September 1, 2010
Arlington, Va.--The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is providing a new dimension to its Hearts & Minds initiative, an educational program that promotes "mind and body" health practices for individuals who live with mental illness.
A new "Mindfulness" section on NAMI’s Hearts and Minds website includes a 10-minute video of guided mediation, along with information about other holistic methods to complement medication and therapy and help a person to gain greater control over the recovery process.
Practices covered include basic meditation, guided imagery, yoga and Tai Chi, and creative outlets such as writing, art, music and dance.
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"Medication and therapy are crucial to recovery, but everyone’s experience is different," said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. "Hearts and Minds offers a holistic dimension for managing mental illness. Some practices will work for some people, but not for everyone. In the end it comes down to what works for you."
"Outlets for self-awareness exist in every state and local
Mental illnesses include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other diagnoses.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education,