NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

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November 23, 2020

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well. In all of my professional career, I have never been witness to challenges as we all have experienced this year. Specifically to our NAMI affiliate, we have had to close and, then, restart virtual programs. All of our leaders and teachers have been very supportive and willing to walk the extra mile. Our financial security has been challenged.

We have not been in the office since the second week of March.

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    The Washington Post, By Allyson Chiu, Dec. 1, 2020

    The year 2020 has exacted a psychological toll on Americans. Levels of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed alongside increases in drug overdoses and alcohol consumption. Meanwhile, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contained an alarming statistic: When young adults were asked if they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days, about 25 percent said they had.

    “The collective way a lot of people in the United States might be feeling right now is probably indicative of mental fatigue,” said Stephen O’Connor,

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    It’s simple. Be there for them.

    Treat them like a human being, look them in the eyes, and let them know that their disorders do not define them. Tell them that you love them.

    Make them a cup of coffee just the way they like it on the days they can’t remember how to work the coffee machine. Pick up their medication from the pharmacist on the weekends when they can’t get out of bed. Ignore those weeks where they might smell a little “funky”

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    We encourage you to read this article posted by, on October 7, 2020. Whether you are a Practioner or a Caregiver Empathy is Essential.“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another,” wrote the Austrian psychotherapist Alfred Adler. Another sage of our time, the Dalai Lama, defines compassion in similar terms, as “sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep wish and moral commitment to relieve the suffering.” Compassion, more » Read More

    If you haven’t yet registered to watch the presentations, CLICK HERE to register and begin watching. We encourage you to please forward the program to your friends, family and colleagues, too!

    more » Read More, October 19, 2020

    As the global pandemic continues, researchers are looking at how COVID-19 will impact mental health—including adolescent mental health. From fear of disease to the psychological effects of isolation and the economic downturn, the crisis combines multiple factors that negatively affect well-being. And teenagers may be among the demographics that suffer most.

    With less life experience and perspective than adults and an emotion-regulation system that’s still under development, teens have fewer inner resources to draw on.

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