Andrew Wade has been named Executive Director for NAMI Illinois. Andy is an experienced strategy consultant specializing in not-for-profit organizational development, change leadership, and strategic planning. He has served in leadership roles at BUILD, Inc., Metropolitan Family Services, Ounce of Prevention Fund, and the Chicago School Leadership Cooperative, and brings over 20 years of issue advocacy, public awareness experience that includes behavioral health, violence prevention, education, family services, and youth development. He is a resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, Read More
In another effort to build awareness regarding mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, NAMI is partnering with Good Housekeeping magazine. This effort includes:A survey focused on people’s experiences with various mental health conditions Articles in the May 2020 Good Housekeeping issue that will include the survey results, NAMI personal stories, and information on resources and support
Looking for something fun to do with the family on Sunday, March 8th? Looking for a great way to support NAMI? How about combining both!
Come see the Chicago Wolves play the Rockford IceHogs on what the Wolves have designated “Mental Health Day,” March 8th at the Allstate Arena. And for each ticket purchased by someone who submits this order form, the NAMI affiliate designated on the order form will receive $10. Ticket orders are due on Monday March 2nd, so order now and be part Read More
Jan 13, 2020 By Megann Horstead Northwest Herald https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/12/u-s-rep-underwood-introduces-legislation-to-expand-access-to-primary-and-mental-health-care/awlc2qn/
GENEVA – U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, is looking to get a piece of legislation passed to expand access to primary and behavioral health care services.
During a press conference Saturday at TriCity Family Services in Geneva, the legislative details were rolled out.
“Making sure that people in Northern Illinois can count on seeing their primary care or mental health provider is something that everybody deserves,” Underwood said. “As out-of-pocket costs rise for Read More
February 6, 2020 By Alexxis Kerry WREX https://wrex.com/2020/02/06/students-could-get-five-mental-health-days-under-new-illinois-bill/
ROCKFORD (WREX) — It isn’t uncommon for students to miss school for the flu or strep throat, but some Illinois lawmakers say the common “sick day” should be expanded further for mental health.
A new bill introduced to the Illinois Senate would mandate public schools to give students five sick days per year for mental and behavior health reasons.
“Sometimes people just need that time away to decompress some of their issues and maybe Read More
Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis
After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?Read More