NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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My Name is Sandra and I Suffer From Mental Illness

Although "Mental Illness Awareness Week" is a lovely concept, it only serves to validate those of us who already understand the stigma. It does not enlighten those who already have a pre-existing perception of mental illness as being a defect. In order to enhance their efficacy, those of us with mental illness need to be proactive in our cause, and not be stunted by the stigma.

Journalists Are Not Medical Experts

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) finds itself embroiled in controversy for its decision to invite medical journalist, Robert Whitaker to speak at its annual conference this past June. In...
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Let's Learn from the Failures of US Mental Health Policies

This is Prevention Week, part of Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. Too bad that the policies promoted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), make it more likely that people with the most severe psychotic disorders -- schizophrenia and bipolar disorder -- will remain ill.

How Much Do Canadians Know About Psychotic Disorders? Not Enough

The annual convention of the U.S.-based National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) just finished educating its 1700 participants on the latest research relevant for people living with severe mental illnesses.And what's the situation in Canada? Families here certainly aren't being led to advocate for the most helpful education programs for people living with psychotic disorders.