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July 3, 2017
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

    June 16, 2017 | By Dave Fopay

    There were a few times in the last week that the child patients Donzell Lampkins saw showed signs of mental conditions that reached what he called “crisis level.”

    As a behavioral health clinician, Lampkins feels a new screening program for mental issues has been a good fit with other medical services children get at the clinic where he works.

    “It’s safe to say that if they were not engaged in services here, the crises might not Read More

    June 19, 2017 | By John David

    Drug abuse and mental illness often intersect, experts say, creating a call for help.

    “When somebody is newly ill, they’re more likely to be receptive to treatment,” said Mary Brokaw, a mental health advocate, who detailed her son’s struggles on Monday, June 19.

    Dixon is attracting statewide attention for a community program that emphasizes quick access to treatment for certain offenders rather than languishing in jail.

    “I think it’s an innovative approach that could be duplicated anywhere,” Read More

    May 5, 2017 | By

    A team of eight will participate in the Run Across Illinois for Mental Health as part of the Defeat the Stigma Project, beginning on Wednesday, May 17. Runners are welcomed to join the effort. The run will raise funds for NAMI-Illinois. Donations may be made at

    This year’s route will start in Clinton, crossing the bridge into Fulton, and continuing to Morrison, and ending in Dixon, Illinois, on the Read More

    May 23, 2017 | By Marie Wilson and Elena Ferrarin

    Among all the sad realities about mental health care, here’s one that’s hard to shake: Money matters.

    Even comfortably middle-class suburban residents find it challenging to pay for mental health care, so the cost of treatment can be discouraging for many who need help, experts say.

    Federal and state mental health parity acts require insurance to cover mental health treatment under the same terms as other conditions. But psychiatrists say, in reality, some Read More

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