We want to support your mental health advocacy at any level, whether that means contacting your elected officials from home, meeting with your legislators in Juneau, or by joining a local coalition or volunteering in the community.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) and statutory advisory boards
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The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority provides leadership, advocacy and funding for the development of programs and works closely with the Legislature and state departments to advise on funding and policies impacting Trust beneficiaries, including those living with mental health conditions. Learn more.
Despite the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008, significant barriers remain which keep many Americans from accessing mental health treatment and support. People who seek treatment must navigate a fragmented and costly system full of obstacles. As a result, many people cannot access mental health care when they need it most.
To help put a thoughtful plan in place should a mental health condition arise, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and The Jed Foundation have created this guide to help start the conversation. It offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health, including what the privacy laws are and how mental health information can be shared.
NAMI knows that the U.S. system of mental health care is failing to engage many people who seek help. The first interaction between a service provider and a person seeking care for a mental health condition can start a journey to recovery and a satisfying life, or leave a person unsure or hopeless about the future. The same is true about interactions with other people in the community. This report calls for a culture shift towards a mental health system that engages people with mental health conditions and their families.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012, NAMI worked with police chiefs from around the country to develop lessons learned on officer mental health. This report is designed to help police departments prepare for mass casualty events and support emotional resiliency for first-responders and their communities.
Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins & Needles study. The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers.
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