Adopting a Cat Helped Me Find Recovery

JAN. 12, 2022 By Anna Smith It was November, just after I had been discharged from my fourth inpatient stay that year. I was depressed, anxious and unsure if I could finish out freshman year at my university. I had moved home so…

Understanding Mental Illness Triggers

JAN. 10, 2022 By Katherine Ponte, JD, MBA, CPRP A trigger, sometimes referred to as a stressor, is an action or situation that can lead to an adverse emotional reaction. In the context of mental illness, referring to triggers usually…

Return to Work: The New Normal Centers Mental Health

JAN. 07, 2022 By Wema Hoover What does return to the workplace look like after two years of empty offices, makeshift home offices and employees struggling to balance work and life demands? How do organizations create a workplace…

How You Can #Act4MentalHealth During the Next Legislative Session

JAN. 05, 2022 By Jessica W. Hart and Brandon Graham With most state legislatures convening in January, now is the perfect time to start getting ready to put mental health on the legislative agenda. Together, let’s make mental…

How My Mental Health Support Group Became My Lifeline

JAN. 03, 2022 By Betsey O'Brien I’ll admit that the first time I entered the room, I was really, really scared. It was my first time in a mental health support group. I felt uneasy, thinking about telling my family’s…

Recent Changes May Affect Access to an Important Medication

DEC. 29, 2021 By Ken Duckworth, M.D. Our team at NAMI remains focused on access to the best care, so we’re sharing information on changes to how the medication, clozapine, is prescribed and dispensed. Clozapine is an effective…

How I Developed a Healthy Relationship with Exercise to Help My Mental Health

DEC. 27, 2021 By Margot Harris When things got bad, everyone told me to exercise. “It always helps me to take a workout class — just to sweat a little,” my well-meaning friend said as she stroked my unwashed hair. “Just…

Taking the Leap of Faith to Healthy Self-Esteem

DEC. 22, 2021 By Susie Moore A young client of mine was recently describing her struggles with low self-esteem. She doesn’t like the way she looks on the outside or who she believes she is on the inside. She doesn’t see any…

Finding Reality Through Cartooning

DEC. 20, 2021 By Lesley Paige As an individual with bipolar I disorder, I experience paranoid delusions during manic episodes. Although medication reduces these symptoms, there have been times when my medication was not the appropriate…

How to Prioritize Self-Care During the Holidays

DEC. 17, 2021 By Kevin Connors, M.S., MFT, and Kathryn Hamel, Ph.D. The holiday season is typically seen as a time of joy and merriment; of family and friends gathering and celebrating together. However, many have begun to have…