About Mental Illness
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
What is Recovery?
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.
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Message From NAMI’s CEO
We recognize that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together.
—Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.
NAMI COVID-19 Resource And Information Guide
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.
La Guía COVID-19 de información y recursos está disponible en español. Tiene información sobre preguntas frecuentes y recursos para que encuentres apoyo para ti y tus seres queridos. Incluye temas relacionados a la salud mental, como encontrar comunidades de apoyo en línea, ayuda financiera, y más. Para acceder, presiona el botón descarga (en español).
NAMI is here to help and will continually update our website as issues arise. NAMI strongly encourages people to not only check the CDC website daily for updates, but to also listen for updates from local news and public health care providers.
4/23/2020: NAMI’s Ask The Expert Webinar: Supporting The Emotional Needs Of Youth During COVID-19
Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist, provides an overview of the kinds of emotional reactions we can expect from children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the replay.
4/17/2020: NAMI Releases Spanish-Language COVID-19 Information And Resource Guide
The Spanish-language NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide is now available. We encourage NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates to share this with their local communities. This guide can help Hispanic and Latinx community members find COVID-19-related information and support for themselves and their loved ones. It addresses frequently asked questions and lists resources available in Spanish. The guide features a variety of topics, including managing anxiety, finding online communities, getting financial assistance, and more.
4/7/2020: NAMI’s Ask The Expert Webinar: COVID-19 And Workplace Mental Health
Darcy Gruttadaro, Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, will share valuable information on maintaining our wellness, specifically in the workplace, as we adjust to changes in how we connect to our coworkers and work during this time. Watch the replay.
3/25/2020: NAMI’s Stance On COVID-19 Discrimination
NAMI condemns all acts of discrimination directed against any specific community or population. The same way we fight discrimination against people with mental illness, we stand against racist acts against individuals of Chinese descent and any member of the Asian diaspora and Asian American communities.
We will reinforce this message across our entire Alliance, and to the public, by circulating fact-based information and dispelling any misinformation. We remain committed to serving all.
3/20/2020: NAMI Responds To COVID-19
NAMI encourages tips recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition, NAMI released mental health tips to help people cope with an extended quarantine period at home.
In The Media
- WFXT Boston 25 News Interview with Dr. Ken Duckworth
- BBC World News Interview with Dr. Ken Duckworth
- Is there a right way to worry about coronavirus? And other mental health tips – The Guardian 3.19.20
- Coronavirus reveals everything that’s wrong with our mental health care system – Mashable 3.13.20
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