We here at NAMI take teen suicide prevention very seriously. Our Ending the Silence Program has been working hard to open conversations with middle and high schoolers about what they can do if they or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide. 13 Reasons Why has been a big problem that we are fighting back against. This NPR article talks about how schools are coping with this problem nationwide.Read More
NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically law enforcement agencies—to request training and technical assistance. Through the initiative’s work, law enforcement agencies will be better prepared to interact with people Read More
During the month of May, NAMI will observe Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental illness. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
This year, NAMI is launching “CureStigma” a new campaign that builds on the successful #StigmaFree initiative and positions stigma as a “social virus” that is spreading across America. Stigma is a sign or sense of disgrace that sets someone apart from others. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be Read More
Encouraging Youth To Share Their StoriesBy Laura Greenstein | Apr. 27, 2018
Far too often, young people experience stigma that invalidates their struggles with mental health. Far too often, young people are treated as if they are incapable of experiencing mental illness. Far too often, young people don’t get the help they need.Moonglass Studios/Letters to Strangers
How can we expect our youth to reach out for help with challenging symptoms when they often only receive more pain than help? When they think they will be Read More
The Double Standard Of Mental IllnessBy Michelle Walshe | Apr. 25, 2018
Mental health conditions are not the only illnesses to suffer from stigma: AIDS, leprosy and obesity are others. However, Princess Diana shook hands and shook the world at the same time. Antibiotics took care of leprosy and obesity receives a lot of attention from the media. But mental health…it still languishes in the shadows.
It receives occasional celebrity glances, but I feel like these campaigns actually move mental health Read More
Anxiety, My CompanionBy Laura Greenstein | Apr. 23, 2018
My relationship with Anxiety is like what they say about falling in love: “gradual and then all at once.” She started spending time with me when I was in college—only every once in a while—then, I slowly became more anxious as I started adulthood. With each hardship I faced, Anxiety became a more consistent companion.
Anxiety begged me to seek reassurance and validation for the lack of comfort in my new Read More