In the News
Mental Illness, Untreated Behind Bars
Posted on Feb 27 2017
New York Times editorial
*Stepping Up Initiative (NAMI partner)
At a White House meeting, a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association brought up an urgent problem: the nation's mental hsa. Trump acknowledged that “prison should not be a substitute for treatment” and said his administration would try to address this challenge.
How Depression Has--and Hasn't--Become Normalized
Posted on Feb 26 2017
Science of Us
Young adults are more accepting of mental illness than their parents. 60% of American college-aged adults believe that seeing a mental health professional is a “sign of strength.”
The Road To Recovery
Posted on Feb 16 2017
Claire Bien and Rebecca McCann talk about their struggles and recovery from mental illness as part of NAMI's In Our Own Voice community education program IOOV helps to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health conditions. Bien is the author of Hearing Voices, Living Fully.
Depression may be our brain's way of telling us to stop and solve a problem
Posted on Feb 15 2017
As fascinating as evolutionary explanations are, it's hard to prove they are correct, especially if they haven't yet been reinforced by other research. The idea that depression might be a biological adaptation rather than a mental disorder is not the consensus of the mental-health community. And even if the hypothesis is correct, it's likely incomplete and doesn't explain all facets of depression.
Medicaid: A vital lifeline for mental health care
Posted on Feb 14 2017
NAMI CEO Mary Gilibart's commentary warns that Congress is considering changes to Medicaid that could set back the cause of improving mental health care and deny care to millions of Americans with mental illness. Medicaid is the most important funder of services for people with mental illness. About one-third of people added to Medicaid in the states that have expanded the program live with a mental illness or substance use condition.