Press Releases

Mental health system "failed" man who attacked Beatle George Harrison
Oct 23 2001

British health officials offered formal apologies to the Harrisons and Abram, who remains detained in a secure facility.

NAMI Applauds World Health Organization's Landmark Report on Mental Health
Oct 04 2001

The report is the culmination of WHO's year-long campaign on mental health, and marks the first time in the organization's history that World Health Day and the World Health Report were both dedicated to a single topic - mental health and mental illnesses.

The Andrea Yates Case: Family To Family
Sep 17 2001

But even when a person with a mental illness knows the basic difference between right and wrong, the twisted logic and confusion of psychosis-which may include delusions and hallucinations-still may convince them that wrong is right, and that doing the unthinkable is what needs to be done.

NAMI Warns Sony and Mattel: International Reputations are at Risk
Aug 30 2001

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has launched a protest of products marketed by Sony Corporation of America and Mattel, Inc. that violate the U.S. Surgeon General's call on the entertainment industry to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Text of Letter to Corporate Leaders of Sony, Mattel, and Max Steel from Richard C. Birkel, Ph.D., NAMI Executive Director
Aug 28 2001

In recent months we have received reports from parents appalled at the character "Psycho" featured in the Max Steel television series and sold as an action figure by Mattel. In addition, Sony is promoting hurtful, inaccurate, dehumanizing stigma about people with mental illnesses in connection with violent video games.

NAMI Applauds Senate Committee for Unanimous Approval of Parity Bill
Aug 01 2001

Today's action by the Senate Committee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions (HELP), recommending S.543, the Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act of 2001 unanimously to the full Senate represents an important step forward to strengthen existing law and end discrimination in insurance coverage.

Postpartum Depression & Parity Legislation Deadline
Jul 25 2001

Under S.543, discrimination against mental illnesses like postpartum depression would be prohibited. Introduced by U.S. Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Paul Wellstone (D-MN) to strengthen existing federal law, the bill faces an October 1, 2001 deadline when current law expires.

NAMI Commends Senate for Convening Hearing on Mental Health Parity
Jul 11 2001

NAMI strongly advocates for the passing of parity laws to end discriminatory health insurance coverage for children and adults with severe mental illnesses and their families. Such legislation will strengthen current federal law and finish the work that Congress began five years ago with the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.

New Officers & Directors Elected to NAMI Board
Jul 08 2001

Delegates to the national convention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in Washington, D.C. on July 11-15, 2001 elected four new members to the organization's board of directors, along with two incumbents, to three-year terms.

NAMI Convention Focuses on Global Impact of Mental Illness
Jul 02 2001

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses, will hold its 22nd annual convention July 11-14, 2001 at the Washington Hilton & Towers Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.