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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

May 1, 2018
NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

4/24/2018

NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.

This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample Read More

    Encouraging Youth To Share Their Stories

    April 27, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Far too often, young people experience stigma that invalidates their struggles with mental health. Far too often, young people are treated as if they are incapable of experiencing mental illness. Far too often, young people don’t get the help they need.

    How can we expect our youth to reach out for help with challenging symptoms when they often only receive more pain than help? When they think they will be stigmatized or told they are “too Read More

    April 28, 2018 | By Savannah Eadens

    During her senior year of high school, Amina Henderson-Redwan was leading a peace circle at Gage Park High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side when she felt an anxiety attack coming on.

    As she tried to walk away, she said she got into a conflict with a school security guard and was arrested and detained for about five hours before being taken to a juvenile detention center.

    Three years later, Henderson-Redawn is lobbying with Read More

    Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018

    Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

    Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned Read More

    FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & Families  Mar 22 2018

    Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a crucial step to support individuals with mental illness and their families.

    The bill substantially boosts several of NAMI’s key priorities. It includes significant investments in research at the Read More

    I’m writing to let you know that I resigned from my position as Executive Director of NAMI Illinois and my last day will be April 4th.

    Thank you all so very much for the opportunities that you have provided me during my time at NAMI Illinois. The time and energy that all of you devote to NAMI is truly inspirational. I have deeply enjoyed working for the organization and am grateful for all the dedicated and kind people I’ve met through Read More

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