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NAMI Releases NFL Star Chris Hubbard “Strength Over Silence” Video

Docuseries Highlights Stories of Courage, Culture and Community Jul 15 2019 Arlington, VA – NAMI today released the latest installment in the “Strength Over Silence” docuseries highlighting the personal story of Chris Hubbard, offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. Hubbard’s video was created to raise awareness about mental health conditions, help eliminate stigma and encourage people to…
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Strength Over Silence

Stories Of Courage, Culture And Community In this ongoing docuseries, NAMI highlights perspectives on mental health from the African American and Latinx communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their resilience and recovery. New interviews are added as they become available. See all of them here.

Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

by Max E. Guttman, LCSW My parents have been there during the darkest moments of my recovery and during the most triumphant. From the very beginning, my parents have been present with me in my health and healing, and if my prayers are answered, they will be with me until the very end. My parents…
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Personal Story: Withdrawal

by Hannah Bott Yesterday, I was tired, which is nothing new. I am always tired. Tired to the depths of soul. Exhausted, always, but I can never sleep. I told my mom recently that I’ve been tired since 1995, and I definitely believe that is #accurate. But back to yesterday, in which I was tired,…
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Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act

depreby Jean Mellano Today, for the first time since Steve died by his own hand in 2015, someone said directly to me: “Suicide is a selfish act.” I was not angry or insulted, but rather very sad that people still believe this to be true. If anything, in the mind of the one who takes…
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Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and…
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Personal StorY: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part II

I consider myself racially ambiguous—my mother is Colombian and my father is German. Living in a small town, my mother and I were the only people who had darker skin. As a result of this, assimilating by observing how the town behaved seemed most important. The thought was, “We don’t talk about it, whether that be mental…
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Personal Story: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part I

I am a first generation American from a South African Indian family. Initially, telling my parents that I started antidepressants was a struggle. They didn’t understand why I would need them and thought it was unneeded. I think culturally they don’t see mental health the same as physical health. They told me I should try…
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Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to…
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Personal Story: Hope And Help

My name is Caitlin and I’m 34 years old. I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 19, but I’ve probably been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I am writing this today after hearing others share their stories of recovery from mental illness and feeling inspired to do the same.…
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