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SAVE THE DATE: NAMI Illinois Conference Oct. 18-19, 2019

August 13, 2019

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 […]

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NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Comments On Reinstitutionalizing People With Mental Illness

August 16, 2019

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, […]

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Constable: ‘Telepsychiatry’ uses video conferencing to help mental health patients

August 13, 2019

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, […]

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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 […]

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How To Keep People Engaged In Mental Health Treatment

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 […]

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Study Shows NAMI Homefront Helps Veteran Family Members

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 […]

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