August 1, 2018 | By Michael Haines
What does it mean to be a peer support specialist?
To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often means educating community members and outside providers about First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs like the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)—a program where I transformed from a Read More
July 17, 2018 | By Adrienne Kennedy
On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise this important movement.
When I found NAMI in 2005, our son and our family had logged 6 years coping with serious mental illness: five Read More
July 9, 2018 | By Carolyn Reinach Wolf
It’s difficult to overstate the persistence or harm of the stigma of mental health issues for the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from them and their families who care for them. In spite of the dedicated, long-standing work of individual activists and charitable organizations seeking to demystify and normalize mental illness and treatment, many individuals still choose to suffer alone and in silence Read More
By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018
I’m a helper. Over the years, I’ve supported those living with serious and persistent mental illness, people with substance use disorders and survivors of rape and other traumas. Each day, people come to me with their biggest worries and their biggest wins. They look to me for insight, guidance and condolence.
My clients are not alone. One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness. And ever since I can remember, I’ve displayed my Read More
We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, yesterday with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57!
This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible.
H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2—the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about a person’s substance use condition—with HIPAA.
This will ensure that physical health, mental health and substance use records are treated fairly and equally. This allows for better treatment Read More
June 25, 2018 | By Payne Horning
For teens facing depression, stress and other mental health problems, suicide can seem like way out. It’s the third-leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 10 and 24 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York educators are now trying to alleviate the problems mental health is causing their students by addressing the issue head on.
Michelle Bartholomew Green lost her son Eric to suicide in 2013. The 18-year-old Read More