EVENTS & SUPPORT
NAMI’s third nationwide parity report found that, despite the federal parity law, people with mental illness aren’t getting the care they deserve. You can help fix this. Call or email Jennifer Hammer, Director of the Illinois Insurance Commission, (217) 782-4515, email@example.com, and ask that they ensure that health plans in our state are not violating your parity rights.
Important information about the future of Medicaid
With Harmful Medicaid Waivers Looming, the National Council issues State-by-State Fact Sheets to Support Advocacy. Help preserve Medicaid, use these fact sheets to support your advocacy efforts at the state level.
NAMI Illinois is fighting hard to make our voices heard. NAMI Illinois’ position and actions to be taken will be found on NAMI Illinois’ website at http://namiillinois.org/advocacy-legislation/. We urge you to visit that resource frequently to find additional information on important issues that are under consideration.
We need strong and persistent messages urging Congress to act. Please help advance mental health care by promoting Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Legislation.
November 30, 2017
On November 30th, NAMI released The Doctor is Out, which found that people continue to lack the same access to mental health providers as for other medical providers. When they do find a provider, many are forced to go out-of-network and pay high out-of-pocket costs at much higher rates than for primary or specialty medical care.
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.
A peer-led support group, following 12 principles of support, open to all individuals living with any type of mental health condition. NAMI Connection groups are discreet and absolutely confidential, an ideal setting to connect with other individuals in recovery who are learning to cope with issues related to mental illness.
NAMI Parent Support Group
For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental illness. This support group offers a safe, non-judgmental and confidential outlet for sharing with other parents and caregivers who have experiences similar to yours. There is hope for your child and for you. You don’t have to face this struggle on your own.
RACE • WALK - May 11, 2019
Register online for our annual Race • Walk fundraising event. This is NAMI SWI’s largest fundraiser of the year. We need each and every member’s participation and more, so invite your family and friends! Click here for more info.
NAMI SWI HOMEFRONT CLASS
DO YOU HAVE STIGMA?
- Take a 3 question, multiple choice quiz to find out
“Although stigma is a virus that anyone can be exposed to, we do have a cure, and that is compassion and understanding. We need to talk openly and raise our voices, so we can put an end to the fear and shame, and cure stigma once and for all.” Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. Click here for more info. Together we can #CureStigma!
NAMI National Convention 2018 • by Sandy Giger
NAMI SWI Member and Artist, Mint Green
New Orleans — June 29, 2018 — Mint Green’s session was entitled “Llama and Its Five Capacities as the Transformational Tool”. Mint created the idea of the llama mascot because it symbolizes NAMI’s compassion and willingness to take on the many burdens associated with mental health conditions. He said, “Just as real Llamas faithfully carry burdens for their companions, the Llama symbolizes NAMI‘s mission to help carry the burdens of those individuals affected by mental illness. The Llama shows how NAMI members willingly share the burden of their loved one to help lighten the load and minimize the pain brought on by mental illness.” During the question and answer portion of his session, the most common question asked was how their affiliates could get the llama for their mascot too.More Llama Info
See more Convention Photos in our Newsletter’s Summer Issue
NAMI National Convention 2018 • Continued …
Outstanding NAMI Member Award
- Our former Executive Director, Jessica Gruneich, was proudly given the “Outstanding NAMI Member Award”. This award is the highest honor given by NAMI to a member in recognition of his or her long and effective work toward accomplishing NAMI’s goals. Read more in our Newsletter’s Summer Issue.
- More Convention info at NAMI National and #NAMICon18.
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