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NAMI-NYC In The News

2020

New star-studded film tackles suicide, mental health during the pandemic. THE HILL | Matt Kudish quoted.

Sarah Jessica Parker narrates powerful mental health PSA: ‘Let’s talk about it more’. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Sarah Jessica Parker Narrates Short Film Exploring Mental Health During COVID-19 Isolation. PEOPLE

Suicide Hotlines Are Facing a Surge. NY CITY LENS | Matt Kudish quoted.

Alcoholism, anxiety and other personal battles: In New York City and beyond, people trade in-person support for remote alternatives. MARKET WATCH “CityWatch” | Tanya Lalwani interview + NAMI-NYC & The Dorm partnership.

Crisis counselors, the ‘paramedics of mental health,’ wage a wrenching battle on the coronavirus front lines. STAT NEWS | Matt Kudish quoted.

These Running Shorts Were Already Awesome. Now They’re Raising Money for Mental Health Awareness. INSIDE HOOK

Alex Boniello and More Join NAMI-NYC’s #MentalHealthMatters Social Media Campaign. BROADWAY WORLD

NAMI-NYC will mark May’s Mental Health Awareness Month with focus on impact of COVID-19. EIN NEWSWIRE (Press Release)

When Mental Distress Comes Home. NEW YORK TIMES | Matt Kudish quoted.

Battling a Mental Health Crisis During the Coronavirus Pandemic. NY1 NEWS “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis | Matt Kudish interview.

How New York is battling a second crisis alongside COVID-19: Mental health. MARKET WATCH “CityWatch” | Matt Kudish interview.

Mental Health Check-In with NAMI-NYC. WFUV NEWS – FACEBOOK LIVE | Matt Kudish interview.

With Fewer Resources Than Ever, Young People Are Pivoting to Online Therapy. MTV NEWS “Impact” | Tanya Lalwani interview.

The Social Recession Nobody’s Talking About. HARPER’S BAZAAR | Matt Kudish interview.

COVID-19 & mental health. CNN NEWSROOM | Matt Kudish interview with John King.

Coronavirus Leads to Jump in People Seeking Mental Health Assistance. NY1 | Matt Kudish interview with Michael Scotto.

Coronavirus Leads to Jump in People Seeking Mental Health Assistance. WABC-7 NEW YORK | Matt Kudish interview with Tim Fleischer.

Amid Coronavirus, Calls And Texts To Mental-health Hotlines Are Surging. CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY | Matt Kudish interview.

The Mental Health Effects of Coronavirus Are a “Slow-Motion Disaster”. MOTHER JONES, co-published with Center for Public Integrity | Matt Kudish interview.

Coronavirus: Mental Health Experts Worry The Pandemic And Quarantine Measures Will Lead To A Spike In Suicides. BUZZFEED | Christina Bradley, Manager of Support Progams, interview.

Mental health needs expected to rise amid COVID-19. CITY & STATE NY | Matt Kudish interview.

The Health Care Power 100 – Recognizing the 100 most powerful New Yorkers in health. CITY & STATE NY | Matt Kudish included.

NAMI-NYC Board of Directors Announcement. POLITICO

NAMI-NYC Board of Directors Announcement. NYN MEDIA – FIRST BUZZ

2019

Stop the Stigma: Continue the conversation on the “CBS This Morning” Podcast. CBS THIS MORNING (PODCAST) | Karen Varano interview.

Seeds of Hope gala. FOX-5 GOOD DAY NEW YORK | Matt Kudish and Stacey Griffith interview.

How We Created a Community to Fight the Stigma Around Mental Health. THRIVE GLOBAL | Matt Kudish author.

Positively Black: National Alliance on Mental Illness. WNBC-4 POSITIVELY BLACK | Christina Bradley interview.

NAMIWalks NYC Raises Over $625,000 with Help of Alex Boniello & Patti Murin. BROADWAY WORLD.

Langhorne Slim, Torres, Rosie Carney & More Team Up for Mental Health Benefit Concert. BILLBOARD | Matt Kudish interview.

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Star Talks Mental Health Awareness Month. CHEDDAR NEWS | Matt Kudish and Alex Boniello interview.

Man struggling with mental illness running NYC Half to raise awareness. WABC-7 NEW YORK | Matt Kudish interview.

