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NAMI Homefront was developed to meet the unique needs of families of our Service Members and Veterans who are living with mental health conditions. It is a six-session adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family program. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by and for family members who have a relative living with mental illness. Click here to learn more.

 

NATIONAL COUNCIL CONVENES VETERANS AND MENTAL HEALTH LEADERS TO LAUNCH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR VETERANS

 

 

Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Or visit http://veteranscrisisline.net/ 

Confidential help for Veterans and their families 

VA Help Page for Veterans with PTSD

This page answers some basic questions about the claims process and links to other sources of help.

Tips for Filing a PTSD Claim with the VA 

The Veterans Today blog posted a series of tips, resources and frequently asked questions regarding filing a PTSD claim.

How does PTSD affect family members?

Eve B. Carlson, PhD and Joseph Ruzek, PhD

Here’s a great article on PTSD and Families… definitely worth reading!

 

 

Women Warriors: Supporting She "Who Has Borne the Battle"

This report from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, provides valuable information about challenges women face on the battlefield and when they return to civilian society.

 

Language: Let's Keep Talking

Let's Keep Talking

There has been a great response to the last alert's notice about SAMHSA's dialogue on words used — or avoided — in the mental health community. Some may be stigmatizing. Other terms may lack clear definition.

If you haven't already, send comments to dialogue@samhsa.hhs.gov. Please send a copy of your message to SAMHSA to NAMI also to help our own discussions: stigmabusters@nami.org.

NAMI soon will launch its own language listserv to promote broader interactive discussion. Watch for more information in the months ahead.

 

Americorps Superheroes Stomp Stigma

Superheroes of Stigmabusting

StigmaBusters Mary Flanagan and Liz Reich, Americorps volunteers who work in a peer support center in Oregon, have produced a mini-documentary that portrays StigmaBusters as superheroes.

It's now posted on YouTube and is serious, yet quirky and funny. The film also features clients of the center reaching out especially to "tweens and teens," a key target audience for public education.

They have received local media coverage and honors.

NAMI suspects they'll eventually make even greater contributions to our movement.

If you like the video, please forward the YouTube link to your favorite tweens, teens and others.

Veterans Health Administration and NAMI's Partnership

NAMI Illinois, the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has been selected to partner with Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Marion VA Medical Center to provide a free family education course for family caregivers of veterans affected by serious mental illnesses.

NAMI routinely offers a Family-to-Family Education in Illinois which will now be expanded to include the above veterans facilities specifically to help veterans' families.

The partnership is part of a national initiative in which the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is selecting facilities to partner with NAMI to offer the program.

NAMI Illinois is proud to be selected as one of the leaders for the national program.  Veterans deserve the best health care possible and their families deserve support.  Mental illness affects the entire family.  Education and support for family members supports recovery.

The NAMI program is a free 12-week course for family members of veterans who live with mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  It is taught by trained family volunteers who themselves have experience with challenges posed by mental illness.

In weekly 2-3 hour sessions, family members receive information about mental illnesses, treatment, medications and recovery.  They also learn self-care, communication skills, problem-solving and advocacy strategies.

The NAMI program is the most widely-used family education model in the United States.  Two scientific studies on the effectiveness of this program found that course participants had a significantly decreased subjective (emotional) burden of mental illness, and an increased sense of empowerment regarding the system, the community, and family.

Results also have implications for helping veterans living with the illness directly, through less stressful home environments and greater family advocacy for appropriate treatment.

In 2003, VHA developed a Mental Health Strategic Plan that included the specific recommendation to implement the program in partnership with NAMI, as part of an overall transformation of its mental health care system.  The current site selections represent a two-year demonstration project for the initial implementation of that recommendation, wit the expectation that local partnerships will provide models for expansion.

 

Veterans_Resources

NAMI is proud to provide resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates.  Click here to view the Veterans Resource Center.

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Publications available from the National Institute of Mental Health

 

National Institute of Mental Health Fact Sheet on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research (PDF)

 

National Institute of Mental Health Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Easy to Read Brochure (PDF)

 

National Institute of Mental health Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Booklet (PDF)