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White House Gun Task Force: NAMI Calls on President and Congress to “Do What’s Right” for Mental Health Care

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) met yesterday with Vice President Joseph Biden’s task force on gun control, along with other leaders of the mental health community, urging action to strengthen and expand mental health care services. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Katherine Sebelius and more »

Early Intervention Is Key Following Sandy Hook Tragedy

From Allsup Blog by Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-California In the wake of the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Alliance on Mental Illness-California sends its deepest thoughts and prayers to the survivors, families and the community. It is a time more »

Successful and Schizophrenic

Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness. I would work at more »

Obama Unveils Sweeping Plan to Battle Gun Violence

Invoking the painful memory of the schoolchildren killed in Newtown, Conn., a month ago, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the most ambitious gun-control drive in generations. Proposals include universal background checks as well as bans on assault weapons and ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets. Some of his proposals are sure to more »

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic Honors NAMI Board Chair Keris Jan Myrick & Empowerment Congress Mental Health Committee

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic’s Sixth Annual Awards Luncheon yesterday honored Keris Jan Myrick and the Empowerment Congress Mental Health Committee for their stellar efforts in advancing the cause of mental health and well-being for children, youth and families. Ms. Myrick serves as board chairperson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s more »