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NAMI Mass Proposes Stigma Changes Toward Mental Health Illness


The mental illness is to be taken extra care and hence the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Massachusetts on Monday showcased their plans to work in this field.

It invited speakers to advocate more awareness and improvement of mental health illness as well as increasing of funds for their treatment.
The panel was moderated by executive director of NAMI Mass, Laurie Martinelli, and the eminent speakers included Massachusetts Sen. Brian Joyce of Milton, Massachusetts Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley and Court Administrator Harry Spence.

Coakly said her brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression in later part of his life and committed suicide at the age of 33, even though he was normal in his childhood.

She added that this year the mental illness should also be treated as it is done with asthma and diabetes.

Spence proposed a plan for his mental health courthouses in the city and said the number will be doubled in the next three years. Now there are 26 courthouses.

Eliza Williamson shared her own story, concluding the panel, that she had a mental illness history and now spends her time training other people of her kind by talking to them about their conditions. She also recalled her painful time while struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder due to which she attempted a suicide in 2001.

A 22-year-old worker for Massachusetts Sen. Joan Lovely, Abby Brengle, said mental illness should not be discriminated like black and white. A 19-year-old intern for Massachusetts Rep. Diana DiZoglio, Rachel MacDonald, added that more education about the mental health illness could attract more funding from different sources.

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