NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More

NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More











Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

The site offers resources on issues important to young adults, including:


    Healthy relationships
    Family and friends
    Campus life
    Independent living
    Finances
    Employment
    Housing
    Mental health issues

“Young adulthood is an exciting challenge, but also a confusing and stressful time for anyone,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. “Life can throw things at you fast.”

“Mental illness affects everyone. StrengthofUs.org is intended not just for young adults who have a mental illness, but for anyone entering adulthood that has a friend, parent or other family member facing a mental health problem.”

“Most of all, StrengthofUs.org is an interactive, fun space where young adults can share experiences and other information to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.”

“StrengthofUs.org is about helping and inspiring each other,” said Alex M. White, age 23, a member of the advisory group of young adults who helped develop the Web site. “I would not be alive today if it had not been for the love, care and support I received from family, friends and loved ones.”

White was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 13. He dropped out of school and attempted suicide before gaining control of the illness.

A Montana State University graduate, White now leads a happy, productive life in New York City. He has made an award-winning short film, Une Vignette de Melancolie, about depression and suicidal ideation that has played internationally.

NAMI created the StrengthofUs community through the support of the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation, established by Hailey Dart, in loving memory of her son,

Roddy, who lost his life at age 22.

Special Note

On April 20, the Web site will host a “launch party” featuring a remix of the song “Goodmorning” from the upcoming Derivatives album by William Fitzsimmons, who worked helping people with mental illness before turning a passion for music into his profession. He was named an iTunes Best Singer-Songwriter for his album The Sparrow and the Crow and his music has been featured on the television show Grey’s Anatomy.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

Contact

Christine Armstrong

christinea(at)nami(dot)org

(703) 312-7893

nami.org

twitter.com/namicommunicate

facebook.com/officialNAMI

strengthofus.org

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NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding

NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding










Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2009

America’s mental health system is in dire need of a stimulus. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) gave the nation’s mental health care system a D grade on its state-by-state report card, issued March 11, 2009. The national average grade represents an average of each state’s individual grade for a number of different aspects of mental health care, including awareness, funding and improvement over time.

“The NAMI report card confirms what the National Council is hearing from community mental health centers that treat people with mental illnesses around the country. We are seeing treatment center after treatment center experiencing increased demand while receiving fewer resources. Clearly, years of federal and state neglect coupled with the economic downturn have caught up with us,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

State grades for 2009 include six Bs, 18 Cs, 21 Ds and six Fs, based on 65 specific criteria involving every aspect of a state’s mental health treatment and support services. Although fourteen states improved their grades, 12 states fell backward since NAMI’s last report card in 2006. The national average remained a D.

“At a time of increasing demand for services, community mental health centers have shown amazing commitment and creativity. These mental health organizations have proven remarkably resourceful, searching for alternative funding sources and implementing quality improvement measures in order to serve more individuals without added resources — but it is time for a bailout. The evidence in NAMI’s report card will help us rally the call to reinstate and strengthen state and federal funding for mental health resources nationwide,” said Director of State Policy at the National Council Chris Loftis.

The National Council commends NAMI for undertaking the extensive task of grading the states and endorses the report’s key recommendations. Many of these recommendations are closely aligned with the National Council’s 2009 policy agenda:

    Increasing funding for mental health services.
    Ensuring people with serious mental illnesses get care for their physical health problems.
    Replacing confusing and erratic state data collection efforts with uniform national standards.
    Offering incentives to address the workforce shortage.
    Implementing a coherent response to treatment non-adherence.

For more information about how the National Council is advocating for community mental health organizations around the country, please visit http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

About The National Council:

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) association of 1,600 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addictions disorders recover and lead productive lives. Learn more at http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

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NAMI Wake is Offering Free Support Groups for People with Mental Illness in Local Communities

NAMI Wake is Offering Free Support Groups for People with Mental Illness in Local Communities










Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) August 19, 2011

NAMI Wake County, Raleigh, NC announces the expansion of support groups and classes for people with mental illness and family members. NAMI Wake County is the largest provider of support and education for people with mental illness and family members in the Triangle area of NC. Recently, the organization has partnered with Wake County to offer support groups to people who suffer from life-related stress and depression. These groups expand the capacity of NAMI Wake to serve more citizens who might benefit from receiving peer related supported. Groups are now available in Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina and additional groups will be forming in other Wake County locations. Other groups are ongoing in Raleigh that offer support for a variety of illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and others. Separate groups are also available for family members of people living these disorders. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.nami.wake.org.

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Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report

Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2008

National Alliance on Mental Illness statement: “Significant reductions in inpatient psychiatric beds, coupled with shortages of appropriate community services and supports for people with the most severe mental illnesses, has led to a crisis in America. Today, in many parts of the country, people with severe mental illness do not have access to necessary treatment either in hospitals or in the community. This has contributed significantly to increases in homelessness, criminalization, suicides, and other adverse consequences of neglect. On March 19, 2008, The Treatment Advocacy Center released a report focusing on one important dimension of this crisis – sharp decreases in public hospital beds for persons with mental illness.”

This report can be accessed at http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/Reportbedshortage.htm.

NAMI’s Grading the States 2006 report also describes the crisis in America’s public mental health system and the reasons for this crisis, including the non-existence of evidence based mental health services in many communities and major shortages in qualified mental health professionals throughout the country. This report can be accessed at http://www.nami.org/grades.

NAMI national experts are available for media interviews on this and related mental health issues upon request.

About NAMI:

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Web Resources:

NAMI newsroom

NAMI state & local offices

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NAMI Echoes Iowa State Television and Mental Health Study Findings

NAMI Echoes Iowa State Television and Mental Health Study Findings











Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 2, 2008

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Bob Carolla responded to a recent Iowa State University influence of television on mental health treatment study, “The Iowa State study is right. Television’s portrayal of people who live with mental illnesses and people who work in mental health professions too often reflects negative stereotypes. It makes stigma and discrimination worse. Hollywood sometimes gets it right, but only when producers, directors and writers take the time to do their homework. There are basic standards of accuracy, fairness and compassion that still produce good entertainment.”

Bob Carolla oversees NAMI’s StigmaBuster program which seeks to address outdated, outrageous, offensive portrayals or language about persons with mental illness.

About NAMI:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

Web resources:

NAMI: nami.org

NAMI StigmaBusters: nami.org/template.cfm?section=about_stigmabusters

Iowa State study release: public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2008/apr/tvtherapy.shtml

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