The answer: Very Strong.
NAMI can make a tremendous difference, on levels from personal to political, and ranging from local to national. I have felt it as a Family-to-Family participant, teacher and trainer; I have, I hope, nurtured it as a NAMI National Convention Presenter, and as a writer.
And, as a speaker and broadcaster, [...]
This video, created by Barmont Productions for NAMI in Connecticut, shows in seven short minutes a smattering of some of the ways NAMI has made a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness, and their families and friends. In it, you will hear a small taste of why Ben Behind His Voices [...]
Well, it has happened: Ben has been laid off from his job. When I picked him up yesterday, he had just emerged from the “meeting” some of us know all too well. We love you. We think you are awesome. We just have to lay off some people because of the season, and unfortunately you are one of them.
Sharing Can Shape Our Lives
“For what we are, we are by sharing…and it is by sharing that we move toward the light.” These words come from my temple’s prayerbook for the Jewish New Year, and they never fail to re-ignite my sense of purpose each year.
Before Ben Had a Job, He Took [...]
For the first time in years, Ben has spoken to me about goals – and he actually has some, that he is willing to share with me.
When you have a goal, it can be risky to say it out loud. What if you fail? What if your dreams don’t come true?
Treatment, the [...]
I think the psychiatry career of Dr. Lynne Fenton may be over.
Worse than that, she must be questioning whether she could have done anything to prevent the “Batman shootings” in Aurora that killed 12, and wounded many others.
James Holmes: Schizophrenia?
So it leaks out that shooter James Holmes has been in “treatment” for [...]
Catching a train to Boston today, then a drive to Marlborough,Massachusetts to participate in the Parent / Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) 2nd Annual Conference & Celebration as keynote speaker, then a car to Logan Intl airport and a plane to Los Angeles for a US Psych Congress regional event. Presenting about partnering for best recovery [...]
I’ve just learned about a wonderful new documentary called A Moment of Clarity. I had a long conversation with its producer, Kevin Cullen, and the hope for this wonderful movie is the same as for Ben Behind His Voices: To reduce stigma, promote understanding, honor the talent and courage of those with mental health issues [...]
Like so many people I know, I have no short answer when people ask me, “So what do you do?”. If given just a few words, I guess I can say “I talk and write for a living”, or “I communicate professionally.” But, really? I am a serious dabbler – and insatiably curious information-seeker and [...]
Last week NAMI-CT’s Fairfield Affiliate hosted an informative and inspiring Legislative Social – over 100 in attendance, including about a dozen state legislators, all there to hear about programs and services that help those affected by mental illness live fulfilling, purposeful, hopeful lives. I wrote about it here as well, on my Mental Illness in [...]