One in four adults in New Mexico will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Nearly 60% will NOT seek help for their disability due to the negative stigma of mental illness. Of the 40% that do seek help, Hispanics access mental health services at half the rate of the rest of the population. In other words, mental health is a growing problem locally and a bigger problem for Hispanics. The goal for this event is to erase the stigma of mental illness in New Mexico and make people more aware of all the resources available. Come join us to support this great cause.
Kickoff Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Mexico and local business partners to shine a light on how STIGMA keeps people from getting the help they need when it comes to behavioral health
WHEN: Sunday, October 1st from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM
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Did you know that you can donate your old car to benefit NAMI New Mexico? We have joined with V-DAC to provide a way for you to use your vehicle to provide a tax-deductible donation to help NAMI support individuals living with mental illness and their families. See >> Frequently Asked Questions.
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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
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: http://www.nami.org/f2f
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 Summer 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.
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.
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:
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 <<