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    ARLINGTON, Va., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds the passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

    The bill, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), will improve mental health care for Americans.

    “Today, 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition. With the right help, people can live well and thrive, but Read More

    On Capitol Hill on 5/26/16 members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other groups presented petitions with 200,000 signatures to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid calling for a vote on mental health care reform. 60 million Americans live with mental illness.

    ARLINGTON, Va., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance 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

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