NAMI Mass Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols

On January 7th, 2023, Tyre Nichols was pulled over for a traffic stop by Memphis police and was attacked and beaten. He died three days later. In the weeks that followed, the senseless, merciless murder of Tyre Nichols was shared by news outlets across the country.  At NAMI Mass, we believe incidences of traumatization and…

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NAMI Mass Statement Condemning NYC Mayor Adams’ Declaration To Involuntarily Hospitalize Homeless Individuals Living With A Mental Health Condition

NAMI Mass Statement Condemning NYC Mayor Adams’ Declaration To Involuntarily Hospitalize Homeless Individuals Living With A Mental Health Condition

NAMI Mass Statement Condemning NYC Mayor Adams’ Declaration To Involuntarily Hospitalize Homeless Individuals Living With A Mental Health ConditionHere at NAMI Massachusetts, we want to uplift and support the efforts of NAMI-NYC for the work they are doing to combat Mayor Adams’ declaration to involuntarily hospitalize homeless individuals living with a mental health condition. While…

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NAMI Massachusetts Response to Recent Antisemitic Rhetoric

NAMI MA Response to Recent Antisemitic Rhetoric

Today, tomorrow, and every day NAMI Massachusetts condemns the rampant, hateful rhetoric that is being amplified by public statements of antisemitism in media. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish partner organizations, families, friends, and co-workers in the face of these insensitive, morally repugnant statements and actions.   While NAMI Massachusetts upholds the mental health of…

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NAMI Mass is excited to announce our $150k Challenge!

NAMI Mass is excited to announce our $150k Challenge! An anonymous donor has promised us $25,000 –  but ONLY if we reach $125,000 before midnight, December 31st. All together, that means our end of the year campaign would hit $150,000, a huge goal. Will you help us get there? Update (1/1/2023): This Challenge is now…

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Upcoming Holiday Closures

Upcoming Holiday ClosuresThe NAMI Massachusetts office will be closed on the following dates, to give our staff time to relax, recharge, and spend time with loved ones during the winter holiday season. This includes our Compass Helpline and peer support, family support, and community education teams.* During this time, staff will be unavailable by phone…

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Dr. Myisha Rodrigues joins NAMI Massachusetts as Executive Director

Dr. Myisha Rodrigues joins NAMI Massachusetts as Executive DirectorNAMI Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) is proud to announce that Dr. Myisha R. Rodrigues has joined the organization as Executive Director. Her official start date will be November 28, 2022. With nearly 20 years of experience in the mental health, education, and non-profit sectors, Dr. Rodrigues is committed…

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NAMI Massachusetts Board of Directors Nominations

*Update 1/12/2023: The 2022 elections are now over.* In preparing for the NAMI Mass fall 2022 election, the Nominating Subcommittee offers these guidelines to assist in the selection of candidates for a position on the Board of Directors. Background: The NAMI Mass Board of Directors (NAMI Mass BOD) works collaboratively to represent the interests of…

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Mental Health Omnibus Bill

Mental Health Omnibus BillThe Massachusetts Senate and House passed the Mental Health Addressing Barriers to Care (ABC) Act. The final bill proposes a wide range of reforms to ensure equitable access to mental health care and to address barriers to care by supporting the workforce crisis. Although there are a lot of changes in the…

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Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

We are accepting workshop proposals for the NAMI Mass Convention!

We are accepting workshop proposals for the NAMI Mass Convention! NAMI Massachusetts is pleased to announce that we are accepting workshop proposals for our 40th Annual State Convention, to be held in-person on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at The Westin Waltham. Learn more about the Convention. The theme of this year’s convention is Changing Tomorrow…

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Here’s what you need to know about 9-8-8

Here’s what you need to know about 9-8-8

9-8-8 will go live on July 16, 2022. Here’s what you need to know…9-8-8 is a new easy-to-remember number for reaching the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In Massachusetts, we have 5 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline centers that are staffed by non-clinicians. Presently, not all these centers are 24/7 and some of them do not…

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Save the dates: NAMI Mass is celebrating 40 years!

