From The CEO

The Germanwings Tragedy, Depression and Stigma

Apr. 02, 2015

In the case of Flight 9252's co-pilot, the fact is that we don't know his full history yet. We may never know every relevant fact. His precise history of depression, whatever it may have been, may ultimately be seen as unimportant compared to other issues in his life.

Welcome to the New NAMI.org

Feb. 09, 2015

I’m excited to announce that NAMI launched its new website last week, a project two years in the making. Making sure we easily connect people with the content and support they need is essential to building a larger American movement and changing the landscape for people and families affected by mental illness.

Don't Forget Our Anniversary: The Surgeon General's Report

Dec. 22, 2014

This month marked the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. In a report on State Mental Health Legislation in 2014, NAMI noted that on the first anniversary of the tragedy last year, Americans could see progress flowing from both the White House Conference on Mental Health and state legislation. This year, progress has slowed.

Hitting the Streets: Engaging People When and Where It’s Needed Most

Oct. 09, 2014

As the Executive Director of NAMI, I get many heartbreaking emails and take NAMI HelpLine calls about individuals who are not doing well and families who are suffering with their loved one. Much of the conversation in the mental health community regarding these situations has focused on the poor outcomes, including criminalization, emergency room boarding and homelessness.

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Criminalization of Mental Illness: It’s a Crime

Aug. 27, 2014

Today, 1 in 5 people in jails and prisons in this country live with a mental illness. About 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health condition. This criminalization of mental illness is tragic and it’s wrong.

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