May 6, 2020
By Cory Smith and Iris Vukmanovic
African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and experts are concerned about the long-term mental health effects the virus will have on communities of color – and one Virginia doctor is trying to do something about it.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of the AAKOMA Project, teamed up with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to provide free virtual mental health treatments to help underserved communities in Northern Virginia.more » Read More
Jun 3, 2020
By Ana Ley
I’ve had clients who are afraid to eat because they’re afraid that there’s some virus in the food.
They were getting dizzy, going to the hospital having all kinds of low things in their blood because they haven’t been eating. Just terrified.
I’ve had clients who haven’t been outside in two months because of their anxiety.
Also, I see a lot of military people restricted from going further than 50 miles away from Virginia Beach and Norfolk.more » Read More
Today, in partnership with NAMI, Google has launched an anxiety self-assessment tool. When people in the U.S. look up information about anxiety on Google, they will now have access to a clinically-validated questionnaire called the GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder-7) that helps evaluate a person’s level of anxiety. After taking the questionnaire, Google will point users to NAMI’s resources.
Anxiety disorders can present in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms.more » Read More
Jun 1, 2020
By Jessica Walthall
As we enter a new decade, it’s important to remember that early NAMI pioneers were up against a society that didn’t understand, let alone talk about, mental illness. People with mental illness and their families were left in the dark, afraid that sharing their experiences could negatively impact their careers, relationships and lives.
In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, NAMI advocates had little to work with when it came to spreading awareness.more » Read More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:
“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.more » Read More
May 4, 2020
By Janet Roach
13 News Now
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — May is mental health awareness month and this year it comes amidst additional challenges.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Coastal Virginia (NAMI) wants people to know they are not alone if they are feeling overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Free support group sessions have moved online and participation is growing. The groups are led by two NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery.more » Read More