NAMI Speaks On Mental Illness

KRQE, Channel 13 in Albuquerque recently ran a news report about a mentally ill man who was on a local business roof and had caused Central Avenue to be shut down for several hours.
The station reached out to Marilyn Salzman, NAMI Westside president to go on camera and talk about mental illness. Click the video below to see the full report and Marilyn Salzman’s interview.  “Mental illness does not discriminate.” –Marilyn Salzman

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NAMI Walks 2016 a Big Success!

NAMI Walks 2016 will be May 7th at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park!  Our overall goal for this year for New Mexico is $125,000!  With your help we can do it!  Please check out >> NAMI Walks Monthly News Letter << for more information and to stay abreast of the latest.  We will update this post as well with significant updates as necessary.

UPDATE:  The New Mexico NAMIWalks website is up and running.  Please visit our NAMI Walks site to register your team and begin raising money!  >>


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Upcoming Family-to-Family Classes

Family-to-Family is 12-week course for family care givers of individuals living with mental illness.  This is an evidence-based NAMI signature program conducted several times a year by NAMI affiliates in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho (NAMI West Side), Santa Fe and NAMI Dona Anna (Los Cruces, NM).   This evidence-based course is intended to educate family caregivers and give you tools to more effectively help your loved one with mental illness.  For more info on Family to Family curriculum see:

NOTE:  This course is only intended for for family, significant others and friends who of people living with mental illness. 

The next classes will begin early Spring 2017 (dates TBD).  If you are interested getting on the waiting list for this class, please contact us:  Click this button: Contact Form

Click the big green Contact Button and send us an email and be sure to include your phone number – someone will contact you as soon as possible.

These classes fill up fast and seating is limited, so don’t delay.


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Open Letter on Mental Health

Matthew Gutierrez, a senior at South Valley Academy in Albuquerque has developed an open letter on Mental Health in the form of a web site he developed.  This was for his Senior Action Project in which students had to undertake a project that benefits the community in some way.  Matthew chose to focus on the issue of mental illness.  Please visit his project web site at: Open Letter on Mental Health.

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Google Getting into Mental Health Research

A recent article in the Financial Times relates that Google has hired a Mental Health expert and is getting into brain research.  We can’t post article directly due to copyright issues, but they point out what many of us know already – that mental health research has lagged behind other illness research.  It is a very interesting article and, considering the resources that Google has, this could be one of the biggest things to happen in mental health research in decades!   You can find the article here:

Google hires mental health expert to lead new life sciences unit

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NAMI Walks New Mexico 2015

NAMI Walks was a huge success!  This year NAMI New Mexico held its annual NAMI Walks fund raiser on May 2nd at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park!  You can see some of the pictures from this event in the slide show above.  For more great pictures, check out Cy Stanton’s Flickr Page for NAMI Walks 2015  >> HERE <<

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