
Public Policy Alerts

6/19/2009
Summary of the Senate HELP Committee Health Reform Package
Read a summary of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee proposal for health care reform.

6/19/2009
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #12
My doctor recently started me on an antidepressant medication. A friend of mine had been on the same medication and told me that it caused her to gain weight. I really do not want to gain any weight, and I want to stop taking the medication. What should I do?

6/19/2009
Summary of the House "Tri-Committee" Health Reform Package
Read a summary of the health care reform proposal developed by the House Committes on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor.

6/19/2009
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #13
I have schizophrenia and was recently started on a new drug. I have been having trouble sitting still and must constantly be moving. Could this be a side effect of my new medication?

6/19/2009
Wellbutrin (bupropion)
NAMI's Fact Sheet on Wellbutrin (bupropion).

6/18/2009
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.

6/18/2009
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.

6/17/2009
Proceedings Report: NAMI American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Listening Session
Information and links to the Proceedings Report: NAMI American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Listening Session

6/17/2009
PSA Information for Leaders
2009 NAMI PSA ordering information and more for NAMI state and local affiliate leaders.

6/12/2009
NAMI Tennessee Native American Mental Health Summit
Recovery for All June 2009 article by Maya Smith and Jimi Kelley of NAMI Tennessee on the upcoming Native American Mental Health Summit in Nashville

6/12/2009
Act Now to Prevent the Incarceration of People with Mental Illness
Let your Representatives in the House know that people with mental illness should not be in jail. Write a letter today telling them to support funding for MIOTCRA and the Second Chance Act as part of the 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill.

6/12/2009
Recovery for All June 2009
Special edition issue of Recovery for all, the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center, featuring the release of the American Indian and Alaska Native Listening Session Proceedings Report

6/12/2009
NAMI Moves Forward on American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Issues
Recovery for All June 2009 article on the release of the Proceedings Report of the NAMI AI/AN Mental Health Listening Session.

6/11/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: June 11, 2009
In this issue: People Magazine All-Stars, Mental, Free Teleconference, and more!

6/11/2009
NAMI Education Dept Newsletter June 2009

6/11/2009
NAMI and Federal Health Care Reform
To keep you informed about NAMI’s positions on various health care reform proposals, as well as our efforts to protect and improve coverage for people with mental illnesses in this process, we have created a new website with information about our goals and the proposals we support in the health care reform debate.

6/10/2009
NAMI Video Intro
intro to homepage videos

6/10/2009
NAMI Support
home page support box

6/10/2009
Recently Updated
Some intranet documents that have recently been added or changed include: - P2P Policies (Standard Documents) - Mentor Screening Tool (Standard Documents)

6/10/2009
NAMI Programs
NAMI Programs home page box

6/10/2009
Inform Yourself
Inform Yourself Homepage Box

6/09/2009
Mental Illnesses
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

6/09/2009
August Coordinator Call Minutes
These are the minutes from our August coordinator call.

6/08/2009
In Our Own Voice Update

6/08/2009
Peer-to-Peer Update

6/08/2009
Connection Update

6/05/2009
Grading the States 2009
Talking about Grading the States 2009

6/05/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2009
In this issue: First Spiritual Responders, Connect to Care Offers Support, Westminster Presbyterian Hope Team, and Spiritual Medicine

6/03/2009
NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 2502
Read NAMI's letter of support for HR 2502, the Comparative Effectiveness Research Act of 2009.

6/03/2009
P2P Marketing Resource Sheet
This document outlines the various marketing/ outreach methods that can be utilized on the Intranet & NAMI Store.

6/03/2009
NAMI's Letter of Support for S. 1136
Read NAMI's letter in support for S. 1136, the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Care Demonstration Project Act of 2009.

6/02/2009
Understanding Mental Illness in Children
A NAMI Minnesota and Public TV video on mental illness in children.

6/01/2009
Health Reform

5/29/2009
Goldie Hawn Stands Up for Children’s Mental Health
Goldie Hawn, Academy-Award winning actress and children's mental health advocate, spoke during a Capitol Hill briefing about the critical need for schools to better address the needs of students with mental illness.

5/29/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: May 2009
This Month: Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications Coping With Symptoms and More, Closing the Chasm: Letters from a Bipolar Physician to His Son, Annie's Ghosts, and Night Navigation

5/29/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: May 2009
In this issue: Goldie Hawn Stands Up for Children’s Mental Health; Stars Come Out for NAMIWalks; Family-to-Family Partners with VHA; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

5/29/2009
Stars Come Out for NAMIWalks
TV and movie star Glenn Close joined the NAMIWalk in Maine while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" star Ty Pennington walked with NAMI in New York. Their willingness to join this growing public discussion and add their own stories is another sign of how far NAMI has come.

5/29/2009
Family-to-Family Partners with Veterans Health Administration
The launch a year ago of an initiative between NAMI and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to host a Family-to-Family class in designated VHA facilities across the nation has already yielded impressive results.

5/28/2009
Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day Photos

5/28/2009
The Mask of Male Depression
Men who are depressed often fail to recognize their condition, chalking it up to apathy, low self-esteem, and anger. Read more about male depression from esperanza! magazine.

5/28/2009
The Mask of Male Depression
Men who are depressed often fail to recognize their condition, chalking it up to apathy, low self-esteem, and anger. Read more about male depression from esperanza! magazine.

5/28/2009
Interim Final Rules Issued on Parity Law
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and Treasury released interim final rules providing guidance on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

5/28/2009
Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
NAMI has participated in a White House meeting to discuss government action on a report detailing shocking restraint and seclusion practices in schools.

5/28/2009
CIT in Action: May 2009
In this issue: The Sequential Intercept Model; NAMI's new fact sheets on advocating for crisis intervention programs for youth, and more!

5/28/2009
NAMI Comments on the "Request for Information" on upcoming regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
Read NAMI's comments on the regulations designed to implement the new insurance parity law.

5/27/2009
Newsletter Archive
Archive of NAMI National Convention Newsletter for 2010

5/27/2009
2009 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award photos
View photos from the 2009 Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards breakfast held in San Francisco, CA in May 2009.

5/26/2009
The Sequential Intercept Model
The Sequential Intercept model is a framework for understanding how people with mental illness interact with the criminal justice system.

5/26/2009
Request for Information on Parity Law- Suggested Comments

5/22/2009
Family Advocacy: Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth Strengthening Schools and Communities
This is fact sheet is designed to help NAMI families advocate for crisis intervention programs for youth in their communities.

