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July 18, 2016

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

    By Carrie Seidman Monday, May 16, 2016

    In a rare showing of community harmony on an issue related to homelessness, Sarasota city commissioners voted Monday night to join Sarasota County, three nonprofit philanthropic organizations and other local stakeholders in contributing to the funding for a pilot project aimed at diverting low-level, non-violent offenders with mental illness from the county jail and providing them with services and treatment.

    A standing ovation followed the unanimous decision in the crowded commission chambers, which were filled Read More

    Isabel Mascarenas, WTSP

    SARASOTA, Fla. — Whether it’s the death of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck — thrown over the Skyway Bridge by her father — or the mass shootings carried out on the FSU campus, or in a Colorado theater; all have one common thread: mental illness.

    “It’s extremely common,” says Lt. Charles Kenniff with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office. Kenniff teaches law enforcement officers how to identify someone with a mental illness. “The Crisis Intervention Team Training is founded completely on safety,” says Read More

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