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National Alliance on Mental Illness

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

How One Man Helps Others Suffering From Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

One man's struggles with bipolar disorder inspired him to help others suffering from mental illness -- by finding a way to connect with them directly....

In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.

Petra Costa's Intimate Film Elena Uncovers Truths About Loss, Love and Catharsis

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In its native Brazil, Elena broke records, becoming the most-seen documentary of the year; it also sparked a national conversation about some typically taboo topics.

Let's Get This Party Started!

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

What do taking selfie photos and ending mental health stigma have to do with each other? ALOT. This may seem silly but hang in there with me on this selfie photo tour.

'Let Us Never Give Up'

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

"Let us not close our hearts. Let us not lose confidence. Let us never give up. " Pope Francis This week, as I watched the video of the historic, sac...

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Chantel Garrett

When we can see the millions of young people and adults among us who live with brain disorders through a lens of compassion, radical shifts in innovation and funding will undoubtedly unfold. My family is ready for action. Are you?

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

Dreams Came True in 2013

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The grace of the families of Newtown who recently met with Vice President Biden to advocate for better mental health treatments has taken our breath away as they pave the way toward unconditional love as a nation.

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

I Will Listen!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

She wanted me to be informed and to learn more about these issues. To be perfectly honest, I was not listening. I heard Gayathri talking about the stigma of mental illness in India, but I was not listening well enough.

Profiles in Courage of the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

While we keep hearing and reading about a "cycle" of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and hospitalization for the mentally ill, the truth is that most of those with serious mental illness are more likely to blend in to society than to be on its fringes.

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

While I have raised my 12-year-old son with language around brain health that is proactive and enlightened, he still uses slang and terms that are offensive. Media and culture have won out over my endless efforts to be a role model and educate him on the importance of words.

Being Completely Normal Living With a Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

No one deserves to live with the stigma associated with a mental illness. The important thing that we need to do as a society is be more compassionate, more informed, more caring and more supportive of those with mental illness.

Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

Although Max expressed fear of being lumped together with violent murderers, he asked me to share our family's story as a means of bringing focus to a long list of potential solutions to events such as the Newtown tragedy.

Alana Horowitz

America's Mental Health Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

On Feb. 9, 1844, the governor of Missouri ate breakfast, went to his office and locked the door. Then he shot himself with a rifle. Thomas Reynolds’...

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Calling in Crazy: Why We Must Normalize Mental Illness

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Throughout our lives, we travel a health-to-illness continuum, always seeking a return to wellbeing. While we acknowledge the physical realities of this continuum, it's harder to accept the emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects.

A Double-Edged Jobs Depression

McClatchy Newspapers | Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business

Ever since the 44-year-old Germantown, Md., resident was laid off from her job as an administrator for a federal contractor in May 2009, she's sent ou...

Arizona Shooting Increases Mental Health Awareness Across Nation

Chronicle Of Philanthropy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since last month's shooting in Tucson, Ariz., national nonprofit mental-health organizations have begun to undertake newly aggressive steps to lobby a...

Obama Left Out Jared Loughner and His Mom

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

I hope that we will all do as Obama asks, and be more civil. But I also think we should think about people with mental illness and what we can do for them. And let's pray for some real heroes... their Moms.

Does the National Alliance on Mental Illness represent seriously mentally ill?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Pete Earley, author of Crazy, one of the best books on mental illness, recently blogged on the issue of whether pharmaceutical money drives the agenda...

Cure mental illness by supporting these organizations

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Anyone who's been reading the papers (or me) knows that the term 'mental illness' has now lost all meaning. As the psychiatric/pharmaceutical/healthca...

'Secret Agent L' Unmasks Identity To Further Charity Work

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Until recently, Pittsburgh resident Laura Miller was known only as 'Secret Agent L' -- an elusive Good Samaritan responsible for the random gifts stra...

A National Mental Health Funding Crisis, And Pat Quinn's Budget Isn't Helping

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A national mental health funding crisis is unfolding and Governor Pat Quinn's new budget is contributing Illinois' share. According to the National A...