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June 30, 2016

6 people. 3,100 miles. 5 million steps. Meet the runners crossing the country with a message of hope for those suffering from depression, addiction and other disorders.

They call themselves the Ice Breakers: six runners with a history of mental illness and a coast-to-coast mission.

Their goal: Break the ice of talking about a once-taboo subject so other sufferers might find help.

These men and women spent the past few weeks running across America — the first time, they Read More

    June 6, 2016

    I certainly want a thorough investigation of the Norfolk police shooting of Willie D. James, who had long suffered from mental illness. An independent probe would be preferable to the one the department is leading.

    Chief Michael Goldsmith should release the police body-camera video of the tragedy to the public, even if the view is limited. The Police Department allowed three Norfolk NAACP officials to watch the footage of the Thursday shooting in Tidewater Gardens, and the local NAACP Read More

    In April, the World Health Organization released a groundbreaking study that established a definitive link between mental health and economic productivity. The findings were both depressing and hopeful. On the downside, depression and anxiety disorders cost the world nearly U.S. $1 trillion annually . On the upside, every dollar invested in treating those disorders leads to a return of $4 in terms of the ability to work and thus contribute to the economy.

    Nava Ashraf Read More

    Jun 15 2016 ARLINGTON, Va., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds the passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

    The bill, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson(D-Texas), will improve mental health care for Americans.

    “Today, 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition. With the right help, people can live well and thrive, but at least half of people with mental illness Read More

    I have attended NAMIWalks Virginia as a representative of NAMI Williamsburg for the past two years. My first walk was with my wife Suzy, who understands the importance of advocating for mental health issues and caring for those living with this type of chronic illness. We were both very impressed with the Walk for two main reasons. 

    We learned about available resources in our state. We toured Read More

    Several prominent local, state and national advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an independent investigation into the death of a Portsmouth man from apparent neglect in a Virginia jail.

    In a letter sent to the justice department on June 6, 2016, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia, the ACLU of Virginia, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hampton-Newport News, Mental Health America of Virginia, the Portsmouth Branch of the NAACP, the National Read More

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