Monthly Archives: March 2013

NAMI of Collier County Walk 2013

“A symbol of our journey,” is how film and television actress Amy Yasbeck, this year’s Grand Marshal, described the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI’s) Annual Walk Fundraiser.  Speaking to a crowd of over 400 NAMI supporters and friends at Cambier Park on March 23, 2013, Ms. Yasbeck shared how mental illness has affected her family and how NAMI, through its programs and events, such as the Walk, honors the journey of the individuals and families who live with serious and persistent mental illness.

Recognizing the range of impact that mental illness can have on families, Ms. Yasbeck championed the […]

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    New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health

New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health

Two reports released in recent weeks provide updated views of mental health trends among children and youth.

On Nov. 13, 2013, JAMA Psychiatry published a study based on data from 1995-2010, titled “National Trends in the Mental Health Care of Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Office-Based Physicians.”

The other report, “Psychotropic Medication Use Among Adolescents: United States, 2005–2010” appears in a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief for December published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Office Visits for Children with Psychiatric Disorders are Increasing
The past several years have seen an increasing number of office visits […]

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A CNN Story: It’s About NAMI, So Listen Up!

There’s usually a back story to any main event.

In this case, the main event is a special feature by CNN, My Son is Mentally Ill, So Listen Up,”  a 10-minute video documentary and story by Wayne Drash.

The story is about Stephanie Escamilla of San Antonio and her 14-year-old son “Daniel” (a pseudonym because of his age) and his experience living with mental illness.

The feature was unveiled on the CNN website on Dec. 11. In addition, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta in news broadcasts on Dec. 12-13 discussed Daniel’s recovery, calling it “a daily struggle.”

Drash posted another video […]

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NAMI Family-to-Family

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

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    The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception

The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception

Years ago, in a college class, I learned that socioeconomic status was commonly used as a predictor of health outcomes in most countries. I remember this well because my professor chose to exemplify global cases with extreme pictures of poverty and ghastly pathologies. What my sensationalist instructor forgot back then was to address how international migration would affect the locally observed epidemiologic correlation.

Today, with a growing population ofLatinos in America, a paradox continues to gain statistical force based on mortality data. Upon arrival, struggling low-income Latino immigrants are generally healthier than most segments of the U.S. population.

The story appears […]

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