NAMI Blog

Understanding Self-Harm

By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 28, 2018

Self-harm is a challenging mental health symptom to overcome—and lack of understanding only makes it that much more difficult to work through. So, let's learn more about this serious symptom.

Reshaping My Relationship with Myself

By Colleen Werner | Feb. 26, 2018

"As a dancer, my world has always been full of mixed messages about bodies. The 'ballerina body' was often discussed, and attaining that body type was a goal for many. As I got serious about dance, I felt pressure to change my body."

When Your Parents Have Mental Illness: Healing Childhood Trauma

By Phyllis Rittner | Feb. 21, 2018

“Maybe you’ve spent your life watching your mother or father struggle with anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. So, what can you do if you grew up with parents or siblings experiencing mental illness, or in a family with a history of abuse or neglect?”

Writing Tips that Can Reduce Symptoms

By Steven Swink, M.A. | Feb. 16, 2018

For someone with mental illness, taking time to write expressively can be very helpful to your well-being. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

How Do I Know if My Therapist is Effective?

By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 14, 2018

While it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.

My Great Wake-Up Call

By Jordan Lally | Feb. 12, 2018

"I saw my dad's brain churn out incessant thought cycles that would start with some small root in reality and spiral downward to a place devoid of all reason. Following his suicide, I was able to recognize similar behavior in myself."

The Problem with Yelling

By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW | Feb. 07, 2018

Being frequently yelled at as children changes how we think and feel about ourselves even after we become adults and leave home.

Mental Illness: A Common Bond

By Linda Vigen Phillips | Feb. 05, 2018

On the first Saturday of every month, the basement at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina transforms into a drop-in center called Providence Place. Every single person in this room has been affected by mental illness in some way or another.

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