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Equine-Facilitated Therapy and Mental Illness

We’re all familiar with therapy dogs and cats and might have heard of birds playing that role, too, but therapy horses? While they don’t come and sit on your lap, … Read more

Meet Kristin Puryear

Meet Kristin Puryear, LCSW, CTRI, Equine-Facilitated Therapist at Equestrian Connection Tell us about your background with horses. My grandfather bred Ponies of the America’s (POAs), so I began riding and caring … Read more

Meet Kristen Faisant, LPC

Tell us about your history with horses I started horseback riding as a hobby when I was six years old and I immediately became very serious about it.  I began … Read more

COVID-19 pandemic strains mental health infrastructure, leaving patients vulnerable

December 7, 2020 By Leah Hope ABC7 The COVID-19 pandemic has not just worsened existing mental health issues in individuals, like depression or anxiety, but has also strained the … Read more

Illinois dedicates $2M to Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide for veterans

Nov 10, 2020 KWQC Officials with the state of Illinois announced on Monday that the state will be joining a multi-state effort in lowering suicide rates among veterans. This … Read more

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A Word to the Wise: Caregiver Take Care

Nov 18, 2020 By Linda Snow-Griffin, Ph.D. NAMI What airline passenger truly loves flying in turbulent conditions? My husband, who is a private pilot, likes to remind me that … Read more

NAMI Receives Fourth Consecutive Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

12/7/2020 NAMI For the last four years NAMI has proudly received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This four-star rating shows that NAMI exceeds industry … Read more

Feeling Sad, Hopeless and Stressed? We Have Resources for You

Most of us are feeling out of sorts right now. A survey released in January 2020 revealed that three out of five Americans regularly feel left out, misunderstood and hungry … Read more

Meet Tracy Brooks

Tracy Brooks, president of NAMI Sauk Area since 2018, fills a role she undertook when that affiliate was only four years old. An active board member for four years, Tracy … Read more