February 2, 2018

Congratulations to all NAMI affiliate staff and volunteers on a job well done in 2017. NAMI affiliates in Oregon reported a 42 percent increase in NAMI signature program offerings last year as compared with 2016. In all, affiliates reported offering 951 signature programs events, such as support group meetings, education classes, and presentations such as In Our Own Voice and Ending the Silence.

Affiliates provided more programs and did a more thorough job of reporting program data, accounting for the significant Read More

    How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?

    By Laura Greenstein

    It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.

    Because the science of therapy Read More

    Feb. 28, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they can’t understand why anyone else would.

    This lack of understanding can lead to insensitivity and stigma towards people who are often already struggling with serious emotional turmoil. Read More

    February 27, 2018 | Oxford University Press USA

    A new article in Military Medicine, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that military personnel are making extensive use of outside mental health services, suggesting that military health and mental health services do not meet the needs of active duty service members.

    The study aimed were to determine the personal characteristics of military personnel who receive care from a civilian network of volunteer professionals; to ascertain the mental health diagnoses of these military personnel; Read More

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