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April 3, 2020

April 1, 2020

Dear NAMI Southwestern Illinois Friends:

Hello Everyone. Are you getting “cabin fever? I sure am. In adjusting to working at home, I have found there are positives and negatives to doing so. I’m sure you are having the same experience. Well NAMI SWI is here to offer support during this time of uncertainty.

We continue to answer calls on our Help Line. If you need referral information, or just need to talk to a “warm voice” during this time, please Read More

    March 16, 2020

    Dear NAMI Southwestern Illinois Friends:

    The leadership of NAMI SWI has been looking carefully at information about the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. We want to ensure the safety, as much as we are able, of all the individuals and families who participate in our programs. Informational material about COVID-19 from the national office is available here. We are in ongoing contact with the national NAMI office and NAMI Illinois regarding policies that Read More

    Hello NAMI SWI Friends and Family … Recently, I attended a training on Best Practices for Suicide Prevention. It was sponsored by numerous agencies, including the 708 Boards for both St. Clair and Madison Counties. It was, in my opinion, the best presentation I have heard regarding the current news on suicide prevalence and demographics nationally, state-wide, and locally; also on how to discuss and assess the risk of suicide in someone with suicidal thoughts.

    Here are some statistics that show an Read More

    Hi Everyone!

    In this New Year it is important to Know Your Worth. Build your self-esteem. Be Positive. Take care of yourself.

    Having a positive mindset will allow you to respect yourself and you will learn how to truly love yourself. Having a positive thought pattern can lead to healthy behaviors and a healthier lifestyle that promotes taking care of yourself. It can also give you the ability to not fold easily under stressful situations.

    Believe in you and your ability to succeed. Read More

    February 28, 2020, 7:58 am By Cassandra Bretl WREX https://wrex.com/2020/02/28/house-mental-health-committee-passed-mental-health-proposal-for-illinois-schools/

    ROCKFORD (WREX) — A lawmaker from Rockford is the lead sponsor of a bill highlighting the importance of mental health for kids.

    The House Mental Health Committee passed the proposal unanimously on Thursday.

    The plan urges schools to teach students how to help someone who is developing mental health problems.

    Rockford Rep. Maurice West II says Illinois schools should provide education on how to identify and respond to signs of addictions and mental Read More

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