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NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

May 1, 2018 4:51 pm : Blog
4/24/2018 NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, more »

Encouraging Youth To Share Their Stories

May 1, 2018 4:45 pm : Blog
April 27, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein Far too often, young people experience stigma that invalidates their struggles with mental health. Far too often, young people are treated as if they are incapable of experiencing mental illness. Far too often, young people don’t get the help they need. How can we expect our youth to more »

UW Medical Center looks to close psychiatric inpatient unit

May 1, 2018 4:04 pm : Blog
April 12, 2018 | By Manisha Jha I was buzzed in and the door quickly locked as I shut it behind me. It was unexpectedly quiet in Seven North. There was a quote attributed to Maya Angelou hanging on the wall outside of a patient’s room. In a light blue text, it began: “People will more »

Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

April 2, 2018 3:11 pm : Blog
By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018 Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay. Some common self-help suggestions more »

NAMI Celebrates Mental Health Victories In Federal Funding Bill

April 2, 2018 3:10 pm : Blog
FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & Families  Mar 22 2018 Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a more »

More people need mental-health care, but psychiatrists are in short supply

April 2, 2018 1:37 pm : Blog
March 26, 2018 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Medical student Mila Grossman had just begun her first clinical rotation when she started to get an idea of what kind of doctor she wanted to be. Working at a women’s mental- health clinic, she met a new mom who appeared put-together but inwardly suffered from painful postpartum more »

Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

April 2, 2018 1:34 pm : Blog
March 2018 | By Jessica Kent The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of veteran suicide. Telehealth and in-person treatment will be available for a range more »

How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?

March 7, 2018 10:59 am : Blog
By Laura Greenstein It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, more »

Understanding Self-Harm

March 7, 2018 10:56 am : Blog
Feb. 28, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they can’t understand why more »

Seattle opens new apartments for chronically homeless

March 2, 2018 2:57 pm : Blog
February 27, 2018 | By Daniel DeMay When it comes to helping people who are living on the streets, housing is the big-ticket item, but it’s also the most important factor in helping them get their lives back together. That’s the mantra of the housing-first strategy, an approach Seattle embraced early on and highlighted again more »

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