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June 1, 2018

May 14, 2018 | By Deborah Offner, Ph.D.

At least 1 in 5 school-aged children is affected by a mental health condition. The two most common conditions among children

and adolescents are anxiety followed by depression, but children can have other difficulties that affect their ability to fully take part in and benefit from their classroom experiences. These include attention deficit-hyperactivity, autism spectrum disorder and eating disorders.

Many children can also suffer from emotional reactions to the strain Read More

    May 5, 2018

    NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically law enforcement agencies—to request training and technical assistance. Through the initiative’s work, law enforcement agencies will be better prepared to interact Read More

    May 29, 2018 | By Robert Polner

    If you’ve ever suffered a chronic illness, or loved someone who has, you probably wondered what caused it. And the way you thought about the origins of the problem—based on past experiences and choices made—probably differed from the way your physician approached it, with laser focus on the presenting symptoms.

    But researchers have now demonstrated the value of eliciting the patient’s perception of a physical condition, also known as the “illness narrative,” as a valuable Read More

    May 24, 2018 | By Maiysha Kai

    We want people to recognize that [the state of] our jails, our prisons, our emergency rooms—these are the results of untreated mental illness.

    So said New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, during a recent visit to Chicago, telling her audience that she hopes to “disrupt” the link between mental illness and incarceration. To do so, she, as creator and leader of the mental health task force ThriveNYC, has recently introduced new initiatives Read More

    4/24/2018

    NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.

    This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample Read More

    April 27, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Far too often, young people experience stigma that invalidates their struggles with mental health. Far too often, young people are treated as if they are incapable of experiencing mental illness. Far too often, young people don’t get the help they need.

    How can we expect our youth to reach out for help with challenging symptoms when they often only receive more pain than help? When they think they will be stigmatized or told they are “too Read More

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