NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically law enforcement agencies—to request training and technical assistance. Through the initiative’s work, law enforcement agencies will be better prepared to interact with Read More
We all know that education is incredibly important for a child’s development. But did you know that the time between toddlerhood and the teenage years (also known as “middle childhood”) is actually the best period for learning? According to anthropologist Benjamin Campbell, the human brain during this time is “organized enough to attempt mastery, yet still fluid, elastic, neuronally gymnastic. “In other words, the brain is Read More
Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.
Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:Excessive worrying or fear Feeling excessively sad Read More
If you were dealing with an illness that made everyday life a constant struggle, would you ask for help—or stay silent?
The answer seems so simple. Yet for the 60 million Americans living with mental health conditions and their loved ones, this question reflects a very real dilemma. Virtually every day, they experience biases that make it hard for them to trust anyone with the truth about their lives Read More
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FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & FamiliesMar 22 2018
Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a crucial step to support individuals with mental illness and their families.
The bill substantially boosts several of NAMI’s key priorities. It includes significant investments in research at Read More