Save the dates: NAMI Mass is celebrating 40 years! 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of NAMI Massachusetts. We will begin our celebration on the evening of Wednesday, September 7 at a fundraiser dinner and continue at our 40th Annual Convention on Saturday, November 5. 40th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Wednesday, September 7, 2022 The Westin Waltham…

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NAMI MA Response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade Final

NAMI MA Response to the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

NAMI MA Response to the overturning of Roe v. WadeLast week, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, ending a nearly 50-year precedent of the right to abortion and reproductive autonomy. At NAMI Mass, we uphold bodily autonomy, reproductive autonomy, and privacy as fundamental human rights. We know that people with…

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Resources for Members of the LGBT+ Community and Allies

Resources for members of the LGBT+ community and allies. updated June 2022 Resources for Members of the LGBT+ Community Peer Support Groups Try these free mental health focused peer support groups. Peer support groups can be a great way to get free support from other people with a similar experience, without long waits. All groups…

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NAMI Massachusetts Statement on Recent Gun Violence

Today, NAMI Massachusetts mourns the continued unnecessary loss of life due to gun violence. It’s hard to comprehend the level of senseless violence that has occurred in this country over the past few days. Shootings in Buffalo, Southern California, and Texas have splashed across the headlines and have brought us all sorrow and anguish, but…

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Community Conversations: AAPI Mental Health Panel

Community Conversations: AAPI Mental Health PanelJoin us Monday, May 16 at 6:30 pm for a panel on AAPI Mental Health, where local leaders will discuss the general perception of mental health in the AAPI community, cultural challenges of (or solutions for) dealing with AAPI mental health, and mental health issues at the intersection of other…

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NAMI Mass Statement on Bridgewater State Hospital

NAMI Massachusetts is alarmed and disappointed to read the Disability Law Center’s recent findings of serious health and safety violations at Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH). Particularly disturbing are reports of patients being subjected to chemical and physical restraint, unconnected to clinical needs and in violation of the law. All individuals with mental health conditions deserve…

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Upcoming NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is NAMI’s grassroots program for building strong advocacy skills. February Training Sessions Join us Monday, February 14th or Wednesday, February 16th for a NAMI Smarts deep dive on 988 behavioral health crisis response. The training will offer attendees a deep exploration of the issues related to the implementation…

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Registration for NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2022 is Now Open!

Registration for NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2022 is Now Open! Register today! Team captains that register 10 or more weeks before the date of the event will receive a light-up keychain as a prize! Learn more about the Walk! Register for the NAMIWalks Massachusetts 20222022 Walk Kick-Off Event The Kickoff Event will be Thursday, March 10th at 7…

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#MentalHealthWhileBlack: Interview With DeeDee’s Cry

#MentalHealthWhileBlack: Interview With DeeDee's CryJoin us on Tuesday, February 15th at 5:30 pm as we talk to Toy Burton, the Executive Director of local nonprofit, DeeDee’s Cry, about mental health in the Black community, suicide prevention, and her upcoming Mental Health While Black summit. Register Here! Guest: Toy Burton Founder & Executive Director, DeeDee’s Cry Toy Burton…

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Mental Health While Black Summit

Mental Health While Black Summit NAMI Mass is proud to co-sponsor the DeeDee’s Cry Mental Health While Black Summit. Join us on Friday, February 18th for discussions about the intersection of mental health and race and how we can support communities of color and other organizations doing this important work.

