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March 14, 2019
Students push fight to improve schools’ mental-health help to Arizona Capitol

Students and others lead the way during the March for Our Lives gun-violence protest last March. Thousands marched from Jacome Plaza downtown to the University of Arizona Mall.

Student activists have taken their fight to reform mental-health interventions in schools to the Arizona Capitol, working with lawmakers to craft legislation that is receiving bipartisan support.

State Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Tucson Democrat, has been working with students affiliated with Read More

    Hispanic and Latino youth are more likely to drink alcohol at a younger age than their African-American and non-Hispanic Caucasian peers, but they are less likely to receive treatment for substance abuse.

    African-American youth show more symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than their Caucasian peers, but they are less likely to receive appropriate treatment for disruptive behaviors.

    The suicide rate among Native Americans has been outpacing the rest of the country since 2003. Suicide is the second leading cause of death Read More

    Advancing Discovery For New, Better Treatments

    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental Read More

    Maintaining Healthy Friendships With Mental Illness

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many Read More

    How The Digital Age Has Impacted Mental Health Care
    By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 04, 2019

    Almost the entirety of my experience in seeking mental health care (apart from the actual therapy) has been online.

    I looked for a therapist using different “find a therapist” search engines, clicking filters that would account for my insurance and location. I’ve read blogs and personal accounts of others’ experiences with therapy to determine if I found the right therapist. I’ve sought validation and support from friends and family by posting about my anxiety Read More


    In a video to NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes over the past year, including the increase in NAMI brand awareness, significant legislative accomplishments, calls for research and new support programs and services.

    Giliberti attributes the increase in brand awareness to the growing number of celebrity ambassadors who have supported the cause and shared their experiences as well as high-profile partnerships including companies like Kenneth Cole, Lord & Taylor, Boeing, Michelin, Showtime and IHeart Radio.

    Giliberti also outlines the Read More

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