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January 4, 2017

WSIL — Programs that serve at-risk youth are shutting down due to Illinois’ budget crisis. Now, other agencies struggle to fill in the gaps.

“Our worry is January 1st is coming and what’s going to happen after that we don’t know,” says Sherrie Crabb, Executive Director of Family Counseling Center.

She feels like she’s walking a tight-rope while trying balance funding for all of her services.

Meanwhile, the state wavers going from no state budget to a six-month stopgap resolution and court decrees.

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    According to Tammy Duckworth, the senator-elect for Illinois, mental health issues “are combat wounds” that can lead to suicide. In the United States, approximately 20 veterans commit suicide every day; this translates to one suicide every 65 minutes. In response to this, the Illinois legislature formed the Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide in order to investigate causes and prevention strategies of veteran suicide. With a report just released from the Task Force, my question is: Are Illinois legislators also focusing Read More

    Name your fear. A sense of dread strikes you at the thought of having to hop onto a crowded train. You squirm as the doctor approaches you with a needle. You tremble and tuck your head between your legs as the plane warms up its engine. You freeze as your secret crush walks past you. The fear feels raw, instinctive, and no amount of clever argument can liberate you from its clutches, or so you think.

    But as Bernard said in Read More

    Can bringing the joy of travel, discovery, and old memories to people who can’t experience them firsthand combat the physical and mental affects of loneliness and isolation?

    Ninety-two-year-old Estelle Paris has never been to France, but on a warm day this past June, she slipped on a virtual reality headset, which allowed her to meander through streets by the Louvre, pop over to Mont Saint-Michel abbey 230 miles away, stop by Times Square in New York City, and journey underwater, just Read More

    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds a significant victory for the mental health community with the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

    HR 34 will improve mental health care in America and reduce the unnecessary incarceration of people living with mental illness. The bill, which incorporates key provisions from the “Helping Families in Mental Health Act” (HR 2646) that passed the Read More

    Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (left) and Vi Orr, a founder of NAMI-IL National Alliance for the Mentally Ill IL.

    Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:04 pm |

    Vi Orr of Glenview did what had to be done. Read More

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