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Real Story: The Positive Impact of Clozapine

Learn how clozapine changed one family’s experience with SMI. They talk about the decision to try clozapine and how they found answers to some of their initial questions. Hear about how it impacted function, social life, family relationships, and more.

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What Is Serious Mental Illness (SMI)? Why Is My Diagnosis “Serious” When Others Are Not?

The term SMI is often used when talking about serious mental illness. SMI refers to mental health conditions that can last a long time and impair function. Three of the most common SMI diagnoses are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. They can make it difficult for an adult to carry out one or more major life activities

Fact Sheet: Bipolar Disorder (English and Spanish)

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness (SMI) that…

Fact Sheet: Major Depressive Disorder (English and Spanish)

Major depressive disorder is much more than feeling sad…

Fact Sheet: Schizophrenia (English and Spanish)

Schizophrenia interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly,…

Are You Born With It? (Video)

Although mental health conditions are biological, they are caused…

The Biology of Mental Health Conditions (Video)

We have learned a lot from decades of scientific…

The Brain (Video)

Understanding how the brain works and learning what can…

When It Comes To Serious Mental Illness… Words Matter

People often identify with roles and words that help…

Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Disorder (The Medical Mind Podcast)

This special series is co-presented by SMI Adviser, a…

Personal Perspectives on Early Psychosis (The Medical Mind Podcast)

This special series is co-presented by SMI Adviser, a…

Personal Perspectives on Major Depressive Disorder (The Medical Mind Podcast)

This special series is co-presented by SMI Adviser, a…

Do I Have To Take Medication? What Else Do I Have To Do?

Research shows that the most effective treatment for SMI is psychotherapy and  medication together.
Yet each person is unique. SMI can look differently from one person to the next.  The first step is to talk openly with
a mental health clinician. Together, you can create the best treatment plan for your unique needs.

 

An Overview of Treatment Options

Being diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI) can…

Clozapine REMS Program Updates

NAMI and SMI Adviser would like to share important…

How Psychotropic Medications Work (Video)

Medication can be an important part of treatment for…

Specific Medications (Video)

Psychotropic medications are those that are used to treat…

Our Experience with Health Care (Video)

Watch this panel discussion of individuals with lived experience…

Our Advice to Health Care Professionals (Video)

Watch this panel discussion of individuals with lived experience…

How Messages Travel Through The Brain (Video)

The human brain is the organ we know the…

Fact Sheet: Crisis Preparation (English and Spanish)

A crisis is any situation in which a person’s…

Fact Sheet: Suicide Prevention (English and Spanish)

Suicide is one of the most devastating outcomes of…

First-Generation (typical) Antipsychotics – Medication Fact Sheets

These medication fact sheets were created by SMI Adviser content…

Second-Generation (atypical) Antipsychotics – Medication Fact Sheets

These medication fact sheets were created by SMI Adviser content…

Antidepressants – Medication Fact Sheets

These medication fact sheets were created by SMI Adviser content…

Mood Stabilizers – Medication Fact Sheets

These medication fact sheets were created by SMI Adviser content…

Anticonvulsants – Medication Fact Sheets

These medication fact sheets were created by SMI Adviser content…

Will Things Get Worse If I Do Not Do Anything About This?

It is important to learn to identify the signs and symptoms of SMI. Research shows that the sooner you get care,
the more likely it is that you have the best outcomes in the long term.
What to Know About a New Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, or Schizophrenia

Just like having a serious physical health condition, experiencing…

What To Know About A New Diagnosis (Video)

Being diagnosed with a serious mental illness is not…

First Episode Psychosis – Fact Sheets

Early or first-episode psychosis (FEP) refers to when a person…

Sharing My Story (Video)

Watch this video to learn about the recovery journey…

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: Resource Guide and Infographics

These resources were created by the National Alliance on Mental…

How to Manage Suicidal Thoughts and Find Support

Every year, more than 300,000 people in the United…

How Can I Talk To Other People About This? Is There Anyone I Need To Tell?

As you navigate treatment for SMI, it is important to have the support of those who care about you. It is a personal decision about whom to tell and how much to tell them. It is natural to feel confused and even a bit scared about it. Use our resources to think through how to make the best decisions for you.
Taking Control of Your Mental Health: Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Provider

This tip sheet highlights five strategies to help prepare…

Our Support Systems (Video)

Watch this panel discussion of individuals with lived experience…

Mental Health Care and Cultural Competence (Video)

Watch this video to learn about mental health care…

How Culture Impacts Mental Health and Treatment (Video)

Watch this video to learn about how culture impacts…

Becoming a Culturally Competent Provider (Video)

Watch this video to learn about becoming a culturally…

Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers

NAMI has partnered with the National Alliance for Caregiving…

Do individuals with serious mental illness want their families involved in their care?

There are so many ways your family or close personal…

Demystifying Psychosis: A Primer for Families

A web-based course for family members to help them…

Important Information for Parents and Friends of Young People Experiencing Psychosis

It’s important for family and friends to understand what…

What is Shared Decision Making and what are its benefits?

A 2001 report of the Institute of Medicine defined patient…

How to Access Mental Health Support in Rural and Remote Communities

Access to mental health services can be complex for…

When Will I Start To Feel Better? Will I Ever Feel Normal Again?

Recovery from SMI is an individual journey. It takes time, patience, and understanding. The best results happen when you work
closely with your treatment team. Together, you can explore what works best for your specific needs.

 

Living With Serious Mental Illness (Video)

Watch this panel discussion of individuals with lived experience…

Sharing My Story (Video)

Watch this video to learn about the recovery journey…

How Serious Mental Illness Shapes Our Lives (Video)

Watch this panel discussion of individuals with lived experience…

The My Mental Health Crisis Plan app

Empowering individuals who have serious mental illness (SMI) to help guide their treatment preferences during a mental health crisis.

Get The App

Crisis Resources

Access free SAMHSA-funded resources to locate treatment and find support for individuals and families.

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