It is the result of the emotional overload tied to a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of a worldwide health crisis on top of social, economic, racial and political unrest that has exhausted American psyches, mental health experts say.
“We have uncertainty to the max,” Temple University psychologist Frank Farley said.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr., regarding the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol building:
“The images of mobs storming the seat of our nation’s government are deeply troubling, scary and may negatively impact the mental health of many Americans from all backgrounds. An attack on our democracy affects us all, no matter our political views. We call upon an end to the violence on Capitol Hill.more » Read More
In an effort to streamline the flow of information between the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Providers, Provider Associations and Consumer/Family/Advocate representatives, OMHSAS will hold monthly webinars throughout 2021.
Starting in January 2021, the webinars for Providers, Provider Associations and Consumer/Family/Advocates will take place on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:00-4:00pm, beginning on Tuesday, 1/19/21. A separate webinar will be held with Counties and County Affiliates and we ask stakeholders to join in only one monthly meeting,more » Read More
Late yesterday, Congress passed major legislation (a bill combining the FY 2021 federal budget and COVID-relief provisions) that includes big wins for mental health — provisions that NAMI fought for that will benefit people with mental health conditions as well as nonprofits, like NAMI state and local organizations.
This legislation is especially critical given the dramatic increases in people experiencing mental health conditions during this pandemic. “NAMI thanks Congress for passing the COVID-19 relief package and new federal budget,” said NAMI CEO Daniel H.more » Read More
Decisions are being made RIGHT NOW in Congress on what will end up in the next COVID-19 relief bill. But the current proposal DOES NOT include additional funding for mental health.
One in 3 people in the U.S. are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression as a result of COVID-19 and the economic downturn. Sadly, 20% of these individuals said they need—but haven’t received—counseling or therapy.more » Read More