NAMI Blog

How Families Can Work Together

By Izzy Gonçalves | Nov. 04, 2019
Using a collaborative care plan can help families work together to develop treatment goals, responsibilities and action plans to help their loved one with mental illness. Here's what that would look like.

My Path to Accepting Mental Illness

By Emily Metcalf | Nov. 01, 2019
"Maybe we will even learn through the process of accepting our illness that what we thought of as weakness has brought us strength. We might learn to love ourselves more for enduring hardship, becoming strong and gaining wisdom."

The PTSD They Don’t Talk About

By Natalia Chung | Oct. 30, 2019
"When I returned from the doctor, I couldn’t believe it. PTSD: a diagnosis given to a person who has survived a traumatic event. I had never seen a body on the ground covered in blood, I had never killed anyone, I had never even been hit. Is what I had endured worthy of the title of PTSD?"

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Depression

By Mariah Matarazzo | Oct. 28, 2019
"In honor of National Depression Awareness Month, I encourage you to have a conversation with your loved ones about depression. Do your best to be a support system for those who need it, and let them know you’re there."

People with Mental Illness Can Work

By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP | Oct. 21, 2019
"Stigma says to people with mental illness that we’re not ambitious, motivated, intelligent or able. It says we’re unable to handle stress, too sick and even potentially dangerous. However, these are all myths, and the common belief that people with mental illness cannot work, is a myth." 
 

Clarifying the Nature of Psychiatric Diagnoses

By Jordan Parks | Oct. 18, 2019
"We must be precise, united and bold in standing for the unique nature of each individual. We have to stop perpetuating the myth that a psychiatric diagnosis is simultaneously an identity statement, a case study and a personality profile."
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