July 20, 2017 | NAMI.ORG
Wondering what is happening with health reform? Every day–and sometimes multiple times a day–the news changes.
But what doesn’t change is NAMI’s simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? To date, the answer has been no. Whether it’s the revised Senate bill, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or repeal and delay, Congress is overlooking millions of Americans who live with mental illness.
All of the proposals would:Strip Read More
July 10, 2017 | By Elena Schatell
As the racial demographic of the U.S. continues to shift, the mental health field faces the challenge of creating equal, culturally sensitive services for all. Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The Read More
July 06, 2017 | by Sam Raskin
At a recent training session, just over 35 New York City Housing Authority staff members assembled at the authority’s downtown offices last Thursday. The course, which included eight topics, was part of the city’s ThriveNYC mental health care plan, one piece of which is 2,000 NYCHA employees receiving mental health care training so that they can more carefully and helpfully interact with public housing residents who may be experiencing mental health challenges.
The eight session Read More
July 26, 2017 | By Carl Campanile
The No. 1 reason people are being admitted to the city’s municipal hospitals is mental illness, according to a study released Wednesday.
The Independent Budget Office reported that mental problems accounted for 13 percent of all admissions to NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in 2014, the last year for which complete data was available.
The study also found that those admissions surged 20 percent between 2009 and 2014, from 20,550 to 24,050.
But over the same Read More
June 16, 2017 | By Mary Giliberti, J.D.
As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June. Advocacy has always been at the core of NAMI’s mission. It was a passion of NAMI’s founders and remains so today. Why? Because advocacy is one of the best ways we can address the systematic injustices and Read More
June 2017 | By Susan Donaldson James
Amy Ebeling struggled with anxiety and depression throughout college, as her moods swung from high to low, but she resisted help until all came crashing down senior year.
“At my high points I was working several jobs and internships — I could take on the world,” said Ebeling, 24, who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey last December.
“But then I would have extreme downs and want to do nothing,” she told NBC News. “All Read More