5/22/2009
Law Enforcement Advocacy: Promoting Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth in Schools and Communities
This fact sheet offers strategies for law enforcement officers to advocate for crisis intervention programs for youth in their schools and communities.

5/21/2009
Being Transgender is Not a Mental Disorder (BeyondChron 5/21/09)
5/21 article from BeyondChron, a San Francisco-based alternative newsource covering transgender activists who took to the streets outside the 2009 APA annual conference where discussion on gender identity disorder in the DSM was taking place.

5/21/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: May 21, 2009
In this issue: Speak Out: The Soloist, Mental: May 26, NAMIWalks, and Photovoices.

5/21/2009
News and Announcements, May 2009

5/21/2009
Hearing and GAO Report Focus on the Abusive and Deadly Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
NAMI applauds the House Education and Labor Committee and its Chairman, George Miller (D-CA) for holding a hearing on May 19th that examined the abusive and deadly use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

5/19/2009
Do Your Part To Prevent Suicides And Improve Treatment for Veterans
A bill has been introduced in Congress to require mental health screening for members of the Armed Forces who are deployed for combat.

5/19/2009
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.

5/15/2009
Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health
New report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH), brings together the most recent research on mental health issues in women and explores the role gender plays in diagnosing, treating and coping with mental illness. It also points to resiliency and social support systems as key factors in overcoming mental illness.

5/14/2009
Multicultural Action Center Update
Main portal for MAC's update page, linked page created to correct problem with default link on left side navigation pane.

5/13/2009
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.

5/13/2009
Integrating Spirituality and Mental Health: NAMI FaithNet Offerings at NAMI Convention
The intersection of spirituality with mental health education, awareness and recovery—that’s what the NAMI FaithNet networking session, workshop and NAMI FaithNet exhibit booth at the San Francisco NAMI National Convention will help you explore.

5/12/2009
Awareness and Support: A Pathway to Recovery
NAMI's support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.

5/12/2009
Advocacy: A Respected Force
NAMI is recognized as the preeminent voice on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country for the millions of Americans living with serious mental illness. NAMI advocates have fought for policy changes that raise the bar on mental illness care and promote treatment and research on par with other illnesses.

5/08/2009
NAMI Booklet, A Mental Health and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know
Information on A Mental Health and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know, how to order, link to view the electronic copy.

5/08/2009
Obama Administration Releases Details of FY 2010 Budget Proposal
On May 8, the Obama Administration issued detailed budget requests for FY 2010, including proposed spending levels for mental illness research and services, as well as housing and veterans programs.

5/08/2009
Details of the Obama Administration’s FY 2010 Budget Proposal
View details of the Obama Administration’s proposed funding requests for mental illness research, services, housing and veterans programs.

5/07/2009
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.

5/07/2009
Multicultural Action Center Policy Priorities
Policy priorities of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center

5/06/2009
NAMI Support Group

5/06/2009
CIT in Action: March 2009

5/06/2009
Senate Passes Homeless Legislation
On May 6, the full U.S. Senate unanimously cleared major legislation to expand and reform homeless programs – the HEARTH Act (S 808). This action came as an amendment a larger a larger housing bill designed to reform the mortgage market and foreclosures. NAMI is extremely grateful for the leadership of Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Kit Bond (R-MO) in moving S 808 forward.

5/06/2009
NAMI Basics Video Page
Understanding Mental Illness in Children, created by NAMI Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television.

5/06/2009
NAMI Family Support Group
Manual for the NAMI Support Group model.

5/04/2009
Senate to Consider Homeless Legislation
The full U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on an amendment to add legislation reforming homeless programs to separate legislation designed to prevent mortgage foreclosures. NAMI supports this effort and urges advocates to contact their Senators today to support the “Reed-Bond Amendment” to add S 808 to S 896.

5/01/2009
NAMIWalks Annual Report

5/01/2009
Mental Health Parity: Frequently Asked Questions

5/01/2009
Cover Story Image

5/01/2009
Election 2009: Voting in NAMI Elections
Learn more about the NAMI 2009 Board Elections by reading about the candidates and the election process!

5/01/2009
From the Executive Director
The latest From the NAMI Executive Director.

5/01/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 2009
In this issue: A Gesture of Faith, Bridging the Clergy, Counseling Gap, Offering of Optimism and Motivation, and This is Your Brain on Religion

5/01/2009
News You Can Use
The latest News You Can Use.

5/01/2009
Top Story Image

5/01/2009
Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health

5/01/2009
The New Mental Health Care Agenda in a New Administration

5/01/2009
When You Get a Chance to Ride the Train …
NAMI Montana Executive Director Matt Kuntz shares his experience on the Inaugural Train from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. with President-elect Barack Obama.

5/01/2009
Del Nuestro Director Ejecutivo
Los informes mas recientes De Parte del Director Ejecutivo.

5/01/2009
NAMI Identity Guide
Welcome to the NAMI Identity Guide. Here you will find instructions on proper usage of logos, colors, fonts, and language when creating NAMI-related materials, as well as downloadable logos and templates.

5/01/2009
Unmasking Mental Illness—NAMI’s Fourth Annual Research Gala

5/01/2009
From the President
The latest From the NAMI President.

5/01/2009
Book Notices
The latest Book Notices from NAMI.

5/01/2009
Grading the States 2009 — Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty?

4/29/2009
NIMH Moves Forward to Allocate Additional Research Funding
Overall, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $10.4 billion additional funding fro biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will be receiving a proportionate share of these funds to allocate over the next two years.

4/29/2009
NAMI Comments on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Priorities
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $1.1 billion to undertake Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). These funds will be allocated to NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct studies comparing two or more therapies for a given medical condition.

4/29/2009
HUD Allocates Funding for Homelessness Prevention
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has already moved aggressively to disburse more than $13 billion in funding for public housing modernization, economic development and project-based rent subsidy renewals.

4/29/2009
The President’s Economic Recovery and Stimulus Program and Consumers – A Progress Report
As is being widely reported in the press, today marks the 100th day of the Obama Administration. One of the major accomplishments for the new President was passage of the economic recovery and stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA, in February. Read about the progress of programs relevant to NAMI members.

4/29/2009
Extra Cash Payments for SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries Expected in May
In May 2009, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be mailing every Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), veterans’ disability beneficiary an extra one-time payment of $250. This payment will be mailed separately from each beneficiary’s May 2009 monthly check.

