NAMI Blog

Helping Children Learn How to Think Positively

By Teresa Busto, Psy.D. | Aug. 21, 2017

With a basic understanding of cognitive behavioral principles, you can teach your child how to process uncomfortable situations at school, at home and on the playground. And not after the fact, but before they even happen.

What You Should Know About Toxic Stress

By Brittney Schaeffer, MS, LMFT | Aug. 18, 2017

Although toxic stress can be chronic and impactful on adults, it is particularly detrimental for children. Learn more about the effects toxic stress, or trauma, can have on a child's development and life.

Work is Recovery

By Paul Barnett and Stacey Teegardin | Aug. 16, 2017

Programs like Individual Placement and Support can help people with mental illness find and keep meaningful jobs, supporting their mental health recovery. Learn more about these valuable programs here.

Attention Spans in the Age of Technology

By Jyothsna Bhat, PsyD | Aug. 14, 2017

If your child seems to be having trouble focusing or finishing simple tasks without getting distracted, you may be wondering if it’s because of a mental health condition, like ADHD. Before jumping to conclusions, take some time to survey your child’s environment. 

Mental Health Matters for All Students

By The Steve Fund | Aug. 11, 2017

The Steve Fund focuses on promoting mental health for students of color on college and university campuses. Read an interview between the organization’s Executive Director, Dr. Terri Wright, and two students about their experiences with mental health on campus.

The Power of a Morning Routine

By Laura Greenstein | Aug. 09, 2017

Having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity and positivity. It also generates momentum, building up to the brain’s peak time for cognitive work (late morning). Here are a few suggestions on how to start your own morning routine.

Talking About Mental Health Should Start Early

By Jenny Marie | Aug. 07, 2017

"Maybe if I’d learned more about mental health when I was a teenager, I could have been saved twenty years of struggling with mental illness in silence. That’s why I became a presenter for NAMI Ending the Silence."

An Update on Genetic Research

By Ken Duckworth, M.D. | Aug. 04, 2017

As we continue to work towards building better lives for those with mental illness, we need to remember the importance of research and discovery in important fields like genetics.

Disparities Within Minority Mental Health Care

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jul. 31, 2017

The mental health system is flawed. We all know that and many of us have experienced it personally. But all mental health advocates should band together in improving the status quo for those who are the least likely to both seek and receive treatment. Those who are most vulnerable to the systemic disparities of getting help. Those who only get the spotlight for one month out of the year.

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