NAMI Statement on Family Separations at Border

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was created based on the foundation of family involvement and through our years of experience, we believe that strong family support is vital to a child’s long-term mental health.

The forced separation of families is highly stressful and can result in trauma—and these separations can profoundly impact children who do not yet have a mental health condition, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms, by ripping away vital family support. There is growing evidence that exposing young children to trauma is toxic to the development of their brains. Traumatic experiences can negatively impact development and mental health as children grow.

NAMI joins the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and others in urging an immediate end to the practice of separating families.  The future well-being of vulnerable children is at stake. We believe it’s critical to children’s mental health to be with their families and caregivers.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Our hearts are with the friends and family of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Help is available. You are not alone.

We know how hard it can be to ask for help. Calling a number and being connected to a stranger can seem a bit impersonal. But we want to remind you: the people on the other end of the line care. Talk to someone. Call the Lifeline. You are important to us.

The Lifeline can also be a resource and support for family and friends worried about someone who may be at risk or people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

People can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line – the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States.

It’s also important to know warning signs and risk factors for suicide, that way you can better support others. Be sure to review these so you know what to look out for if you ever need to encourage someone to seek help at https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-Suicide

The Parkland Shooting Tragedy

The Parkland Shooting Tragedy

NAMI FL (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is conducting a fundraising activity following the recent tragedy at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. NAMI FL is currently raising money to expand NAMI’s Ending the Silence program in schools. It’s a presentation for middle and high schools that teaches staff and students how to recognize the signs of a mental illness in themselves or a friend, and how to get help.

Due to the legislation that just passed, NAMI FL is trying to ramp their statewide capacity for this presentation. Johnson & Johnson has stepped in to offer a dollar-to-dollar match for any donation up to $250. This fundraiser is taking place online, with a goal of matched donations of $20,000. This is a time-limited fundraiser.

We hope you would consider participating. To donate, click the button below: