When Your Loved One Is in Crisis: Support for Families

July 14, 2020

It is normal to experience emotions ranging from shock to frustration or fear when a family member is in a mental health crisis. It can be difficult to put aside your own feelings while working to defuse the situation in front of you. It might seem that yours is the only family dealing with these more »

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CIT Training Bridges the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Mental Health Community

With long-standing budget shortfalls in Illinois, accessible and affordable mental health resources have become sparse, with availability varying widely around the state. Consequently, when emergency services are contacted during a mental health crisis, law enforcement officers are now the most frequent first responders. This, of course, can be a frightening experience for any family. Fortunately, more »

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Coping with COVID-19 and Mental Illness

By Susie Piasecki According to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1 in 5 American adults contend with a psychiatric illness Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide Millions of people in the U.S. live with psychiatric disorders.  Some seek treatment. Many have hope. All can recover.  There is always hope.  People can more »

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Get to Know Frederick Nitsch

Frederick Nitsch has found many ways to use his experiences as an individual living with mental illness to help others. In addition to serving on “lived-experience panels” and as a role player during Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, he also leads Connection Recovery Support Groups and presents in Ending the Silence Programs. Frederick is affiliated more »

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Get to Know Lyndon Goodley

June 16, 2020

Lyndon Goodley is a Family-to-Family teacher with NAMI Champaign. Learn why he encourages dads, not just moms, of those living with a mental illness to take Family-to-Family. Lyndon, you have a daughter who lives with Bipolar Disorder. How is she doing now? My oldest daughter has been living with Bipolar Disorder for over 4 years more »

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