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NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is committed to helping the media cover stories related to mental illness responsibly and accurately. Our latest news, publications, and media resources can be found below. To arrange an interview with a mental health expert, contact Maria Kakay, Director of Communications and Marketing, by phone at 412-366-3788 or by email at

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Hosts Second Annual Black Mental Health Summit During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

SAFE Task Force Hosts Video Screening and Community Discussion Focusing on Suicide Prevention

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Annual Youth Conference Focuses on Perfectionism and Its Impact on Youth Mental Health

Hundreds to Gather for NAMIWalks Keystone PA: Annual 5K Walk Raises Awareness of Mental Health

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Hosts Black Mental Health Summit During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI Keystone PA and Reed Smith Announce CEOs Against Stigma Partnership

NAMI Keystone PA Hosts Virtual Statewide Mental Health and Wellness Conference

NAMIWalks Keystone PA Celebrates 15th Year With Hybrid Event

NAMI Keystone PA Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month & TD Awareness Week in May, Launches 2021 NAMIWalks Season

NAMI Keystone PA and WQED Multimedia Collaborate To Bring National “Well Beings” Virtual Tour To Pittsburgh

Youth Mental Health Conference Goes Virtual, Focuses on the Impact Pandemic is Having on Young People

NAMIWalks Keystone PA Walk Becomes National Virtual Event

NAMI Keystone PA Selected as the 2020 Outstanding NAMI State Organization

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Approves Resolution Against Racism, Recognizes Minority Mental Health Awareness

NAMI Keystone PA Issues Statement of Support for Statewide Mental Health Initiative

Pennsylvania NAMI Community Honored with National Award

NAMI Keystone PA PArtners with PRSA Pittsburgh for CEOs Against Stigma Campaign

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Presents Advocacy Award to Staunton Farm Foundation Executive Director

Nation’s Leading Mental Health Research Agency Selects NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania as Official Outreach Partner for Pennsylvania

UPMC Doctor Honored With NAMI 2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania CEO Chosen to Serve on NAMI’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Mental Health Leaders, Advocates Convene at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Annual Children’s Conference

Life-Saving Documentary on Suicide Prevention Coming to Pittsburgh: NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania to Host Sold-Out Screening at The Waterfront

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Holds State Conference to Focus on Mental Health, Violence, and Stigma

For Immediate Release: NAMI Southwestern PA 16th Annual Education Conference, “Call to Action: Creating A Movement to Change Lives.”

Annual NAMI Walk Seeks to Change Perception of Mental Illness

One Conversation Counts: NAMI Offers Resources to Help for Suicide Prevention Month

Michelle Wright and Mental Health Advocates Kick Off the 9th Annual NAMIWalks Season

NAMI Welcomes All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall to Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release – Road Less Traveled Conference

Mental Health Advocates Kick Off 8th Annual NAMI Walk

NAMI Announces New Class for Parents of Children with Mental Health Issues

NAMI Awarded PANO Seal of Excellence

International Suicide Prevention Advocate to Visit Pittsburgh

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania Shares the Announcement of a New Executive Director at the National NAMI Organization

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania Executive Director Wins Newspaper Op-Ed of the Year

Navy Shipyard Tragedy – NAMI Calls on Congress For Immediate Action on Mental Health

Michelle Wright Kicks Off NAMI Walk

For Immediate Release – SAMHSA Administrator Comes to Pittsburgh

NAMI 13th Annual Conference Offers Hope for Recovery

NAMI Announces New Community Education Classes

July 21, 2023 – ‘Just start that conversation’: 2nd Black Mental Health Summit in Pittsburgh Focused on Trauma

March 7, 2023 – Fetterman Needed Treatment, Do You?

March 6, 2023 – PA Legislators Say It’s Time to Require Insurers for Virtual Health Care

March 4, 2023 – Men Don’t Generally Talk About Depression.  Fetterman Offers a Step Forward.

July 17, 2022 – 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Goes Online

July 28, 2022 – Mental Health Advocates Address Challenges Facing the Black Community

June 6, 2022 – A New Mental Health Emergency Number Launches in July

May 19, 2021 – Christine Michaels, CEO of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, Talks Reducing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness (Fox 43)

February 24, 2021 – Smart Talk: Shining a Light on Mental Health and Youth Suicide (WITF)

February 2, 2021 – National Alliance on Mental Illness Will Host Youth-Focused Virtual Conference Friday

January 12, 2021 – Shortage in Mental Health Staff Adding to COVID-19 Stresses

December 20, 2020 – Coping with Pandemic and Holiday Stressors (Podcast)

August 30, 2020 — Pandemic-related Uncertainties Have People Feeling Anxious

May 31, 2020 — NAMI Releases Statement on Recent Racist Incidents

May 1, 2020 — Coronavirus on Smart Talk: Mental Health Providers Face Challenge Treating From a Distance and PA to See Some Restrictions Eased

April 13, 2020 — NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania CEO Christine Michaels Weighs In On Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

November 3, 2019 — NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania CEO Christine Michaels appeared on “Issues on the Point” on 22 the Point on WPNT to Discuss NAMIWalks, CEOs Against Stigma, and More

September 9, 2019 — PennLive Patriot-News: Psychiatrist shortage causing suffering, risk of jail and suicide in central Pa.

