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NAMI's official partnership of Lifetime's "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" features a call to action for individuals and families living with mental illness to help shed light on mental illness and encourage understanding and conversation. The film features its notable cast, including Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer and Ernie Hudson, in a series of five shorts focusing on the characters' experiences with mental illness. Powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.
Click the above banner to learn more and join in with this call to action and be sure to watch the short, powerful call to action video starring "Call Me Crazy" cast members (pictured right). Tune in for the "Call Me Crazy" premiere airing on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET /7 p.m. CT.
Series on mental health in black community seeks to remove stigma (The Denver Post, 3/29/13, by Colleen O'Connor)
Initiative ends silence about Asian American mental health (University of Illinois at Chicago News Center, 4/2/13, by Christy Levy)
'Harvard Speaks Up' About Mental Health (The Harvard Crimson, 4/8/13, by Quinn D. Hatoff)
- It's time to tell your story: NAMI's You Are Not Alone campaign continues to promote healing through story sharing with continued contributions from individuals across the country. Your story, video or picture submission can make the difference to someone that shows they are not alone!
- Yashi Brown is joined by her mother, Rebbie Jackson, and sister Stacee in their video contribution to NAMI's You Are Not Alone campaign (pictured and linked, middle right).
- Improving Access to Children's Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, March 2013)
- Communities Using New Spin on Tradition to Help At-Risk Yup’ik Youth (as reported by the National Network to Eliminate Disparities, March 29, 2013)
- CDC Quickstats: Annual Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Suicide and Homicide, by Black or White Race
From 1999 to 2010, annual age-adjusted homicide death rates for blacks were at least four times the rates for whites. In contrast, suicide rates for whites were twice as high as the rates for blacks. From 1999 to 2010, homicide death rates decreased 13.2 percent among whites, from 3.8 deaths per 100,000 population to 3.3, and suicide rates increased 20.4 percent, from 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population to 13.6. Among blacks, homicide death rates increased 7.0 percent, from 20.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 21.5 in 2006, then decreased 17.7 percent, from 21.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2006 to 17.7 in 2010. Suicide rates decreased 7.1 percent among blacks, from 5.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 5.2 in 2010.
History and Highlights Webinar: Learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET
In this kickoff of the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 webinar prep series, learn about how Bebe Moore Campbell, loving mother, NAMI member and respected author, inspired this special month to increase public awareness of mental health among minority communities and increase access to services and support. Now what can you do? The session will provide an overview of available resources to help you plan your own event and celebrate the month.
Community Alliance for CLAS webinar series is featuring helpful information and contexts of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. Recordings soon to be provided on webinars that have already taken place. Coming up: Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Individuals and Families on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. PST. Click here for more information and registration links for all upcoming webinars of this series.