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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

December 7, 2017
New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

November 8, 2017 | nami.org

In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d Read More

    Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

    November 11, 2017 | nami.org

    The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real.

    On November 30, NAMI released its third nationwide parity report, The Doctor is Out. The report found that, despite the federal parity law, people lack the same access to mental health providers as they have for other medical providers.

    “Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” Cami

    More than Read More

    Olivia Welshans | November 12, 2017

    A new program funded by the University will expand the number of behavioral health providers in rural communities where residents lack proper medical services.

    The Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Education, Leadership and Learning program intends to increase the clinical competencies of 116 graduate-level social work students who are pursuing employment as integrated behavioral health consultants.

    Janet Liechty, program director for BHWELL and professor of social work and medicine, said the program will increase accessibility and improve infrastructure Read More

    November 25, 2017 | By Michon Lindstrom

    More than a dozen people spent their Saturday learning about mental illness.

    The Mental Health First Aid program was held at the Central Baptist Church in Springfield. Memorial Behavioral certified instructors teaches participants the knowledge and skills to help those who are  developing a mental illness or experiencing a crisis to find a path to recovery. The eight-hour course is free, except for a small fee to cover the material. It covers a variety of Read More

    HealthCare.gov Annual Enrollment Period deadline December 15

    On Nov. 1, HealthCare.gov started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before Dec. 15.

    All health plans offered through Healthcare.gov must cover mental health and substance use services at the same level as other health conditions. However, some plans offer better benefits than others, so review your options carefully.

     

    An important note is that 8 out of Read More

    Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

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