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May 2011


Knowledge and Support from Family Doctors is Key for Families Living with Mental Illness

A new survey conducted by NAMI found that a majority of families believe their primary care doctors are not knowledgeable about mental illness.



Providing Help for All Communities, No Matter How Small

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) Heritage Month, which offers an opportunity for NAMI to honor this vibrant community and explore mental health issues that affect a sizable percentage of individuals.


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Securing Your Ticket to Independence: How the SSA Can Help You Find Employment

Started in 1999 as a part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, the Ticket to Work (TTW) program has helped thousands of individuals with disabilities secure employment and gain financial independence and greater self-sufficiency.


NAMI Bookshelf

NAMI Bookshelf

May 2011

Including reviews of the books Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change, Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist's Own Story and Mind on the Run: A Bipolar Chronicle.



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Further Reading

More docs prescribing yoga, meditation

Four months later: The legacy of the Tucson shooting

Scientific American
New genetics work challenges basic ideas about mental illness

LA Times
Children of deployed service members have increased rates of psychiatric hospitalization

Returning to the battlefield, with a brain injury

Court says Congress and president failed to help veterans

The Washington Post
Troop morale down, mental problems up in Afghanistan; military doubles mental aid at the front

Surf therapy helps U.S. veterans recover from war

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, NAMI honors those members of the Armed Forces who have died in service to their country. We also honor all veterans, some of whom live with wounds long after our nation's wars have ended.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, more than 300,000 people hospitalized with mental illness were buried in unnamed graves on the grounds of state hospitals. In many of those cemeteries, Memorial Day ceremonies are not held, but that has begun to change.

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