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March 19, 2018

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

    How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?

    By Laura Greenstein

    It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.

    Because the science of therapy Read More

    Feb. 28, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein

    Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they can’t understand why anyone else would.

    This lack of understanding can lead to insensitivity and stigma towards people who are often already struggling with serious emotional turmoil. Read More

    Mary Cooley | February 15, 2018

    One person at the Chester Mental Health Center has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

    The patient is being treated and is in stable condition, WJBD Radio reported.

    The Legionella bacteria is not transmitted from one person to another, but grows in warm water and water systems.

    Legionnaires’ disease is similar to pneumonia, with coughing, shortness of breath, fever and aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control Read More

    March 2, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD — A state task force has released recommendations for helping youths with mental health conditions to stay out of jails and prisons.

    The report by the Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force laid out 14 recommendations to divert youths from the justice system. About 70 percent of the nearly 30,000 youth arrests and 11,000 youth admissions to Illinois jails each year involve a child who meets the diagnostic criteria Read More

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