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.

How Helping Others Can Help You

By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 16, 2016

A recent study found that giving help had greater benefits than receiving help. Some of us might not need a study to prove that—we've experienced it.

Sign, Sealed, Delivered: Mental Health Reform is a Law

By Happy Carlock | Dec. 14, 2016

The work of thousands of NAMI advocates has paid off. Congress heard NAMI’s voice through hundreds of thousands of phone calls, emails and tweets, and they answered. Now, more Americans will have access to the mental health care they need.

From One Parent to Another: How to Help Your Child

By Karen Meadows | Dec. 09, 2016

After her daughter died by suicide, the author of this blog learned everything she could about mental health. She's sharing her newfound knowledge with fellow parents, with the hope that even one of her suggestions might prevent another lost battle. 

Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD

By Welby O’Brien | Dec. 07, 2016

It takes an exceptional person to love a warrior, especially one whose battle doesn’t end when they come home. Based on research and experiences with her husband, the author of this blog has compiled a list of what to do and not do when communicating with a loved one battling PTSD.

Community Support Builds Better Lives

By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 05, 2016

Connect 4 Mental Health encourages collaboration among the mental health community and other community-based organizations to implement quality programs and services. Each year, they give out Community Innovation Awards celebrating the achievements of four programs. Here are this year’s awardees.

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