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June 30, 2020

2020 Conference Announcement

NAMI Illlinois is pleased to announce that its 2020 State Conference will be held online on October 16th and 17th.   Given the ever-changing environment we currently live, we have chosen to take our conference virtual this year.   Our conference theme, Driving Change: The New Future of Mental Health, will focus on the dramatic increase in the need for services, as millions experience the challenges of anxiety and depression for the first time, and as the challenges facing those Read More

    Online Presentation


    Next session Coming in July 21 2020,    

    6:30 – 8:30 PM CDT

    Event is free, but registration is required


    NAMI Family & Friends is a 2-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. It provides information about mental illness, how to help a friend or family member who lives with a mental illness, and how to take care of yourself if you are in Read More

    In Memoriam: Ronald F. Krasner, MD, Psychiatrist (1944 – 2019)

    NAMI has lost an ardent supporter in the passing of Dr. Ronald F. Krasner. He was elected to the American Society of Psychiatrists, former Vice Chairman and Director of Psychiatric Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, and Clinical Practice Director, Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. His professional reputation made him highly sought after for treatment needs, but he devoted significant time to education, mentoring, administration and research to ensure there were informed, Read More

    Lyndon Goodley is a Family-to-Family teacher with NAMI Champaign. Learn why he encourages dads, not just moms, of those living with a mental illness to take Family-to-Family.

    Lyndon, you have a daughter who lives with Bipolar Disorder. How is she doing now?

    My oldest daughter has been living with Bipolar Disorder for over 4 years now. She lives in another state, works two jobs, uses public transportation and for the most part is managing well enough. She is not on medication and Read More

    A Time for Hope and Unified Action 

    As NAMI members, we know an illness only grows worse if we fail to confront its symptoms, especially if we push it underground and pretend it doesn’t exist. We also know that empathy builds trust, awareness reduces fear, and that advocacy is a duty, not an option. We know this because our cause is personal – we’ve experienced it in our families, our communities, and in ourselves.

    As Coronavirus has swept the globe, this sense of compassion and mutual obligation has Read More

    Men’s Mental Health Month: Addressing Male Stereotypes


    Let us be the first to wish you a happy and healthy Father’s Day! 

    Fittingly, June is Men’s Mental Health Month, which is no simple topic to tackle. Today, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. is affected by mental illness, which includes more than 6 million men each year. And yet, many men do not seek help or treatment for disorders like depression or anxiety. 

    Boys Don’t Cry

    Mental health organizations like NAMI have made Read More

    Summer Parenting: Coronavirus and Safety

    Illinois has entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan, with some surrounding states well ahead of our schedule. That means certain activities including small gatherings are now acceptable and non-essential workers are cleared to head back to work. With so much evolving information, what is safe for our families this summer?

    Consider Your Physical and Mental Health

    Of course, one of the most important factors for deciding how far to venture this summer with your Read More

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