America’s veterans already face many barriers to accessing quality care and congressional actions to cap and cut Medicaid or phase out Medicaid expansion entirely, would make it impossible for veterans to get necessary health services.
Having positive interactions and relationships with others provides us with a sense of connection,support, happiness and purpose.
With our increasing sensitivity (the oft-derided "political correctness"), our use of language can become more complicated and challenging. We simultaneously desire increased precision, but increased sensitivity often requires more care, and more words.
While individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia can face enormous challenges, ignited by the symptoms of the disorder and by the stigma harbored by our society, there is help and hope for those who seek to start their journey to recovery.
In Wisconsin, 1 in 4 employers felt like depression was a sign of personal weakness and did not want to hire or work with a person with depression. Conversely, leaving the choice of seeking treatment up to chance can seriously hinder productivity and increase the number of workdays lost due to untreated symptoms.
Journey Mental Health and NAMI Dane County are committed to working with DHS and Wisconsin healthcare stakeholders at this critical time in order to ensure that the health and mental health care needs of our state’s most vulnerable populations are met.
Dane County doesn’t need a larger jail. It needs greater investment in community-based mental health treatment.
Many schools operate within a zero tolerance policy. While this phenomena conveys face validity, presenting school safety and zero tolerance for disruptive and undesirable behaviors, the underlying bias reveals a threat to students who are overwhelmingly faced with mental health concerns and behavioral disabilities.
Recovery is an ongoing process that requires persistence and the knowledge that you will get better, even if it doesn’t feel like it 100% of the time.
While we do not recommend that all people watch the series, particularly if one is experiencing suicidal ideation, it can be used as an opportunity to better understand young people's experiences, listen to their concerns, and be willing to help.
There are many misconceptions about depression, and because of this, sometimes people with the best intentions make comments that fall flat.
Since its inception in September of 2016, we have prepared over 1,300 recovery bags for SSM health’s psychiatric units, schools, mental health organizations, case workers, and interested members.
One of the things that really struck a chord with me was that the participants of the training were there voluntarily; they understand the need for change in the jail system and they are doing their part to begin that change.
While masks are typically viewed as a way to disguise or hide your face or your self, historically they have also been a way to express the conceptual, the spirit, or things unseen.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, NAMI Dane County and SSM Health partnered together to offer a day-long event to teach Littles, along with their Bigs, some mindfulness skills that they could take with them at home and in school to deal with stress, anger and anxiety.
While it can be difficult to prioritize time devoted to yourself in this fast paced world we have become accustomed to, here are some ways to ensure self care becomes a part of your weekly (or daily!) routine.
In an effort to better understand the role of mental health in multicultural communities, I attended a Lobby Day as a part of Black History Month. Because I have not lobbied before, I was not completely sure what to expect in attending this event, however, this experience showed me the importance of lobbying for change.
While NAMI Dane County agrees the jail needs to be updated to protect the safety of the staff and inmates, we oppose adding new beds for the same reasons we rejected the construction of a new jail.
In disparaging antidepressants, you suggest that depression is not, in fact, a real illness.
My challenge to us all is to keep trying to connect with others. Ask someone how they are doing and really mean it. Wait for them to answer, look at them and listen to what they tell you. Connection might be exactly what that person needed that day.