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NAMI Advocate e-newsletter, May 2007
In this issue: Hearts & Minds, Online; Join the Club(house); Fighting Stigma on Campus; NAMI Bookshelf; Weekly Podcasts on Depression; and more!

Hearts & Minds, Online

Treating mental illnesses does not depend on medication or talk therapy alone: it's a matter of mind and body, especially the heart.

For that reason, NAMI is making its "Hearts & Minds" program available for the first time, free of charge, through an online video and workbook. Hearts & Minds promotes a whole body approach to living with a mental illness that focuses on eating right, exercising, and quitting smoking. Read more...

Join the Club

From the opening of Fountain House in New York City in 1948, the Clubhouse model of recovery has caught on around the world. Emphasizing that recovery from serious mental illness must involve the whole person in a vital and culturally sensitive community, there are 225 Clubhouses in North America today.

In this cover story from the current issue of Schizophrenia Digest, meet some of the people who are successfully managing their illness through the Clubhouse model. Read more...

Fighting Stigma on Campus

While attending college, Susie Piasecki discovered she had a mental illness when she had her first manic episode. After taking a break from classes and seeking treatment, she returned to school and told her classmates about her personal experience with mental illness.

In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, voices like Piasecki's may be needed more than ever. Read more...

NAMI Bookshelf

In this month's reviews: a survival guide for depressed teens, a family guide to schizophrenia, the hidden tragedy of criminalization, and a news anchor who is no momma's boy. Read more...

Weekly Podcast Explores Depression

On April 26, a new weekly Internet audio-cast titled, "The Down & Up Show", premiered. Each weekly episode features top-level guests discussing the latest medical research, current policy issues, news and events, and personal perspectives from people who have faced and overcome depression.

Episodes to date have featured discussions about depression myths, depression on campus and in the military, and depression within families. New episodes, plus an audio archive, are available at and the iTunes store.

"The Down & Up Show" is sponsored by the seven member organizations of the Depression Is Real Coalition, including NAMI. Listen online now...

May 2007


This is the inaugural issue of the NAMI Advocate e-newsletter, formerly NAMI Connection. Find out more.

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