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On Wednesday, October 26th, NAMI-NYS executive director, Wendy Burch and public engagement coordinator, Matthew Shapiro presented at the Stakeholders Together Advocating for Research and Recovery (STARR) Coalition dinner at the CNS Summit-Collaborating for Novel Solutions Shaping the Future in Boca Raton, Florida. The summit brought together researchers and advocates to advance ways to promote the importance of psychiatric research and clinical trial participation. NAMI-NYS presented on our collaboration with researchers and our communication efforts.

You can click here to view our power point presentation from the summit. 

Dr. Kenneth Davis, a practicing psychiatrist and president and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System in NYC, outlines in Forbes the devastating impact of society's undervaluing of behavioral health treatment. He uses the example of an individual who is being treated for diabetes, yet is unable to follow a treatment plan due to an untreated and debilitating mental illness. The individual then finds himself in the hospital, and more often than not is readmitted within months because there is nothing in place to break the cycle.

Dr. Davis calls for the enforcement of parity laws that require physical and mental health conditions to be treated the same by insurers. Not only will this serve the health of a vulnerable population, but it will also ultimately save on healthcare costs across the board.

Click here to read the article. 

Do You Cut or Hurt Yourself on Purpose?

Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute are conducting a study of an investigational, minimal risk, non-invasive treatment called Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), as a form of therapy for people who hurt themselves.

If you cut or hurt yourself, are between the ages of 18-60 and are interested in participating in a research study involving assessments of your mood and behavior, brain imaging, and tDCS, please contact Damaris Fuster atfusterd@nyspi.columbia.edu or at 646-774-7561. More information is also available attdcsresearch.wordpress.com

We are excited to share with you the full agenda for the 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment.

You can click here to view the agenda for the conference taking place November 11-13th at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. In reviewing the full agenda, we're sure you will agree that this year's conference is one of the most diverse NAMI-NYS has ever produced and explores new subjects to promote all forms of recovery. The agenda also details which sessions will be CEU accredited. More information about CEU's will be available shortly.

Click here to register.

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