Press Releases

NAMI Asks Texas Governor George Bush To Commute Death Sentence Of Man With Schizophrenia
Aug 12 1999

The nation's largest grassroots organization for people suffering from severe mental illnesses has called on Governor George W. Bush (R-TX) to demonstrate "consistency as a leader of compassion" by commuting the sentence of Larry Robison, who is scheduled to be executed on August 17th.

NAMI Lauds Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent Suicide
Jul 28 1999

Surgeon General David Satcher has demonstrated great leadership in recognizing suicide as a major public health problem and in initiating a national dialogue to identify real solutions.

Three New Advocates Elected to NAMI Board
Jul 13 1999

Delegates to the national convention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in Chicago on June 30-July 4, 1999 elected three new members to the organization's board of directors, as well as three incumbents, for three-year terms.

NAMI Calls For Congressional Hearings Following Justice Department Report
Jul 12 1999

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill today called for Congressional hearings and executive action in response to the release of a special report by the U.S. Department of Justice that estimates that over a quarter of a million inmates in America's prisons and jails suffer from mental illness.

NAMI Minnesota Receives Outstanding Advocacy Award
Jul 03 1999

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's largest advocacy group for persons with severe mental illness, today honored its NAMI Minnesota state organization with its prestigious national award for "Outstanding Advocacy" in recognition of a hard-fought campaign to ensure that individuals with brain disorders imprisoned in Minnesota's correctional system receive the best possible treatment toward recovery.

Gaps Exist In Public's Understanding Of Bipolar Disorder
Jul 01 1999

A recent benchmark survey reveals that significant gaps between people's perceptions and attitudes toward mental illness and, in particular, manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, still exist. 

Hellish Lives for Children with Severe Mental Illnesses and Their Families, Landmark National Survey Finds
Jul 01 1999

The results of a new national survey of American families who have children with severe mental illnesses reveal that nearly one in five of the parents surveyed were forced to give up their children because they couldn't afford to pay for much-needed treatments and services.

NAMI Honors The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
Jul 01 1999

With over 2,500 persons in attendance, the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today presented the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) with its Campaign to End Discrimination's "Religious Advocacy Award" for requiring parity for mental illnesses in the health insurance provided to church employees and their families.

Nation's Voice On Mental Illness Unveils Model State Legislation For New National Campaign
Jul 01 1999

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots advocacy organization for persons with severe mental illnesses and their families, today unveiled model legislation at its national convention aimed at establishing "a baseline of care" in the nation's mental health system and replicating effective programs shown to be critical to recovery.

Chicago is Site for Major Convention on Mental Illness
Jun 24 1999

Continuing the national dialogue beginning with the historic White House Conference on Mental Health, more than 2,500 national newsmakers, policymakers, best-selling authors, consumer and family activists, and leading medical experts in neuroscience, psychiatry, and research will convene next week in Chicago for the 20th anniversary convention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).