NAMI in the News: 2016 in Review By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 30, 2016 Throughout the year, NAMI was mentioned in the news hundreds of times due to our efforts in spreading awareness, advocating for mental health reform and helping support individuals and families with mental health conditions. Here are some of our newsworthy highlights. Read More. Understanding What Causes Stigma By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 28, 2016 We often discuss how much of a problem stigma is and how much it impacts those who live with mental illness. However, it is somewhat rare for us to focus on the foundation stigma roots itself in. In this blog, we explore five possible components that may lead to stigma. Read More. The Mental Health Benefits of Religion & Spirituality By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 21, 2016 Religion and spirituality are both rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life and, in some cases, how a relationship with a higher power may influence that meaning. Both practices can have an incredible impact on mental health. Read More. The Impact of Music Therapy on Mental Health By Molly Warren, MM, LPMT, MT-BC | Dec. 19, 2016 Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia (to name a few). Learn more about this powerful form of therapy here. Read More. How Helping Others Can Help You By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 16, 2016 A recent study found that giving help had greater benefits than receiving help. Some of us might not need a study to prove that—we've experienced it. Read More. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Mental Health Reform is a Law By Happy Carlock | Dec. 14, 2016 The work of thousands of NAMI advocates has paid off. Congress heard NAMI’s voice through hundreds of thousands of phone calls, emails and tweets, and they answered. Now, more Americans will have access to the mental health care they need. Read More. From One Parent to Another: How to Help Your Child By Karen Meadows | Dec. 09, 2016 After her daughter died by suicide, the author of this blog learned everything she could about mental health. She's sharing her newfound knowledge with fellow parents, with the hope that even one of her suggestions might prevent another lost battle. Read More. Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD By Welby O’Brien | Dec. 07, 2016 It takes an exceptional person to love a warrior, especially one whose battle doesn’t end when they come home. Based on research and experiences with her husband, the author of this blog has compiled a list of what to do and not do when communicating with a loved one battling PTSD. Read More. Community Support Builds Better Lives By Laura Greenstein | Dec. 05, 2016 Connect 4 Mental Health encourages collaboration among the mental health community and other community-based organizations to implement quality programs and services. Each year, they give out Community Innovation Awards celebrating the achievements of four programs. Here are this year’s awardees. Read More. Five Fingers, Five Reasons: How Knitting Comforted My Mom By Genevieve Howard | Dec. 02, 2016 Through knitting, a mother living with schizophrenia found a meaningful method to express her creativity and find relaxation for more than 50 years. Read her daughter's lovely tribute to the craft's mental health benefits. Read More.