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Portillo’s for Good

namini : February 26, 2018 11:22 am : Breaking News

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Use this flyer April 3rd!

Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc


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NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Recent Comments on Mental Health Care

namini : February 22, 2018 9:16 am : Breaking News


In recent days, there has been a lot of rhetoric by the President and the NRA about “crazy people” and a desire to return to the days of the “institutions.” These comments reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes and create barriers to having real conversations about how to improve the mental health services that lead to recovery and participation in American society by people experiencing mental health conditions.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness fights for a more understanding and accepting world for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, and for a mental health system that provides the care and support they need to do well in school, work and life. All Americans should have coverage for mental health care and access to treatment when needed.

Psychiatric institutions were closed historically for many reasons, including unsafe treatment of patients and deplorable conditions. Today, we see many youth and young adults languishing in emergency rooms and law enforcement officers are forced to respond to crises because mental health services are frequently not available. There is a need for high-quality inpatient care, including as a last resort, court ordered treatment.

Solutions to this crisis also require more than inpatient care. There are many common sense approaches that we know are effective and that can be implemented now to improve access to mental health services along a continuum of care for youth who are at risk. These include:

  • Implementing intensive community-based mental health interventions for youth and young adults with the most serious mental illnesses.
  • Integrating mental health in primary care and in schools so that mental health treatment is readily available.
  • Increasing access to high-quality inpatient treatment through repealing the exclusion in Medicaid for paying for these beds and increasing reimbursement along with required outcomes.
  • Ensuring a well-funded and strong mental health system through fully funding the Medicaid program and requiring private health insurance to provide adequate coverage for mental health and substance use treatment.

NAMI would welcome the opportunity to meet with President Trump and work with his administration on steps for improving mental health services in America. We were proud to participate in the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee for Serious Mental Illness. This report provides the Administration with a blueprint for fixing our nation’s broken mental health system, including improving services for children and youth who are at risk.

— NAMI National

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Benefit Mental Health with 100 Words or Less

namini : February 12, 2018 8:46 am : Breaking News

For over 30 years, the Rockford New Car Dealers Association sets up an Auto Show in CherryVale Mall. This year’s show will be held Tuesday, February 13th through Sunday, February 18. This event also features an annual $10,000 donation to a local charity. 2018 could be NAMI Northern Illinois’ time to shine! The charity that benefits will be chosen from submissions entered throughout the week.

The winning charity is selected by a panel of judges that considers how the money will be used, how many people will benefit, and overall need for funds. The quantity of entries does not determine the winner- but the QUALITY will!

Help NAMI support all those impacted by mental illness in our community by entering today!

Fill out the form below and drop it off at the mall this week. 100 words or less.
Thank you!

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Has Your Loved One Served Our Country?

namini : February 8, 2018 7:44 am : Breaking News

Registration for the NAMI Homefront ONLINE COURSE is now open!

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., CT, 02/21/2018, – 03/28/2018

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be telephone, a headset or headphones with mic are recommended.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All participants are screened to ensure this program is appropriate for their needs.
Sign up here: NAMI Homefront

Please share this information with any military/veteran family members you think would be interested. 

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For the Love of the Children

namini : February 1, 2018 8:43 am : Breaking News

NAMI Northern Illinois is proud to announce that the Catholic Women’s League has gifted us a $2,000 grant donation for the upkeep of our NAMI Basics course which offers parents and caregivers to help identify coping skills with childhood mental illness. The donation is also directed at the start up of a new NAMI program called Ending the Silence. This new program involves going into all of the middle schools and high schools in our community and speaking with students about mental illness and teaching individuals that it is OKAY to talk about your mental health! Through the direction of peer presenters, students will gain knowledge of:

  • Early warning signs
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or their friends
  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

To learn more about the program, you may read here: ETS

Once again, thank you Catholic Women’s League for your continued generosity and support of NAMI Northern Illinois. We appreciate all that you do for us. You are a wonderful child AND mental health advocate! The kids are our future. What a perfect age group to encourage proper mental health care in.

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Local Artists Unite!

namini : January 30, 2018 1:24 pm : Breaking News

Let’s help our old pals. You can email them here to touch base:

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Know Your Rights

namini : January 26, 2018 8:04 am : Breaking News

Join our friends at Prairie State to learn about the quality services you deserve!


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namini : January 12, 2018 10:35 am : Breaking News

Get ready for our 2nd Mulligans for Mental Illness golf scramble in June!  What is better than taking the day off work and golfing for a good cause?

All proceeds from this event go towards ending the stigma attached to mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. With your help, there can be better mental health care! Don’t golf? Don’t worry. There is an After Hours event you can attend to show your support. This is an event you will not want to miss!

$115 Golf tickets:
Pre-play driving range, lunch, golf cart, 18 holes, and After Hours event

$35 After Hours tickets:
BBQ buffet, cash bar, live music, 50/50 raffle, prize raffle, and silent auction


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Program Emerges in Northern Illinois

namini : January 10, 2018 8:46 am : Breaking News

Did you know that drug overdose is the #1 cause of accidental death for adults in Illinois? 80% of those overdoses involve heroin. Luckily, an advocacy group right here in Rockford is around to help change that fact. Hope Over Addiction is a group that and supports families who are impacted by drug misuse, addiction and overdose, educates the public on addiction, and provides FREE overdose prevention training.

Hope Over Addiction invites you to attend a course to learn how to detect an overdose, how to respond, and how to use Narcan. In essence, this group can teach you how to save a life! In the course, you will also receive free Narcan kits. Addiction does not discriminate. Register today: Here or call Hope Over Addiction at 779-423-1972.

Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Partners of Hope Over Addiction include the Winnebago County Health Department, Rosecrance Health Network, and Remedies Renewing Lives.

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NAMI Northern Illinois Receives Generous Education Grant

namini : January 4, 2018 1:18 pm : Breaking News

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Illinois is proud to announce that it has received a $4,420.00 for the training of instructors and leaders for our support groups and educational courses from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Louis & Violent Rubin Fund.

NAMI Northern Illinois is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by mental illness and their loved ones through support, education, and advocacy. We offer several support groups throughout the month. For individuals living with mental illness, support meets every Sunday at SwedishAmerican Hospital (A Division of UW-Health) beginning at 2pm. There are also family support groups that meet the first Tuesday, the third Monday and the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. Groups are offered free of charge to all 18+ who are in need. Call 815-963-2470 for more information if you are interested.

Additional to support, education is offered through our affiliate. There are three courses offered: Family-to-Family, NAMI Basics, and Provider Education. The mentioned offer tools, up to date information, and resources for family, parents, and providers alike.  There is a new course coming to NAMI Northern Illinois in the spring named Peer-to-Peer which is geared towards individuals who want to learn more about their own illness and journey towards recovery. In order to progress, we must train further leaders to educate our attendees in support and classes.

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Learn more about CFNIL’s grantmaking and commitment to endowment at . Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region. NAMI has gratefully been supported by the Community Foundation in the past and we take this opportunity to thank them once again for the generosity. They give us the ability to help those touched by mental illness in our area.


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