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
June 13, 2017 | By NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
What do the following people have in common: artist Vincent Van Gogh, mathematician John Nash, and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln? Answer: They were all known to suffer from some form of psychosis.
Of all the mental conditions that can afflict an individual, psychosis is perhaps one of the most disturbing — and it’s more common than people think. New research estimates that one in 13 people will experience a psychotic episode by the time Read More
June 7, 2017 | By David Robinson
Surges in heroin and drug deaths have prompted Westchester County officials to launch a program focused on improving addiction treatment, community outreach and law enforcement efforts.
About 200 people gathered Wednesday at Westchester County Center in White Plains for a forum on the initiative, citing concerns about the latest opioid-related death statistics in Westchester, up more than 200 percent between 2010 and 2015, from 27 deaths to 83.
“Westchester, like all counties across the state and Read More
Led by NYC’s first lady, U.S. mayors unite around mental-health care in absence of Washington action
May 4, 2017 | By Colby Itkowitz
As House Republicans prepared to vote Thursday on their latest health-care overhaul bill, the first lady of New York City was in Washington stressing the need for more mental-health care.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), has carved herself a powerful role in his administration as a spokeswoman for the 1 in 5 people in the city, and in the country, who have a diagnosable mental-health condition. She’s Read More
May 24, 2017 | By Benedict Carey and Sheri Fink
For decades, therapists, patient advocates and countless families have worked to elevate mental health care in the political conversation. Their cause recently received a big boost when a new law created a federal mental health “czar” to help overhaul the system and bridge more than 100 federal agencies concerned with mental health.
But the White House’s choice for the first person to fill that position has already been divisive, exposing longstanding rifts Read More