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The Fight Is Not Over

July 20, 2017 | NAMI.ORG

Wondering what is happening with health reform? Every day–and sometimes multiple times a day–the news changes.

But what doesn’t change is NAMI’s simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? To date, the answer has been no. Whether it’s the revised Senate bill, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or repeal and delay, Congress is overlooking millions of Americans who live with mental illness.

All of the proposals would:

Strip Read More
    Challenging Multicultural Disparities In Mental Health

    July 10, 2017 | By Elena Schatell

    As the racial demographic of the U.S. continues to shift, the mental health field faces the challenge of creating equal, culturally sensitive services for all. Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The Read More

    July 21, 2017 | By Will Thomas

    More than 20 percent of children in the U.S. have or have had depression or other serious mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

    Soon, school counselors in Virginia will be in a better position to help identify students with such problems. Beginning July 1, a new state law requires school counselors to receive more training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress.

    “Mental health can get better with intervention. Read More

    NAMI and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times

    June 16, 2017 | By Mary Giliberti, J.D.

    As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June. Advocacy has always been at the core of NAMI’s mission. It was a passion of NAMI’s founders and remains so today. Why? Because advocacy is one of the best ways we can address the systematic injustices and Read More

    June 2017 | By Susan Donaldson James

    Amy Ebeling struggled with anxiety and depression throughout college, as her moods swung from high to low, but she resisted help until all came crashing down senior year.

    “At my high points I was working several jobs and internships — I could take on the world,” said Ebeling, 24, who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey last December.

    “But then I would have extreme downs and want to do nothing,” she told NBC News. “All Read More

    June 12, 2017 | By Sarah Kleiner

    The work is far from over.

    Even as Gov. Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed two bills Monday that take the state closer to providing more immediate access to mental health care for people in crisis and those behind bars, Virginia’s top behavioral health official outlined looming challenges.

    Among the most urgent: overcrowded mental hospitals, significant staffing shortages and the need for millions more to complete an overhaul of the state’s community-based mental health care system.

    A snapshot of Read More

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