Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT):
An Invaluable Community Resource
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model community initiative designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people living with mental illnesses. CIT programs are built on local partnerships between law enforcement agencies, mental health providers and advocates. They involve individuals living with mental illnesses and families at all levels of decision-making and planning. CIT programs typically provide 40 hours of training for law enforcement on how to better respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.more » Read More
The Warmline is a stigma-free, non-crisis, phone service you can call or text at 775-241-4212 to speak one-on-one with a NAMI WNV CARES operator. The Warmline is staffed by trained peers in recovery, who provide support to peers by telephone.more » Read More
It’s hard to watch someone you care about struggle with their mental health. It’s even worse when you know they could benefit from professional help. Approaching an individual and encouraging them to seek therapy can be a tricky situation. If done the wrong way, you could aggravate the person or turn them against the idea entirely. However, there is an effective way to have this conversation.
Here are some steps you can take to tell your loved one about the benefits of seeking therapy.more » Read More
Tips for Finding a Culturally Competent Provider
Cultural competence is the behaviors, attitudes and skills that allow a health care provider to work effectively with different cultural groups. A culturally Competent provider includes cultural beliefs, values, practices, and attitudes in your care to meet your unique needs.
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Real life personal stories are able to evoke a far more powerful emotional response than detached facts and figures. When you share your story with your representatives, it helps them remember that when a decision about mental health policy is being made, it’s affecting real lives. Your story can forge relationships with elected officials so that when decisions about mental health policy cross their desks they think of you, their constituent. By helping your legislator see how it looks from where you stand,more » Read More
Integrated Treatment for Mental Illness
and Substance Use
If you or someone you care about experiences a drug or alcohol issue, there’s a good chance that a mental health condition is present as well. In fact, the 2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health estimates that one-third of people experiencing substance abuse issues also suffer from a mental illness. In the mental health field, the relationship between mental illness and substance use is often referred to as “co-occurring disorder” or “dual diagnosis” and a growing body of evidence supports a strong connection between the two.more » Read More