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NAMI Announces REIMAGINE: A 988 Week of Action, Nov. 15th – 19th

NAMI Announces REIMAGINE: A 988 Week of Action, Nov. 15th – 19th A mental health crisis deserves a mental health response — and people in crisis and their families deserve better than the current system. That’s why NAMI is hosting REIMAGINE: A Week of Action to Reimagine Our National Response to People in Crisis, taking place Nov. 15–19. Throughout…

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health for All: Communities in Conversation

Let's Talk About Mental Health for All: Communities in ConversationNAMI Massachusetts is hosting a series of panels focused on how diverse communities think about and address mental health, experience specific barriers, contemplate changes needed, promote recovery and healing, and build resilience. We have invited a panel of speakers to discuss mental health issues in their…

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Testimony update – June, 2021

June 2021 Legislative Hearings and testimony Updates on recent hearings in June and upcoming hearings in July. Joint Committee of the Judiciary on June 15, 2021 NAMI Mass supplied written testimony in opposition to H.1888/S.926, An Act relative to strengthening the penalty for assault or assault and battery on an emergency medical technician, ambulance operator,…

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Finding Home Webinar Series

Finding Home: a 4-part webinarFridays in June at 10 am Join us for a 4-part interactive webinar series about finding housing! Each 1-hour webinar will focus on a different aspect of the housing search. June 4th (week 1) an orientation to the Finding Home guide tips for your housing search and who can help  …

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NAMI Statement on Violence Against Asian American Community

NAMI Statement on Violence Against Asian American Community

NAMI Statement on Violence Against Asian American Community March 18, 2021 ARLINGTON, VA — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr., regarding the recent violence against members of the Asian American community. “We are deeply saddened by this traumatic event in Atlanta that…

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Perspectives on Mental Health: Consequences of Racism and Otherism on Black Americans

Perspectives on Mental Health: Consequences of Racism and Otherism on Black Americans

Perspectives on Mental Health: Consequences of Racism and Otherism on Black Americans Saturday, February 27, 2021 10 – 11:30 am This panel discussion addresses unique mental health consequences of racism and otherism on Black Americans. We will discuss access to healthcare, workplace discrimination and bullying, systemic racism and discrimination in the criminal justice system, issues…

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Registration is now open for NAMI Homefront Online!

Registration is now open for NAMI Homefront Online! NAMI Homefront is a free 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of current and former military members. The program is designed to help people understand and support their family member while maintaining their own well-being. Classes start October 5th – 7th, and space is limited!…

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9-8-8 National Day of Action

9-8-8 National Day of Action We need your help to get 9-8-8 over the finish line! This easy-to-access, nationwide 3-digit emergency number (9-8-8*) will help people in a mental health crisis. And it’s close to becoming a reality. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted in July to designate 9-8-8 as the universal three-digit dialing code…

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NAMI Mass Racial Equality Statement

We are in this together! You are not alone! On behalf of the NAMI Mass Board of Directors and Executive Director, we feel we would be remiss not to voice our passion for social justice and how appalled we are at the murder of George Floyd in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is…

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Attorney General announces agreements to enforce parity legislation

On February 27, 2020, Attorney General Maura Healey announced agreements with five insurers and two health benefits administrators to improve parity compliance and enforcement in the Commonwealth. This is an important step in improving access to behavioral health services and will effect up to 1 million people in the state. You can watch a short…

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NAMI Basics OnDemand is now available!

NAMI Basics OnDemand is now available! NAMI Basics OnDemand  was created in response to the outpouring of requests for a program option that doesn’t require in person attendance. The OnDemand format gives participants an opportunity to get engaged with NAMI programs who otherwise may not be able to participate in their communities. NAMI Basics OnDemand…

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NAMI to Appeal Decision in Short-Term, Limited-Duration Plan Lawsuit

Last fall, NAMI joined a lawsuit challenging an Administration regulation that allowed for the expanded sale of short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans. Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon upheld the Administration’s regulation in ACAP v. Treasury. NAMI believes this regulation hurts our decades-long fight for mental health parity by allowing for an…

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Landmark Parity Ruling in California

Landmark Parity Ruling On March 5, 2019 United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that United Behavioral Health (“UBH/Optum”), the country’s largest managed behavioral healthcare organization, illegally denied mental health and substance use coverage based on flawed medical necessity criteria. In his detailed ruling, Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found the…

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