A Mental Illness Unhappy Ending, Difficult Questions

May 26, 2017

By Evelyn Donnell … “The doctors just don’t know what’s the matter with me,” he said, “and it’s a cop-out by saying it’s mental trouble. There’s nothing the matter with my head.” Our story does not have a happy ending, but in the telling maybe someone will find some help or consolation. Mental Instability, Yet Read More »

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Tragedies Spark Talk, But More Awareness Needed

May 3, 2017

By Anonymous … The January shooting in a Florida airport by an individual who had schizophrenia brought to mind the many other tragedies that have happened because of individuals with mental illness. And such tragedies do create a certain level of national awareness. But not all the tragedies make the evening news. Indeed, such events Read More »

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Managing Depression as a New Mom

April 12, 2017

By Bianca Chapman … As a first-time mom, I felt ecstatic about my pregnancy and the idea of having the ideal new mom experience. Depression robbed me of that. But the less-than-ideal journey has taken my daughter and I to a good place anyway. Mind you, I tried. I ate plenty of kale, walnuts and Read More »

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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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