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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Virginia

June 28, 2018
5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018

g my recovery and myself has allowed me to be a better friend, a better partner and a better person; it’s also allowed me to be more successful. I’m much better at helping my clients knowing that I have learned how to help myself.

Here are five ways I help myself, so I can better help those I serve.

Adopt A Self-Care Mindset

Self-care. Self-care. Self-care. I preach these words to client after client. As 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 23, 2018 | By Christine Vestal

    Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum.

    Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex.

    Two states are going further: New York’s new Read More

    June 10, 2018 | By Katie O’Conner

    The clearing beside the Walmart off Forest Hill Avenue where Mike Voytershark lived for four weeks was nearly surrounded by a dense wilderness and filled with the sweet, delicate perfume of wisteria flowers.

    The purple flowers, blooming thickly on towering trees, made the place feel beautiful and removed from the busy parking lot to its east. Maybe that was why Voytershark, a 33-year-old man living with schizoaffective disorder, chose to call the place home.

    But really, Read More

    Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018

    Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

    Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned Read More

    FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & Families  Mar 22 2018

    Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a crucial step to support individuals with mental illness and their families.

    The bill substantially boosts several of NAMI’s key priorities. It includes significant investments in research at the Read More

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