December 8, 2017
Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

November 11, 2017 |

The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real.

On November 30, NAMI released its third nationwide parity report, The Doctor is Out. The report found that, despite the federal parity law, people lack the same access to mental health providers as they have for other medical providers.

“Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” Cami

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    New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    November 8, 2017 |

    In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

    The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d Read More

    Entrenamiento en Español

    Sábado, 16 de Diciembre del 2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm PROVIDENCE ST. VINCENT MEDICAL CENTER, Souther Classroom 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland OR 97225

    See Flyer for registration information

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    November 15, 2017 | By Vickie Aldous

    Donald Richardson Jr. was trying to fall asleep when he saw a disembodied eyeball.

    “Picture a bloodshot eyeball with thousands of fingers swarming and picking at it,” he says. “I got up and went out and had a cigarette and tried not to panic. I knew it wasn’t real — or at least that there was a majority chance it was not real.”

    Richardson has bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, leaving him prone to mania, depression, Read More

    Sign up for Health Insurance

    No insurance, or need to renew your plan? Sign up now! Open enrollment lasts until Dec. 15

    On Nov. 1, started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before Dec. 15. All health plans offered through must cover mental health and substance use services at the same level as other health conditions. However, some plans Read More

    Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

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