NAMI SCC Factsheet
NEWS And Views
Balancing Work, Medication And Mental Illness
Dr. Elyn Saks talks on National Public Radio about work and mental illness: "I think it's a mistake prematurely to tell people [with mental illness] to lower their sights, lower their expectations."
The New Health Care Law
NAMI has produced a series of fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") with particular emphasis on mental heath.
Confessions of a Depressed Comic
Kevin Breel, a 19-year old comedian, gives an uplifting TED Talk on his experience of depression and stigma.
Dealing with Cognitive Dysfunction
New York State Office of Mental Health has produced an excellent handbook for families and friends
of individuals with psychiatric disorders about dealing with the cognitive dysfunction often associated with psychiatric disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the launch of MentalHealth.gov as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health. This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope.
Successful and Schizophrenic
Here is an excellent article in the New York Times by Elyn Saks, an accomplished law professor at University of Southern California, who has schizophrenia.
Voices4Hope is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health
challenges to talk with each other and gain access to information that will help them live happily and independently.
You can also learn about new research that is being conducted for people like you and discuss and bring up new ideas in the minds of young adults.
I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help
In this online video of a lecture given by Dr. Xavier Amador, author of "I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help," he discusses the 40% of those with mental illness that lack insight regarding their illness and what we can do to help.
Also Dr. Amador has an excellent shorter video explaining lack of insight. Further videos are available at his website.
Jennifer was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2002, and recently started writing a blog about her illness. The blog allows her to get her thoughts (and voices) out of her head and onto "paper", so that what she experiences is more concrete and clear to her and to those she share my life with. She would like share her blog with others in order to offer insight, support, and encouragement. We are not alone, and it helps to know that there are others out there who know what it's like to face symptoms on a daily or weekly basis.
Social Security Disability—Q&A
Questions about Social Security Benefits? The website www.SSDRC.com, written by a former disability examiner, addresses many of questions that arise naturally from claimants and their families. There is also a special link, that specifically pertains to bipolar disorder.
NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults
StrengthofUs.org, is a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25. Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.
Glenn Close Fights Stigma
Bring Change 2 Mind is a new global anti-stigma campaign where you can see videos of many people sharing their story including Glenn Close and her sister Jessie who has bipolar disorder. If you have a video camera, log in and share yor own story. Here is an interview with Glenn and Jessie about the campaign on ABC news.
How to Help Your Ill Family Member
Much misinformation exists regarding the legal requirements for communication between mental health providers and family members of a person with a mental illness. In order to correct that misinformation, the County Mental Health Department, NAMI SCC, and a consumer group have developed a one-page summary of California's legal requirements. Among those is that consideration must be given to relevant evidence presented by family members and to the historical course of a person's illness. Two pages of forms have been developed which help family members present this information in a comprehensive, yet succinct way.
Network of Care Online Resources
Network of Care is a website where consumers, community-based organizations and municipal government workers can access a wide variety of mental health information. It includes a service directory, a library, a political advocacy tool, and community message boards. In particular, the "My Folder" section of the site, has WRAP training by Mary Ellen Copeland, that now allows all consumers the ability to do a WRAP plan.