4/24/2009
Avanzamos Edición 9
Edición especial bilingüe de ¡Avanzamos! que ofrece artículos escritos por investigadores del Centro de Investigación de Salud Mental Multicultural quienes comparten con nosotros los resultados de sus investigaciones recientes. This is a special fully bilingual issue, offering articles in both Spanish and English provided by guest contributors from the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School who share with us the results of their latest findings and discuss key issues in Latino mental health. The issue also features a NAMI member’s personal story of recovery, and information on NAMI’s Grading the States 2009.

4/23/2009
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.

4/23/2009
The Soloist: A Call to Action
NAMI launches a new Web site as part of a social action campaign with Participant Media surrounding the release of The Soloist.

4/22/2009
NAMI Applauds Congressional Leaders for Reintroducing The Child Healthcare Crisis Relief Act
NAMI calls on Congress to enact The Child Healthcare Crisis Relief Act, federal legislation designed to help end the severe shortage of child and adolescent mental health providers. Learn more and take action today!

4/20/2009
Confronting Mania's Secret Symptom
In this issue, bp Magazine takes an in-depth look at one of the more sensitive topics you'll ever see covered on its pages: hypersexuality, a common but widely misunderstood symptom associated with bipolar disorder.

4/20/2009
Confronting Mania's Secret Symptom
In this issue, bp Magazine takes an in-depth look at one of the more sensitive topics you'll ever see covered on its pages: hypersexuality, a common but widely misunderstood symptom associated with bipolar disorder.

4/20/2009
NAMI Board Candidate Process
Learn more about the process of nominating and selecting new board members.

4/17/2009
SAMHSA Provides a New Online Resource for Ideas and Discussion about Health System Reform
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created a new place on its website www.samhsa.gov/healthreform for posting and exchanging ideas about the issues and opportunities surrounding the future shape of America’s health system – especially on how reform may affect mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

4/15/2009
April 2010
NAMI National Convention Newsletter for April

4/13/2009
New Report Documents Housing Crisis Faced By Consumers Living on SSI
A report issued on April 13 demonstrates the deepening crisis in affordable housing faced by non-elderly adults living with serious mental illnesses. The report, Priced Out in 2008, is a study of the severe housing affordability problems of people with disabilities who must survive on incomes far below the federal poverty line.

4/10/2009
NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
Read NAMI's letter to Congressional leaders expressing our support for the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Action of 2009 (HR 1675).

4/10/2009
Background on HR 1675, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
NAMI and our colleague disability advocacy organizations in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force (CCD Housing Task Force) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) are pleased to announce that important legislation to spur investment in permanent supportive housing legislation has been introduced in Congress.

4/09/2009
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 7th, 2009 is a day to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families.

4/09/2009
Advocacy Needed for $100 Million Increase in Services Funding!
In early April, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) initiated an effort to secure an additional $100 million for the Mental Health Block Grant program for FY 2010.

4/09/2009
In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care
Information portal for In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care, the NAMI provider education program designed to equip physicians practicing in primary care settings with the knowledge and tools to identify and provide appropriate treatment of depression to medically underserved ethnic and racial groups

4/09/2009
Senator Stabenow's Dear Colleague Letter on Increasing Mental Health Block Grant Funding
In early April, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) initiated an effort to secure an additional $100 million for the Mental Health Block Grant program for FY 2010.

4/07/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: April 7, 2009
In this issue: San Francisco Treats, Twitter Treats, Voice Award Deadline Extended, and TV's HOUSE Helps NAMI!

4/06/2009
The Lady with a Soft Voice
We all want to have the opportunity to participate. We all want to be heard. We all want to be understood. We all desire to share our joy and sorrow with others. Read more from NAMI FaithNet.

4/04/2009
Congressional Briefing for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
On Thursday, May 7th, a legislative briefing will be held in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The briefing will focus on Investing in the Educational Future of Youth with Mental Health Needs and the value of effective school-based mental health programs.

4/03/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2009
In this issue: New Toledo Ministry, I AM HIS, The Well Community Modeling Acceptance, Combining East and West for Treatment, Creating a Pamphlet to Educate about Mental Illness, 8th Annual NAMI Indianapolis FaithCEP Conference

4/02/2009
What You Need to Know about the New Federal Insurance Parity Law
With the passage of the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, health plans must now provide equal coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment as they do for other conditions.

4/01/2009
NAMI Standards of Excellence Town Hall Calls
Please join us for one of our toll-free Town Hall Calls to share your thoughts about the practices contained in DRAFT NAMI Standards of Excellence Phase Two.

3/31/2009
The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes hope and recovery for persons with schizophrenia and related disorders through support programs, education and advocacy. The Schizophrenics Anonymous program offers hope and recovery within a mutually supportive community.

3/31/2009
Committee Reports - March 2009

3/30/2009
NAMI Letter of Support for HR 619, Repeal of Medicaid's Discriminatory IMD Exclusion
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D. Louisiana) has introduced a bill, HR 619, to repeal the current prohibition on the use of Federal Medicaid dollars to pay for services for individuals between the ages of 22 and 64 in private and public inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities.

3/30/2009
Support Improved Psychiatric Emergency Services under Medicaid!
Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) has introduced the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Care Demonstration Act of 2009 (HR 1415). This legislation would establish a 3-year $75 million demonstration program to allow for coverage for Medicaid patients in freestanding psychiatric hospitals.

3/30/2009
NAMI Letter of Support for HR 1415, the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Care Demonstration Project Act of 2009
Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) has introduced the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Care Demonstration Act of 2009 (HR 1415). This legislation would establish a 3-year $75 million demonstration program to allow for coverage for Medicaid patients in freestanding psychiatric hospitals.

3/30/2009
Support An End to Discrimination In Medicaid!
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D. Texas) has introduced a bill, HR 619, to repeal the current prohibition on the use of Federal Medicaid dollars to pay for services for individuals between the ages of 22 and 64 in private and public inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities.

3/27/2009
NAMI Convention, July 6-9: Get Ready for Movies & Music!
Don't miss these exciting special events at this year's convention: Advance screening of When Medicine Got It Wrong the PBS documentary about the NAMI movement; live performance by jazz musician and NAMI advocate Joyce Cooling; and a special screening of The Soloist, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, a true story about the redemptive power of music and friendship.

3/27/2009
Grading the States 2009 Released
NAMI released Grading the States 2009 in March of that year.

3/27/2009
Have You Shared NAMI Today?
NAMI.org visitors are sharing articles and resources with their family and peers across the top social networking sites, such as Facebook, mySpace and Twitter. Find out how you can use easy tools on NAMI.org to help make NAMI a household name.

