NAMI Blog

Life on the Line

By Christine Allen | Dec. 11, 2017

Whether we’re advocating, supporting, educating or increasing awareness, NAMI is here to help. Providing answers on the HelpLine is a core way we do that.

Keys to Managing Schizophrenia

By Andrew Downing | Dec. 08, 2017

"Schizophrenia is not a hopeless situation—people living with schizophrenia can experience recovery and live fulfilling lives. I’m an example of that."

Sharing My Mental Health Journey on Stage

By Ryann Tanap | Dec. 06, 2017

"I’ve learned that creatively expressing my emotions, thoughts, worries and fears through art—and sharing that art with others—helps my recovery. And I believe that no matter what you’re going through, the arts might be able to help you cope as well."

Learning to Change in Order to Heal

By Melisma Cox | Dec. 04, 2017

"For therapy to work, you have to be open to change. You have to accept that your way of thinking may be wrong and that your beliefs may be what is making you sick... I am proud to say that I changed."

Millennials and Mental Health

By Jenny Marie | Dec. 01, 2017

Millennials are more likely to talk about mental health than their parents or grandparents. And as more young people speak out, the stigma surrounding mental illness is beginning to lessen.

How to Encourage Someone to See a Therapist

By Mike Jones | Nov. 20, 2017

It’s hard to watch someone you care about struggle with their mental health. It’s even worse when you know they could benefit from professional help. But approaching an individual and encouraging them to seek therapy can be a tricky situation.

Suicide: A Cry for Life

By Kathy Hurt | Nov. 17, 2017

"So often, our culture concludes that suicide is a rejection of life, a willful refusal to live any longer, but I believe suicide is a statement that life can and should be so much more than pain or despair. If a suicidal person only sees a future with days on end of pain, then that vision looks nothing like the sort of life we all long to enjoy."

Living With Suicide Loss

By Kathryn Rose Wood | Nov. 15, 2017

"Four months into life without Preston, every task overwhelmed me, from choosing clothes to wear to signing a birthday card...I insisted vehemently to myself that I wasn’t depressed. 'I’m just tired. I need a break,' went the script. But a break didn’t help."