NAMI Illinois Conference in nearby Techny, IL
In addition to DHS Secretary Grace Hou presenting on Friday, we have finalized details for Emerging Research and Best Practices Saturday!
NIMH Unit Director Dr. Susan Afrin is coming to talk about research on First Episode Psychosis Interventions and Health Prevention techniques that help to lower the early mortality risk of persons with mental illness.
Research has shown that people with a chronic mental health diagnosis die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. Read More
NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Comments On Reinstitutionalizing People With Mental Illness
Yesterday, President Trump revisited his statements about reopening mental “institutions” and perpetuated false stereotypes. Two weeks ago, the president also called people with mental illness “monsters.”
In response, National Alliance on Mental Illness Acting CEO Angela Kimball released the following statement:
“The president should be talking about better care and earlier access to intensive treatment, not revisiting the shameful institutions of our past.
“Words matter, Mr. President. ‘These people’ are our friends, neighbors, children, spouses. They’re not ‘monsters,’ ‘the mentally ill’ or ‘crazy people’ – they’re Read More
Updated 7/30/2019 6:43 AM By Burt Constable Daily Herald https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190730/constable-telepsychiatry-uses-video-conferencing-to-help-mental-health-patients
With physical health, most people embrace the philosophy that preventive care provided by a vaccine is cheaper, easier and safer than a hospital stay to treat a case of potentially fatal measles.
That same concept is true with mental health, says state House Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Democrat from Schaumburg who serves on legislative committees that deal with mental health, human services and elementary education. Paying for the proper psychological Read More
Illinois To Create Online Database Of Mental Health Resources For Students, Parents And School Staff
July 22, 2019 By Lee V. Gaines Illinois Public Media https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/illinois-to-create-online-database-of-mental-health-resources-for-students-parents-and-school-staff
A new state law directs the Illinois Department of Human Services to create an online database with mental health resources that parents and school staff can use to help students.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation into law earlier this month. The law specifically highlights resources related to bullying and school shootings.
Lisa Betz, the deputy director of child and adolescent services for DHS’s division of mental health, said the online database will Read More
By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2019/How-to-Keep-People-Engaged-in-Mental-Health-Treatm
Mental illness affects every age group, gender, socio-economic status and culture, yet not all Americans have the same access to proper care. For example, only 20% of Asian Americans with mental illness receive treatment compared to 48% of white adults. And only 56% of African Americans and Latinx adults with serious mental illness receive treatment compared to 71% of white adults.
That’s why National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008: to help increase awareness Read More
By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/Study-Shows-NAMI-Homefront-Helps-Veteran-Family-Me
It’s no secret that the transition from war to civilian life is not easy for service members or their families. Add mental illness, and the already difficult experience can become a debilitating one. Unfortunately, this situation is very common.
A 2014 study showed that nearly one out of four active duty service members showed signs of a mental health condition. Another study in 2008 found that about 20% of returning service members from Iraq or Afghanistan report experiencing Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio. These mass shootings are far too common and impact every corner of our nation. Every time we experience a tragedy like this, people with mental illness are drawn into the conversation. The truth is that the vast majority of violence is not perpetrated by people with mental illness. Statements to the contrary only serve to perpetuate stigma Read More