3/27/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: March 2009
In this issue: New Report: Mental Health Care System Gets a D Grade, NAMI Convention, July 5-9: Get Ready for Movies & Music, Have You Shared NAMI Today, In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness, NAMI Bookshelf and more

3/27/2009
In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness
In Our Own Voice is a unique public education presentation offered nationwide by trained NAMI members who live with mental illness. The program has witnessed phenomenal growth in the past year, reaching more than 46,000 individuals in 2008.

3/27/2009
NAMI Bookshelf: March 2009
This Month: Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids – 3rd Edition, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility, and Happiness, Mental Illness and Your Town: 37 Ways for Communities to Help and Heal

3/26/2009
Recovery for All: March 2009
First 2009 issue of Recovery for all, the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center, featuring Grading the States 2009 and the American Indian and Alaska Native Listening Session

3/26/2009
Darcy Gruttadaro Congressional Briefing
Statement of Darcy Gruttadaro, on behalf of NAMI, to United States House of Representatives. Mental Health and Youth Violence

3/26/2009
Cultural Competence Key Score in NAMI’s Grading the States 2009
Article covering NAMI's Grading the States 2009 cultural competence scoring, included in the March 2009 issue of Recovery for All, the newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center.

3/26/2009
Reinvesting in the Community: A Family Guide to Expanding Home and Community-Based Mental Health Services and Supports

3/25/2009
NAMI Releases New Guide on Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth
NAMI has published a guide titled, Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth, to help inform advocates about existing crisis intervention programs for youth and what they can do to promote and implement such programs in their states and communities.

3/25/2009
Reinvertir en la Comunidad: Guía Familiar para Expandir Servicios y Apoyos de Salud Mental Basados en el Hogar y la Comunidad

3/25/2009
Nation Receives a D for Mental Health Care: NAMI’s Grading the States Report as an Effective Tool for Criminal Justice Advocates
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has 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. Find out what the report says about criminalization of people with mental illness, and how criminal justice advocates can use the report.

3/23/2009
NAMI Comments on Medicare Part D Regulations on Drug Formulary Coverage Rules
Read NAMI's comments on Federal regulations related to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Programs MIPPA Drug Formulary and Protected Classes Policies.

3/23/2009
NAMI Statement to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research
Read NAMI's comments on proposed comparative effectiveness research on treatments for mental illness and other conditions.

3/20/2009
2009 Convention MAC sessions
Descriptions and speaker details for 2009 NAMI National Convention workshops and sessions hosted by the Multicultural Action Center

3/18/2009
News and Announcements (March 2009)

3/12/2009
NAMIWalks for the Mind of America – A success!
NAMI state and local affiliates worked together to make 2008 a huge success!

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009 Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers about Grading the States 2009 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

3/11/2009
mental illness facts

3/11/2009
Contact Your Representatives

3/11/2009
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.

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009
NAMI's new report, Grading the States 2009, assesses the nation's public mental health care system for adults. The national average grade is a D.

3/11/2009
newsroom
media coverage, links and more surrounding grading the states 2009.

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009 Frequently Asked Questions 2
Questions and answers about Grading the States 2009 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

3/11/2009
State by State
State by state grades and stats from NAMI's Grading the States 2009

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009

3/11/2009
Grading the States 2009

3/11/2009
Full Report

3/10/2009
NAMI News: StrengthofUs.org
NAMI's online social networking site for young adults

3/09/2009
Working Through It: How to cope when you’re on the job
If only you could, as rock legend Neil Young suggests, "leave your troubles at the door," then depression would be neatly deposited on the office doormat. The reality is that people who are depressed at home most likely will be depressed at work. Read more about depression on the job from esperanza! magazine.

3/09/2009
Working Through It: How to cope when you’re on the job
If only you could, as rock legend Neil Young suggests, "leave your troubles at the door," then depression would be neatly deposited on the office doormat. The reality is that people who are depressed at home most likely will be depressed at work. Read more about depression on the job from esperanza! magazine.

3/07/2009
Policy Recommendation 2
Policy Recommendations for 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
How You Can Help
How you can help NAMI spread the word of Grading the States 2009.

3/06/2009
Executive Summary Overview
Executive summary of Grading the States 2009 report.

3/06/2009
Executive Summary Key Findings
Executive summary of Grading the States 2009 report.

3/06/2009
Recommendations Front
NAMI's recommendations for 2009 Grading the States

3/06/2009
Methodology Brief
Brief look at the methodology used in creating 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Overview
Grading the States 2009 report overview.

3/06/2009
Executive Summary Conclusion
Executive summary of Grading the States 2009 report.

3/06/2009
Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements for 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Policy Recommendation 3
Policy Recommendations for 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Policy Recommendation 5
Policy Recommendations for 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Policy Recommendation Conclusion
Policy Recommendations for 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Findings
Findings from NAMI's 2009 Grading the States report.

3/06/2009
Executive Summary Policy Recommendations
Executive summary of Grading the States 2009 report.

3/06/2009
Letter From Mike
Letter from Mike for GTS 2009

3/05/2009
Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth

3/04/2009
Funding & Grants Guide
This guide will point out possible funding sources, tips for writing grants, as well as a successful grant proposal that NAMI Maryland has generously allowed us to share. **Please disregard pages 20-23 of the grant proposal, as it includes a survey that we do not use.

3/02/2009
Confidentiality: Can what they don't know hurt you?
We live in an era where privacy and confidentiality are touted above all else - and not just in mental health issues. There must also be a balance between protection and common sense.

3/02/2009
Confidentiality: Can what they don't know hurt you?
We live in an era where privacy and confidentiality are touted above all else - and not just in mental health issues. There must also be a balance between protection and common sense.

3/02/2009
F.E.A.S.T.
F.E.A.S.T. is an organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

3/01/2009
NAMI Corporate Relations and Giving Policies
Information about NAMI's corporate giving policies, including pharmaceutical companies.

2/27/2009
Grading the States
On March 11, the National Alliance on Mental Illness will publish Grading the States 2009, a follow-up to NAMI's groundbreaking 2006 report.

2/27/2009
President Obama's Stimulus Package and Children's Health Insurance
President Obama's first month has seen a flurry of activity with the passage of economic stimulus and recovery legislation, and a children's health insurance bill.

2/27/2009
How can I help myself if I am depressed?
A valuable resource with ideas and suggestions to help alleviate the symptoms of depression and get you back on your way.

2/27/2009
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: February 2009
In this issue: Grading the States 2009; President Obama's Stimulus Package and Children's Health Insurance; A Look at Whether Comedy and Mental Illness Mix; Steps To Help Yourself If You're Depressed; NAMI Recovery Guide for GLBTQI Individuals; Voice Award Nominations and more...

