NAMI Massachusetts policy on “aversive” therapy

September 14, 2011 Approved by NAMI Massachusetts Public Policy and Advocacy Committee NAMI Massachusetts   NAMI Massachusetts strongly opposes widespread and unlimited use of aversive skin therapy, and believes that it should be used only in very limited circumstances, and only when all other therapies have failed to address the problem(s).  Furthermore, NAMI Massachusetts supports…

Waiting in the Dark – Guest blog post

By Annie Martin For some, there comes a point when you’ve lost the person you once were. This follows having to face and acknowledge the stranger staring back at you through the mirror. But it is not until we are lost that we begin to truly find ourselves. As a nineteen-year-old young woman, I have…

Why we need an alternative to ‘stigma’ – Guest blog post

by Chris Jones Last year, the American Journal of Psychiatry published a worrying report which suggested that attitudes towards mental illness in the US are not improving, despite an increase in campaigns raising awareness. Although that study suggests that anti-stigma campaigns should focus on people rather than diseases, emphasising the capabilities of people with mental…