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NAMI Advocate e-newsletter, December 2008
In this issue: Life After Ike; Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Tribute to Senator Pete Domenici; Why Do People with Mental Illness Die Younger?; Best of NAMI Bookshelf: and more... Read this issue online.

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A Tribute to Senator Pete Domenici

A Tribute to Senator Pete Domenici

As we say goodbye to 2008, NAMI bids a special farewell to our good friend, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM). During his historic run of 36 years in the U.S. Senate, he led the fight for every significant piece of legislation affecting people with mental illness. He retired this year following the 2008 elections.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The end of the year brings shorter days and longer nights, which exacerbate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). A new study suggests that a genetic mutation could be a factor in the disorder.
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Why Do People with Mental Illness Die Younger?

Why Do People with Mental Illness Die Younger?

A study by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) finds that, on average, people with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population. Read more in this article from the December 3, 2008, edition of Time magazine.


NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund

Life after Ike

In September 2008, NAMI created the NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund where 100 percent of donations were used to provide direct aid to the victims of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. NAMI Gulf Coast, an affiliate whose area was hit particularly hard, reports on the devastation and the progress of relief and rebuilding efforts to the area.
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Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress

Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress

by Cathryn Domrose
Copyright 2009. Gannett Heatlhcare Group (www.nurse.com). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

How people respond to stress, whether it's a result of the economy, the holidays, or both, depends more on their resources - support from family and friends, stress management techniques, and even genetic makeup - than the source of the stress itself, say clinical psychologists and nurse practitioners.
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NAMI Bookshelf

NAMI Bookshelf: Best of 2008

NAMI's picks for the best books and movies of the year. This year's list includes powerful memoirs, the true story of a musical prodigy, a moving coming-of-age film, and a mystery novel about custody relinquishment.
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