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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Virginia

March 30, 2018
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

    March 06, 2018 | By Megan Pauly

    The legislative season in Virginia is winding down – but the work of three Albemarle County high school students is just gearing up. 17-year-olds Alexander Moreno, Choetsow Tenzin and Lucas Johnson are the brains behind a bill that’s likely to become law – requiring schools to talk more about the importance of mental health.

    The trio met during Sorensen Institute’s high school leaders program last year. They had to brainstorm issues that were important to Read More

    How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?

    By Laura Greenstein

    It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.

    Because the science of therapy Read More

    Feb. 28, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they can’t understand why anyone else would.

    This lack of understanding can lead to insensitivity and stigma towards people who are often already struggling with serious emotional turmoil. Read More

    February 16, 2018 | By Megan Pauly

    Virginia has one of the worst rankings for access to mental health care in the country – according to the Mental Health America.

    “It might surprise you to learn that Virginia is ranked 42nd for access to care,” said Republican Senator Glen Sturtevant, speaking on the Senate floor this week about a bill that would exempt new psychiatric facilities from a state certificate process in an effort to expand access to care.

    Applicants seeking to open Read More

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