August 12, 2019 — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Psychiatric nurses say they’re ready to fill the gap to improve access to mental health care

May 29, 2019 — NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania CEO Christine Michaels participated in a live radio interview during Mental Health Month for Smart Talk on WITF in Harrisburg

May 17, 2019 — WESA-FM radio host Kevin Gavin interviews NAMI Keystone PA CEO Christine Michaels and Joni Schwager, Exec. Dir. of the Staunton Farm Foundation, on addressing mental health in the workplace

October 2, 2018 – Amid Push For Looser Standards, New Report Gives Pennsylvania Failing Grade On Its Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Law

April 11, 2018 – NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania and City of Asylum launch mental-health series with author Jordan Corcoran

March 13, 2018 – Mental health summit looks to end stigma

May 4, 2017 – Valley News Dispatch: Westmoreland Casemanagment and Supports Inc. offers mental health first aid class

March 31, 2017 – WQED-TV: Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis (Documentary)

March 20, 2017 – WQED-TV: Building a Future of Strong Mental Health

March 7, 2017 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Agencies help teens, families in behavioral health crisis

March 6, 2017 –  WQED-TV: Medication & Treatment for FEP

Feb. 21, 2017 – WQED-TV: Access to Care for FEP

Feb. 16, 2017 – Herald-Standard: Mental health professional shortages common in local rural areas

Feb. 6, 2017 – WQED-TV: What is First-Episode Psychosis (FEP)?

Dec. 3, 2015 – WQED-TV: Bundle of Nerves – Our Anxiety Epidemic (documentary)

Dec. 1, 2015 – WQED-TV: Bundle of Nerves – Our Anxiety Epidemic (Promo)

Nov. 29, 2015 – WQED-TV: Living with Mental Illness, Part 4 – Schizophrenia

Oct. 26, 2015 – WQED-TV: Living with Mental Illness, Part 3 – Depression

Oct. 6, 2015 – WQED-TV: Living with Mental Illness, Part 2 – Bipolar Disorder

Aug. 31, 2015 – WQED-TV: Living with Mental Illness, Part 1 – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Aug. 7, 2015 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Nonprofit helps families of those with mental illness

April 16, 2015 – WTAE-TV: One on One with Brandon Marshall

April 12, 2015 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: NFL player Brandon Marshall speaks out on tackling stigma of mental illness

Nov. 18, 2014 – KDKA-TV: “Ian Walks America Speaks” at Conference One Year After Brother’s Suicide

Oct. 5, 2014 – WTAE-TV and WPXI-TV: NAMI Walk in the News

Sept. 10, 2014 – Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Dormont Man Finds Hope, Raises 10K for Mental Illness Through Cross-Country Walk

Sept. 3, 2014 – KDKA-TV: Journey Complete: Local Man Walks Across USA To Raise Mental Health Awareness

April 17, 2014 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Service Dog Donated for Whitehall Girl with Bipolar Disease

April 12, 2014 – KDKA-TV: Mental Health Experts Reach out to Franklin Hospital During Conference

April 12, 2014 – WTAE-TV: Robin Williams’ Struggles Painfully Familiar with Depression Sufferers

March 29, 2014 – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Survivor the Share Healing at Mental Health Conference

March 28, 2014 – KDKA Radio: Suicide Survivor Brings his Miraculous Story to Pittsburgh

May 30, 2013 – WQED-TV: Gun Violence: The Voices featuring NAMI Southwestern PA Executive Christine Michaels (documentary)

Nov. 15, 2012 – WQED-TV: Mental Health and Poverty featuring NAMI Southwestern PA Executive Christine Michaels (documentary)

Aug. 13, 2012 – Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette: Executive Director Chris Michaels’ Award-Winning Op-Ed

The Voice is a quarterly newsletter published by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.

August 2019 – Stronger Together Conference Unites Organizations, Advocates, and Affiliates

February 2019 – Shining a Light: Green Light Gala Raises Awareness For Mental Health

July 2018 – Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference Focuses on Collaboration, Conversation, and Community

May 2018 – Second Annual State Conference Tackles Stigma and Stereotypes

December 2017 – Stepping Up: 11th Annual NAMIWalks Attracts Thousands, Including Many Newcomers 

September 2017 – NAMI National Hosts Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

June 2017 – NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Holds First State Conference

October 2016 – NAMI Southwestern PA designated as the State NAMI office in Pennsylvania

May 2016 – Early Treatment Saves Lives

December 2015 – NAMI carries on legacy of Mental Health America of Allegheny County through the Adult Advocacy Program

June 2015 – Dramatically Expanding Mental Health Education

Jan 2015 – The Courage to Speak About Suicide

June 2014 – The Road Less Traveled Ian Walks America

Jan 2014 – NAMI Announces New Strategic Plan

Sept 2013 – Strenghthening NAMI’s Family-to-Family

April 2013 – The Dick Jevon Story

Sept 2012 – NAMI Southwestern PA Answers the Call to Action

June 2012 – Lawsuits Filed Over Cuts to Services for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

Sept 2011 – Holistic Care Integrating the physical and behavioral health systems to improve recovery efforts

Dec 2011 – Translational Research Transforming scientific knowledge into more effective disease treatment and prevention

June 2011 – Understanding Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Jan 2011 – Complication Grief

Oct 2010 – NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Quest for Recovery and Wellness

June 2010 – NAMI Southwestern Viewpoint Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

March 2010 – Changing Times Ahead

Jan 2010 – Mental Health Advance Directives

Sept 2009 – NAMI Southwestern PA Launches NAMIpedia Innovative online tool

June 2009 – Grading the States 2009 NAMI National’s report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Sept 2008 – Targeting Overall Health and Wellness NAMI Southwestern PA researches methods to buy back 25 years of life

June 2008 – NAMI Addresses Issues of Disparity in Longevity

March 2008 – Mandi Luis Advocates for Mental Health Supports in the Workplace

Dec 2008 – Mental Health Issues of Veterans Recognized

Winter 2007 – Quality in Behavioral Health Treatment and Supports