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Giving Support to Individuals in the Criminal Justice System

JUN. 08, 2020 By Laura Yanez In August 2017, NAMI Western Nevada (NAMI WNV) and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) began a partnership that implemented a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group in a correctional setting. Nevada was the second state in the nation to offer this support group within the prison system. The first training…
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The Mental Health Movement in the Workplace

JUN. 10, 2020 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP The mental health movement in the workplace has been growing over the past several years. This focus is extremely important given the direct impact of work on mental health. The average person spends upwards of 40 hours a week working. Work is also a leading…
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Why Mental Illness Education Matters to Me

JUN. 03, 2020 By Sandy Glover Back in the 1970s, my mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At the time, education on mental illness was lacking. Patients would go into inpatient facilities for months at a time, but once discharged, they were left to fend for themselves. They weren’t referred to outpatient therapists or offered…
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The Music of the Mental Health Movement

JUN. 17, 2020 By Jessica Walthall Last year, I found myself on the verge of tears during a concert. There I stood, in a sea of people, most of whom were a few years younger than me, all singing: “Now the night is coming to an end The sun will rise and we will try…
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Taking a Cue from Those with Mental Illness During this Pandemic

JUN. 05, 2020 By Julie Benn Today we distance ourselves from others. We have for a while now. But long before that, some of us were already isolating. Instead of the government, our brains laid down the orders. And we stayed home and away and lived in isolation while still trying desperately to escape ourselves.…
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Women’s Health

Women and Mental Health Overview Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders are more common in women such as depression and anxiety. There are also certain types of disorders that are unique to women. For example, some women may experience symptoms of mental disorders at times of hormone change, such as perinatal…
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Emergency Drug Overdose Visits Associated with Increased Risk for Later Suicide

NIH-funded study highlights importance of emergency department-based interventions for mitigating suicide risk May 7, 2020 • Press Release A new data analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health finds patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose in the year after being…
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The Value of Structured Outpatient Treatment

APR. 20, 2020 By Jodi Jaspan, MS, LPC When people think of mental health treatment, they usually picture either a psychiatric hospital (an inpatient setting) or a therapist’s office (an outpatient setting). Few think of structured outpatient programs that provide intermediate levels of care. These programs offer great value in managing mental health conditions. What…
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Getting My Son the Help He Needed

APR. 17, 2020 By Kyona Robinson “I’m not depressed, I’m hurting.” This is what my soon to be 15-year-old son said to me less than a week after his cutting attempt. He was in tears telling me that he felt hopeless and had no will to live. It broke my heart because I know that…
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Coronavirus: Mental Health Treatment

APR. 15, 2020 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP Mental health treatment during the coronavirus pandemic is extremely important to ensure continuity of care for those already receiving treatment and people who become newly symptomatic. During this crisis, some people may experience added stress, anxiety and depression. In some cases, these symptoms can be…
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