In the News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on May 15 2019
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You can introduce the stigma-free concept to your workplace by inviting colleagues to join you on NAMI’s Biking for Mental Wellness, a StigmaFree ride. This is a fun, family-friendly bike ride put on every May for Mental Health Awareness Month.

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NAMI sets events for mental-health month: Events scheduled throughout valley
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on April 30 2019
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The public can participate in several events scheduled for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, according to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This year, we hope to engage with all five cities in our county and branch out to new partners,” NAMI—Wood River Valley Executive Director Christina Cernansky said.

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Community Takes A ‘Journey To Wellness’
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on March 15 2019
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Board members and staff of the Wood River Valley division of the National Alliance for Mental Illness pose with artistic birdhouses at an exhibit titled “Journey to Wellness,” which the organization hosted on Monday at the Ketchum Innovation Center.

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Nonprofit provides donation to NAMI
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on March 13 2019
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The Generosity Project, a Wood River Valley-based nonprofit focused on youth, is donating $1,400 to the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Wood River Valley to support wellness programs.

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Local teen runs peer support group for mental health
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on February 22 2019
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Leyba-Castle, 18, sat on a couch in the office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wood River Valley at the Blaine County Community Center last week as she discussed with the Idaho Mountain Express her involvement with NAMI.

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Study: Idaho gets F for mental-health coverage
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on November 2 2018
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This new report highlights what we’ve been saying all along, that people are still being denied mental-health care when they need it the most,” said Christina Cernansky, executive director of NAMI-Wood River Valley. “We hope this will be a wake-up call to the leadership of our state, and we look forward to working with them to ensure greater enforcement of the federal parity law.”

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Golfers will raise awareness of mental-health issues Swing Fore Recovery tournament to celebrate its 3rd year
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on September 19 2018
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The Wood River Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will spread awareness about mental-health conditions at its third annual Swing Fore Recovery 5B Open on Friday, Sept. 21

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Mental Wellness Ride
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on May 15 2018
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Biking for Mental Wellness on Saturday, May 12, 2018

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NAMI advocates for state funding
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on February 2 2018 
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Members from Wood River Valley National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) recently met with their legislators at the state Capitol to discuss funding for mental-health issues for the Wood River Valley and statewide programs.

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County pledges to be stigma free
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on February 17 2017 
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NAMI Wood River spokeswoman Christina Cernansky said at the meeting that one in five people have a mental illness, and thanked the commissioners for taking the step toward ending stigma toward this large group of individuals.

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NAMI announces pet partnerships in honor of Valentine’s Day
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on February 10 2017
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wood River Valley is partnering with the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and Flourish Foundation to host “Mindfulness With Furry Friends” every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Organizations support mental health
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on December 28 2016
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Another local organization is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, which has a local branch in Hailey.  

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Salvation Army, NAMI have bell-ringers out
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on December 14 2016
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Bell-ringers for the Salvation Army and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are out at locations in the Wood River Valley, soliciting donations for their fundraising campaigns.

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NAMI relaunches support group
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on December 7 2016
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The local chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, relaunches its Weekly Connection Support Group on Thursday, Dec. 8, at a new time and location.

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Support mental-health awareness
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on October 12 2016
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Pledge to help with these efforts in the Wood River Valley by going to nami-wrv.com/stigmafree. Together we can shine light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope.

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Nonprofits Host Hike For Mental Illness Awareness
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on October 5 2016
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Members of the Wood River Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Idaho Conservation League took a hike together Sunday to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week.

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Events set for mental-health week
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on September 30 2016
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The Wood River Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will put on a series of events next week in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week.

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NAMI to host Elkhorn golf tournament Friday
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on September 16 2016
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The National Alliance for Mental Health’s Wood River Valley affiliate will host a golf tournament Friday at the Elkhorn Golf Course.

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NAMI trains responders, sets potluck
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on June 8 2016
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Nickel will share his story again at the Monday, June 13, monthly NAMI-WRV community potluck.

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NAMI hires fundraiser
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on May 4 2016
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The local affiliate of the National Alliance for Mental Illness has hired Christina Cernansky to help with marketing and fundraising activities in the Wood River Valley.

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NAMI members meet with legislators
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on January 29 2016
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Members of the Wood River Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as members from NAMI’s statewide organization met with Idaho state legislators on Jan. 19 at the Capitol in Boise to discuss funding for mental-health care in Idaho.

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Who’s in the big Wagon Days parade?
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on September 2 2015
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NAMI Wood River Valley’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness and to become recognized as Wood River Valley’s voice on mental illness in terms of education, advocacy and support, and to bridge the gap between urban and rural mental health services.

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Better mental health care would reduce mass shootings
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on July 31 2015
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NAMI records show that states began to increase public funding, although Louisiana continued to make cuts.

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NAMI can help Wood River Valley families
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on May 20 2015
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When I moved to Sun Valley eight years ago, I was excited to know there was a NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) affiliate here.

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NAMI asks for education funding Crisis: training helps subjects, officers
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on April 1 2015
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Wood River Valley branch recently hosted a one-day seminar for countywide paramedics, police officers and firefighters, led by Dr. Ellis Amdur, a crisis intervention specialist. With funding, NAMI could host regular, multi-session training events for Blaine County officials—something they say is paramount to positive interactions with members of the community.

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Foundation to consider grant requests
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on March 15 2015
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Twelve finalists will present projects in their requests for more than $10,000. They are: The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Blaine County Education Foundation, Flourish Foundation, The Hunger Coalition, NAMI—Wood River Valley (National Alliance for Mental Health), Girls on the Run,  Hailey Ice,  Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Senior Connection (Blaine County Seniors Council), Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Wood River Community YMCA, and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

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‘Share a smile’ to combat suicide
Idaho Mountain Express
Posted on February 4 2015
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, similarly reported a 20 percent increase in calls immediately after Williams’ death.

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