Destigmatizing mental health | September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Posted on Sep 01 2021

Dr. Ken Duckworth, CMO of NAMI, discusses the 2021 Mood Disorder Survey results. He shares ways to destigmatize mental health and tips to recognizing those in crisis.

10 Simple Grounding Techniques To Calm Anxiety
Posted on Aug 27 2021
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As someone who struggles with anxiety, I know firsthand how crippling it can be sometimes. Racing thoughts. Restlessness. Shallow breathing. Queasiness. Palpitations. And that debilitating feeling of the world closing in on you. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, around 40 million adults (19.1% of the total population) in the U.S. have anxiety disorders. Fortunately, there are many science-backed strategies that can help mitigate these feelings and cultivate calm including grounding techniques.

Podcast "On Our Minds" Helps Students Break Down Stigma Around Mental Health
Posted on Aug 27 2021
Teen Vogue
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For many, mental health is a fraught subject. As a result, it’s become something we don’t really talk about, and the silence might make you think you’re alone in struggling with your mental health. In reality, 17% of youth will experience a mental health disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Talking about mental health can help break down stigma, which is exactly what a new teen-led podcast aims to do. In On Our Minds, a podcast series by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, 16 year-olds Noah Konevitch and Zion Williams offer first-person narratives and discussions with experts on mental health and young people. It was created in partnership with WETA’s Well Beings, a mental health public awareness campaign working with local PBS stations nationwide.

Survey Reveals Negative Attitudes Towards Mood Disorders
Posted on Aug 25 2021
Cheddar News

A new Harris poll created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization with over 650 state and local affiliates, captures national attitudes about mood disorders. The survey reveals surprising findings, including an increase in reported stigma-created barriers to treatment for depression — from 72% in 2009 to 84% today. NAMI’s CMO, Ken Duckworth, MD, sheds light on how to interpret these findings, and how the support of friends and family can be a life-changer for people suffering from debilitating emotions.

Many Americans Are Reaching Out For Mental Health Support — But Can't Get It
Posted on Aug 24 2021

For many Americans who live with a mood disorder, cost remains a major hurdle to accessing mental health care, according to a survey on mood disorders published this week by NAMI. Over half of the survey's respondents (which included people living with mood disorders and their caregivers) said that cost prevents them from trying a treatment they're interested in, says psychiatrist Ken Duckworth, NAMI's CMO. Cost was also the reason for discontinuing treatment for about a quarter of the respondents who were able to get care. The survey also revealed that many people don't even know how to find mental health support. "Forty-eight percent are unsure if they're eligible to receive care, and nearly as many are unsure about how to access services," Duckworth says.

Here's where veterans can turn to get help with their anguish over Afghanistan
Posted on Aug 17 2021
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The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan is particularly disheartening to Americans who fought there. Across 20 years of combat, almost 800,000 troops deployed to the war zone — many of them more than once. Images of the American withdrawal and questions about the war's legacy now aggravate long-held frustrations that have been contributing to veterans' already high suicide rate. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides advice and guidance for veterans facing anger, traumatic brain injury or PTSD.

IBX: The Cover Story Podcast: Workplace Changes and the Impacts on Behavioral Health
Posted on Aug 11 2021
Philly Voice

In this podcast episode, Peter Panageas shares a panel discussion of leading voices on how to create a workplace culture of well-being to help support employee behavioral health. Ken Duckworth, CMO of NAMI, is included in the panel discussion.

17 Stories That Prove We Need To Normalize Talking About Mental Health At Work
Posted on Aug 11 2021
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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults has experienced a mental illness. As awareness about mental illness grows, many workplaces have been making efforts to normalize talking about mental health. But other workplaces have stayed silent on this topic, so employees are left to figure out their options on their own. And even in workplaces that encourage employees to be open, other coworkers or managers might show bias against those who do disclose a diagnosis. The article discusses personal experiences regarding talking about mental health at work. As resources, it links to the NAMI Homepage and includes the HelpLine 1-888-950-6264.

Mental health advocates seek crisis hotline expansion resources
Posted on Aug 04 2021
Roll Call
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Advocates are citing growing mental health concerns during the pandemic and the implementation of a bipartisan 2020 law designated the three-digit phone number 9-8-8 as the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24/7 crisis hotline that will connect callers with immediate counseling or referrals for local mental health services. The new number is set to take effect on July 16, 2022, but advocates want to build crisis care infrastructure and add resources before then. More than two dozen organizations asked Congress in May for a larger long-term funding increase. “Significant investments are needed to develop an infrastructure to successfully stand up an effective 988 crisis response system, especially given the upcoming July 2022 timeline,” the groups, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, wrote in a letter requesting $10 billion in an infrastructure package.

The Bigger the City, the Lower the Depression Rates?
Posted on Aug 03 2021
U.S. News & World Report

Americans living in big cities have relatively low rates of depression, despite the hustle and bustle — or maybe because of it, a new study suggests. Researchers found that compared with smaller U.S. cities, big urban hubs generally had lower rates of depression among residents. And they think the pattern can be explained, in part, by the wide range of social interactions that busy cities provide. "Social connections do serve as an antidepressant,” said Ken Duckworth, CMO of NAMI. To Duckworth, the new study brings up "important questions" about whether a greater number of social interactions — of all kinds — affect people's depression risk. But he also said that a good relationship with family and friends likely makes the biggest difference. Duckworth said he would be interested to see whether the pandemic altered the pattern seen in this study. Includes a links to NAMI resources for dealing with depression.