NAMI Blog

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."

My Pastor is My Hero

By Rachel Marion | Aug. 22, 2018

"I know I can be a lot to handle, especially when my moods are out of control. I’ve had people tell me that they just couldn’t handle it anymore. Yet, there’s one person who has stuck by me through the good, bad and ugly: my pastor, Robby."

Helping Others to Feel Heard Matters

By Quinn Anderson | Aug. 20, 2018

"As a NAMI HelpLine volunteer, at the very least I need to listen and be kind; to let callers know I’m not going anywhere, and I’m going to do my very best to figure things out with them."

The Keys to Peer Support

By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW | Aug. 16, 2018

Peer support is an affordable, accesible option to help people in their recovery. Here are the keys of how to improve your mental health and emotional growth through peer support.

The NAMI Man of New Orleans

By Jessie Smith | Aug. 15, 2018

"Working in peer support helped me feel empowered. Not only could sharing my lived experience be a career, but I could also genuinely help people."

The Life Vest of Support

By Kate Mallow | Aug. 13, 2018

"Talking to mental health professionals and receiving various treatments can be an important piece to one’s recovery journey, but there is a special power in talking to others who have been in and through similar situations."

How to Reduce Screen Time in the Digital Age

By Nina Schroder, MSW, LCSW | Aug. 10, 2018

Since the rise of the smartphone, indicators of mental health such as happiness, self-esteem and life satisfaction have decreased while serious mental health issues like anxiety, depression, loneliness and suicide have increased significantly. Here are some tips to reduce screen time. 

Traveling with a Mood Disorder

By Jonathan Berg | Aug. 08, 2018

Travel can be one of the most incredible experiences for those of us struggling with our mental health. However, it can also be incredibly challenging. Here are a few tips to make it easier. 

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