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Welcome to the NAMI Newsroom, the place for reporters, advocates and other media professionals. NAMI's communications services team is available around-the-clock to news media for:

  • Expert analysis on a wide range of issues related to severe mental illnesses or brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder/manic-depression, major depression, and anxiety disorders.
  • Current data on research, treatments, rates of prevalence
  • Interviews with national spokespersons and technical experts
  • Access to persons with serious mental illness and their families who are willing to share personal stories with the media
  • Comment on breaking news

Media Contacts:

Bob Carolla, Director of Media Relations
NAMI
3803 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Telephone: (703) 524-7600
Fax: (703) 516-7238
Email: bobc@nami.org


Newtown: Marking the First Anniversary

Dec. 14, 2013 will mark the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, where 20 children and six adults were killed. Along with other tragedies, it has resulted in profound examination of the nation’s mental health system.

In observance of the first anniversary, NAMI has created a special section with resources and information for policymakers, news media and the general public ... continue



For NAMI Press Releases, you may read the most recent release below, or visit the Press Release Archive to browse releases from 1997 - present.


Most Recent Press Releases

NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists for Inspirational Work in the Mental Health Field
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will honor 23 doctors as Exemplary Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual conference in New York City on May 4.NAMI's annual Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards honor doctors who go "an extra mile" in their commitment to providing excellent mental health care.

NAMI Statement: The Fort Hood Tragedy
Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), issued the following statement in response the tragedy at Fort Hood on April 2.

NAMI Joins with Saddleback Church and Catholic Diocese to Bring Together Religious Leaders and Health Experts for Mental Health Education—Event Has National Significance
The evangelical Saddleback Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and NAMI Orange County, the local NAMI Affiliate, are co-sponsoring the event, aimed at encouraging individuals living with mental illness, educating family members and equipping church leaders to provide effective, compassionate ministry to those who confront mental illness. "The Gathering will focus on individuals and families in the Orange County community, but it is nationally significant as a model for outreach that unifies spiritual inspiration with mental health needs. It also represents a powerful trumpet call for an end to stigma," said NAMI national executive director Mary Giliberti.

NAMI Calls Mental Health Crisis a "Double Whammy," Shortages Exist for Both Beds and Services
"Hospital beds for individuals with mental illness who experience acute crisis are a necessary element for America's mental health care system, but there are not enough beds. Supply does not meet demand. It is not just patients who are in crisis; it is the system as well.

NAMI Celebrates Victory in Preserving Medicare Part D Access to Psychiatric Medications
HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it has heard the concerns of people living with mental illness and others over the elimination of three protected drug classifications under Medicare Part D.




Additional Information

Facts About NAMI
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

Facts and Figures About Mental Illness
Mental illnesses can profoundly disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life.

Military and Veterans Mental Health
American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other veterans cannot depend solely on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) for mental health care—even though the civilian mental health care system is in crisis, according to the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held this past week.

NAMI Applauds Bipartisan Mental Illness Insurance Parity Bill
NAMI is proud to support the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 and the unprecedented bipartisan agreement achieved by Senators Pete Domenici, Ted Kennedy and Mike Enzi.

Statement on TAC Hospital Report
NAMI responds to the Treatment Advocacy Center's (TAC) report on the shortage of hospital beds for individuals with mental illness.



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