• Childhood Car Crash PTSD

    Was My Child’s Mental Health Affected by a Car Crash?

    When the cars are towed and everyone is safe at home, it’s easy to assume the negative impact of a car crash is over. However, it’s usually just beginning, especially for children. Kids who are in a car accident may show signs of mental health issues, and it’s important to...

  • #ENOUGH STOP SHOOTING

    Texas & Ohio Mass Shootings | Status Quo is Literally Killing Us

    Every time we experience a tragedy like this, people with mental illness are drawn into the conversation. The truth is that the vast majority of violence is not perpetrated by people with mental illness. Statements to the contrary only serve to perpetuate stigma and distract from the real issues. NAMI...

  • Do Breathing Techniques Really Help with Anxiety?

    Do Breathing Techniques Really Help with Anxiety?

    “Take a deep breath.” This is probably a phrase you’ve heard directed at someone who’s angry, overwhelmed, shocked, or, in laymen’s terms, “freaking out.” While it may come across as simple advice, utilizing mindful and properly executed breathing techniques have been scientifically proven to help to ease your anxiety. Here...

  • NAMI HOMEFRONT STUDY

    New Study: NAMI Homefront Program Produces Major Benefits for Veterans

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Homefront program produces significant benefits for both in-person and online participants, according to a study published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family program designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends...

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    NAMI National Convention Report | Mental Health Progress

    The 2019 NAMI National Convention, June 19 -22 in Seattle, is in the book and it was “PHE NAMI NAL!” Why? There’s too much to list! NAMI National Convention Highlights General sessions where the more than 2,000 in attendance all gathered to hear the same speaker. More breakout sessions than...

  • 3 South Asian Techniques That Can Improve Mental Health

    3 South Asian Techniques That Can Improve Mental Health

    People struggle with mental health and feel like they're powerless against their own minds. They may think that the only solution is to try to fake happiness and peace of mind or find a shortcut through things like overeating and taking drugs. However, there are ways to put your troubles...

  • NAMI Illinois's State Grant

    Illinois General Assembly | NAMI & Mental Health Wins

    The Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, which ended on June 2, was absolutely wonderful regarding mental health issues.  The legislators didn’t fix everything, but they passed a number of new laws that will make significant improvements in Illinois’s mental health system. Here are a few of the highlights:...

  • 5 Essential Steps for Sustained Mental Health & Wellness

    5 Essential Steps for Sustained Mental Health & Wellness

    While keeping in good physical shape is important for self-care, it is also important to take care of your mental health and wellness. The pace and stresses of modern life can take their toll on both your mind and body. As with physical health, your overall mental health can suffer...