Here you will find the latest news and press statements from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other mental health conversations in the news today.

9-8-8 Passes Congress – We Did It!

We did it! The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. This bill is an important step to making 9-8-8, a nationwide three-digit dialing code for mental health crises and suicide prevention, operational. It passed the Senate earlier this year and will now go to the…

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Building an Inclusive Workplace for People with Disabilities by Project Hired

Building an Inclusive Workplace for People with Disabilities Hiring people with disabilities is a unique process. Employers have to evaluate their strengths and have an open mind. Do not make conclusions about candidates with disabilities by their first impressions. People with the same disabilities does not mean they have the same characteristics. Employers should handle…

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The Effects of Racial Trauma on Mental Health As Captured On TV And Media

The Effects of Racial Trauma on Mental Health in the Context of Multiple Harrowing Deaths Captured on TV and Media   “The Black/African American community has reached their breaking point with the narrative that Black lives are disposable.” Racial tension is once again at an all-time high in the U.S. Many people have asked, “Why…

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PROTECT THE SAFETY NET

County May Lose More Than $140 Million to State Santa Clara County could see its budgetary funds cut by more than $140 million this week by the state Legislature. These funds are necessary to support vital programs such as immigration services, supportive housing, respite care for foster families, intimate partner violence services, universal access to…

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NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health: “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care…

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NAMI Coffee Talks YouTube Series

Listen to our new executive director Rovina Nimbalkar on this new podcast series on YouTube called NAMI Coffee Talks. NAMI Santa Clara County created this podcast series to be a place where we discuss and share our mental health advice and stories while sharing a cup of coffee.  For the first episode in this series,…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

I’m having a lot of anxiety because of the Coronavirus. Please help. We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone. Here are some things you…

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NAMI Raises Awareness by Dispelling Harmful Myths About Mental Illness

Partners And Events See our Awareness partners or events below to see how you can share or participate in raising awareness AND DONATE TO OUR NAMIWalks until November 2019! Click here for the 2019 Mental Health Month Partners Campaign Guide. Keep current on additional events and changes to this page and follow NAMI on social media for…

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NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Comments On Reinstitutionalizing People With Mental Illness

8/16/2019 Yesterday, President Trump revisited his statements about reopening mental “institutions” and perpetuated false stereotypes. Two weeks ago, the president also called people with mental illness “monsters.” In response, National Alliance on Mental Illness Acting CEO Angela Kimball released the following statement: “The president should be talking about better care and earlier access to intensive…

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No, Mr. President. Hate is not a mental illness.

Opinions No, Mr. President. Hate is not a mental illness.  By Pete Earley  August 7 at 1:49 PM Pete Earley is the parent designate on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, created by Congress. He is the author of “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.” “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the…

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Talking Points on Mass Shootings

Topline Core Points: It is important after these tragedies happen to remember the tremendous impact they have on our communities. The trauma permeates every corner of our communities including families and friends of the victims, survivors, parents, children, first responders, law enforcement—the mental health of our whole country is shaken.  It’s also vital to recognize…

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NAMI Statement on Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio

Aug 5, 2019 NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio. These mass shootings are far too common and impact every corner of our nation. Every time we experience a tragedy like this, people with mental illness are drawn into…

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Mental health challenges are a growing concern for employers worldwide.

Executive Summary The Problem Mental health challenges are a growing concern for employers worldwide. Increasing Prevalence Global rates of depression and anxiety have increased 15 percent to 20 percent during the last decade.1 Rising Costs The World Economic Forum projects that mental health disorders will cost nations $16.3 trillion between 2011 and 2030, which represents…

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