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NAMI and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times

June 30, 2017

June 16, 2017 | By Mary Giliberti, J.D. As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June. Advocacy has always been at the core of NAMI’s mission. It was more »

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Mental Health Problems Rising Among College Students

June 2017 | By Susan Donaldson James Amy Ebeling struggled with anxiety and depression throughout college, as her moods swung from high to low, but she resisted help until all came crashing down senior year. “At my high points I was working several jobs and internships — I could take on the world,” said Ebeling, more »

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Penn mental-health clinic aids struggling vets and families

June 15, 2017 | by Dawn Fallik Back in November, Darcel Rideout was not in a good place.  The chemical warfare specialist and weapons marksmanship instructor with the Pennsylvania National Guard had been struggling with depression ever since she gave birth to her son in 2014, and was now having thoughts of suicide and homicide. more »

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Can Pennsylvania find a way out for thousands of mentally ill inmates languishing in county jails?

June 2, 2017

April 4, 2017 | By Samantha Melamed Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, sometimes describes the county jails this way: “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” Forty percent of Philadelphia inmates are on psychotropic medications; 17 percent have what’s considered a serious mental illness, more »

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