NAMI in the News

  • Texas Winter Storm Recovery
    While sunshine and warmth have returned to Texas, the physical and mental health toll of last week’s storms on our community did not melt away with the snow. If you or your family are feeling stressed or anxious, it is vitally important you know three things: It’s normal to not feel “back to [...]
  • Mental Health Champions: How Karen Ranus and NAMI Central Texas Are Supporting People Living With Mental Illness and Their Families
    Authority Magazine – Yitzi Weiner Asa part of my series about “Mental Health Champions” helping to promote mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Karen Ranus. Karen Ranus is the Executive Director of the Central Texas affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI [...]
  • Blue Christmas: How the holiday season and COVID-19 pandemic are fueling a rise in loneliness
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Social distancing and self-quarantining amid the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the impact that loneliness can have on people of all ages. While the holiday season may provide comfort and solace to some who have struggled this year, for others it can be the toughest time of year [...]
  • 2020 Board Candidates
    NAMI Central Texas is pleased to welcome our new slate of board members, elected by the membership. A Nominations Committee comprised of Board Members Julie Almendral, Manuel Quinto-Pozos, Leo Paterra as well as Executive Director, Karen Ranus, interviewed several qualified candidates to fill two [...]

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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