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Nov. 4, 2013
This Veteran's Day
NAMI Wisconsin would like to honor all past and present war veterans in observance of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day is a lasting memorial to the spirit and humanity of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country and to celebrate the service of all of our nation’s veterans and soldiers stationed around the world. For too many of our veterans, the scars, disabling injuries and dangerous illnesses work to keep the memories of war fresh in their minds. Veterans deserve the promise from our nation that what they did, at a high personal cost, allows us to enjoy our freedoms and a brighter future.
NAMI places highest priority on meeting the treatment and community support needs of individuals with severe mental illness that have done so much to protect our freedom. According to Lt. Col. Christopher Ivany, the Army’s chief of behavioral health, military physicians have learned better ways of treating sick service members through outpatient care. Enhanced efforts to screen soldiers for mental health problems and provide more accessible therapy sessions may have led to the record numbers in treatment in the military. But more needs to be done.
Respect your loved ones this Veteran’s Day. Mental Health America of Wisconsin has partnered with many other organizations in Dane County to host the Wisconsin Warrior Summit, November 13 & 14, 2013, at the Bishop O’Connor Center, 702 S High Point Rd, Madison, WI. The Warrior Summit targets veterans, family members of veterans, clinicians and all human rights advocates or social services. Keynote sessions include Understanding Deployment and Homecoming: What Civilians May Not Know & What Veterans May Not Say, by John Mundt, PhD, and Military Sexual Trama, by Nicole McCoy. Animal Therapy session will take place Wednesday evening, along with a vet panel that will discuss the arts and healing. Take the next step towards getting our noble veterans the treatment they deserve. Register today. http://www.mhawisconsin.org/warriorsummit2013.aspx.
Oct. 8, 2013
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Text-to-Donate Day of Action
NAMI Wisconsin needs your help! Wednesday, October 9, is the Text-to-Donate Day of Action, in which anyone with a cell phone can donate to our cause. This is an easy and quick way to show your awareness and loyalty to mental health. Your dollars will go to provide vital mental health programs and events throughout the state to continue to advocate for and educate about mental illness.
Together we are building a future of recovery, respect, and opportunity for people with severe mental illness. NAMI Wisconsin supports 35 local affiliates throughout Wisconsin, and is built on three cornerstones—support, education, and advocacy —striving to bring hope and progress to millions of people affected by severe mental illness.
To join the movement, text "namiwisc" and the amount you would like to donate, to 50155.
Sep. 17, 2013
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Oct. 6-12
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), celebrated around the nation, is Oct. 6-12, 2013 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
“Mental Illness Awareness Week is one way that we strive to spur conversations about mental illness,” said Julianne Carbin, Executive Director of NAMI Wisconsin. “President Obama has applauded many commitments from various organizations, encouraging the dialogue on mental health. It’s time to make a difference.”
One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in five young people aged 13 to 18 also experience mental illness. In fact, one-half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14--three-quarters by age 24.
Unfortunately, there are long delays--sometimes decades--between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help. Recovery is possible, but only if people get the treatment they need. Less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment.
Know where to find help if it’s needed and learn about the nature of mental illness and symptoms of different conditions. Information about specific illnesses, diagnosis and treatment options is available at www.nami.org.
- About 42 million Americans live with anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- About 15 million live with major depression.
- About 6 million live with bipolar disorder.
- About 2.6 million live with schizophrenia.
“The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it,” said Carbin. “It starts with a conversation. You are never alone, so don’t be afraid to speak up. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or their loved ones get the support they need. We know that advocacy, education and support around mental illness is an ongoing endeavor, but we invite you to join us and challenge you to take action during MIAW.”
Check out www.namiwisconsin.org/miaw to see a full list of events and information.