NAMI Indiana: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit

Mar 31

I recently attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indiana’s Criminal Justice Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The morning’s keynote speaker was Major Sam Cochran (ret.), who is nationally known for his work in developing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model in Memphis, TN.

Cochran’s message was clear: CIT is not just a law enforcement program; CIT is a community program and should be recognized as a community priority. It should involve not only law enforcement officers and dispatchers, but also prosecutors, judges, emergency room personnel, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, the community mental health center, and other community resource centers.

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Excess Glutamate Possibly Linked to Autism

Mar 20

Many chronic illnesses, including autism, possibly linked to excess glutamate in diet. If you can’t watch the video here, you can watch it on YouTube at If anyone has had experience in trying to remove glutamate from your diet, please post a comment to share your experience.

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Opening Doors to Recovery

Mar 17

At our previous meeting, a couple people mentioned that the state of Georgia provides a good model for how mental illness should be managed. I found the following video about the Opening Doors to Recovery program. This certainly looks like what we should be striving for.

If you can’t watch the video embedded on this page, view it on YouTube at

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Disclosure in the Workplace

Feb 21

Should someone with a mood disorder disclose her condition to her manager or anyone with whom she works?

Psych Central Associate Editor Therese J. Borchard posted an interview with Lisa Clark Keith, who did her doctoral dissertation on this topic. Check out Disclosure in the Workplace: An Interview with Lisa Clark Keith to read the interview.

If you have experience with disclosing bipolar disorder or another illness at work, please post to share your experience.

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The Black Dog

Jan 02

The Black Dog — a video about living with depression and the stigma that often accompanies it.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Nov 18

Family-to-Family Class 10 is all about recovery. In preparation of the class, we needed to find out about any Supported Employment (SE) programs in Indiana. we asked our NAMI affiliate director, Pattie Wollenburg, and she said Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) has such a program.

The nearest office is in Lafayette, IN. This office also serves Montgomery County:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
615 N. 18th Street, Suite 103
Lafayette, IN 47904-3413
Phone: 765-449-4278
Toll Free: 1-877-847-9892
Toll Free Fax: 1-855-450-3575
Counties: Benton, Clinton, Fountain,
Montgomery, Tippecanoe & Warren

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NICE Quick Reference Guides

Oct 23

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)  in the UK has excellent quick-reference guides for a variety of mental illnesses. These guides are written for health professionals, but they provide a great overview of treatment protocols that can be helpful in informing your discussions with doctors and other professional treatment providers:

Check out one of the guides that catches your interest and post a comment to share your thoughts.

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