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NAMI Advocate e-newsletter, September 2007
In this issue: One step closer to parity; How many pharmacies should you use?; Online campus mental health fair; Welcome back awards; NAMI bookshelf, CANVAS hits theaters; and more...Read this issue online.

Solving the Parity Puzzle

One Step Closer to Ending Insurance Discrimination

On September 18, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill which provides for equitable mental health insurance coverage.

This is a victory for millions of Americans living with mental illnesses who face unfair discrimination in co-payments, doctor's visits, and hospital stays.

The victory is not complete, however. The bill must now be approved by the House of Representatives before it can be signed into law by President Bush. Your voice can make this a reality, and NAMI is making it easy to make your voice heard. Send a message to Congress to end insurance discrimination against people with mental illness.

Pill box

One Pharmacy or Several?

Is it better to rely on one pharmacy for all your medications, or spread them around to two or three? Find the answer in this installment of "Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist," from the experts at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). Read more...

NAMI has also revised and updated many of our medication fact sheets, thanks to the work of our partners at CPNP. Get the latest info on Prozac, Remeron, Effexor, Lamictal, Zoloft, and more. Read more...

Visit NAMI at the Online Campus Health Fair

NAMI is one of a select group of organizations participating in an Online College Mental Health Fair, running now through September 30 at

This innovative event is a showcase of information and resources from NAMI and others, covering the full range of mental health issues facing college students and their parents.

As an added incentive, Revolution Health will make a donation to NAMI of 25 cents for each daily visitor to the NAMI "booth". Visit the online fair now, and click to support NAMI.

NAMI Bookshelf

This month: The Center Cannot Hold, a memoir on schizophrenia, The Family Intervention Guide to Mental Illness: Recognizing Symptoms and Getting Treatment, and The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family. Read more...

Honor Your Heroes in the Fight Against Depression

Have you or someone you know made great strides in battling depression, or improved the lives of others living with the illness? Here is your chance to let the world know by submitting your nomination for the 2008 Welcome Back Awards.

The Welcome Back Awards was established by Eli Lilly and Company ten years ago to recognize outstanding achievements in the fight against depression. Awards are given in five categories, and include a donation of up to $15,000 to the non-profit organization of the winners' choice. Nominations are being accepted through November 12. Read more...

September 2007
CANVAS Movie Poster
CANVAS Hits Theaters
Mental illness-themed movie opens in October. Help bring it to a screen near you!

  2007 NAMI Gala
NAMI's 2007 Gala
Make your plans to join us October 17 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ken Duckworth
Living Well with Schizophrenia
A live Webcast with NAMI's Dr. Ken Duckworth. Register now.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Journal issue focuses on recovery
Enjoy a free sample article on shared decision-making in mental health care from Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Building community, taking action
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2007
October 7-13. Learn more, get involved.

Help fight stigma!
Become a NAMI StigmaBuster
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