2/27/2009
Do Comedy and Mental Illness Ever Mix?
That's the question posed by a new television series, The United States of Tara, as well as a one-woman stage show-and memoir-by actor and writer, Carrie Fisher.

2/27/2009
Voice Award Nominations Wanted
Make a nomination for The Voice Awards, which honor writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into film and television.

2/27/2009
Grading the States 2009
Grading the States 2009

2/27/2009
NAMI Recovery Guide for GLBTQI Individuals
A 12-page colorful booklet covering a range of key issues in mental health recovery and community integration with specific information to address the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (GLBTQI) individuals.

2/26/2009
Funding Levels for Mental Illness Research, Services and Housing in the FY 2009 "Omnibus" Appropriations Bill
Read details about proposed mental illness funding under HR 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

2/26/2009
Tell the Senate to Support FY 2009 Budget!
In the week of February 23rd, the Obama Administration and Congress moved to complete action on the current year federal budget and begin the process for enactment of a budget for 2010.

2/26/2009
NAMI's Matt Kuntz Testifies before Senate Veterans Committee
NAMI Montana Executive Director Matt Kuntz testified on February 26 before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on care for veterans with mental illnesses in rural and frontier communities. Click above to read his statement.

2/26/2009
Parity Webinar
What you need to know about the new mental health and substance abuse insurance parity law.

2/25/2009
Submitter Information
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WORKSHOP PRESENTATION AT THE NAMI 2009 NATIONAL CONVENTION

2/25/2009
Committee Reports - December 2008

2/24/2009
Board Binder - March 2009
NAMI Board of Directors Binder Contents for March 2009 Meeting.

2/23/2009
Web Tutorial Minutes- February
These are the minutes from our February web tutorial call.

2/19/2009
2009 Convention Schedule - Wednesday, July 8
NAMI 2009 National Convention schedule of events for Wednesday, July 8

2/19/2009
2009 Convention Schedule - Tuesday, July 7
NAMI 2009 National Convention schedule of events for Tuesday, July 7

2/19/2009
2009 Convention Schedule - Monday, July 6
NAMI 2009 National Convention schedule of events for Monday, July 6

2/19/2009
2009 Convention Schedule – Thursday, July 9
NAMI 2009 National Convention schedule of events for Thursday, July 9

2/19/2009
2009 Convention Schedule - Sunday, July 5
NAMI 2009 National Convention schedule of events for Sunday, July 5

2/19/2009
NAMI NYC Unveils Innovative Site
NAMI New York City Metro introduces an online resource to help New Yorkers navigate the city's complex mental health system.

2/18/2009
President Signs Economic Recovery Package Into Law
As is being widely reported in the press, President Obama on February 17th signed in to law the massive $787 billion economic recovery and stimulus package.

2/17/2009
Media
Videos and assorted media for NAMI Connection

2/17/2009
Faith Community Advocacy in Virginia
How important it is to have "all hands around the table" when it comes to dealing with mental illness! Sometimes, the faith community gets left out of the group of advocates working on behalf of persons living with mental illness. Yet, the faith community is a valuable resource for education, support and advocacy.

2/13/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: February 2009
In this issue: HOUSE t-shirts, Voice Award Nominations Wanted, and United States of Tara.

2/13/2009
CIT International
Visit the website of CIT International, a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training programs throughout the U.S. and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

2/10/2009
Background on Changes to the Senate Version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
The latest changes to the Economic Stimulus plan.

2/06/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2009
In this issue: SAMHSA faith resources, A plea from within the Jewish community, Oases of Peace, Partnering Faith Communities and Public Health, When a Friend Commits Suicide

2/05/2009
Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth
This guide introduces the reader to crisis intervention programs for youth, and is based on the experiences of three communities where these programs are emerging.

2/04/2009
President Obama Signs Children’s Health Insurance Bill!
On February 4th, President Obama signed in to law legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The bill (HR 2) cleared its final hurdle when it passed the House by a vote of 290-135, after passing the Senate 66-32 on January 30.

2/03/2009
Support Mental Illness Research Funding
The Senate is expected to vote later this week in support of $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the nearly $900 billion Economic Recovery and Stimulus Package (S 1), known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The full Senate debate begins today, including an amendment being pushed by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) to increase NIH funding.

2/02/2009
Understanding Voices
Through a 3D virtual simulator, Mindstorm presents to the viewer a genuine feeling of what it’s like to suffer from the powerful symptoms of the debilitating illness known as schizophrenia. Read more from Schizophrenia Digest.

1/30/2009
NAMI Celebrates 30th Anniversary
2009 marks the 30th anniversary of NAMI’s remarkable journey. Here is how we are celebrating.

1/30/2009
Book Reviews: January 2009
This Month: The Hour I First Believed, Wishful Drinking

1/30/2009
Senate Passes Children’s Health Insurance Bill!
By a vote of 66-32, the Senate yesterday passed legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

1/30/2009
NAMI Connection: Two Years and Growing
NAMI Connection celebrates its second anniversary, welcomes 16 new states into the program, and announces Spanish-language and veterans initiatives for 2009.

1/30/2009
FOX TV's HOUSE & NAMI Renew Partnership
The hit FOX TV drama House has once again teamed with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise money and awareness in support of people with mental illness and their families.

1/30/2009
NAMI Promotes Crisis Intervention for Youth
An alarming number of youth with serious mental health treatment needs continue to enter the juvenile justice system as a result of the lack of psychiatric crisis intervention services available in schools and communities.

1/30/2009
NAMI Advocate E-newsletter: January 2009
In this issue: House T-shirts; 30th Anniversary;NAMI Connection: Two Years and Growing; NAMI Promotes Crisis Intervention for Youth; President Obama Stands with NAMI on Whistle Stop Tour;NAMI Bookshelf: and more

1/30/2009
President Obama Stands with NAMI on Whistle Stop Tour
Barack Obama stood with NAMI during his Whistle Stop Tour.

1/30/2009
Online Newsletter
This is the quarterly newsletter for Peer to Peer.

1/28/2009
HOUSE T-Shirts Benefit NAMI
Hit television drama debuts a new t-shirt to support NAMI.

1/28/2009
CIT in Action: January 2009
In this issue: NAMI Promotes Crisis Intervention for Youth, 2009 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Grants, NAMI Baltimore Releases Guide to Navigating the Criminal Justice System, and more.

