NAMI Blog

The Bike Ride: The Story of my Son's Diagnosis

By Meg McGuire | Nov. 06, 2017

"I called my ex-husband Jerry to see if Ryan was at his house. He wasn’t. Several hours later, Jerry called to say that Ryan had jumped on his bike at dawn and pedaled 30 miles up the Pacific Coast Highway to prevent an earthquake."

Telehealth: Transforming Child Mental Health Care

By Jeanine Miles, LPC | Nov. 02, 2017

Unprecedented need exists for child and adolescent mental health services in today’s communities, however, parents have limited options at their disposal. We need an effective solution, and it might be telebehavioral health.

The Impact of Unconditional Support

By Allison Parker | Nov. 01, 2017

"In our society, we all-too-often abandon those who need help—even our family members. It’s difficult, I get it. I know how hard I was to deal with. But Carl stuck by me, as a living embodiment of our vows: 'in sickness and in health.'"

The Reality of Stigma

By Helen Trainor | Oct. 31, 2017

"In order to be truly stigma free, we have to make conscious efforts to recognize our ingrained stigma and act instead in a supportive way. We can acknowledge our fears, but face them anyway."

Tricks to Enjoy Halloween Treats While in Recovery

By Caleb Anderson | Oct. 27, 2017

Time for costume parties, hayrides, bonfires, plenty of sweet treats and an extra dose of temptation. Halloween can present a particular set of challenges for those in sobriety. Following these tips can help you successfully maintain your sobriety—all while having a ghoulishly good time.

Integrated Treatment for Mental Illness and Substance Use

By Katie Stout | Oct. 25, 2017

It’s in the interest of clinicians to consider the existence of co-occurring conditions when treating individuals with mental illness. Luckily, effective treatment methods that integrate care for substance use and mental health conditions exist and offer the best chance for recovery.

Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

By Emma Frankham | Oct. 23, 2017

How journalists report on mental illness is crucial, because incorrect reporting can easily reinforce stereotypes and stigma in society. If you notice derogatory and stigmatizing language in the media, you can be the person to contact the news station or journalist and let them know. 

Creating New Hope for Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

By John P. Docherty, M.D. | Oct. 20, 2017

The number of people living with mental illness in America’s jails is alarmingly high. There is an urgent need to address the gaps in the mental health and criminal justice systems. This is not simply an issue of societal compassion—it is a fundamental issue of equity and justice.

Stigma Affects Everyone, Even Doctors

By Erin Stair, M.D., MPH | Oct. 18, 2017

Stigma is so strong that even some doctors avoid seeking help. These struggling professionals can help reduce stigma by sharing their mental health journeys, showing that mental illness truly can affect any person.

Can Stigma Prevent Employment?

By Laura Greenstein | Oct. 16, 2017

People living with mental illness are typically held responsible and blamed for their behavior and symptoms. Simultaneously, they are perceived as unable to make decisions for themselves. This causes people with mental health conditions to be perceived as “unsuitable” for the workforce.

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