NAMI Blog

A Therapist’s Journey: Learning the Art of Self-Soothing

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 04, 2018

"People want one solution to feel better: one medication, one single action to solve all their problems. The fact is, that’s not how life works. We have to try all kinds of solutions; some will work, some won’t, and some might for a period of time and then stop."

You Can’t Plan for Mental Illness

By Allie Quinn | May. 23, 2018

"The deadline of my 5-year plan has long passed, and my life has not gone as I planned, but I am happy, healthy and have a mission to end the stigma surrounding mental illness."

Ensuring Your Child is Supported at School

By Deborah Offner, Ph.D. | May. 14, 2018

Most educators would be naturally inclined to accommodate, include and support your child experiencing a mental health condition. And it’s their job to do so. Your job is to enlist their help.

I Found My Purpose

By Anita Herron | May. 09, 2018

"When we were telling our stories, I broke down for the first time. My poor husband was shocked and didn’t know how to respond. After all, I didn’t cry. I was strong. I had to be. But on this day, I wasn’t strong. I was angry—at the mental health system, at my son’s birth family, at the world."

Preventing a Generation from Struggling in Silence

By Laura Greenstein | May. 07, 2018

If we fail to teach the younger generations about mental health, they may struggle alone rather than talk to people who can help them. They may feel ashamed for what they experience rather than know it’s not their fault. They may even take their lives.

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