NAMI Blog

An Invisible Illness is Still an Illness

By Kevin Grimm | May. 22, 2017

"I have a mental disorder with a long, fancy name: Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type 1. An illness like mine is invisible. The only people who can see it are the people I chose to let inside. Thankfully, I started with NAMI Peer-to-Peer."

Teaching Kids About Mental Health Matters

By Fonda Bryant | May. 19, 2017

Kids are our next generation. We should be teaching them about the importance of mental health and the warning signs of mental illness. If we teach them well enough, maybe stigma won’t exist once their generation grows up.

Delivering on the Hope for Recovery

By Chacku Mathai, CPRP | May. 15, 2017

NAMI believes every community needs hope and support when it comes to mental health. And National Technical Assistance Centers, such as the NAMI STAR Center, encourages every state to help peer- and family-run organizations provide that crucial hope and support.

NAMIWalks Doesn’t Change, But You Do

By Jennie Madsen | May. 10, 2017

"My family is accustomed to the tedious nature of tracking medications, symptoms, side effects, doctors’ appointments and so much more because they’re always changing. In the middle of all that, it’s a beautiful thing to have a place of consistency waiting for us each spring: NAMIWalks."

“13 Reasons Why” Hurts Vulnerable Teens

By Laura Greenstein | May. 05, 2017

While the show has started many conversations about suicide, whether those conversations are harmful or helpful is debatable. What is helpful, however, are all the resources that have become more visible in response to the show.

The Healing Power of NAMIWalks

By Darcey Mamone | May. 03, 2017

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the NAMIWalks program, which has grown steadily since its inception in 2002, collectively raising over $111 million dollars for NAMI organizations and affiliates across the country. Most importantly, it has changed the way we talk about mental illness.

How You Can Stop Mental Illness Stigma

By Laura Greenstein | May. 01, 2017

Living with a mental health condition is already challenging, and the added burden of stigma leads to tragic outcomes. So, this Mental Health Month, pledge to be StigmaFree. We need to show the world that we are all #IntoMentalHealth.

A Dog Story: Negotiating with the Airlines

By Bob Carolla | Apr. 28, 2017

The DOT is considering whether to end or restrict emotional support animals on passenger planes. You can comment online now on this issue before new regulations are proposed. This is an opportunity for dogged advocacy.

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