The Health Care Power 50 – Recognizing the most influential people in New York health care. CITY & STATE NY | Matt Kudish included.

2018

A Poll Site Set Up to Make Voting Easier for Vulnerable New Yorkers – Support Programs Coordinator Larry Bryant quoted in this piece on WSJ.com (online Wall Street Journal) about patients at psychiatric center and residents of the five homeless shelters that are located on Wards and Randall’s islands having a place to vote.

Dating Someone With Anxiety? Here’s A Cheat Sheet For How To Be Effectively Supportive – Services Director Jessica Feldman contributed to this piece on Well+Good.

How to tell the difference between passing sadness and depression – Services Director Jessica Feldman contributed to this piece on INSIDER.

Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness – NAMI-NYC In Our Own Voice presenter Dionne Mobley featured in this photo essay by New York University journalism student Darcey Pittman.

Residents are right to fight to keep psych ward open – Executive Director Matt Kudish quoted in New York Post Opinion piece about New York Presbyterian’s proposal to decertify the remaining 30 psychiatric beds at Allen Hospital to make way for the expansion of other units.

Allen Hospital doctors, nurses protest plans to shutter psych ward – Executive Director Matt Kudish interviewed for piece on AMNewYork at a June 13 protest of New York Presbyterian’s proposal to decertify the remaining 30 psychiatric beds at Allen Hospital to make way for the expansion of other units.

People told him to hide his depression—decades later, he’s talking out loud – Support Programs Coordinator Larry Bryant interviewed for Epoch Times. “Being able to identify his depression has helped him manage it. Now he’s helping other people living with mental illness through his work at NAMI.”

We Asked 7 People Living With Mental Health Issues How They’d End The Stigma – 7 NAMI NYC participants were interviewed for aplus.com, including staff members Larry Bryant, BrendaCleo Smith, and Karen Varano.

What is ‘stigma-free’ and why are towns embracing it? – Executive Director Matt Kudish quoted in NorthJersey.com on the importance of addressing stigma in the fight to increase awareness about mental health issues.

OPEN: Matt Kudish & Tanya Robinson – Executive Director Matt Kudish interviewed on OPEN on BronxNet about raising awareness on mental illness by providing support.

Plan to close Inwood psychiatric unit sparks fear among Allen Hospital doctors, staff – Executive Director Matt Kudish interviewed for piece on AMNewYork about New York Presbyterian’s proposal to decertify the remaining 30 psychiatric beds at Allen Hospital to make way for the expansion of other units.

Here’s How to Know If Your Dreamlike Experiences Are Something Serious – Services Director Kinsey McManus contributed to this piece about derealization disorder on Popsugar.

Archive | NAMI-NYC In The News

2017

Experts Describe Just Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works – Services Director Kinsey McManus contributed to this piece on Popsugar.

How To Cope With Loneliness During The Holidays, According To Experts – Services Director Kinsey McManus contributed to this piece on Bustle.

Advocates Warn Against New York Linking Gun Violence and Mental Illness – Services Director Kinsey McManus interviewed for piece on New York Public Radio’s WNYC about the New York State SAFE Act, which “stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun,” and concerns that it may “further endanger an already marginalized population.”

Bronx mom worries schizophrenic son is being pumped with medicine in jail – Executive Director Matt Kudish interviewed for piece on PIX11 about the difficulties making sure people with mental illness get the treatment they need.

Public Hospitals Treat Greater Share of Mental Health Patients – Services Director Kinsey McManus quoted in article in the New York Times about the ever-increasing use of emergency rooms and public hospitals for care of people with mental illness.

Shooting of Emotionally Disturbed Man Puts Focus on New Training – Services Director Kinsey McManus quoted in article in the New York Times about the state of crisis intervention training (CIT) in the NYPD, in the wake of another shooting death.

Darryl McDaniels Honored At Seeds Of Hope Gala – Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — founder of Run DMC and mental health advocate — was honored as “Mental Health Advocate of the Year”.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Serves As Grand Marshal For NAMIWalks NYC 2017.

2016

Fixing Mental Health In The Workplace Requires A Lot More Than A Yoga Room – Executive Director Wendy Brennan quoted in FastCoExist about the importance of changing workplace culture to destigmatize mental health issues in the workplace.

