A surprising story about mental illness
Posted on Nov 02 2016

A story that involves NAMI's national Engagement Report and a view from the grassroots in Rosburg, Oregon. 

Engagement is defined as “winning and keeping trust, expressing that you care.”


Opening Up About Mental Illness:
Posted on Oct 30 2016


Hollywood A-listers, TV, and movies are dealing frankly with issues once hidden. NAMI's National Director of Communications & Public Affairs Katrina Gays offers three reasons.

A Cruel Trick on the Mentally Ill
Posted on Oct 28 2016
U.S. News & World Report

Do we like  to scare people with other medical treatments such as chemotherapy or dialysis? NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti explains why stigmatizing Halloween costumes and haunted asylum attractions are public health problems.

Halloween attractions use mental illness to scare us. Here’s why advocates say it must stop
Posted on Oct 25 2016
Washington Post

This storye--featured on page A3 of the Post and as the tabloid cover story for The Washington Express  distributed in Metro stations throughout the DC area--desribes  NAMI's Halloween Horrors campaign. It quotes NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti and several of NAMI's grassroots advocates.

Should Dallas officers who survived ambush be required to undergo counseling?
Posted on Jul 11 2016
Dallas Morning News

Shootings, natural disasters and terrorist attacks affect first rresponders as surely as civilians. In the wake of the Dallas tragedy that left five police officers dead, the chief of police is responding tomental health concerns. NAMI's report on police mental health, released in April with the Department of Justice, is now being cited as a warning that  too few police agencies have prepared to support personnel who experience psychological fallout from mass casualty events.

Commentary: Minority Mental Health Month highlights urgent need
Posted on Jul 10 2016
Greenville Online (South Carolina)

NAMI and Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters natiowide are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community. African Americans comprise 12 percent of the population — the second-largest ethnic minority group in the United States — but they often receive disproportionately less and lower quality care than other communities for both medical and mental health services

Passing a Landmark Mental Health Bill
Posted on Jul 08 2016

NAMI called the bill a major step forward that also creates a framework for the future.

Mental Health Reform Bill Overwhelmingly Clears House of Representatives
Posted on Jul 06 2016

The House passed the bill by a vote of 422-2. Legislators are calling now for the Senate to act. The bill includes  provisions to address the nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists,as well as creating the position of assistant secretary for mental health in the Department of Health & Human Services.

Families failed by a broken mental health care system often have no one to call but police.
Posted on Jul 06 2016
Boston Globe

The second in a series, "The Deaparate and the Dead"about the Massachusetts mental health care system, this article focuses on deadly confrontations with police. It is linked to an additional article,"Crisis in the Woods."

The Assault on Antidepressants
Posted on Jul 01 2016
The Atlantic

Almost 25 years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer. M.D., has published Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants to counter what he feels is a destructive level of ignorance and confusion about the  effectiveness of current medications. He makes the case that they work—not all the time, and not for all people, but in lots of ways that can save lives.