NAMI Blog

Voices of Lived Experience Can Save Lives

By Ken Norton | Sep. 14, 2018

The mental health community knows that stories of lived experience are the most effective tool we have to end discrimination, but evidence shows they are also the best way to encourage others to seek help and prevent suicide.

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

By Ryann Tanap | Sep. 12, 2018

While social media can have a negative impact on mental health, there are ways social media can play a more positive role in our lives. Learn from NAMI's social media manager how to maintian your mental health while engaging with social media. 

The Ripple Effect of Suicide

By Elana Premack Sandler, LCSW, MPH | Sep. 10, 2018

An entire community can be changed by a suicide. This is why it's essential that support is available for everyone impacted in the wake of a suicide loss, and that we continue to work towards prevention.

It Begins, Life Without My Son

By Peggy Crandell | Sep. 05, 2018

"I think of my son every minute of every day. I write to honor him. I also write so perhaps those in the same situation as me know they are not alone, and there is a voice for them."

Peer Support Saved My Life

By Felishia McPherson | Aug. 30, 2018

We all have or will struggle at some point in life, and we all can find strength in the support of others with lived experience.

My Journey From Isolation to Connection

By Fletcher Mann | Aug. 29, 2018

Living with mental illness can be incredibly lonely and isolating. For Fletcher, peer support and connection was what made him feel better during his darkest days. 

Why I Handwrite Letters to Strangers

By Diana Chao | Aug. 27, 2018

"In a letter to a stranger, we forget the burden of judgment and fears. In the letters we read, we are no longer alone. Someone, somewhere, thinks of us too. In our growing empathy for others, we learn kindness, too, for ourselves."

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