Thursday, September 15, 2011

The NAMI Advocate: Read All About It

The Advocate magazine is starting to arrive in the mail boxes of NAMI members this week. It is NAMI's flagship publication, printed three times a year.

Only NAMI members receive it. That's one more reason to join NAMI -- if you haven't already -- above and beyond the support that you already give our mission in helping millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Besides the print magazine, NAMI offers many diverse electronic publications for free through the Internet. To subscribe to them, all that is required is registering on the NAMI website and checking boxes that fit your interests.

Selections include general or topical updates whenever something new is added to the site, our monthly e-Advocate, our NAMI Faithnet newsletter, Avanzamos in Spanish, and NAMI's Policy E-News and Alerts to name only a few. They all are a good way to follow what's happening in the mental health community.

For example, the current issue of the print Advocate includes articles on
  • Mental Illness in the Workplace: Rights Under the ADA
  • Patrick Kennedy's new "One Mind for Research" Campaign
  • Off to College: Living with Mental Illness
  • NAMIWalks -- growing in leaps and bounds
  • The Latest in Schizophrenia Research
  • Updated "PORT" Guidelines for Treating Schizophrenia
  • The U.S. Military and Mental Illness
  • Mother and Son Share Stories at NAMI Convention: Jesse Close and Calen Pick of BringChange2Mind
  • Improving Cognition in Schizophrenia
  • Only in Your Dreams: Revising Nightmares Can Help PTSD Symptoms
  • Book and Film Reviews

Again. these print Advocate articles are only available to NAMI members.

However, other lively, informative articles appear each month in NAMI's e-Advocate newsletter.

The next issue of the e-Advocate will be coming out in two weeks, just in time for Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct.2-8). Make sure to read it. We hope you'll like it. If you aren't a NAMI member already, we also hope you'll consider joining us as a member and start reading the print Advocate as well.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great movie review this time about It's Kind of a Funny Story. Plus the Voice Award list. I also want to read the book, The Bipolar Survival Guide. This is the kind of things I like.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see that NAMI has helped educate people with mental illness about their rights under the ADA. I feel for "Kevin", because I have been discriminated in the workplace. If I only knew the law like I do now, I believe I would still be employed. Management stated I was having "memory" problems, but could not give me any examples when I asked for clarification. I asked for different accommodations which would be considered reasonable under the ADA. Management failed to engage fully in the "interactive process" required by the ADA. I was not told if any of my accommodations were acceptable to the managers, and I was not told why they could not accommodate my requests which would have kept me in my current job. I filed a internal complaint with my employer...thinking this would help. It did not. I also filed a complaint with the EEOC, stating I was discriminated due to my disability, and was denied accommodations. The EEOC investigated the complaint, and determined there was reasonable cause to believe that there was a violation of the ADA...in that the employer denied reasonable accommodation of being assigned to a vacant position and discharged on the basis of being a qualified individual with a disability. The investigation took 3 years. When the EEOC finds that violations have occurred, it attempts to eliminate the alleged unlawful practices by informal methods of conciliation. I my case, the conciliation efforts failed, and I asked for my right to sue letter. This letter must be issued before you can file a lawsuit. I am currently trying to settle with the employer, but attempts to find an acceptable settlement have been difficult. I wanted to go back to work, and not be on disability. The employer stated they believed I could not work due to safety reasons. Once again, this reason could be considered discriminatory. The stigma that people with mental illness face is still deeply ingrained by many employers. I, and most individuals with mental illnes, want to work. My career has been taken away due to ignorance and stereotyping. Individuals with a mental illness need to know the ADA law in detail, so they can stand up to employers who engage in discriminatory practices. Even though the employer has anti-discrimination policies, they can find ways to get rid of you. The ADA law is complex. Take the time and learn the law so you can avoid possible discrimination. The EEOC website has enforcement guidelines for individuals with a psychiatric conditions, guidelines for reasonable accommodations and undue hardship, etc. The EEOC Newsroom (located on their website) lists lawsuits they pursue against employers who discriminate. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a great place to find reasonable accommodations.