Telling the Story “In Our Own Voice”

March 10, 2017

By Mike Eisenbath … Donna, my wife, and I went through the “In Our Own Voice: Living With Mental Illness” presentation training in early 2015. Since then, we have shared our story as a couple about 18 times as representatives of the St. Louis affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I have given Read More »

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NAMI Provides Much-Needed Aid In Crisis

March 3, 2017

By KC … Sometimes, maybe all the time, the diagnosis of a mental illness can feel like your worst, most frightening nightmare. I found out that NAMI can help ease the after-effect of that tough-to-explain bad dream. On a dark, mild, peaceful October night after visiting my family, I was driving home when I saw Read More »

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Recovery from the “Beast”: Rocky, but Possible

February 14, 2017

By Joe DiGiovanni … The memory seems surreal to me now: One Sunday in the winter of 2011, I sat on my bed filling out a formal separation request online. The act would have shattered almost 21 years of marriage. The “beast” of my mental illness appeared to have finally broken me down. Luckily, my Read More »

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Relief When Depression Reaches a Fever Pitch

February 2, 2017

By Bianca Chapman … One Saturday night a couple of years ago, the depression and voices in my head reached a fever pitch. I looked over to my phone and thought of reaching out for help. Who could I call? I eventually decided to call my church pastor. Despite the time — 8 o’clock at Read More »

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Navigating Holidays With Mentally Ill Loved Ones

January 26, 2017

By KC … We just made it through another holiday season. Often at that time of year, the question is asked, “How do we balance hosting parties in our home when our mentally ill loved one’s illness is in overdrive?” Unless violent behavior is a factor, my advice is to reduce your expectations of a Read More »

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