Best Books, Movies, and Television of 2005
The end of the year typically signals the announcement of many annual "best" and "worst" lists. So in that spirit, we have compiled a list of some of the best books, movies, and television of the past year.
From a novel to a historical biography, from a reference guide to an Emmy-winning television comedy, 2005 provided an array of positive portrayals of the issues related to mental illness. Here's hoping that 2006 provides even more. Read more...
Suicide Prevention: Reaching Out
New NAMI Guides Focus on Suicide-Attempt Survivors
NAMI has published a special set of guides to help people who attempt suicide and come into contact with hospital emergency rooms.
Each set consists of three brochures in English and two in Spanish. The brochures seek to educate the key participants in the crisis: medical professionals, family members, and patients themselves, in order to reduce the risk of further attempts. The guide for medical professionals has already been distributed to over 400 hospital emergency departments around the country. Read more...
NAMI Leaders Speak Out on Stigma, Faith and Recovery
Along with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, several NAMI family and consumer leaders are featured in a new documentary about mental illness and the hope for recovery.
From December 4, 2005, through February 4, 2006, local ABC-TV stations will be showing -- at their discretion -- Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness, a one-hour documentary produced by Mennonite Media and the National Council of Churches.
The program is billed as "an intimate, inside look at what it is like to live with a mental illness and how individuals and their families find their way through a tangle of mental, medical, governmental, societal, and spiritual issues." Read more...
Hurricane Katrina: Three Months Later
Less than three months after the first of two devastating hurricanes hit the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast on August 29, people living with mental illness in Louisiana and NAMI advocates still face a bleak reality.
NAMI’s initial response to the hurricanes included coordinating with advocates across all levels—national, state, and local—to help identify and locate individuals, make information and resources available, identify shelter options, and ensure basic treatment access. NAMI’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Initiative integrated grassroots efforts and supported NAMI advocates by filtering information, identifying resources, and advocating for the mobilization of efforts to meet the basic needs of people living with mental illness in Louisiana and Mississippi. Read more...
NAMIWalks for the Mind of America - 2005 Update
NAMI’s signature fund- and awareness-raising walkathon program, NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, continued to grow at a dramatic rate this year. Approximately 50,000 people came to the events nationwide, and it is estimated that by the time the last dollar is counted, the program will have raised $4.4 to $4.5 million dollars for NAMI state and affiliate organizations across the country.
Forty-nine walks were held in 2005. NAMIWalks even went global in 2005. There was a NAMIWalk in Mumbai, India in October sponsored by NAMI India and held in conjunction with World Mental Health Week. Read more...