1/27/2009
NAMI Baltimore Releases Guide to Navigating the Criminal Justice System
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore recently released “Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System” a guide to navigating the criminal justice for people with mental illnesses and their families.

1/27/2009
Nominate an Exemplary Psychiatrist
The Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards program allows NAMI members and affiliates in every state, city, and community throughout the country to honor publicly the wonderful contributions that many psychiatrists make to improving the lives of people with psychiatric disorders. Learn more and make your nomination today.

1/27/2009
Studies: Mental Health Courts are Cost-Effective and Reduce Recidivism
Two recently released studies of courts in Alaska find that mental health courts contain costs and help to prevent crime.

1/27/2009
Support Children’s Health Insurance!
The Senate today began debate on legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

1/26/2009
House-ism T-Shirt Release Party Photos
Photos from the release party in Hollywood of the House-ism t-shirts benefiting NAMI

1/26/2009
House Widget
Widget for NAMI and House partnership

1/21/2009
Making Amends
If you’re looking for something to warm your heart and soul, this issue of bp Magazine won’t disappoint. The inspiring cover story, "The Power of Amends, takes an in-depth look at the challenges and rewards that come from trying to make things right with loved ones we’ve wronged.

1/21/2009
Making Amends
If you’re looking for something to warm you heart and soul, this issue of bp Magazine won’t disappoint. The inspiring cover story, "The Power of Amends," takes an in-depth look at the challenges and rewards that come from trying to make things right with loved ones we’ve wronged.

1/21/2009
Parents and Teachers as Allies Monograph in Spanish

1/17/2009
Presenter Information
Important information regarding workshop presentation

1/16/2009
How to Help: When a Person with Mental Illness is Arrested
This guide, co-written by NAMI New York State and the Urban Justice Center, is designed to help New Yorkers with mental illness and others navigate the criminal justice system.

1/16/2009
Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes of the NAMI Board of Directors and Board of Directors Executive Committee.

1/15/2009
Beyond Punishment
NAMI Maryland's guide to navigating the criminal justice system. The information in this book was written specifically for Maryland residents, but may be helpful for others as well.

1/15/2009
IOOV Newsletter

1/13/2009
Support Children’s Health Insurance!
Later this week the House is set to vote on legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

1/13/2009
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.

1/12/2009
NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: January 12, 2009
In this issue: PTSD's Purple Heart and Free Teleconference.

1/09/2009
Inaugural Invitation
President-elect Barack Obama to honor NAMI's Matt Kuntz in Whistle Stop Tour.

1/09/2009
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2009
In this issue: Alone Among Us, Incorporating Faith and Spirituality in Treatment, and Sharing Stories, Dispelling Stigma.

1/08/2009
Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Subsistence Allowance Improvement Act Proposed
This bill, known as H.R. 297, proposes to increases the amount of monthly subsistence allowance payable to veterans participating in the veterans' vocational rehabilitation program.

1/08/2009
Free Teleconference Training
Participate in a free teleconference training, "Promoting Acceptance and Social Inclusion for People with Mental Health Problems in the Workplace." This will be held on Tuesday, January 27. Learn more and register today.

1/08/2009
Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Grant Act Proposed
H.R. 293 would provide reintegration services for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children.

1/07/2009
2009 NAMI Winter Leadership Conference

1/01/2009
Medicare
A new study reports that Medicare enrollees with parity insurance are more likely to receive timely outpatient care.

1/01/2009
Convention Newsletter 01/09
NAMI National Convention newsletter for January 2009

12/30/2008
The Gift of Companionship
Companionship is a way of acting on our concern for a neighbor, for a loved one who is ill. Read about Craig's experience and gift of companionship.

12/30/2008
NAMIWalks YouTube Videos
Video and PSA for NAMIWalks 2009.

12/22/2008
Support NAMI!
There are many ways to contribute in support of NAMI's programs this holiday season- and many include significant tax benefits.

12/19/2008
NAMI Advocate E-newsletter: December 2008
In this issue: Life After Ike; Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Tribute to Senator Pete Domenici; Why Do People with Mental Illness Die Younger?; Best of NAMI Bookshelf: and more...

12/19/2008
Tribute to Sen. Pete Domenici
As we say goodbye to 2008, NAMI bids a special farewell to our good friend, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM). During his historic run of 36 years in the U.S. Senate, he led the fight for every significant piece of legislation affecting people with mental illness. He retired this year following the 2008 elections.

12/19/2008
NAMI Bookshelf: Best of 2008
NAMI's picks for the best books and movies of the year. This year's list includes powerful memoirs, the true story of a musical prodigy, a moving coming-of-age film, and a mystery novel about custody relinquishment.

12/19/2008
Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress
How people respond to stress, whether it's a result of the economy, the holidays, or both, depends more on their resources - support from family and friends, stress management techniques, and even genetic makeup - than the source of the stress itself, say clinical psychologists and nurse practitioners.

12/19/2008
Seasonal Affective Disorder
The end of the calendar year brings the shorter days and longer nights associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). A new study suggests that a genetic mutation could be a factor in the disorder.

12/19/2008
Life After Ike
In September 2008, NAMI created the NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund where 100 percent of donations were used to provide direct aid to the victims of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. NAMI Gulf Coast, an affiliate whose area was hit particularly hard, reports on the devastation and the progress of relief and rebuilding efforts to the area.

12/19/2008
Share Your Views With the Obama-Biden Transition Team
The Obama-Biden Presidential Transition is actively seeking input from Americans on health care reform through the transition website www.change.gov.

12/18/2008
African American Faith Based Initiative

12/18/2008
Grading the States 2009
Grading the States 2009

12/18/2008
In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care Curriculum Rollout
In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care Curriculum Rollout

12/18/2008
Evidence-Based Practices and Multicultural Mental Health
Evidence-Based Practices and Multicultural Mental Health

12/18/2008
2009 NAMI Convention
2009 NAMI Convention

12/18/2008
NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies Monograph Coming Soon in Spanish
NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies Monograph Coming Soon in Spanish

12/18/2008
NAMI-UPenn Partnership to Create Needed GLBTQI Resources
NAMI-UPenn Partnership to Create Needed GLBTQI Resources

12/18/2008
Emerging Multicultural Leaders Project
Emerging Multicultural Leaders Project

12/18/2008
Recovery for All: December 2008
the 2008 year in review issue of Recovery for all, the e-newsletter of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center

12/18/2008
FAQ for Contact Us

12/18/2008
Cultural & Linguistic Competence Coordinators’ Network
Cultural & Linguistic Competence Coordinators’ Network

12/18/2008
COSI project announcement
COSI project announcement

12/12/2008
Cultural Healing
A growing immigrant population highlights a need for improved, culturally competent mental health services in the United States.

