When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent.
I’m a full-time elected official. I have the great privilege of serving as a Pennsylvania State Representative for the people of the 132nd Legislative District, representing parts of Allentown and South Read More
As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go through and the impact of losing a loved one to suicide.
It’s what led me to my current role, working with organizations in Read More
by Christine Herman
Toni Hoy, at her home in Rantoul, Ill., holds a childhood photo of her son, Daniel, who is now 24. In a last-ditch effort to get Daniel treatment for his severe mental illness in 2007, the Hoys surrendered parental custody to the state. “When I think of him, that’s the picture I see in my mind. Just this adorable, blue-eyed, blond little sweetie,” Hoy says.
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When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Read More
By MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY
An Illinois group says it has found a way to improve the handling of mental health issues in children.
The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation aimed to increase ties among schools, mental health and primary care providers and sometimes early childhood and juvenile justice programs.To that end, it issued $12 million in grants to four communities in 2010.
Early identification of mental health issues can lead to earlier treatment. And the screenings by schools helps that, said Heather Alderman, president of the foundation. A report Read More
The Board of Directors of NAMI Illinois is pleased to announce that Teri Latter has accepted the position of Program Director, replacing Holly McCaffrey in that role. Teri brings nine years of experience as a Family-to-Family teacher to the job and is also a Family-to-Family State Trainer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Barrington Area and is the volunteer Family-to-Family Program Director for that affiliate. Prior to her involvement with NAMI, Teri was a Director of Read More
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois police are still facing major hurdles when seeking mental health treatment despite the passage of a state law that aims to remove obstacles and lower the high suicide rate among officers, advocates said.
An Illinois law that took effect in August prohibits police departments from firing officers whose firearm owner’s identification cards have been revoked following a stay at a mental health facility, The Chicago Tribune reported.
A 2013 law requires health professionals to report to the state Read More