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NAMI Washington Advocacy Day a Big Success!

February 23, 2017

On Presidents Day 2017 NAMI Skagit was able to meet face-to-face with Washington legislators to put mental health issues front and center. We met with several legislators, including Senator Barbara Bailey. This was part of Mental Health Advocacy Day sponsored by NAMI Washington.

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Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT): An Invaluable Community Resource

June 25, 2015

What is CIT? CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. Getting Started Community partnerships are the key more »

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Your Story: A Powerful Advocacy Tool

Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate more »

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‘Bleak Picture’ for Mentally Ill: 80% Are Jobless

Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary more »

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