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Coming Out with Bipolar Disorder

By Elizabeth Horner | Feb. 12, 2020 I am a psychiatric nurse. I work with patients every day who are in the hospital with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, among other conditions. I do my best to help them put the pieces back together, so they can go home to their families and…
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Coping With Bipolar Disorder Within My Faith Community

By Ivory Smith Causey | Jul. 15, 2019 I have been a church girl all my life, and the traditions and cultural importance of the African American church community shape who I am. In my community, there is a stark contrast between physical illness and mental illness. I would often hear about people with diabetes and high blood…
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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.

7 Health Organizations File Appeal Challenging Decision On Short-Term, Limited-Duration Junk Insurance Plans

Groups Say These Inadequate Plans Undermine Consumer Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions, May Discriminate On Age, Gender Or Health Status 7/29/2019 Contact: Josh Dorner, jdorner@skdknick.com Washington, DC—The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America, American Psychiatric Association (APA), AIDS United, National Partnership for Women & Families,…
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Health advocates say schizophrenia should be reclassified as a brain disease

Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure.

NAMI Mourns Fred Frese, Mental Health Champion

7/17/2018 It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that NAMI learned Fred Frese of Hudson, Ohio passed away last night. In recent months, Fred had been in failing health—a devastating demonstration of the toll medical co-morbidities can have on those with mental illness. Fred’s legacy within NAMI is enormous. He served two separate…
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NAMIWalks, Our Biggest Fundraiser

NAMIWalks Shatters Previous Fundraising Record! Did you know that more than 90% of funds raised by our 80+ NAMIWalks all over the country stay with the NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates that host the events? In 2017, we hit a new all-time fundraising high with $11.3 million! Last year we raised $10.8 million. We also…
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Mental Health On Capitol Hill Update

This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Attacks on the healthcare system continue, so please contact your senators and tell them to support a bipartisan effort and protect mental health coverage for millions of Americans.

Advocates Stop Graham-Cassidy Bill’s Momentum

We won because of advocates like you. You called, tweeted, emailed and talked with your members of Congress about the importance of protecting mental health care. Thank you for your tireless dedication to the mental health movement.

Personal Story: Wonder Woman and Mental Health

I have been a fan of Wonder Woman, since the days of Linda Carter and always secretly wanted to possess the qualities that she had: brave, strong, caring, loving, passionate, compassionate and a will to help others, even if she had to do it alone. I realized today sitting in the theater watching Wonder Woman that I possess every quality that she has as a mental health advocate.