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Executive Director’s Report: 2019 – 2020 Report

January 17, 2020

MISSION: The mission of NAMI Southwestern Illinois is to promote recovery for people living with a mental illness and for their families who are impacted by their illness. We accomplish this through providing support, education & advocacy; supporting research; reducing stigma & discrimination; improving services by working with health professionals and families. A Review of more »

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President’s Corner: A New Year

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 more »

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Students could get five mental health days under new Illinois bill

February 12, 2020

February 6, 2020, 6:41 p.m. By Alexxis Kerry WREX https://wrex.com/2020/02/06/students-could-get-five-mental-health-days-under-new-illinois-bill/ ROCKFORD (WREX) — It isn’t uncommon for students to miss school for the flu or strep throat, but some Illinois lawmakers say the common “sick day” should be expanded further for mental health. A new bill introduced to the Illinois Senate would mandate public schools more »

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U.S. Rep. Underwood introduces legislation to expand access to primary and mental health care

Jan 13, 2020 By Megann Horstead Northwest Herald https://www.nwherald.com/2020/01/12/u-s-rep-underwood-introduces-legislation-to-expand-access-to-primary-and-mental-health-care/awlc2qn/ GENEVA – U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, is looking to get a piece of legislation passed to expand access to primary and behavioral health care services. During a press conference Saturday at TriCity Family Services in Geneva, the legislative details were rolled out. “Making sure that more »

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How To Move Forward After Going Through A Crisis

Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So more »

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5 Reminders For Survivors Of Trauma

Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe more »

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