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August 3, 2017

NAMI Illinois is proud to have partnered with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Last year NAMI Illinois trained and certified 150 Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff that then trained the entire DOC staff of over 11,500 in the NAMI Illinois mental illness awareness curriculum. Recently representatives from NAMI Illinois toured the Elgin Treatment Center, a new 44-bed facility that will offer hospital level care to state prisoners with serious mental illness. Dr. Melvin Hinton, Chief of Mental Read More

    The Fight Is Not Over

    July 20, 2017 | NAMI.ORG

    Wondering what is happening with health reform? Every day–and sometimes multiple times a day–the news changes.

    But what doesn’t change is NAMI’s simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? To date, the answer has been no. Whether it’s the revised Senate bill, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or repeal and delay, Congress is overlooking millions of Americans who live with mental illness.

    All of the proposals would:

    Strip Read More
    Challenging Multicultural Disparities In Mental Health

    July 10, 2017 | By Elena Schatell

    As the racial demographic of the U.S. continues to shift, the mental health field faces the challenge of creating equal, culturally sensitive services for all. Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The Read More

    July 13, 2017 | By Joe Cadotte

    Many rural communities in Illinois are experiencing more and more people suffering from mental illness. Resources are shrinking in many towns and counties.

    HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur closed their psychiatric intensive care unit in February. “Changes are often made in order to provide the most efficient models of care,” said HSHS St. Mary’s spokesman Andrew Dilbeck in a statement.

    “It is very disheartening to see increased need but decreased funding, and it’s often to the most Read More

    NAMI and Advocacy: Staying United in the Face of Challenging Times

    June 16, 2017 | By Mary Giliberti, J.D.

    As I’ve been thinking about the upcoming NAMI National Convention, I wanted to share some reflections with all of you on advocacy—recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend at the end of June. Advocacy has always been at the core of NAMI’s mission. It was a passion of NAMI’s founders and remains so today. Why? Because advocacy is one of the best ways we can address the systematic injustices and Read More

    June 2017 | By Susan Donaldson James

    Amy Ebeling struggled with anxiety and depression throughout college, as her moods swung from high to low, but she resisted help until all came crashing down senior year.

    “At my high points I was working several jobs and internships — I could take on the world,” said Ebeling, 24, who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey last December.

    “But then I would have extreme downs and want to do nothing,” she told NBC News. “All Read More

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