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September 24, 2016

SARASOTA — In recent years, individuals’ rights have advanced on many fronts — same-sex marriage, gender identity, the right to a peaceful death. So what is the nation’s next big social issues battle?

“This is the civil rights issue of our generation,” said panelist Rajiv Tandon, a psychiatrist and president of NAMI Florida, speaking at a forum Friday hosted by the Sarasota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Read More

    Aug 29, 2016

    MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) – Paramedics in Manatee County are learning how to better help patients with mental health and substance abuse issues.

    The county is launching its new community para-medicine program. It aims to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, increase access to primary care and cut down on hospital readmission. Paramedics will work with those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. They will also help patients who frequently fall, have heart or respiratory problems, Read More

    , USA TODAY 8:36 a.m. EDT September 1, 2016

    As Run-D.M.C. got in the studio to record their fifth album, Back From Hell, the Devastating Mic Controller was losing control.

    Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels was drinking a case ofOlde English 800 a day to numb himself from the pain of losing his creative freedom in the group and, at points, his will to live. “People looked at it as, ‘You shouldn’t feel this way because you’re D.M.C., you’re famous, you have this or that,'” he Read More

    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

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