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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

Though Mental Illness Awareness Week has come to a close, we at NAMI Northern Illinois believe it is important to discuss mental illness and mental health year round. We would like to offer you another opportunity to view the wonderful stories that were shared as well as the events that were held last week!

Your Stories

Thank you Jeanette Towns, Colleen McClory, Joyce Fruit, Laura Navarro, Annie Hose-Ryan, Cassandra Fleener, Brian Knight, and Phyllis Gallisath for being brave, transparent, and sharing their mental health journeys with us this year. And to Frank Slow Films for creating some great videos for us!

Alternative Therapies

Thank you Vic Rivera, Marissa Ebert, and Pablo Korona for co-hosting events with us and showing our community the power of alternative therapies.

Music & Dance with Vic Rivera

Alt Yoga: Let it Out! with Marissa Ebert

Expressive Arts with Pablo Korona

Social Services Speed Dating

Thank you to Chris Overton – Stepping Stones, Lindsay Blackful – Youth Services Network, Renea Noordhoff – RAMP, Shelley Reimann – Gateway Foundation, Scottie Welch – The Liam Foundation, Nathanial Bovell – Prairie State Legal Services, Xavier Whitford – Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation, Greg Cooney – Rockford Rescue Mission, Sara Silvers – UI Health Mile Square LP Johnson Family Health Center, Rebecca Quirk – Along the Path Counseling, Lynne Riley – Child & Family Connections, Joan Lodge – Rosecrance Health Network, and Amanda Hahn – Dahlia Center for Perinatal Mental Health for sharing your resources with us!

Rally for Mental Illness Awareness

Thank you Wester Wuori for always doing an amazing job as our MC, David Gill for being the NAMI Northern Illinois Board president, City of Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara for your support and proclamation, Carl Cole for the beautiful rendition of “God Bless America”, and Mary Ann Abate – Winnebago County Mental Health Board, Brian Knight – Acqua Recovery, Kelly Duncan – Harlem School District, Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Dalke – Rockford Police Department, Jay Swanson – The Liam Foundation & PFLAG, Kevin Polky – KP Counseling & Shatter Our Silence, and Jeanette Towns who all graciously shared their perspectives and what they are doing to create change locally.
Also a congratulations is in order for those that won our Making a Difference Award:
  • Tammy Stewart
  • Kishla Jones
  • Marissa Ebert
  • The Liam Foundation
  • Shannon Kopp

And last but not least, the Mental Illness Awareness Week chair, Xavier Whitford, and the committee members, Melissa Westphal, Jeanette Towns, Eric Brown, Sue Schroeder, Laura Rodriguez, Christina Peacock Bonnie Gilmore, and Danielle Angileri.

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