NAMI Blog

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

By Ryann Tanap | Jan. 13, 2017

There’s something very powerful about art. It allows the viewer to experience life from different perspectives. With mental health becoming more commonplace in everyday conversation, it’s no surprise that we can experience it within the creative and performing arts community.

An Answer for Our Toughest Battle of the Day

By Danei Edelen and Alex Hanna | Jan. 11, 2017

Getting up each day is just something people do. Even if reluctantly, most people can muster the strength to slip out from under the sheets, put their feet on the floor and stand up. For those of us living with mental illness, getting out of bed is not so simple. 

Selective Mutism: Frozen in Silence

By Traci Noelle | Jan. 09, 2017

As a child, the author of this blog would hide behind her parents’ legs when someone tried to talk to her. Everyone thought she was just shy. But selective mutism isn’t shyness.

What I Learned from Carrie Fisher

By Jess Lader | Jan. 06, 2017

Ask yourself: “What can I do in the coming year to help change the perception of mental illness?” You may discover that your calling in life will help the fight against stigma—something we need more of in this world.  Because Carrie Fisher is no longer with us, we all need to work a little harder.

Strategies of Living Well: Four Secrets in Plain Sight

By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Jan. 04, 2017

Psychiatrist, advocate, and author of this blog writes about four foundational "secrets" he believes will help people experiencing mental health conditions. These secrets give people the option to take action while we wait for the scientific discoveries of the future.

NAMI in the News: 2016 in Review

By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 30, 2016

Throughout the year, NAMI was mentioned in the news hundreds of times due to our efforts in spreading awareness, advocating for mental health reform and helping support individuals and families with mental health conditions. Here are some of our newsworthy highlights.

Understanding What Causes Stigma

By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 28, 2016

We often discuss how much of a problem stigma is and how much it impacts those who live with mental illness. However, it is somewhat rare for us to focus on the foundation stigma roots itself in. In this blog, we explore five possible components that may lead to stigma.

An Ode to Schizophrenia

By Steven Wilson | Dec. 23, 2016

The author of this blog describes his experiences with multiple psychotic breaks, as well as his lifelong battle with stigma. His main coping skill—painting—always pulled him through and helped him (eventually) recover. 

The Mental Health Benefits of Religion & Spirituality

By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 21, 2016

Religion and spirituality are both rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life and, in some cases, how a relationship with a higher power may influence that meaning. Both practices can have an incredible impact on mental health. 

The Impact of Music Therapy on Mental Health

By Molly Warren, MM, LPMT, MT-BC | Dec. 19, 2016

Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia (to name a few). Learn more about this powerful form of therapy here.

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