Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, November 14th for our monthly meeting. Our speaker is Kim Wigley, Director of St. Vincent’s East. We are excited she has consented to speak and tell us about the opportunities St. Vincent’s provides.
Also this month, Diane Butler will be presenting the new 2018 NAMI Birmingham slate.
Thank you all who came out and walked with us for mental health this year! Our 1.5 mile walk raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country. We couldn’t have done it without all your support.
We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and meaningfully contribute to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.
Our Family to Family program is back and will meet weekly starting August 30 at UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine at 6:00 p.m. Please CONTACT Jan Naccari 205 531-2966.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Trained family members who have lived with this experience teach this course. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.
All course materials are provided.
Since January, Congress has been talking about health care reform. Recently, the American Health Care Act, which would have left 24 million Americans without mental health coverage, failed to get enough support to pass the House.
Members of Congress are still talking about a bill and mental health coverage is a target.
Proposals under discussion would strip important safeguards that protect people with mental health conditions, including allowing insurers to:
• Not cover mental health and substance use treatment (also known as letting insurers scrap essential health benefits)
• Charge people with mental illness morewhich prices people out of health insurance (also known as doing away with community rating, a safeguard which requires insurers to charge people the same price for coverage)
• Refuse to cover people with mental health conditions (also known as eliminating guaranteed issue, which requires insurers to cover everyone)
There are also proposals to create high-risk pools, which are another way of charging people with mental illness more money and providing less coverage.