Press Releases

General Peter W. Chiarelli (ret.) of Seattle to Receive National Award; Rally for Veterans also set for Seattle’s Westlake Park on June 28
Jun 21 2012

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present General Peter W. Chiarelli (ret.) U.S. Army of Seattle, with its Distinguished Service Award, the organization's highest honor, at its national convention in Seattle on June 27-30, 2012.

"Like Gasoline on a Fire": NAMI Testifies on Dangers of Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness
Jun 19 2012

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, warning that placing individuals with severe psychiatric symptoms into solitary confinement in prisons is "akin to pouring gasoline on a fire."

NAMI Launches "Mental Health Care Gets My Vote"
May 02 2012
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched a website, "Mental Health Care Gets My Vote," to mobilize individuals and families affected by mental illness to participate in the 2012 elections.
Airlines and Mental Health: Issues to Think About
Mar 29 2012
On March 27 this week, a JetBlue airline pilot experienced a medical emergency in flight. On March 10, an American Airlines flight attendant also experienced a medical crisis while aboard an aircraft.
The Afghanistan Tragedy
Mar 20 2012
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued the following statement by Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick to address issues reflected in the case of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bales.
Purple Hearts for PTSD: Report Calls for Change in Military Culture; Outlines Mental Health Needs of Veterans
Jan 01 2012
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a special report today, Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.
NAMI Says Defense Department AWOL on Mental Health Care for National Guard and Reserves
Dec 12 2011

Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has issued the following statement on National Guard mental health care crisis and access to care at stake in the U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations bill.

NAMI Basics: New Study on the Importance of Education and Support for Families of Children and Adolescents Living with Mental Illness
Oct 19 2011

A study published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies (August 2011) has found that a family education program offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness produces "significant improvement" for families in communication and coping skills.

Psychosis Survey: Twenty Percent Say No One Helped; Dramatic Difference Exists in Family Perceptions of Symptoms; NAMI Launches Website to Bridge the Gap
Oct 06 2011

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released a report, First Episode: Psychosis, based on a survey in which approximately 20 percent of both individuals who experienced psychosis and family and friends indicated that "no one" helped in their time of crisis.

Kelly Thomas Tragedy in Fullerton, California Statement by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Aug 05 2011

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released a joint statement on behalf of NAMI Orange County, NAMI California and the national organization. The statement calls on the City of Fullerton and its Police Department to undertake a comprehensive review of the training of police, looking to the most effective models, to govern interaction with individuals exhibiting symptoms of serious mental illness.

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