In the News
Mental Health Reform Bill Overwhelmingly Clears House of Representatives
Posted on Jul 06 2016
The House passed the bill by a vote of 422-2. Legislators are calling now for the Senate to act. The bill includes provisions to address the nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists,as well as creating the position of assistant secretary for mental health in the Department of Health & Human Services.
The Assault on Antidepressants
Posted on Jul 01 2016
Almost 25 years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer. M.D., has published Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants to counter what he feels is a destructive level of ignorance and confusion about the effectiveness of current medications. He makes the case that they work—not all the time, and not for all people, but in lots of ways that can save lives.
The streets' sickest, costliest: the mentally ill
Posted on Jun 29 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle led more than 70 news organizations to focus intensively on San Francisco’s seemingly intractable problem of homelessness. This particular story. Nsationwide, approximately a third of homeless persons live with mental illness--and 80% of those who are chronically homeless.
Pediatricians urged to screen for suicide risks among teens
Posted on Jun 27 2016
American Academy of Pediatrics advises family doctors to screen teens for suicide risks after new information shows that suicide s the second leading cause of death among them, The benefits of antidepressants as a treatment option also signficantly outweigh risks.
Why I decided to speak out about mental illness in front of over 6,000 people
Posted on Jun 16 2016
The Wasshington Post's Pultizer Prize-winning health reporter Amy Ellis Nutt sat down with NAMI for a live chat on NAMI's Facebook page--the first time the news organization conducted one on the social media page of an outside organization. The story includes video.
Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness
Posted on Jun 07 2016
Anyone who kills someone is not what we would consider mentally healthy. But that does not mean they have a clinical diagnosis and therefore a treatable mental illness. There could be emotional regulation issues related to anger wich are a separate phenomenon.. I think we have a long way to go in terms of brain science to really understand those distinctions" said NAMI's senior policy advisor, Ron Honberg. "People [may] feel like, 'If I get identified as having a psychiatric diagnosis, people are going to draw certain conclusions.' It’s hard enough to get people to seek help when they need it.”
12 Things Girls With Depression Wish Our Friends Knew
Posted on Jun 07 2016
Honest adviced from those who know. #1 is don't say that a person's life isn't really bad; it only trivializes a medical illness. #7 is also important: don't romanticize the illness by claiming it's cool because so many creative actors, artists and writers have it.