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My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.
Posted on Feb 09 2016
Living with depression and axiety disorder, the author finally accepted that her conditions are real illnesses and not flaws and her fault--and that recovery was possible and theydidn’t have to end with suicide. Those truths helped her find compassion for her dad.
Mental health legislative update: 2015 achievements acknowledged, 2016 ambitions outlined
Posted on Jan 01 2016
NAM's report “State Mental Health Legislation: Trends, Themes and Effective Practices” recognized three states— Minnesota, New York and Virginia--as national leaders. NAMI itself has many great executive directors. but it doesn't hurt that Minnesota's director is willing to make herself a thorn in the side of decisionmakers.
Neighbor worries that neighbor has mental illness
Posted on Dec 31 2015
Ask Amy (syndicated column)
*NAMI Medical Director
NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth is consulted an advises that depending on the severity of a situation, a person can start by simply asking the neighbor, “Do you have a friend or family member I can call for you?”
Still in a Crib, Yet Being Given Antipsychotics
Posted on Dec 15 2015
New York Times
Many doctors worry that these drugs are used despite no published research into their effectiveness and potential health risks for children so young