NAMI Blog

You Can’t “Pray Away” a Mental Health Condition

By Fonda Bryant | Jul. 19, 2017

"With all that my culture had to deal with throughout history, present-day African-Americans feel we don’t need help mentally. All we need to do today is the same our ancestors did, which is: 'Pray about it. Give it to God.' But you wouldn’t tell someone with cancer, diabetes or heart problem to just pray about it or give it to God, would you?"

I Remember When Worry Was a Friend

By Tamar Lucien | Jul. 14, 2017

"Stigma around mental illness and therapy is deeply rooted in my culture. It’s seen as a weakness or a 'made up' ailment and going to therapy is a luxury reserved for those of white privilege. But by the time I reached adulthood, I realized I had to do something."

Breaking Tradition

By AJ Mendez | Jul. 12, 2017

"I was raised in a rowdy Puerto Rican family. We spoke our minds about anything and everything under the sun. If we had an opinion, we had it at the top of our lungs. We took pride in our strong emotions. But pain was the exception to the rule. Pain was something you kept quietly under wraps."

Challenging Multicultural Disparities in Mental Health

By Elena Schatell | Jul. 10, 2017

Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Understanding why cultural disparities exist and persist in the mental health field is difficult because the issue is complex. The following is some of what we do know on the topic.

Expanding Access to Mental Health Care

By James Varrell, M.D. | Jul. 07, 2017

More than 55 percent of U.S. counties are currently without any psychiatrists at all. Even in areas that do have mental health professionals, there are simply not enough providers to go around. Telepsychiatry offers an alternative. 

Getting Involved with Minority Mental Health

By Laura Greenstein | Jul. 05, 2017

Culture, race, ethnicity and sexual identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. We can all help ignite change against these disparities this Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Supporting Yourself is a Must While Supporting Your Loved One

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 26, 2017

A person with BPD may behave in a way that’s hard to understand. When symptoms flare, you may feel as though your relationship is falling apart. You may even feel personally attacked and extremely confused. If you’re feeling lost, here are a few suggestions on how you can help yourself.

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