The NAMI HelpLine has extended its hours and is now open from 10:00 AM till 8:00 PM, ET by phone 800-950-NAMI (6264) or email at [email protected].
This extension is necessary to meet the increased demand for HelpLine services since the outbreak of COVID-19 and improve access to the West Coast by extending hours until 5 PM PT.
The NAMI Helpline, a cornerstone of NAMI, is there for you as an NSO/NA to be an additional resource to your existing helpline or to highlight as a primary helpline resource for your community.
Considering the news regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAMI released the following information.
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), notes the following in terms of risk assessment:
Mental Health Facts, Stats, And Data
Mental Health America is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need it, and recovery as the goal.
We believe that gathering and providing up-to-date data and information about disparities faced by individuals with mental health problems is a tool for change.
When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.
“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.
One in five American adults — a staggering 43.8 million people — experiences mental illness each year, and yet stigma and secrecy continue to surround discussions of mental health, often preventing people from seeking help when they need it. Enter Anxy, a magazine that focuses on mental health through the lenses of design, art, and writing. Currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, Anxyaims to promote open discussions about the mental and emotional challenges that people face every day and smash the stigmas that accompany mental disorders.
“We want to slowly break the misperception that traumatic experiences are abnormal or unusual,” Indhira Rojas, founder and creative director of Anxy, tells Bustle. “They are more common than we care to admit to each other. In fact, they are part of the fabric of our human existence.” Rojas was inspired to create the magazine by her own experiences as a survivor of childhood trauma, and her feelings of isolation when trying to cope with that history. “I felt I was carrying this heavy weight and it was very hard to find spaces where I could talk about it,” she recalls. “I started wondering: why is it so difficult for us to open up about the darkest and most affecting moments in our lives, even with the people we trust?”
Name your fear. A sense of dread strikes you at the thought of having to hop onto a crowded train. You squirm as the doctor approaches you with a needle. You tremble and tuck your head between your legs as the plane warms up its engine. You freeze as your secret crush walks past you. The fear feels raw, instinctive, and no amount of clever argument can liberate you from its clutches, or so you think.
But as Bernard said in Westworld, “A little trauma can be illuminating.”
Over the past couple of decades we’ve seen the healthcare industry adopt virtual reality as part of exposure therapy, in which patients afflicted with psychological disorders that prevent them from living out their normal lives can confront their fears and phobias in a safe, controlled environment that isn’t subject to real-world consequences.
Many of Christine Walker’s friends are just starting to help their teenage children plan to leave home, whether for a job, college or a gap year. But Walker’s 16-year-old son Schuyler has already lived away from his family for seven years, spending nearly half his life in residential treatment programs and schools for children with severe mental illness.
“When Schuyler was 7, that was when I had tried absolutely everything — every pill, every doctor, every diet, every therapy, everything — and we were still at a point when home was unsafe,” says Walker, who lives in Winnetka, Ill. “I realized then that everything we had been trying to do wasn’t enough.”
We’ve sent 20,000 messages to Congress to urge them to reform mental health care.
We need to send 20,000 more.
Congress needs to see perfectly clearly how important mental health care is to our country. Congress doesn’t need glasses to see 20/20—it needs your advocacy.
Contact Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, two House Committee leaders who will help decide the future of health care reform, and urge them to move comprehensive mental health reform (HR 2646) forward.
With your help, the future will look better for all of us.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness/2015
See more at: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Help-Congress-See-20-20
Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.
Why Is It Important to Tell Your Story to Legislators?
By sharing your story with a policy “ask” (such as requesting to increase the mental health care budget or protecting medications in Medicare) you put a face on mental illness and give it a voice; it becomes something real and tangible rather than something abstract. When you share your story with the legislators honestly, it allows them to understand the depth and reality of mental illness; not only that, it also helps them understand how their decisions affect people’s lives directly.