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October 18 & 19 at Techny Towers, Northbrook
There are so many reasons to join our annual gathering of peers, allies and mental health leaders from across the state! This year’s agenda is filled with engaging speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions on topics such as:Mental health for children, tweens and college-bound youth New perspectives on serious mental illness First Episode Psychosis and early intervention Housing and employment challenges Mental health in Illinois prisons Recreational cannabis: how will legalization affect us? Strategies for surviving the ER Improving Read More
NAMI Illinois is proud to welcome a full slate of mental health experts to our 2019 conference, including two keynote speakers who will update us on state and local programs, the latest research in early intervention and much more.
Grace Hou, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) under Governor J.B. Pritzker, will offer a statewide perspective on mental health. IDHS’s mission is to strengthen our state by building lives and communities though an integrated network of mental 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