NAMI Blog

How Depression Made Me a Man

By Roro Asmar | Mar. 07, 2018

"Coming out about my depression was one of the most freeing and courageous things I have ever done.  I’m no longer ashamed of my depression. And being self-aware and brave enough to face my emotions fills me with more manly strength and pride than any action hero ever did."

6 Ways You Can Help a Loved One on Their Healing Journey

By Shainna Ali | Mar. 02, 2018

Unfortunately, there are no foolproof guidelines for helping your loved one on their journey towards recovery. However, you can connect to your intentions, convey compassion and maintain your own self-care while empowering your loved one regardless of where they are in their healing journey.

How to Respond to Self-Harm

By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 01, 2018

Self-harm is usually a sign that a person is struggling emotionally and isn’t sure how to cope. It’s a sign that a person needs support, understanding and professional help. Most importantly, it’s a sign that shouldn’t be ignored or judged. 

Understanding Self-Harm

By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 28, 2018

Self-harm is a challenging mental health symptom to overcome—and lack of understanding only makes it that much more difficult to work through. So, let's learn more about this serious symptom.

Reshaping My Relationship with Myself

By Colleen Werner | Feb. 26, 2018

"As a dancer, my world has always been full of mixed messages about bodies. The 'ballerina body' was often discussed, and attaining that body type was a goal for many. As I got serious about dance, I felt pressure to change my body."

When Your Parents Have Mental Illness: Healing Childhood Trauma

By Phyllis Rittner | Feb. 21, 2018

“Maybe you’ve spent your life watching your mother or father struggle with anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. So, what can you do if you grew up with parents or siblings experiencing mental illness, or in a family with a history of abuse or neglect?”

Writing Tips that Can Reduce Symptoms

By Steven Swink, M.A. | Feb. 16, 2018

For someone with mental illness, taking time to write expressively can be very helpful to your well-being. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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