Actress Glenn Close, who has campaigned to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness, was the special guest at a Sunday afternoon fund-raiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts. (Boston Globe) Glenn Close supporting NAMI Mass – Boston Globe (PDF)
NAMI Berkshire County held a very successful 5 day Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) last week at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.
In conjunction with the Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s office, NAMI Berkshire County successfully trained 30 new police officers in CIT. These officers represent the Sheffield Police Department (PD), Adams PD, Stockbridge PD, Berkshire County Sheriff’s office, Northampton PD, Berkshire Superior Court, North Adams PD, Williams College security and No Adams ambulance.
NAMI’s Crisis Intervention and Diversion project, headed by June Binney, has a professional PR consultant, Matt Ellis, who helped get press for the CIT training. The focus of the press coverage was the last day of the CIT training when two actors from the Barrington Stage Company role played with various law enforcement attendees.
This CIT training received press coverage from:
The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton
BostonHerald.com Mental Health Myth Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director
Taunton Daily Gazette LETTER: Gun debate must not scapegoat mental illness Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director
|Letter to the Haverhill Tribune : Greater effort needed to combat mental illness » Opinion » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA – Elizabeth Wilson|
Advocates Fight State over Mental Hospital Closure – WGBH, Laurie Martinelli interviewed and quoted
Study: Police need more training for dealing with mentally ill - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Jail inmates suffer from mental illness – OnPolitix 22 News WWLP.COM
Mentally ill need treatment, not jail - OnPolitix 22 News WWLP.COM
State to close Taunton facility for mentally ill, By David Abel Globe Staff / January 25, 2012 State to close Taunton facility for mentally ill (PDF) Guy Beales, President of NAMI Massachusetts, quoted in article.
Police Learn New Approach for the Mentally Ill - Spare Change – no longer available online
Article: Crisis Intervention Focus of Discussion (archived article, available to account holders only)
Article: First responders: More training needed for those handling calls involving mentally ill (archived article, available to account holders only)
A study by Harvard Medical School researchers finds that even people with excellent private health insurance have trouble getting psychiatric care in Greater Boston. Dr. Wesley Boyd, co-author of this new study joins us along with Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of the National Alliance On Mental Illness of Massachusetts. Here is a link to an interview conducted by Anthony Brooks of RadioBoston; Dr. Wesley Boyd, co-author of this new study joins him along with Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of the National Alliance On Mental Illness of Massachusetts.
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness by The Coffee Klatch BlogTalkRadio with guest Cindy Nelson of NAMI Massachusetts
Supporting Supporting Someone with a Mental Illness by HealthyPlace BlogTalkRadio with guest Cindy Nelson of NAMI Massachusetts