Share Your Strength. What Songs Inspire You?

May. 23, 2014

I always hesitate to write about music. It tends to date me. My kids roll their eyes whenever I mention the 1970s, let alone folk rock. In the car, there’s a constant battle over which radio stations or CDs to play.

NAMI Family-to-Family Gets the Recognition It Deserves

May. 30, 2013

The recent announcement that the NAMI Family-to-Family program is now listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is an accomplishment that everyone connected with NAMI should be proud of. It represents a journey that is not unlike the personal journeys that many of us have lived; the journey from obscurity and feeling lost while trying to find our voice to becoming a confident and effective advocate with a knowledgeable commitment to our common purpose.

Trauma Healing and the Importance of Family and Compassion

May. 27, 2013

Three years ago I left the corporate world to advocate for individuals living with mental illness. And my decision to “come out” as a person with a mental illness has been essential to my work. Advocating has helped me accomplish things I did not know I was capable of. (A wonderful surprise at the age of 60!) One of those things is becoming a children’s book author! I have finished two in a series of five books. My first is focused on bipolar disorder within a family. And my second is about trauma, I Need Dad and Dad Needs Me (a loving lesson about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for families).

Providing Support When It's Needed Most

May. 25, 2013

Individuals living with a mental illness need to talk with someone who understands—someone who has been in the same situation they are in, someone who can give them hope and inspiration for their recovery. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups provide that resource for individuals to connect with in their community, but what about individuals who are in severe crisis and have been hospitalized? This is the situation where they desperately need someone to talk to and bridge the gap to recovery.

DSM-5 and Psychosis: Hopes and Limitations

May. 17, 2013

There has been a lot of recent press regarding the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and its research vision. Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of NIMH has recently come out explaining that the NIMH will no longer utilize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) when conducting further research. He clarified those remarks in a subsequent joint statement with the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Jeffrey Lieberman.

How I Put the Happy in Mother’s Day

May. 10, 2013

When someone wishes me a Happy Mother’s Day they have no idea what it means to me; if you have an adult child with mental illness perhaps you can understand. Before I could have a happy Mother’s Day, I needed to recreate the mother I was and become the mother I needed to be.

Helping Someone When They Don't Know How to Get Help

By Eric Ward | May. 06, 2013

I was in my early 30s with three small children that depended upon me, when I lost my well-paying job. I went on COBRA insurance, but it quickly ran out. I was paying cash for my therapist, psychiatrist and for my prescriptions. Then my money was completely gone. I was losing my home and my therapist told me that he could not ethically take my money anymore. I was devastated. I had nowhere to turn.