1999 | NAMI

NAMI Applauds Surgeon General’s Report as a Foundation for Action

December 13, 1999

The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health is an important step forward, building on the vision of the White House Conference on Mental Health which earlier this year identified the crisis in mental illness treatment in the United States.


Nation’s Leading Research Agency Fails Basic Mission

December 6, 1999

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has failed in its primary mission to support research on schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness, and other severe mental illnesses, charges a new report issued today by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the NAMI Research Institute/Stanley Foundation Research Programs.


NAMI Protests Syndicated Columnist’s “Cruel and Offensive” Bigotry Toward People with Mental Illnesses

November 9, 1999

he National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today called on for a public apology for a "viciously prejudiced" column by syndicated columnist Don Feder concerning efforts by the mental health community to register people with mental illnesses to vote in the 2000 elections—and has asked for a syndicated national opportunity to respond.


The New York Subway Case: A Hung Jury for Andrew Goldstein

November 2, 1999

Guilty or not, this clearly is a case where the defendant has a long, well-documented history of severe mental illness. It also is clearly a case where the parties should now seek a plea agreement that gives Andrew Goldstein the long-term treatment he needs in a secure treatment facility. 


World Premiere Presentation: Investigative Reports: Teenage Suicide: The Silent Threat “..I want to be afraid of death, and I’m not..”

October 28, 1999

In a unique and poignant look at teenage suicide, we meet teens who've actually attempted suicide, and hear their painful stories. We also speak with the parents and loved ones of those teens who have, sadly, succeeded in taking their own lives, in an attempt to answer the question "why", and to see what might be done to fight this epidemic.


Senate Finance Committee Hearing On The Abuse Of Seclusion & Restraints In Psychiatric Facilities

October 26, 1999

We commend Senator William Roth (R-DE) for his prompt action in convening a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee following the release of the General Accounting Office (GAO) report on October 1, 1999 on the improper use of restraints or seclusion in psychiatric facilities.


Coast-to-Coast “Ride for Awareness” Heads Into Final Stretch

October 8, 1999

As Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) draws to a close, Ashley ("Ash") Trace is headed into the final stretch of a solo coast- to-coast bicycle ride across the United States. He is raising awareness of the role of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the treatment of severe mental illnesses.


Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s Remarks on Suicide

October 8, 1999

Governor Jesse Ventura's lack of sympathy for persons driven by brain disorders to commit suicide stands as an example of the ignorance and stigma that still needs to be overcome in American society in the treatment of mental illness.


The Death Of Senator John Chafee

October 8, 1999

Throughout his career in public service, he was more than a strong advocate on issues important to people with severe mental illnesses: he was also our friend. Both the Senate and the nation as a whole will seem a little less noble and a little less compassionate because of his passing.


NAMI Challenges Decision Makers To Make Mental Illness Recovery A Priority

October 1, 1999

In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3-9), the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will forcefully urge national, state, and local policy makers to take the steps necessary to end the unemployment, homelessness, poverty, criminalization, social isolation, and premature death that mark the lives of people with severe mental illnesses.

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