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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

October 3, 2018

Fighting against the stigma of mental illness and advocating for parity

Moments after delivering her first child, a baby girl, Kate sensed that something wasn’t right. Not with the baby, but with herself. “I really wanted nothing to do with my daughter after she was born. I didn’t have that motherly touch.” Kate was a mother, but she couldn’t feel like a mother. She couldn’t love. “My anxiety was horrific,” says Kate, who asked that her last Read More

    County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

    Lt. Ryan Snyder, who works at the Champaign County jail in Illinois, says it’s hard for any such facility to provide the kind of one-on-one mental health treatment many inmates need.  Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

    DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ballgame at Wavering Park, in Quincy, Ill.

    “He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people,” says Jones’ mother, Read More

    Addressing Male Suicide

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

    August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

    My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

    “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    By Jonathan Berg

    I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something Read More

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