NAMI Blog

The Importance of Community and Mental Health

By Stephanie Gilbert | Nov. 18, 2019
Community can be defined in many ways, but when simplified down to its most important element, community is all about connection. Feeling like you belong, and like you're a part of something, can be very beneficial to your mental health. 

5 Ways You Can Support Veterans’ Mental Health

By Ingrid Herrera-Yee | Nov. 13, 2019

Due to the challenging lifestyle inherent to military life, veterans often experience mental health challenges such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury or depression. Here are a few ways you can help give back to them for their service. 

Caring for the Caregiver

By Stefanie Hoffman | Nov. 05, 2019
"For me, talking to my therapist, going for long runs or taking salsa dance classes initially only seemed like ways to help myself cope with the stress of caregiving. What I later realized was everything I did actually made me stronger and more resilient during my daughter’s darkest days, which in turn helped her get through them, too."

How Families Can Work Together

By Izzy Gonçalves | Nov. 04, 2019
Using a collaborative care plan can help families work together to develop treatment goals, responsibilities and action plans to help their loved one with mental illness. Here's what that would look like.

My Path to Accepting Mental Illness

By Emily Metcalf | Nov. 01, 2019
"Maybe we will even learn through the process of accepting our illness that what we thought of as weakness has brought us strength. We might learn to love ourselves more for enduring hardship, becoming strong and gaining wisdom."

The PTSD They Don’t Talk About

By Natalia Chung | Oct. 30, 2019
"When I returned from the doctor, I couldn’t believe it. PTSD: a diagnosis given to a person who has survived a traumatic event. I had never seen a body on the ground covered in blood, I had never killed anyone, I had never even been hit. Is what I had endured worthy of the title of PTSD?"

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Depression

By Mariah Matarazzo | Oct. 28, 2019
"In honor of National Depression Awareness Month, I encourage you to have a conversation with your loved ones about depression. Do your best to be a support system for those who need it, and let them know you’re there."
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