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What's Happening: NAMI Valley of the Sun

October 3, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona, Clarke Romans says the roots of mental illness stigma go back a long time.

Romans says, “Mental illnesses are kind of mysterious and the only observable sign of a mental illness is a person behavior. Many other disorders have visible signs. For instance, if you’re missing a limb or someone who is blind.”

“Mental illnesses are observed often times by the person living with the symptom but they Read More

    Mother pleads to make mental illness a dinner table discussion after losing son to suicide

    TUCSON, Ariz. – The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005.

    Among youth ages 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

    Kris Masalsky Goguen smiled when she spoke about her son Paul. Paul would have been 25-years-old.

    But Paul’s short life came to an end when he was just 15-years-old.

    “My son Paul was an awesome kid. He was a great kid. He was funny, talented, creative, a musician extraordinaire.”

    “I think with all of us we have our side where Read More

    Addressing Male Suicide

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on the Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

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