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Greater Nashville News

September 28, 2020

    “All politics are local.” What does the election mean for you?  Click on the picture below to take the Pledge for mental health advocacy. Study the issues. Find out where candidates stand on mental health. Scroll down on the landing page to watch the video.

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    NAMI is excited to announce the launch of the new vote4mentalhealth.org website. The new site promotes the pledge to #Vote4MentalHealth. When people take the pledge, they will receive voting-related reminders and information for their state now through Election Day.


    The site also has much more. It includes:

    • Key Issues: #Vote4MentalHealth is about more than a single policy issue. It’s about knowing how different issues affect people with mental health conditions.
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    A Toronto-based research team that includes four BBRF grantees is exploring magnetic seizure therapy (MST) as a potential alternative treatment to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The team has just published its latest assessment, regarding MST’s effectiveness in reducing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

    ECT, which has evolved substantially since its introduction in 1938, has proven very effective for the relief of major depression symptoms and suicidal behavior in patients who have failed to respond to antidepressant medications—enabling 40% to 70% to achieve remissions which often last for months.

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    Too often, mental health does not get the attention and resources it deserves. Even before COVID-19, our country was experiencing a mental health, substance use and suicide crisis. Too many lives are being lost and too many people without the care they need.

    People are struggling more then ever. Now they are facing a combination of a global pandemic, economic downturn, and growing public attention to racial inequities. Today, more than 1 in 3 people in the U.S.

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