NAMI 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph NAMIWalks Los Angeles for the 2nd time.    This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and I am sharing several links which take our society one step closer to breaking stigmas, educating, and helping others. I hope you will take the time to share this too, and help raise awareness. Thank you :)

1. I’m so proud of my friend Randi Silverman.  Please watch the movie Illness to understand what those of us who raise families with Mental Illnesses go through, and perhaps the next time a negative thought or judgement passes through your mind, you might be quicker to replace it with compassion and understanding.

2. Mental Illness is an issue to which NFL Brandon Marshall is personally connected. He was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010. Click here for the full story By Brendan Mclean, NAMI Communications Manager

3. National Depression Screening Day – take this anonymous self screening test through Help Yourself. Help Others. Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. You are not alone.

4.  Kevin, 20, an aspiring comic explains how he felt he was leading a double life, explains his depression, and his video Standing up to Stigma goes viral! Click here to see the video.

5. 140 organizations, including the World Health Organization, have partnered to spark a worldwide discussion on global mental health. Join the Facebook page ( To learn more about partner organizations, visit


Thank you to  Kathleen Vogtle, NAMI Communications Coordinator for sharing the Voice Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Click here for the full article

6. “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” (Lifetime) for addressing a variety of mental disorders, peer and family support, and recovery. Click Here for NAMI’s interview with Brittany Snow, who plays the title character in Lucy, which follows a law student living with schizophrenia.

7. Running from Crazy for addressing mental disorders, suicide, family support, and recovery. Click Here for NAMI’s interview with Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of the famous novelist Ernest Hemingway, who explores her personal history with mental illness through the film; and director Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

8. Silver Linings Playbook for addressing bipolar disorder, the impact of trauma, peer support, and recovery. Click Here for NAMI’s review of the film. Click Here for NAMI’s interview with Director David O. Russell

9. Of Two Minds for addressing bipolar disorder, friends and family support, and recovery. Click Here for NAMI’s review of the film.


The Balanced Mind Foundation


I look forward to the day where our society can be as open and comfortable talking about mental health issues as ordering coffee at Starbucks – it varies from a simple coffee to a  very complicated order - tall half-skinny half-1 percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip.

Life happens – choose2BePositive

xo – kl

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