12/12/2008
Mariel Hemingway: Learning From Her Legacy
Mariel Hemingway is all about balance. Learn about the way she handles balance in her life from the premiere issue of Esperanza, a new magazine focused on anxiety and depression.

12/12/2008
Mariel Hemingway: Learning From Her Legacy
Mariel Hemingway is all about balance. She's such a strong proponent of it, in fact, that she began seeking it out decades before it came into vogue as a philosophy for living. Read Mariel's wellness tips from the premiere issue of Esperanza, a new magazine focused on anxiety and depression.

12/11/2008
NAMI's Statement at the Murder Victims Families for Human Rights Event on the Death Penalty
NAMI's Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, Ron Honberg, spoke at the Murder Victims Families for Human Rights conference on the death penalty and mental illness October 3, 2008, in San Antonio, TX.

12/11/2008
American Bar Association Takes a Stance Against Death Penalty for Defendants with Mental Illness
Read the ABA's resolution declaring that people with mental illnesses, mental retardation, dementia, or a traumatic brain injury should not be executed or sentence to death.

12/10/2008
Major Depressive Episode and Treatment for Depression among Veterans Aged 21-39
Recent research indicates that an estimated 25 to 30 percent of the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reported symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive condition. Untreated mental health problems can result in long-term negative consequences for the affected individuals, their families, their communities and our nation as a whole.

12/10/2008
CBS Cares: Suicide Prevention
View suicide prevention video's that air on CBS.

12/10/2008
Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet from NIH
National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, fact sheet on Tourette Syndrome.

12/10/2008
P2P Training Evaluation
This is the evaluation that should be filled out by each of the newly trained mentors at the end of the training.

12/10/2008
Department of Defense (DoD) Develops Compensation and Benefits Handbook
The Compensation and Benefits Handbook is the one source of information that covers everything a seriously ill or injured service member will need during his or her recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration, including information on mental health treatment.

12/10/2008
Tourette Syndrome Association
Web site of the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).

12/09/2008
Scepter's Slideshow
This is a slideshow put together by Scepter Spainbey from the 2008 Training of Trainers.

12/08/2008
What is Peer to Peer?
This section is the main page and explains what the program is.

12/08/2008
Key Course Topics
This section lists the weekly topics of the Peer to Peer Course.

12/08/2008
Death Penalty

12/08/2008
NAMI Board Welcome Packet

12/08/2008
Get Involved!
This page tells people interested in the program the next steps for becoming involved.

12/08/2008
NAMI Standards of Excellence - Affiliation & Chartering Policy Manual

12/08/2008
Testimonials
These are the testimonials and quotes from people who have experienced the P2P course.

12/05/2008
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2008
In this issue: A comic with depression reaches out, Ruth Graham raises her voice about depression, Church acknowledges depression through "Blue Christmas", Lehigh County conference of churches, Faith-based center cares for the uninsured, and Researching "higher power" relationships

12/05/2008
Health and Wellness
People with severe mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population.

12/04/2008
Recovering Your Mental Health
A series of self-help guides entitled Recovering Your Mental Health provides facts, strategies, and ideas that consumers have found helpful in exercising best practices in promoting wellness and preventing illness.

12/04/2008
NAMI 2008 IRS 990
NAMI's signed 2008 IRS 990 report.

12/02/2008
NAMI Articles of Incorporation

12/02/2008
Board of Directors Forum

12/02/2008
Board Resources

12/01/2008
Convention Newsletter 12/08
NAMI National Convention newsletter for December 2008

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Committee List 2008-2009

11/26/2008
The Holiday Season: Finding Light in the Darkness
We are entering into a festive season. The winter holidays are meant to be times of joy, parties and gatherings with friends and families. But for many people this is a lonely stretch of the year marked by hard memories and unrealized dreams.

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors List 2008-2009

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Conflict of Interest Form

11/26/2008
Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

11/26/2008
Board Binder - December 2008

11/26/2008
StigmaBuster Alert: November 26, 2008
In this issue: Desperate Housewives: A Thanksgiving Turkey, Out of the Shadows special offer, and Out of the Inbox.

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Expense Reimbursement Form

11/26/2008
NAMI National Bylaws

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Council Representatives 2008-2009

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Monthly Conference Call Schedule

11/26/2008
NAMI Strategic Plan 2007-2010

11/26/2008
NAMI Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures

11/25/2008
Latest Board News
Get the latest news for the NAMI Board of Directors.

11/25/2008
CIT in Action: November 2008
In this issue: Youth Needs Highlighted at the CIT National Conference, New Resource on Training Available from the Council of State Governments, and more!

11/25/2008
Introduction

11/24/2008
Youth Needs Highlighted at the CIT National Conference
NAMI National, with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, supported two sessions on crisis intervention for children and youth at this month’s CIT National Conference in Atlanta.

11/24/2008
Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training
The Council of State Government’s Justice Center has released the newest guide in its series, Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses, entitled Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training.

11/24/2008
Join CIT International!
CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training programs throughout the U.S. and in other nations worldwide.

11/21/2008
Children and Mental Illness
Nebraska law exposes mental health system in crisis.

11/21/2008
Election 2008: Now What?
After an historic election cycle, the 2008 presidential election has been decided and Barack Obama will take the oath of office for the presidency in January. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress. What does the future hold for mental health care reform?

11/21/2008
NAMI Advocate e-newsletter: November 2008
In this issue: Election 2008: Now What?; Breakdown; Parents and Teachers as Allies; A Family Guide; The Soloist Premiere Postponed; NAMI Bookshelf; and more...

11/21/2008
Breakdown
When a public system issues a cry for help, it often does so in horrific ways. Sure, there are stacks of polite studies and the occasional sharply worded report, pleas from advocates and the dogged efforts of a few legislators. But more visible than any of these is abject failure.

11/21/2008
Frequently Asked Questions
Get help now! Find answers to the most commonly asked questions of NAMI about mental illness, medication, treatment and recovery options, crisis services and support groups, legal support and more!

11/21/2008
Parents and Teachers as Allies Continues to Expand
NAMI recently hosted a "Training of National Trainers" to train additional NAMI leaders in key states and communities on Parents and Teachers as Allies, a two-hour, in-service mental health education program for school professionals.

11/21/2008
A Family Guide ~ Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-Based Practices
Due to popular demand, NAMI has reprinted this practical guide, designed to inform families about evidence-based practices in children's mental health. A Family Guide also provides information on an array of treatment and support options.

