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August 22, 2016
By Vern Buchanan, Herald-Tribune Guest Columnist Published: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.

Nearly one out of four Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. That’s more than 61 million people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or some other affliction. But the pain and suffering don’t end there. Millions of their family members struggle to help them get the treatment they need.

During a town hall I held in Sarasota on mental health, the stories were heartbreaking. One devoted mom Read More

    With seven suicides in her family — including those of her writer grandfather Ernest and her supermodel sister Margaux — Mariel Hemingway hasn’t just been affected by depression and suicide. She has been besieged by it.

    This history is why the actress, the youngest daughter of Ernest Hemingway’s son Jack and famous for such films as “Manhattan,” “Personal Best,” “Star 80” and “The Mean Season,” has spent the last several years speaking Read More

    By Suzanne Robinson | Jul. 18, 2016

    About a week ago, I hopped on a Southwest Airlines flight in Denver, following NAMI’s annual Convention. I work remotely in Columbus, Ohio as a Senior Manager at NAMI, overseeing two of our education programs. Other NAMI members from Ohio were also on the flight and a member of the NAMI Ohio Board, Dave Morrow, happened to be wearing a NAMI cap and t-shirt. As we took our seats, flight Read More

    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.

    The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) on a voice vote, without objection.

    NAMI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Giliberti issued this Read More

    By ASHLEY WELCH, CBS NEWS June 6, 2016

    It’s a common narrative put forth throughout the news media almost every time a mass shooting occurs: mental illness, at least partly, must have played a role in the violent act.

    But many mental health experts have long warned not to jump to such conclusions, as the amount of violence in the U.S. actually attributable to mental illness is exceedingly low and the routine linkage paints an unfair Read More

    By Tampa Bay Times Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Florida will hire a top-level administrator to find ways to curb violence and improve medical care at state mental hospitals.

    The new position will oversee Florida’s three remaining state-run mental facilities, including the flagship Florida State Hospital with nearly 1,000 patients.

    Florida Department of Children and Families officials on Tuesday said the change will put one person in charge of monitoring and improving patient care, and will allow DCF to standardize policies Read More

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