Versions of a gene linked to schizophrenia may trigger runaway pruning of the teenage brain’s still-maturing communications infrastructure, NIH-funded researchers have discovered. People with the illness show fewer such connections between neurons, or synapses. The gene switched on more in people with the suspect versions, who faced a higher risk of developing the disorder, characterized by hallucinations, delusions and impaired thinking and emotions.
“Normally, pruning gets rid of excess connections we no longer need, streamlining our brain for optimal performance, but too Read More
In April, members of NAMI Georgia will elect five Directors for the Board. We need leaders who are passionate about NAMI’s mission to help steward the organization. We’re looking for candidates who are professional, ethical, reliable, and even fun! Special skills such as accounting, nonprofit law or information technology are invaluable. Lived experience in dealing with mental illness is also valuable to ensure representation of all voices on the Board. Click here for the application and election timeline – applications are due by February Read More
NAMI Georgia encourages you to contact the legislators on the Georgia Health and Human Services Committee to request their support for House Bill 705. HB 705 requires that mental health professionals provide opportunities for a patient to designate a trusted second party to discuss their condition and treatment plan with their doctor.
Download 2016-01-19 HB705 talking points.
GA House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee members: click to see a legislator’s contact info and profile :
Cooper, Sharon—Marietta Chairman (Alison)
Hawkins, Lee—(Dentist) Gainsville Vice Chairman
NAMI has partnered with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to present the musical play “Next to Normal”. The play is focused on the effect on a family of dealing with mental health issues, and on common public perceptions of mental illness and medical treatment. For each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the affiliate identified by the purchaser in the purchasing process, $1 will go toward implementing the NAMI HomeFront program in Georgia, and $1 will go to the NAMI Georgia state organization.
Each night Read More