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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Virginia

May 1, 2017

April 24, 2017 | By Laura Greenstein

Most people have experienced anxiety at some point. Running late for an important meeting, getting ready before a date, speaking publicly for the first time—anxiety is within the scope of the human experience. In fact, it’s a perfectly normal reaction to stressful situations.

This fact is both positive and negative for people who live with anxiety conditions. It’s beneficial because most people have some understanding of what anxiety feels like, and may be more sympathetic Read More

    April 07, 2017 | By Emily Johnson

    I live with a high-functioning depression in my life, and in the workplace. I’ve been struggling since 2015, when I thought it was just fatigue. Medication and therapy have helped me feel better, but I still experience depressive episodes. Sometimes going to the office seems close to impossible—even though I love my job. And like most others, I can’t take the liberty to refuse regular income and stop working for a while. But what Read More

    April 13, 2017 | By Lee Belotte

    Fabric sculptures decorated the foyer at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Students crafted and dressed cloaks, while simultaneously hoping to undress the societal stigmas of mental illness in their exhibit, “Mindfully Cloaked.”

    Green Run students participated with MOCA in response to the museum’s exhibition, “MIND-FUL, Exploring Mental Health through Art.” They produced pieces with titles such as “Forgetting,” that illustrated dementia, and “Fading in and Out,” which explored anxiety Read More

    April 25, 2017 | By Margaret Kavanagh

    Hampton Roads, Va. – Treatment of prisoners in Hampton Roads was put into the limelight after the death of Jamycheal Mitchell that sparked outrage.

    The mentally ill 24-year-old died in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail while waiting for a bed at a mental health hospital which was an order by a judge.

    But an investigation revealed the court order never made it into the right hands and just sat in file drawer and was discovered Read More

    By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 29, 2017

    Together, we are a movement. Our movement explains what it really means to experience mental illness. Our movement shows people experiencing mental illness that they are not alone and there is hope. While it’s a slow process, our movement is becoming louder and more persistent every time a celebrity speaks out, an article is published or an individual shares their personal story. Our movement is growing, strengthening and becoming more Read More

    By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 20, 2017 

    When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.

    Carlos Larrauri, for example, describes his experience with psychosis as more of a gradual decline, as opposed to a “break” occurring during a Read More

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