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June 30, 2017
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

    May 31, 2017 | By Hannah Story

    To mark its 25th anniversary, the Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a $1.5 million behavioral health initiative designed to increase access to mental health services for medically underserved and uninsured Virginians.

    The new initiative is called Beyond Blue.

    It will focus on three prongs as part of the initiative: Integrating behavioral health services with primary medical care for diabetic patients with depression; preparing interested organizations to implement a trauma-informed approach to care in their practices; and Read More

    An Invisible Illness is Still an Illness

    May 22, 2017 | By Kevin Grimm

    When I was eleven years old, I walked through a plate glass window. There was a lot of blood, and I was rushed to the nearest hospital, panic-stricken, with a wound on my leg and another on my face. My mother was concerned that the rather superficial wound on my face would leave me disfigured for life. Because this was my first serious accident, she decided we should wait in the ER for what Read More

    May 25, 2017 |

    Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) noted that the newly released Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score confirms devastating losses to mental health care in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

    “Under the American Health Care Act, it is estimated that 23 million Americans will lose coverage for mental health care by 2026, including 14 million who will no longer be covered by Medicaid,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. “This will Read More

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