NAMI Blog

Anxiety, My Companion

By Laura Greenstein | Apr. 23, 2018

"My relationship with Anxiety is like what they say about falling in love: 'gradual and then all at once.'"

How I Healed Myself of Shame

By Beverly Engel, LMFT | Apr. 18, 2018

"It took me many years to rid myself of the shame that followed me nearly all my life. The important thing is that you just begin to heal your shame, so it doesn’t dictate your life."

My First Voice

By Mindy Tsai | Apr. 16, 2018

"No one, including family and close friends, has ever asked me about the first time I heard a voice. I think it’s a tough topic to talk about. Hearing voices isn’t considered normal. Regardless, I remember."

Showing Strength in the Face of Mental Illness

By Jennifer Pellecchia | Apr. 11, 2018

"After three decades of battling my brain, I thought it was time for me to do something to help people understand. That’s why I decided last year to use my annual PlanksGiving event to support mental health advocacy and NAMI."

My Recovery Started At Breakfast

By Bob Griggs | Apr. 09, 2018

"In my growing depression, I had lost the ability to enjoy anything, but that morning, I enjoyed my breakfast. Such a little thing, an institutional breakfast on a tray, but it was the first good thing I had had in a long time."

Building Bonds Behind Bars with NAMI Peer-to-Peer

By Sarah O'Brien | Apr. 02, 2018

"I was inside the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women to co-lead a three-day NAMI Peer-to-Peer training. Knowing that I could leave didn’t help; I still felt trapped when I heard all those doors lock behind me."

Mental Health Conditions are Legitimate Health Conditions

By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 28, 2018

It's widely accepted that if you have a health problem, you would see a medical professional who specializes in that problem’s proper treatment. But if you're faced with a mental health problem, is your first instinct to see a mental health professional? Society has taught many of us to answer no.

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana

By Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz | Mar. 26, 2018

"We know serious mental illness and substance use disorders often co-occur. And I believe there is room for researching the medical potential of marijuana’s components. But pretending that marijuana is a harmless substance is not the way to help our loved ones."

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