11/21/2008
The Soloist Premiere Postponed - But See the Clips
Originally scheduled for release during Thanksgiving, the movie The Soloist, about a homeless violinist living with schizophrenia, has been postponed until April 24, 2009.

11/21/2008
Book Reviews: November 2008
This Month: Stalking Irish Madness: Searching the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia, Schizophrenia for Dummies, Borderline Personality Disorder: thefacts: All the Information You Need, Straight from the Experts, Hammond’s Choice: A Marty Fenton Mystery Novel, A Balanced Life: 9 Strategies for Coping with the Mental Health Problems of a Loved One

11/20/2008
Depression: Gaps and Guideposts
A new major survey released by NAMI reveals gaps in Americans' understanding of major depression.

11/20/2008
Avanzamos Otono 2008
Avanzamos primavera 2008, la revista para los miembros de NAMI e individuos que tienen interes en salud mental que hablan espanol. El enfoque de esta edicion es en el sistema de justicia penal y tipos de intervención por personas que tiene enfermedades mentales.

11/19/2008
Great American Smokeout - November 20th!
Join millions of other smokers on November 20th as they take part in the Great American Smokeout by remaining smoke free for 24 hours. This one smoke free day could be the start of a smoke free lifestyle.

11/19/2008
Standards Workgroup Town Hall Comments

11/16/2008
P2P Policies
These are the policies that P2P affiliates and states are required to follow while running the program.

11/14/2008
Find A Group
Map listing states with support group

11/14/2008
Latest News
The latest news from NAMI Connection

11/14/2008
Get Involved
How to get involved with NAMI Connection

11/13/2008
NAMIWalks Sponsorship Proposal
NAMIWalks Sponsorship Proposal

11/13/2008
Welcome Back Awards Seeks Nominations
The Welcome Back Awards is now accepting nominations to honor those who work in the depression community. The Welcome Back Awards was established by Eli Lilly and Co. to recognize outstanding achievements in the fight against depression and the stigma often associated with the illness. Nominations due December 15!

11/13/2008
Scientific Research
Scientists publish new theory on the link between parents, genes, and mental illness.

11/12/2008
Otono 2008 Mensaje de la editora
Avanzamos otono 2008 letter from the editor/ mensaje de la editora

11/12/2008
Otono programas de NAMI
Avanzamos otono 2008 programas de NAMI: CIT

11/12/2008
Otono Programas de NAMI 2 P2P
Avanzamos otono 2008 programas de NAMI: Persona a Persona

11/12/2008
Mentor Application
This is the application for people interested in becoming mentors.

11/12/2008
otono enfoque 2 Dana Markey
Avanzamos otono 2008 enfoque:

11/12/2008
Frequently Asked Questions: Legal

11/12/2008
otono entre amigos
Avanzamos otono 2008 first consumer story / entre amigos

11/12/2008
otono a fondo
Avanzamos otono 2008 a fondo: Cortes de Salud Mental

11/12/2008
Frequently Asked Questions: Treatments

11/12/2008
otono enfoque 1 Laura Usher
Avanzamos otono 2008 enfoque: La Mesa Directiva de NAMI opina acerca de asuntos relacionados con la criminalización

11/12/2008
Otono mentes sanas
Avanzamos otono 2008 mentes sanas: Mi Historia por Ashleigh Brenton

11/12/2008
Frequenty Asked Questions: Coping

11/12/2008
Frequently Asked Questions: Social Resources
Frequently Asked Questions About NAMI and Mental Illness.

11/12/2008
Medicare Drug Benefit Update: 2009 Plan Year Enrollment Begins
November 15 marks the start of the open enrollment period for the Medicare Part D drug benefit for 2009. During this “open season” period for 2009 drug plan enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to select prescription drug coverage that goes into effect on January 1, 2009. The open season process ends on December 31.

11/12/2008
Frequently Asked Questions: General Info

11/12/2008
Letter of Acknowledgement for Trainings
This is the letter that should be sent to NAMI National at least 6 weeks prior to a mentor training.

11/11/2008
Persona a Persona Update
Click this link to read about our expanding Persona a Persona Program!

11/11/2008
Mentor Screening Tool
This is the interview tool used to evaluate and select P2P mentors.

11/11/2008
Mentor Training Checklist
This is the checklist that coordinators should use to prepare for a mentor training.

11/10/2008
Spanish Materials

11/10/2008
National Stress Out Week
During National Stress Øut Week, take time to de-stress and discover the difference between everyday stress and an anxiety disorder. Learn more from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

11/08/2008
P2P Logo
This is the P2P Logo that can be attached to flyers or documents made by states or affiliates.

11/08/2008
P2P State Coordinator Contact List
This is the contact list for P2P coordinators in the field.

11/07/2008
2009 Exhibit Information
Exhibit information for the 2009 NAMI National Convention

11/07/2008
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2008
In this issue: Veterans Day and PTSD ads from Mental Health Ministries, Using the Spirit to Heal the Mind, Spiritual Care as Important as Physical Care, Faith is Rewarded

11/06/2008
Peer-to-Peer Mentor Manual Cover Page
These two documents should be placed inside of the manual on top of the tab divider for Week One. After you open the manual, the first thing you see is the title page, followed by the Sincere Uncritical Acceptance Image.

11/05/2008
Veterans Day
NAMI releases a new PTSD brochure, intended to help individuals experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with the illness.

11/04/2008
Facilitator Manual
Facilitator Manual listing

11/04/2008
Trainer Manual
NAMI Connection's Trainer Manual

11/04/2008
Mentor Manual Right Side Pocket
These are the documents that go in the right hand side of the mentor manual. *COURSE EVALUATION IS IN THIS SECTION!

11/03/2008
Sample Training Agenda
This is the sample agenda for a mentor training.

11/03/2008
Mentor Manual Body
This is the section for documents in the body of the mentor manual.

11/03/2008
Participant Screening Tool
This is the document used to interview and select participants for the P2P course.

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Zoloft

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Luvox

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Symbyax

11/02/2008
Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
NAMI's fact sheet on Symbyax.

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Luvox

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Klonopin

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Invega

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Topamax

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Buspar

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Prozac

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Remeron

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Symbyax

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Effexor

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Cymbalta

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Lamictal

11/02/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Invega

11/01/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Clozaril

11/01/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Tegretol

11/01/2008
Food and Drug Administration Label Insert for Ativan

11/01/2008
Food and Drug Administration Consumer Information on Cymbalta

11/01/2008