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August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

“How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    By Jonathan Berg

    I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something Read More

    August 28, 2018 | By Bob Stuart

    One in five teens between the ages of 13 and 18 will develop mental illness.

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.

    These are just numbers, but Virginia legislators are attempting to burrow down below the numbers and see what they can do to improve identifying troubled Virginia school students and if those students are being bullied online or in the hallways.

    The student behavior and Read More

    August 21, 2018 | By Michael Pope

    As students prepare to head back to school this year, state leaders are trying to figure out ways to make sure classrooms are safe. But, that conversation has largely focused on buildings rather than people.

    The conversation about school safety has largely been about how many doors the buildings have or how people gain entry. But what about the people inside? A new report from the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Commonwealth Institute says Read More

    Spreading Hope Through Peer Support

    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

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