NAMI Massachusetts Observes Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 3-9, 2010 Education Changes Attitudes and Lives Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) takes place October 3rd-9th and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One…

World Mental Health Day Oct. 10th

18th Annual World Mental Health Day on October 10th Focuses Attention on Mental Health and Chronic Illnesses The World Federation for Mental Health has selected integrated care for those people with coexisting chronic physical and mental illness as the theme for this year‘s World Mental Health Day. This year the annual event, observed worldwide on …

NAMI Mass 28th Annual State Convention

RIDING THE WAVES OF CHANGE Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8am to 4:00pm Johnson & Wales Inn http://www.jwinn.com 213 Taunton Avenue, Route 44, Seekonk, MA 02771 The Keynote Speaker Dr Bruce M. Cohen is President and Psychiatrist in Chief Emeritus at McLean Hospital and the Robertson-Steele Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Currently, he is…

Broken Brain and Body Chemistry Part 1

Broken Brain and Body Chemistry by Laura Blockel, NAMI Connection Consultant Functional medicine (www.functionalmedicine.org) is the science of treating the body as a whole system and not just treating pieces like brain chemistry alone.  Let me begin this series of blog posts by starting with my own story.  In January 2010, I weighed 250 pounds,…

NAMI Mass 1st to offer IOOV with ASL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2010 CONTACT: Laurie Martinelli 781-938-4048 or lmartinelli@namimass.org National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts is 1st in the Nation to offer NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program video with American Sign Language (ASL) WOBURN, Mass – The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI-Mass) announced today that they have…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor of The Boston Globe and the Somerville Journal Carol Lynn Kingsley’s death on July 23 is a tragedy for all of us.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Massachusetts calls for a review of both Cambridge Hospital’s and the Somerville Police Department’s protocols and procedures for handling psychiatric emergencies…

Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal Thoughts by Melissa Mashburn, guest blogger. Her blog is at http://www.sugarfilledemotions.com/ September 5, 2010 through September 11, 2010 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  World Suicide Day is September 10th. I thought about providing information about the warning signs of suicide, but I decided that there would be plenty of blog posts about that this…