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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

February 12, 2020

Jan 13, 2020 By Megann Horstead Northwest Herald https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/12/u-s-rep-underwood-introduces-legislation-to-expand-access-to-primary-and-mental-health-care/awlc2qn/

GENEVA – U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, is looking to get a piece of legislation passed to expand access to primary and behavioral health care services.

During a press conference Saturday at TriCity Family Services in Geneva, the legislative details were rolled out.

“Making sure that people in Northern Illinois can count on seeing their primary care or mental health provider is something that everybody deserves,” Underwood said. “As out-of-pocket costs rise for Read More

    February 6, 2020 By Alexxis Kerry WREX https://wrex.com/2020/02/06/students-could-get-five-mental-health-days-under-new-illinois-bill/

    ROCKFORD (WREX) — It isn’t uncommon for students to miss school for the flu or strep throat, but some Illinois lawmakers say the common “sick day” should be expanded further for mental health.

    A new bill introduced to the Illinois Senate would mandate public schools to give students five sick days per year for mental and behavior health reasons.

    “Sometimes people just need that time away to decompress some of their issues and maybe Read More

    Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis

    After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?

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    Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma

    In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe room, where we bolted the door and sealed it for protection.

    About three minutes later we felt and then heard huge blasts. Our house shook and Read More

    Why do people turn to NAMI? Sometimes they are looking for support and attend NAMI Family Support Groups or NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups. Maybe they want to know more about the illness their family member is living with and so they take the Family-to-Family class. Or perhaps their organization or school wants to educate its group about mental illness and brings in Ending the Silence or In Our Own Voice speakers.

    And, the good news is that our local NAMI Read More

    NAMI Illinois meets the needs of individuals and their family members living with mental illness through a host of Signature Programs. Whether you participate in a program in Rockford, Chicago, or Anchorage, Alaska, these programs use the same content and are delivered in the same way so we know that everyone is receiving the same high-quality information and support regardless of their location.

    NAMI in Illinois offers the following Education Signature Programs:

    NAMI Basics for parents of children up to 16 years Read More
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