How a viral video exposed a disturbing and little-known police tactic – Executive Director Wendy Brennan quoted in Fusion.net article about NYPD’s use of “mesh restraining devices” as reported in the New York Times.

Jaclyn Stapp Leads 10th Annual NamiWalks NYC – Mental health advocate Jaclyn Stapp was the NAMIWalks NYC 2016 Grand Marshal.

2015

When You’re Worried About a Colleague’s Mental Health – NAMI-NYC’s Workplace Toolkit featured in Harvard Business Review article about creating mentally healthy workplaces.

2013

I Will Listen! – NAMI-NYC “I Will Listen” anti-stigma campaign featured in the Huffington Post Blog.

Seeds of Hope Gala in New York Shines Light on Mental Illness – The Wall Street Journal

A Campaign Urges Listening to Those Torn by Mental Illness – The New York Times

2012

Letter to the Editor re: New York’s mental health system: crazy, cruel & dangerous – New York Post

2011

Letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to an editorial describing accounts of veterans waiting months to receive mental health care.

Archive | NAMI-NYC Mentions

2013

Mental Health Pros Seek Crisis Intervention Teams – The Epoch Times

[50 Years, 50 Stories] Celebrating Community Mental Health and Addictions Treatment – National Council Magazine (pg. 49, featuring one our volunteers)

Mental health in the US: New ideas on care emerge – The Christian Science Monitor

A Hedge Funder’s Crusade to Raise Awareness, End Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness – Institutional Invester’s Alpha

Are you Ignoring Employee Mental Health? If so, That’s Not a Smart Business Decision – COMMERCE Magazine

Salud Mental: prioridad en NY – El Diario La Prensa

Will Gun Laws Hurt the Mentally Ill? – BBC News

The Family Role in Recovery: Understanding the Illness and Embracing the Process – Mental Health News

Mental Health Community Wary over New York Gun Control Law – CCTV News

2012

What Next After Newtown: What Our Country And Communities Can Do – PBS Special

Help for parents with kids with mental illnesses – WABC News

With Bellevue Psychiatric Unit Offline, Mentally Ill Face New Challenges – WNYC

Mental Illness: Lifting the Stigma – BrianLehrer.tv

Unions lobby, but state goes forward with plan to close Kingsboro Psychiatric Center – New York Daily News

2011

Anxiety treatment: Medication, therapy or both can help – Los Angeles Times

A Bronx family that benefited from the six-week NAMI Basics class is profiled in this story from NY1.

As many as one in five child welfare cases involves a parent with a mental health diagnosis. NAMI’s partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services to help parents succeed is mentioned in this story from City Limits.

Read board member Jacqueline Martinez’s letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to this story about the link between mental health disorders and substance abuse.

Read a column in the New York Daily News about NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program. To learn more about this class or to sign up for the next session, call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

Read our letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a troubling front-page story on an incident in Massachusetts.

NAMI-NYC Metro’s study of Timothy’s Law–New York State’s parity law–was published in the journalPsychiatric Services. Read a summary of study results here. Our Op-Ed for the Times Union of Albany can be found here. Read a post about it on the Health blog of the Wall Street Journal here. Read other stories inLong Island Business News and Mental Health News.

Read a story about the 2011 NAMIWalks NYC in the Wall Street Journal.

Watch a NY1 story on the 2011 NAMIWalks NYC.

Read our letter to the editor in the New York Daily News about how educators and police must learn skills to handle children with serious emotional and mental disorders.

Watch a story about bipolar disorder from WABC-7 featuring NAMI’s Executive Director Wendy Brennan and Adria Allison, a facilitator of classes and support groups at NAMI-NYC Metro.

NAMI-NYC Metro Executive Director Wendy Brennan is featured in a story about Medicaid redesign from WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. Listen to the story here.

2010

NY1 aired a story on a new peer counseling program at some NYC public hospitals, featuring comments from NAMI-NYC Metro’s Mary Lee Gupta. See the video and read the transcript here.

Read a column about NAMIWalks NYC 2010 in the New York Daily News.

CBSNews.com covered the 2010 NAMIWalks NYC. Watch the video.

Read a post on the Health blog of the Wall Street Journal related to NAMI’s activities on mental health parity.