NAMI Blog

Showing Strength in the Face of Mental Illness

By Jennifer Pellecchia | Apr. 11, 2018

"After three decades of battling my brain, I thought it was time for me to do something to help people understand. That’s why I decided last year to use my annual PlanksGiving event to support mental health advocacy and NAMI."

My Recovery Started At Breakfast

By Bob Griggs | Apr. 09, 2018

"In my growing depression, I had lost the ability to enjoy anything, but that morning, I enjoyed my breakfast. Such a little thing, an institutional breakfast on a tray, but it was the first good thing I had had in a long time."

Building Bonds Behind Bars with NAMI Peer-to-Peer

By Sarah O'Brien | Apr. 02, 2018

"I was inside the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women to co-lead a three-day NAMI Peer-to-Peer training. Knowing that I could leave didn’t help; I still felt trapped when I heard all those doors lock behind me."

Mental Health Conditions are Legitimate Health Conditions

By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 28, 2018

It's widely accepted that if you have a health problem, you would see a medical professional who specializes in that problem’s proper treatment. But if you're faced with a mental health problem, is your first instinct to see a mental health professional? Society has taught many of us to answer no.

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana

By Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz | Mar. 26, 2018

"We know serious mental illness and substance use disorders often co-occur. And I believe there is room for researching the medical potential of marijuana’s components. But pretending that marijuana is a harmless substance is not the way to help our loved ones."

Understanding the Spectrum of Bipolar Disorder

By Cheryl Cranick | Mar. 21, 2018

Beyond occasional reference to Types I and II, bipolar disorder is usually viewed as one condition. Ignoring the spectrum breeds confusion and prevents the public from better understanding the complexity of this illness.

5 Myths We’re Taught About Relationships

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Mar. 16, 2018

There are many widely-believed myths about relationships, and because they are so important to our well-being, keeping these myths alive can worsen depression, anxiety or other conditions and symptoms we may have. Here are five of the most common relationship myths we should stop following. 

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