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July 2, 2018

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

    June 12, 2018 | By Abigail Weinberg

    The suicides last week of two prominent New Yorkers — the fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain — have sparked a national conversation about mental health needs.

    A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also found that suicide rates increased nationwide from 1999 to 2016.

    For tips on how to best deal with mental health crises, amNY spoke with Carla Rabinowitz, the advocacy coordinator for Community Access, a nonprofit Read More

    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

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