The Latest News from NAMI National

Have a safe and happy New Year. As the year closes, following is a list of interesting links to the most recent news items, blog posts and information from NAMI National.

States Continue to Cut Mental Health Funding, but You Can Take a Stand
In 2015, five mental health bills stood out to NAMI. Make sure to tell your own legislators about them.

Go Take a Hike (and Get Some Vitamin D)
Have you been spending enough time outside? Avoid the winter blues by soaking up some Vitamin D and getting fresh air as often as you can.

Congress $400 Million Boost In Budget for Mental Health
The House and Senate passed and the President signed the $1.1 trillion 2016 budget bill (HR 2029) on Dec. 18. Learn more about what this new bill includes about mental health research and services.

I Am Living with Schizoaffective Disorder and I Will Not Be Silenced
I do not call myself schizoaffective. I call myself what I am: a person living with schizoaffective disorder.

7 of the Best Movies about Mental Health
Looking for movies to watch about mental health? Here are a few modern and classic movies that are worth taking a look at.

    

This Comic Explains What it Feels Like to Ask for Help (and How NAMI Can Be There for You)
Asking for help can be challenging and intimidating, but once you ask for help, it gets better.

I Am Not Just a Box on the DSM 5
I thought the doctors were mistaken when they first began tossing around the term borderline personality disorder in reference to me. I didn’t—couldn’t—have that.

8 of Our Favorite Blogs from Buzzfeed’s Mental Health Week
Buzzfeed recently held their first ever Mental Health Week where they posted nearly 150 blogs. Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Every Flower Deserves the Opportunity to Blossom
Stigma can be a barrier to people achieving their goals and living the life that they want to live.

What’s New on the NAMI Bookshelf?
Here are some books to check out if you are looking for new, interesting and enlightening books about mental health.

    

Wearing Both Red and Green Ribbons
On World AIDS Day, Stephen Puibello also advocates for mental health.

I’m Not OK, but I Will Be
I am thankful for the ability to reach so many loved ones that are afraid to get help because of the unfair stigma associated with mental illness.

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