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March 14, 2019

New York state budget proposal promotes mental health programs (Photo: MGNOnline)

(AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spending proposals for New York state’s mental hygiene programs are the subject of a public hearing in Albany.

The Democratic governor’s $175 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year includes his ongoing efforts to reduce the number of New Yorkers who die by suicide each year. Cuomo says federal statistics show that New York state’s suicide rate rose by nearly 30 Read More

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    Mental health is a big business, and a growing number of tech companies are trying to tackle pieces of the problem.

    On Wednesday, AbleTo, which connects therapists and coaches with patients via smartphone, said that it’s buying Joyable, a provider of virtual therapy services for people who can’t get access to a therapist in person.

    Nearly half of the 60 million adults and children living with mental health conditions in the U.S. lack access Read More

    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness for Read More

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many reasons why friendships fade, Read More

    By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 04, 2019

    Almost the entirety of my experience in seeking mental health care (apart from the actual therapy) has been online.

    I looked for a therapist using different “find a therapist” search engines, clicking filters that would account for my insurance and location. I’ve read blogs and personal accounts of others’ experiences with therapy to determine if I found the right therapist. I’ve sought validation and support from friends and family by posting about my anxiety Read More


    In a video to NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes over the past year, including the increase in NAMI brand awareness, significant legislative accomplishments, calls for research and new support programs and services.

    Giliberti attributes the increase in brand awareness to the growing number of celebrity ambassadors who have supported the cause and shared their experiences as well as high-profile partnerships including companies like Kenneth Cole, Lord & Taylor, Boeing, Michelin, Showtime and IHeart Radio.

    Giliberti also outlines the Read More

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