NAMI Blog

Breaking Tradition

By AJ Mendez | Jul. 12, 2017

"I was raised in a rowdy Puerto Rican family. We spoke our minds about anything and everything under the sun. If we had an opinion, we had it at the top of our lungs. We took pride in our strong emotions. But pain was the exception to the rule. Pain was something you kept quietly under wraps."

Challenging Multicultural Disparities in Mental Health

By Elena Schatell | Jul. 10, 2017

Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Understanding why cultural disparities exist and persist in the mental health field is difficult because the issue is complex. The following is some of what we do know on the topic.

Expanding Access to Mental Health Care

By James Varrell, M.D. | Jul. 07, 2017

More than 55 percent of U.S. counties are currently without any psychiatrists at all. Even in areas that do have mental health professionals, there are simply not enough providers to go around. Telepsychiatry offers an alternative. 

Getting Involved with Minority Mental Health

By Laura Greenstein | Jul. 05, 2017

Culture, race, ethnicity and sexual identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. We can all help ignite change against these disparities this Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Supporting Yourself is a Must While Supporting Your Loved One

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 26, 2017

A person with BPD may behave in a way that’s hard to understand. When symptoms flare, you may feel as though your relationship is falling apart. You may even feel personally attacked and extremely confused. If you’re feeling lost, here are a few suggestions on how you can help yourself.

Supporting Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 23, 2017

For those helping a loved one manage BPD: Yes, their symptoms will most likely affect you and your relationship won’t always be easy. However, your stable, reassuring presence in the life of someone experiencing BPD can help them get better.

Distress Tolerance Techniques to Prevent Self-Harm

By Ashley Miers | Jun. 21, 2017

One of Borderline Personality Disorder’s most troubling symptoms is self-harm. By working with a therapist, the author of this blog learned how to use distress tolerance techniques when she feels triggered to self-harm. Learn her techniques here.

A Good Soldier: Surviving My Mother’s Life and Death

By Ally Golden | Jun. 19, 2017

"When a loved one struggles with mental illness, it isn’t black and white, and there isn’t one way to think or feel about it. The only thing we survivors can do is make an effort to conduct our lives in a healthy way, and share our experiences so others know they’re not alone."

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