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NAMI Offers Local Communities Support amid State Mental Health Crisis

August 31, 2010

Arlington, Va.— In a newly released interview filmed at the 2010 NAMI national convention, Mike Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), underscores the ongoing impact of the economic recession on state mental health services and highlights the local NAMI supports offered to people affected by mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The economic downturn continues to affect individuals and families in every state. For those living with serious mental illness, state budget cuts continue to jeopardize mental health programs, which results in added pressure on hospital emergency rooms, crisis teams, the criminal justice system and other aspects of society. Many people also are experiencing depression or anxiety for the first time and may be struggling to navigate the mental health system.

"Each year, NAMI members and supporters from virtually every state in the country to come together at the national convention to talk about their lives, what works, what’s effective, now to make change," said Fitzpatrick. "During these difficult times, when people may not have access to the supports and treatment they deserve, people need NAMI more than ever."

There are many ways people can find help and become involved with a local NAMI affiliate. NAMI offers a wide variety of education, training and peer support programs led by trained facilitators who have experience living with mental illness themselves or care for a loved one living with mental illness. In addition to these programs, NAMI advocates are active in their communities, educating local leaders and the public about mental health care issues. Find a local NAMI contact today.

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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, support and advocacy.

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