In the News
A Cruel Trick on the Mentally Ill
Posted on Oct 28 2016
U.S. News & World Report
Do we like to scare people with other medical treatments such as chemotherapy or dialysis? NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti explains why stigmatizing Halloween costumes and haunted asylum attractions are public health problems.
Should Dallas officers who survived ambush be required to undergo counseling?
Posted on Jul 11 2016
Dallas Morning News
Shootings, natural disasters and terrorist attacks affect first rresponders as surely as civilians. In the wake of the Dallas tragedy that left five police officers dead, the chief of police is responding tomental health concerns. NAMI's report on police mental health, released in April with the Department of Justice, is now being cited as a warning that too few police agencies have prepared to support personnel who experience psychological fallout from mass casualty events.
Commentary: Minority Mental Health Month highlights urgent need
Posted on Jul 10 2016
Greenville Online (South Carolina)
NAMI and Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters natiowide are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community. African Americans comprise 12 percent of the population — the second-largest ethnic minority group in the United States — but they often receive disproportionately less and lower quality care than other communities for both medical and mental health services
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.