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Recovery for All: March 2011
Did you know that Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group, yet Asian Americans have the lowest utilization of mental health services? What can be done to change it? This and many other important considerations are addressed in the report released last month based on an Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Listening Session hosted by NAMI. Read more.
With the release of updated materials and the announcement of new grant opportunities, NAMI continues to expand its outreach and education efforts to African-American congregations across the country under the banner of Sharing Hope. This innovative program spreads a message of support and healing for those affected by mental illness by reaching out to interact with faith communities, a place of strength for many African-American families. Read more.
With its first anniversary, StrengthofUs celebrates reaching more than 1,600 members and introduces new interactive resources and celebrity videos.
StrengthofUs.org is NAMI’s online resource center and social networking website for young adults (aged 18-30) living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing. We believe every young adult deserves to feel hopeful, supported and encouraged to love who they are. Read more.
Register for the NAMI 2011 Convention by March 15 to be eligible for the discounted "Super Saver" rate of $210.
The program for this year's convention, to be held in Chicago, July 6-9, is almost complete. NAMI is thrilled to announce that Jessie Close, sister of academy award winner Glenn Close and the inspiration for BringChange2Mind.org, will be a keynote speaker at the Opening Plenary on Thursday, July 7. In addition to some great learning opportunities, NAMI be providing multiple opportunities for networking and some unusual-and really fun-activities, including dancing under the stars, a poetry slam, wellness activities, a homecoming party and theatrical performances.
Chicago is truly a wonderful city and the Chicago Hilton Hotel is ideally located for attendees to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Within a 10-minute walk of the Hilton there are many terrific attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain and more.
Visit the NAMI Convention web pages for more information including scholarship opportunities.
Youth Mental Illness in Indian Country: Addressing a National Failure
Laurie Flynn discusses the need for attention on suicide prevention among Native American youth and celebrates the February launch of the Center for Native American Youth, a new policy program at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC on the TeenScreen blog. Flynn is the executive director of the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University and former executive director of NAMI.
¡Avanzamos! Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Family-to-Family
The latest issue of ¡Avanzamos!, NAMI’s popular bilingual publication (all articles provided in both Spanish and English), is coming soon to a mailbox near you. With a sleek new look, this issue honors the thousands of NAMI volunteers who help spread the word about mental illness, recovery and available support through NAMI signature programs throughout the country. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Joyce Burland, Ph.D. shares the story of how she was inspired to create the NAMI Family-to-Family education program. This issue also features stories of the growth and impacts of other NAMI programs, all of which now available to Spanish-speakers.