NAMI Blog

Expanding Access to Mental Health Care

By James Varrell, M.D. | Jul. 07, 2017

More than 55 percent of U.S. counties are currently without any psychiatrists at all. Even in areas that do have mental health professionals, there are simply not enough providers to go around. Telepsychiatry offers an alternative. 

Getting Involved with Minority Mental Health

By Laura Greenstein | Jul. 05, 2017

Culture, race, ethnicity and sexual identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. We can all help ignite change against these disparities this Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Supporting Yourself is a Must While Supporting Your Loved One

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 26, 2017

A person with BPD may behave in a way that’s hard to understand. When symptoms flare, you may feel as though your relationship is falling apart. You may even feel personally attacked and extremely confused. If you’re feeling lost, here are a few suggestions on how you can help yourself.

Supporting Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 23, 2017

For those helping a loved one manage BPD: Yes, their symptoms will most likely affect you and your relationship won’t always be easy. However, your stable, reassuring presence in the life of someone experiencing BPD can help them get better.

Distress Tolerance Techniques to Prevent Self-Harm

By Ashley Miers | Jun. 21, 2017

One of Borderline Personality Disorder’s most troubling symptoms is self-harm. By working with a therapist, the author of this blog learned how to use distress tolerance techniques when she feels triggered to self-harm. Learn her techniques here.

A Good Soldier: Surviving My Mother’s Life and Death

By Ally Golden | Jun. 19, 2017

"When a loved one struggles with mental illness, it isn’t black and white, and there isn’t one way to think or feel about it. The only thing we survivors can do is make an effort to conduct our lives in a healthy way, and share our experiences so others know they’re not alone."

Offering Hope for Borderline Personality Disorder

By Joy Sprague and Perry Hoffman, Ph.D. | Jun. 14, 2017

NAMI's friends at the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder offer unmatched resources to individuals and families living with BPD. Learn more about their efforts and supports here.