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First responders learn how to handle mental health emergencies

February 2, 2017

JANUARY 16, 2017 | BY JUDY WANG AND PATRICK ELWOOD CHICAGO — Chicago police, fire and emergency management personnel will be receiving new state-of-the-art crisis response training through a partnership with area hospitals. The Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Simulator Lab is located at the Chicago Fire Academy, 1338 South Clinton, where all EMS training takes more »

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State’s first lady visits local crisis unit

Edith Brady-Lunny | Jan 18, 2017 BLOOMINGTON — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner visited with staff and a client at Chestnut Health Systems’ crisis stabilization unit Tuesday during her tour of the facility for people struggling with drug and alcohol additions and/or mental illness. The 14-bed stabilization unit, approaching it’s second year of operation in more »

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Opening Up to Others about Your Mental Health

By Laura Greenstein | Jan. 30, 2017 Have you ever had a conversation with someone that tempted you to open up about something incredibly personal, but you hesitated due to the fear of that person’s reaction? Were you worried that telling them would alter their perception of you? Many people experience this feeling as they more »

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When kids with mental illness can’t live at home

January 31 Kelly Burch Many of Christine Walker’s friends are just starting to help their teenage children plan to leave home, whether for a job, college or a gap year. But Walker’s 16-year-old son Schuyler has already lived away from his family for seven years, spending nearly half his life in residential treatment programs and more »

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NAMI Illinois Executive Director speaks with WTAX Radio

January 30, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness, Illinois Executive Director Mary Colleran In light of the incident earlier this week where a Springfield police officer shot a man who suffered with mental illness, Joey talks with Mary Colleran, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Illinois (NAMI).

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