Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is often associated with children. About nine percent of children aged 3 to 17 are diagnosed with this chronic condition. Though childhood is the most common time for a diagnosis of ADHD, about four percent of adults also have the condition. In fact, according to the National Resource Center on ADHD (CHADD), 75 percent of children who have ADHD also have symptoms that affect their adult lives.Read More
When our son was struggling with bipolar disorder, our family and the life we knew was turned upside-down. We were fortunate in that not long after he was diagnosed, we discovered NAMI. But it was only after our son was truly solid in his recovery did we begin participating in the annual NAMI Connecticut Walk. We shouldn’t have waited. However, up until that point we were afraid, afraid of being judged, afraid of being shunned. We didn’t realize how liberating the Walk experience would be; surrounded by approximately 1,000 others just like us: parents, children, relatives, friends, providers; and people in recovery. Folks with who we could share our story, without feeling shame, who “got it.” We realized we were truly not alone, that everyone knew someone who may have struggled with (or is still struggling with) a mental health condition. And it was OK.
You really felt it in your heart what it meant to know “You (us!) are not alone.” We left that first Walk energized and full of hope for the future, knowing that we were part of something bigger, a real community of caring people.
The NAMI Family is just that. People who understand and accept you, regardless of your story, regardless of the pain, regardless of any shame you may have felt. And in the NAMI Connecticut support groups (all free!), you learn to reject the stigma and discrimination that can hold you or your loved one down. These support groups are for caregivers, family, friends, anyone who cares for or about someone struggling with a mental health condition. They are facilitated by trained folks who have lived personal experience in caring for family with a mental health condition
There are also support groups for people working on their recovery, facilitated by trained people with mental health conditions that have navigated the often times confusing public and/or private mental health systems here in Connecticut.
We even have support groups for parents of school-aged children, the NAMI-CAN Support Groups (Child and Adolescent Network). Again, the facilitators are parents with experience in raising children with mental health conditions, as well as experience in dealing with their local school systems in providing any special accommodations for children.
Bottom line: don’t be afraid, and don’t be ashamed; come out to our support groups. Find help, find hope!
Arlington, Va. —NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has released a new video series aimed at helping college bound students and their families talk about mental health. The videos are part of the “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” guide NAMI and the Jed Foundation released last year. Approximately 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, making college a critical time to focus on mental health, especially as students transition away from their support systems.Read More
May is Mental Health Month!
NAMI Connecticut is proud to participate in this year’s Mental Health Month. From our exciting NAMI Connecticut WALK, to film screenings, concerts, book discussions, webinars and more, we celebrate this important time in May with many different events designed to not only raise awareness around mental health challenges, but also help eliminate the stigma that can be wrongly associated with these conditions.
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends, family and/or co-workers.
Throughout May, NAMI Connecticut, our local Affiliates, Community Partners, and NAMI Members also aim to provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. And every year, the movement grows stronger. And we want YOU to join us!
Help us spread the word through the many awareness, support and advocacy activities; for a complete list of events happening in Connecticut during Mental Health Month, please click here. There is something for everyone!
And for additional tools, graphics, ideas, sample social media posts, and to take the “Stigma Free Pledge” please visit: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Month
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Anxiety disorders can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life. For people who have it, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with a variety of interventions available, both medical and other, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life. Seeking treatment will help you and your loved ones live a better life.Read More
NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness - Hartford, CT. This year, NAMI Connecticut invites you to join us in Hartford at beautiful Bushnell Park for our annual fundraiser dedicated to mental health awareness and services. Slated to get underway on Saturday, May 20th, the 2017 NAMI Connecticut Walk is our largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes right back into providing the community you love with the crucial mental health programs, services and resources it needs.Read More
As we celebrate Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, NAMI Connecticut wants to take this opportunity to increase our readers' understanding of autism. While a great deal has become known in recent years, more research is needed to develop a greater appreciation for its nuances, challenges and solutions. Here's what we know now about this incredibly diverse disorder.Read More
Depression is a mental health condition that is marked by a litany of symptoms that can affect daily functioning. It's estimated that nearly seven percent -- or about 16 million people -- had an episode of depression at least once in the past year. Depression, like many other medical conditions, doesn't necessarily look the same for everyone.Read More
Bipolar disorder -- formerly known by the term "manic depression" -- is now recognized as being a spectrum of linked types that have both similarities and differences between them. One primary feature is extreme mood swings that include manic highs and depressed lows. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance notes that about 5.7 million adults in America are affected by being on the bipolar spectrum each year. While the median onset age is 25 years, both children, as well as adults in their 40’s and 50’s, have developed the condition. Of the children and teens that are diagnosed with depression every year, it's estimated that one in three is actually experiencing early signs of being on the bipolar spectrum.Read More
For those with mental health concerns, having access to the proper support is a vital part of understanding themselves and healing. Not only can support groups help recovery, but they also provide a way for family and friends to learn and grow with their loved ones.Read More
NAMI Connecticut is excited to welcome readers to its first blog! As the only NAMI-affiliated state organization in Connecticut, NAMI Connecticut is dedicated to offering an array of services to people who are living with psychiatric conditions and their family members. NAMI Connecticut strives to educate and empower individuals with mental health conditions, their friends and family members, as well as professionals and the community.Read More