NAMI in the News

  • Minority Mental Health Month Resources
    In 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It is no coincidence that this awareness month is distinct from Mental Health Month in May. While mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, [...]
  • Mental Health Fallout from COVID-19 in Teens and Children
    A recent report from the CDC shows that emergency room visits for mental-health related issues rose 31% among teens and 24% among elementary-aged children just during the 7 month period after COVID-19 shutdowns began in 2020. The startling statistics have been getting widespread coverage, [...]
  • Why Is My Mental Health Harder to Manage During Times of Anxiety?
    This article was originally published in the 2021 Mental Health Month Toolkit in collaboration with Integral Care. Visit for all the great content included in the toolkit. From Kathryn Gates, LMFT Gates Therapy Our brains are organized by repeated patterns. We learn, at a [...]
  • ‘Just a real conversation’: How Austin mental health experts tailor men’s treatment
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — When it comes to public conversations surrounding mental health, social stigmas and taboos can still make the topic a difficult one to talk about — even more so for men. Four men are working to open up those conversations to a wider audience this Thursday. The National Alliance on [...]
  • NAMI Central Texas announces interim ED
    Dear Friends, I write to you today full of excitement, anticipation, and hope for the future of NAMI Central Texas and the mental health of our community. Leading NAMI Central Texas as executive director for the last seven years has been my great privilege. We have grown and expanded to serve more [...]
  • NAMI Central Texas Announces New Hires
    We are so proud and excited to announce three new members to our staff. “We are thrilled to welcome Lorie, Rebecca and Ricky to the NAMI Central Texas family,” said Executive Director Karen Ranus. “They are a welcome addition and each come with unique skills and perspectives on mental health that [...]
  • 10 Austin bakeries spark mental health conversations, 1 cupcake at a time
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, 10 Austin-area bakeries are helping promote honest conversations surrounding mental health this May — one cupcake at a time. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas, or NAMI Central Texas, launched its Depressed Cake Shop [...]
  • Bastrop bakery serves sweet treats during May to support mental health
    Jennifer Johnson considers herself an upbeat person. It helps generate the positive attitude she takes into each day as her small business makes strides toward returning to pre-coronavirus sales levels. Johnson is the owner and baker at Johnson’s Bakery, at 715 Old Austin Highway in Bastrop. The [...]
  • FOX 7 Discussion: Mental Health Awareness Month
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a perfect time to talk about just how important mental health is to our overall health. One in five Americans has a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety. It’s common that most people live with one or know someone who does. Karen [...]
  • Karen and her daughter at their first NAMIWalks event.Leading with Hope and Courage
    by Karen Ranus, Executive Director, NAMI Central Texas While we realize the dreams of women pioneers daily, we pay special attention to the struggles, victories and legacies of the women who have come before us during Women’s History Month in March. NAMI’s history cannot be told without [...]

Awards and Recognition


Schwab Local Heros Award - Karen Ranus, executive director


Dell Medical School Award Transformational Leader nominee - Karen Ranus, executive director

Austin Young Chamber ChangeMaker Award winner - Karen Ranus, executive director

Henry McMahon Children’s Advocacy Award - Nidia Heston, volunteer


Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Richard Hopkins "Torch” Awards

  • Consumer – Meredith Stacy Jones, volunteer
  • Community Leader – Karen Ranus, executive director

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