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September 12, 2016


Are you interested in improving the quality of medications for schizophrenia? If you live with schizophrenia or are a caregiver of someone who does, NAMI has an opportunity for you.

NAMI is working with a pharmaceutical company that is researching a new medication that targets early symptoms of schizophrenia. NAMI is looking for adults who would like to answer an anonymous survey on their experiences with schizophrenia to help inform the research.

If you’re interested, call the NAMI Research Study team (888-780-4167) or email Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    As school begins, we are accustomed to safety warnings. Slow down driving, watch for students along the roads, near schools and perhaps behaving unpredictably near intersections. Buckle seat belts. Wear bicycle helmets. Avoid distracted driving.

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with 4,600 deaths a year, and 157,000 youth receiving emergency medical care for self-inflicted injuries. Overall, more than 42,000 Read More

    Even with celebrity parents like Kristen Bell and Hayden Panettiere putting mental illness in the spotlight, there’s no “What To Expect” for raising kids while struggling to stay stable. It can feel like you’re the only one toughing out the chaos in your house and in your head.

    To remind you that you’re not alone, parents with varying mental illnesses have shared their stories with TODAY. Here are the seven things they wish Read More

    To our donors, volunteers, affiliates and community partners,

    We received the below email today at the NAMI Virginia office. It was quite timely in that today is the first of September, which is the start of Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month.

    “I have a close friend who has recently gone through a tough time and actually was admitted to the hospital this week for suicidal thoughts and depression.  So today being the kick off of suicide prevention/awareness month, my donation and Read More

    The Event:  The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, in collaboration with the Virginia Recovery Action Focus Team and the Behavioral Health Advisory Council, presents Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care:  Are We There Yet?, a two-day conference focusing on the implementation and measurement of recovery-oriented behavioral health services.  Information provided during the two days of plenaries and workshops is relevant to treatment providers, peer supporters, system partners, and individuals and families engaged in behavioral health services.  There is no Read More

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