A collection of recent articles and more relevant to Connecticut’s mental health community. This edition features articles about: After abuse scandal, CT lawmakers push to reform Whiting; CT Army Veteran Gets Discharge Upgrade; How one teen went from bullied middle schooler to app inventor to world-renowned activist; How Trauma Lodges in the Body; Lawmakers Work To Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over Finish Line; Work Begins On Apartments For Homeless Veterans In Middletown; and MUCH MORE!
In FY 2017, we were proud to rally nearly 200 volunteers who gave some 5,000 hours of their time to contribute to our support groups, and education, recovery and professional programs. Throughout the state, our professional staff and our volunteer allies are ensuring that mental illnesses are understood as conditions not to be stigmatized but recognized as conditions that call for empathy. From this understanding emerges recovery.
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(Hartford, Connecticut) April 7, 2016. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI Connecticut) is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a $14,300 grant from the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund, a fund managed by the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut.Read More
Hello and Happy New Year! I want to start by thanking everyone who contributed to NAMI Connecticut in 2016. It was an extraordinarily productive year for the organization and along with our other funders, individuals who donated to us helped us to reach thousands of people in the state...Read More
I am happy to report that once again we had a very successful annual state conference with approximately 200 attendees, hopefully many of you reading this now were there. The day started out with Senator Ted Kennedy providing our Keynote address and then participants were able to find out about a range of mental health initiatives including apps for use by people with mental health concerns, psychiatric care of older adults, engaging young people in care and the state of the recovery movemenRead More
Help and Hope. That’s what NAMI Connecticut is all about; that’s our driving mission. As we reflect on our activities over the fiscal year, one of the most important things that stands out is the energy and passion of our affiliates to offer Help and Hope. As an organization we are dependent on volunteers across the state who provide the leadership, support, and time investment which are critical to implementing our mission.Read More
NAMI Connecticut Recognizes the U.S. House and Senate for Passage of Mental Health Reform in 21st Century Cures Bill. NAMI Connecticut is pleased to announce that the U.S. House and Senate have just passed a significant bill in support of Mental Health Reform, the “21st Century Cures Act” President Obama is expected to sign this important legislation into law TODAY (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016).Read More
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Fall is upon us I am happy to report that once again we will be paying out more than $20,000 to our affiliates based on the amount of donations they raised for this year’s Walk. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! As many of you know, the Walk is a vital component of keeping our affiliates growing and offering the many programs they provide to their communities. Overall we raised just over $170,000...
State Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., Keynote Speaker at NAMI Connecticut State Conference
(Hartford, Connecticut) September 14, 2016. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut (NAMI Connecticut), the state chapter of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is pleased to announce that State Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. will be the Keynote Speaker at its upcoming State Conference, to be held Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Army Reserve Center in Middletown, CT. Read More...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut and advocates across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year we fight stigma and discrimination, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Connecticut has been seen as a leader in mental health services and initiatives for many years and has been acknowledged as such. Therefore, it is sadly ironic that we are now standing on the precipice of setting ourselves back years from what we have worked so hard to build, by deeply and devastatingly cutting mental health and other human services. Read More...Read More
This year we reached out to communities throughout Connecticut offering help and hope to families and people living with mental illness in need of support they may not have known was available through our strong state affiliates. We used every tool at our disposal; social media, our website and increased affiliate outreach to help educate communities about mental illness, available supports and resources and the critical role advocacy plays in shaping the laws that protect their rights and recovery. Without our community volunteers and financial support we would be unable to accomplish our mission to provide support, education and advocacy for people living with mental health challenges.Read More
Reporter Renee Canada listed NAMI Connecticut as a participant in the third annual #GivingTuesday event: ' Folks can also hit social media to commemorate the day with an #UNselfie for #GivingTuesday to shine the spotlight on organizations on the receiving end of their generosity.' Click her for full article.Read More
NAMI Connecticut Executive Director Kate Mattias interviewed by Mike Clifford of PNS. Published. December 1, 2014. Cyber Shop Today in CT - Then Try Giving Tuesday. Please click here for full article and link to mp3 audio.Read More
NAMI Connecticut Executive Director Kate Mattias, and Mental Health Advocate Stephen Cuddy to appear on the 'For the People' radio show. Public Service Director and veteran Connecticut journalist John Voket produces the award-winning 'For the People,' bringing listeners a broad variety of stories and interviews that have a direct impact on them, their families and their communities. Information on the podcast of the interview with Kate Mattias: This program originally aired Sunday, 11/9, at 6 am on STAR 99.9 FM, 95.9 FM -The FOX, & 102.9 FM -DRC; and at 7 am on 99.1 FM -PLR & on The Talk of CT - WDRC, WSNG, WWCO & WMMW. The NAMI Connecticut segment appears 18 minutes into the show. After the air date, the show will also be available as a podcast; refer to the FACEBOOK sites of PLR, STAR, DRC & THE FOX radio stationsRead More
NAMI Connecticut begins it's 30th Anniversary 2014 Annual Appeal with this video entry to #Storymakers2014, Music by Fay Wolf. Please share this video to spread the word of the FREE support, education & advocacy work that we provide year round for consumers, families and professionals. You never know who needs help or hope today--you can make a difference! NAMI Connecticut is fully funded by local fundraising and grant support! No donation is too small. Thank you for 30 great years!Read More