The Future of Mental Health, According to Tom Insel

By Moryt Milo After thirteen years as the National Institute of Mental Health Director, Tom Insel left his government job. Some might say he turned into a renegade, when Insel acknowledged that limited progress had been made to improve the lives of those with severe mental illness. “We decided, in some odd way, that the…

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Paper Spiders: A Screenplay Turns into a Cathartic Journey

The family dynamics created by mental illness are as diverse as the diseases that shape them.When Natalie Shampanier, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, tried to help her mother who began to exhibit symptoms of severe paranoia and psychosis in her 50s, Natalie’s family life became complicated.

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Lean on a Peer, You’re Not Alone

A pal, a peer, a mentor—everyone needs someone to lean on. For those diagnosed with a mental illness, having anyone in their corner when leaving a hospital, outpatient program, or jail can be the first step toward healing—especially when that individual has been down the same path.
No one understands that better than…..

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Moms on a Mission

By Moryt Milo  (June 8 General Meeting)    When Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata released their “Housing That Heals” paper in May 2020, the study struck a nerve in the mental health community, and the women knew why.    “There was so much truth in what we were saying,” Teresa said.    A truth that advocated for local, state, and federal policymakers and community partners to think beyond the Housing First model and to…

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Judge Manley Lauds Virtual Hearings, Effectiveness Increases

By Moryt Milo   When the pandemic forced court hearings onto virtual platforms, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Stephen Manley took his Behavioral Health Court hearings to the “client”—the Judge doesn’t refer to individuals as defendants. The judge met his clients virtually in their environments — in residential treatment facilities, homes, apartments, treatment programs,…

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NAMI FaithNet Spotlight – Beit R’fuah – House of Healing

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network striving to educate and support faith leaders in creating a mental health friendly, stigma-free congregations in Santa Clara County. In this blog series, we highlight local faith communities that are commited to this goal. Congregation Beth AM is truly one of Santa Clara County’s pioneers in developing a…

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Falling into the Housing Gap

Four walls, a foundation, and roof provide shelter but not a safety net for those with mental health needs. It’s the supportive services within this structure and the next structure and the one after that that will determine an individual’s ability to recover.

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