Archives for July 2012

NAMI Family-to-Family Educational Program Class 3 Relaxation Exercise

Sit comfortably, close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax. (pause)

Begin to tense the muscles of the feet, legs and hips.

Tense… Tense… Hold that tension… and quickly… relax. (pause)

Begin to tense the muscles of the stomach, chest and back.

Tense… Tense… Hold that tension… and quickly…  relax. (pause)

Begin to tense the muscles of the shoulders, arms and hands.

Tense…Tense… Make two fists… and hold that tension…and quickly… relax.  (pause)

Count backward from 100 to 0 and when you get to 0, you will be in a very deep state of relaxation.  (COUNT VERY SLOWLY) 100, 99, 98 and deeper, 97, 96, 95, and more relaxed, 94, 93, 92, 92, 90…(pause) and now down to 80, and more relaxed, (pause) to 70… and now down to 60… 50, (pause) and down to 40, and deeper, (pause) to 30, 20, 10… (COUNT VERY SLOWLY) nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one… and now, a very deep state of relaxation, zero… (WAIT)

Take a deep breath and relax even more… (WAIT)

You will find that you are especially alert and relaxed;  and if you are driving, you will find that you drive especially well and safely.  (WAIT)

Count from zero to 10.  When you reach 10, you will find yourself back to normal consciousness, feeling refreshed and alert, with a sense of wellbeing.  Zero (COUNT VERY SLOWLY)… one… two… three… four… five… six… seven… eight… nine… ten.  Open your eyes and look around and return to normal consciousness.

Parental Grief and Serious Mental Illness

Serious mental illness is associated with substantial personal and interpersonal distress and life disruption for the sufferer and for his/her family. A common response to having and caring for a family member with a serious mental illness is feeling loss and grief.

Read more about Parental Grief and Serious Mental Illness

Decriminalizing mental illness in Ga.

Georgia corrections chief works on treatment options for 9,382 inmates

ATLANTA — One of every six inmates in state prisons is mentally ill, and the man who locks them up says that’s too many.  “I think it’s about time to decriminalize mental illness,” said Georgia Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens.

Read more HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services News Release

June 6, 2012
Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters.  During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition.

Read more about PTSD Awareness Month.

NAMI Hearts and Minds – A Roadmap to Wellness for Individuals Living with Mental Illness

The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an educational wellness initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body.  Generally wellness is an ongoing process of learning about and making choices toward a more successful life.

Engaging in a wellness effort can make a huge difference in the quality of our lives.  Wellness is about the individual;  you can decide what parts of your life you would like to change and you can determine your own level of success.


14 Principles For Family Members On How To Cope

1 Realize that mental illness is not rare.

2 Learn as much as possible, as soon as possible.

3 Don’t blame yourself – it can destroy your chances of coping forever.

4 Seek professional helpers who are effective.

5 Contact a self-help group for families.

6 Accept that mental illness is complex. Our natural instincts can be an unreliable guide. Relatives need training.

7 Get to know the origins of pressures to which family members are subject.

8 Pay special attention to the needs of other members of the family.

9 Remember that unlimited, unconditional self-sacrifice on behalf of someone with a mental illness is fatal to effective caring and coping.

10 Be aware that spending massive amounts of time with the person who has a mental illness can make matters worse.

11 Maintain friendships, activities and hobbies, particularly those that will take you outside the home.

12 Set your sights on appropriate independence for your relative and yourself.

13 Don’t be surprised to find that the ability to change and look at things differently distinguishes relatives who can cope from those who can’t.

14 Take very good care of yourself.