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NAMI Receives Fourth Consecutive Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

12/7/2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Receives-Fourth-Consecutive-Four-Star-Rating-from-Charity-Navigator For the last four years NAMI has proudly received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This four-star rating shows that NAMI exceeds industry standards, adheres to best practices, and fulfills our mission in a financially responsible and efficient way. NAMI has also earned GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency more »

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Houston To Launch COVID-19 Mental Health Support Program

September 30, 2020 By Mat Harab Houston Public Media https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/coronavirus/2020/09/30/382980/houston-to-launch-covid-19-mental-health-support-program/ The city is launching a new mental health support program providing resources to people during the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston officials announced Tuesday. The program — called “Let’s Beat COVID-19: Health Education, and Support Services,” or HESS — launches Thursday, and includes a support hotline, virtual […]

Police have shot people experiencing a mental health crisis. Who should you call instead?

Sep 18, 2020 By Grace Hauck USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/18/police-shooting-mental-health-solutions-training-defund/5763145002/ Daniel Prude was experiencing a mental health crisis in March when Rochester, New York, police officers responding to a 911 call pinned him to the pavement while handcuffed and naked, suffocating him to death. A month later, Nicolas Chavez, 27, was “having a mental breakdown” in Houston when he was shot […]

Join NAMI this Mental Illness Awareness Week to Raise the Voices of Lived Experience

Oct 5, 2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/Join-NAMI-this-Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week-to-Raise-the-Voices-of-Lived-Experience Arlington, VA – This year we’ve seen the numbers of Americans impacted by mental health conditions on the rise as a result of the pandemic and more people than ever need help. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on Oct. 4-10, 2020, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across […]

5 Things I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About Dissociation

Oct 6, 2020 By Allie Cotterman NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/October-2020/5-Things-I-Wish-My-Loved-Ones-Knew-About-Dissociation Have you ever been driving and suddenly realized you didn’t remember the last ten minutes of your drive? Have you ever been in a conversation and recognize you haven’t heard a word the other person just said? Ever daydreamed through a lecture at school? Almost everyone has […]

Whether it’s hurricanes or COVID-19, disasters are driving a mental health crisis

Aug 25, 2020 By Dean Russell & Jamie Smith Hopkins The Texas Tribune https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/25/texas-natural-disasters–mental-health/ Barbara Herndon lay in the center of her bed, muscles tensed, eyes on the television. She was waiting for the storm. All morning on that day in late May, the news had covered the cold front slouching south from Central Texas. […]

The coronavirus pandemic is still raging in Texas. Its mental health toll will only get worse.

Posted Aug 20, 2020/Updated Aug 24, 2020 By Sarah Smith Houston Chronicle https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/coronavirus-pandemic-mental-health-toll-tx-covid-15497856.php Maybe if she hadn’t heard the man cough, Paula Parker would still be able to sleep. She’d been at the convenience store next to the Valero one morning in late May, reaching for a Coke when she heard the cough and saw […]

U.S. Senate Passes The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Improvement Act

8/7/2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/U-S-Senate-Passes-the-Commander-John-Scott-Hannon-Veterans-Mental-Health-Improvement-Act On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.

Houston police see increase in mental health calls since start of COVID-19 pandemic

July 31, 2020 By Grace White KHOU https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/hpd-sees-increase-in-mental-health-calls-since-start-of-covid-19-pandemic/285-c7fdb1df-78c6-413b-b7ca-4870868891b0 HOUSTON — On the streets of Houston, fighting crime isn’t the only job police officers are doing these days. “We can say we have seen an increase in mental health related calls for service to HPD,” Asst. Chief Wendy Baimbridge, with the Houston Police Department, said. She […]