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In The News: TriCities Advocates for the Mentally Ill

October 10, 2016

Saturday, November 19 at 6:30 PM at Southridge HS Auditorium

**This free event is brought to you by Tri-Cities Community Health, NAMI Tri-Cities, Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance, Lourdes Counseling, and Youth Suicide Prevention Program**

Jason DeShaw is a 34-year old national award-winning mental health speaker and country singer. DeShaw lives with bipolar disorder and alcoholism; he has worked to develop coping mechanisms that help him meet each day with a spirit of gratitude and a desire to help others find relief from Read More

    We’ve sent 20,000 messages to Congress to urge them to reform mental health care.

    We need to send 20,000 more.

    Congress needs to see perfectly clearly how important mental health care is to our country. Congress doesn’t need glasses to see 20/20—it needs your advocacy.

    Contact Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, two House Committee leaders who will help decide the future of health care reform, and urge them to move comprehensive mental health reform (HR 2646) forward.

    With your help, the Read More

    Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.

    Why is it Read More

    Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study.

    As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary Giliberti, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “These statistics paint a pretty bleak picture,” she says. “We think we can do a lot Read More

    What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer.

    That, in turn, could lead to better treatments, earlier diagnosis and more opportunities to head off the emergence of full-blown psychological illness in those at greatest risk.

    Such Read More

    Long-awaited improvements in insurance coverage for mental conditions and addictions are expected to become more widely available this year as a result of two major steps that the Obama administration has taken.

    The president’s signature Affordable Care Act includes mental health care and substance abuse treatment among its Read More

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