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Across America, many individuals ask themselves the same questions: Will I have to be on medication my whole life? What if my insurance company doesn’t cover my treatment? Will I ever feel better? Despite some advances in recent years, the healthcare industry remains chaotic, underfunded, and often inaccessible.
Mental healthcare is arguably even more nebulous, even though millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness. This reality was made even more glaring by the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only highlighted but exacerbated the shortcomings of mental health diagnoses, treatment, and recovery. With many Americans feeling confused, afraid, and overwhelmed by an obstacle-riddled industry, it becomes a challenge to navigate the nation’s complex healthcare system – both for our own needs and for the needs of our loved ones.
Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has written You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health to address these complex issues. The book is a resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on the financial, logistical, and emotional challenges of mental health, or for anyone looking to connect with personal accounts that explore such obstacles. Dr. Duckworth aims to leave people better informed, less alone, and more inspired by the true stories of others charting a course through the challenging, yet hope-filled landscape of mental health.
All proceeds from sales of Dr. Duckworth’s book support the NAMI mission and community.
Ken Duckworth, M.D., is the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and has been the medical director since 2003. He is also assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct clinical assistant professor of health and policy management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Duckworth has served as a board member of the American Association for Community Psychiatry, and worked for years as a psychiatrist on an assertive community treatment team. He lives in Boston.