• StigmaFree Campaign

    In February 2017, the StigmaFree pledge campaign was launched as Blaine County’s three Commissioners signed the pledge. Signing the pledge affirms active engagement in mental health awareness and maintaining stigma-free businesses, government offices, non-profits, and faith communities.

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Local teen runs peer support group for mental health

April 4, 2019

Amber Leyba-Castle, right, works with Christina Cernansky, the executive director of the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wood River Valley, to support people with mental illness. Express photo by Willy Cook “Find what supports you.” Amber Leyba-Castle, Creator of Bluebirds Teen Support Group & Club   The idea started over shrimp and grits. Amber Leyba-Castle and more »

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Keeping the Happy Center Intact

January 16, 2019

Keeping the Happy Center Intact Christina Cernansky advocates going through a checklist when stressed: “Did I eat well today? Am I getting exercise? “ Saturday, January 12, 2019 STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK Christina Cernansky stood in front of a room full of women at the Knob Hill Inn and pointed to her forehead. more »

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Study: Idaho gets F for mental-health coverage

November 13, 2018

Study: Idaho gets F for mental-health coverage Mark Dee  Nov 2, 2018 In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, requiring insurers to cover mental health as they would any other condition.     A decade later, states are still catching up, and most—including Idaho—are failing, according to more »

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NAMI endorses Medicaid expansion initiative: Initiative hopes to bridge Medicaid ‘gap’

October 3, 2018

 The Idaho chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the state’s largest mental health nonprofit organization, has endorsed Proposition 2, Idaho’s Medicaid expansion ballot initiative which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.     “Medicaid expansion is an easy ‘yes’ vote,” NAMI Idaho President Michael Sandvig said in a press release.     Sandvig said more »

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June 20, 2018

The Bluebirds High School & Middle School Support Group & Club The Bluebirds Is A NAMI Sponsored Peer-Support Group and Club; It Is A Judgment-Free Confidential Mental Health Advocacy Group. School Social Workers Oversee The Groups And Work Closely With The NAMI Youth Intern. Topics, By Student Request, Focuses On Activity-Based Coping Skills In A Stress-Free Environment While more »

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