2017 NAMI CCNS Spring Class - Basics for Parents

2017 Spring Basics for Parents Class – Two Locations!

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Do You Have a Child
with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties?

NAMI Basics for Parents Class provides Education and Support for You, Your Family, and Your Child

FREE, six week course offered for parents or family caregivers of school-age children and adolescents with mental health issues.

Classes include:

Understanding the illnesses that are causing the behavioral difficulties
The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis—, anxiety disorders, depression, ADD, ODD, OCD, childhood bipolar disorder, and others
Tools for the toolbox – communication skills, problem solving, crisis preparation, handling challenging behaviors, and the impact on family members
Record keeping and dealing with the systems your child is involved in school, mental health, and juvenile justice
Taught by trained teachers who are also the parents of children with emotional or behavioral difficulties

Offered Spring 2017– 2 Locations

Wednesday evenings, 7:00—9:30 pm,
February 15 – March 22, at New Trier Northfield High School

Thursday evenings, 7:00—9:30 pm,
March 2 – April 6, at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge

Call 847-716-2252 for info and to register. 
Commitment to attend the entire six-week course is required.

Participant Perspectives – “This is such a great step-by-step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all.”
“NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office.”

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban
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2017 NAMI CCNS Spring Class - Basics for Parents

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2017 NAMI CCNS Education Meeting January 23

2017 NAMI CCNS Education Meeting January 23rd!

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2017 NAMI CCNS Education Meeting January 23

NAMI CCNS Cordially Invites You To:

“Ask the Psychiatrist Your Questions About Mental Illness”

Meet John Zajecka, M.D., an expert in novel treatment approaches for bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. Dr Zajecka, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Depression Treatment and Research Center at Rush University Medical Center, has conducted research and authored numerous publications about these illnesses.

He has published extensively on diagnosis, novel treatment approaches, and long-term outcomes in affective disorders, with a special interest in treatment resistant illness.

Come prepared to ask him your questions about mental illnesses.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Annual Business Meeting at 6:30 p.m. – All are welcome

Education Program 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public at the
Journey Care, Administration Building,
2050 Claire Ct, Glenview 60025.

Directions: Take Willow Rd to Ravine Way, which is west of Waukegan Rd and east of Patriot. Ravine Way is at the entrance of North Shore Corporate Park. Turn south on Ravine and then left onto Claire Court. Journey Care is at the very end of Claire Court, which is a winding road.

NAMI CCNS, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, is a local affiliate of NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness.

For additional information, please call us at 847-716-2252
or visit us at www.namiccns.org


2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE! – April, May, June

Newsline is changing!

NAMI CCNS Newsline is being redesigned to be more user-friendly on our web page and smartphones. A print version will be downloadable. If you have been receiving Newsline in your regular mail, you will continue to receive it.

We plan to issue the next Newsline in July 2017. In the meantime . . .


April, May, June 2017

Mark your calendars!


Monday, April 17

Adolescent Mental Health: Current Trends
Public Education Program
7 pm at the Northbrook Public Library 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062

Twenty percent of youth aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition. Complicating matters further is the issue of co-occuring drug abuse. Drug abuse may bring about symptoms of an unrecognized mental illness, while mental disorders can lead to drug abuse, possibly as a means of “self-medication.”Deborah Taber, Administrative Director of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences for the Northshore University Medical System, will review how school demands, drug use, social media and gender identity issues can create a mental health crisis.


Saturday, April 22

Heroes of Mental Health: NAMI CCNS Spring 2017 Benefit
Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Golf, Illinois 60029

Please join us on Saturday evening, April 22nd, to celebrate the NAMI CCNS 2017 Heroes of Mental Health. Our Honored Guest Speaker is Suzy Favor Hamilton, three-time Olympian and mental health advocate. Suzy will share her story about her experiences with bipolar disorder as well as her struggles with life during and after running, drawing from her best-selling autobiography, Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running from Madness.

Also being honored are Virgina and Tom Neuckranz, founders of Erika’s Lighthouse; Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Services, LLC; and the Winnetka Congregational Church Women’s Society Benevolence Committee.

The Neuckranzes turned the tragic loss of their daughter Erika, who died by suicide on April 8, 2004 when she was in 8th grade, into a mission to educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.

Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Services and the Winnetka Congregational Church Women’s Society Benevolence Committee are long-time supporters of NAMI CCNS whose generous gifts have made it possible for us to offer all our programs free of charge to participants.

6:30 pm Cash Bar and Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner, Dancing, Program, Silent/Live Auction/Fund to Cause
To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.


Tuesday, April 25 – May 30

NAMI Basics for Parents
6:30pm at Messiah Lutheran Church
1605 Vernon Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068

If you have a child with emotional or behavioral difficulties, NAMI Basics for Parents can help. The course is free to participants and provides information on the mental health conditions that cause behavioral difficulties, the biology of mental illness, and strategies for advocating for your child at school and with medical professionals, and more. NAMI Basics for Parents “provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office,” according to one of our class participants.

To register or learn more, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.

Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6

Are You Ready To Tag for Mental Health Awareness??

NAMI CCNS holds our annual Tag Day in May to kick of Mental Health Awareness Month.

You can end the stigma surrounding mental illness and raise funds for NAMI CCNS education, support and advocacy programs. All NAMI programs are free-of-charge to participants.

Please share some of your time on May 5th and May 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. To sign up, go to our web site www.namiccns.org, email admin@namiccns.org, or call 847-716-2252.


Saturday, May 20

StorySLAM: Courage
7 – 9 PM at Sojourner Covenant Church, 1101 Church Street, Evanston

Open Mike for individuals living with a mental health condition – either their own or someone they love – to share their story.
Share and listen. You can change the conversation about mental illness.


Thursday, May 25 to June 8 2017 NAMI CCNS NEWSLINE

Honest, Open, Proud
2 pm at Turning Point, 8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

What is your story of living with a mental health diagnosis? Not sure what to say, to whom, and when? Thinking about sharing with someone for the first time or becoming an advocate for mental health? Honest, Open, Proud is a six week workshop that helps individuals living with a mental health condition develop a strategy for sharing their story in a way that that is empowering for you – and for those who listen to your story.


Thursdays, starting May 25 

Dual Solutions Recovery Group
6 pm at Chicago Behavioral Hospital, 555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines

Dealing with a dual diagnosis can feel challenging and isolating. Support groups allow members to share frustrations, successes, referrals for specialists, where to find the best community resources and tips on what works best when trying to recover. They also form friendships and provide encouragement to stay clean.

All NAMI CCNS support groups continue to be offered regularly:

Connections Recovery Support Groups
• Mondays, 4 – 5:30 pm at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 West Dempster, Evanston
• Saturdays, 4 – 5:30 pm at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 West Dempster, Park Ridge
• First and Third Sundays, 1 – 2:30 pm, Kenneth Young Center Drop-In, 1585 West Dempster, Mt. Prospect

Family Support Groups
• Second and Fourth Mondays, 7–8:30 pm at Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Pt Rd, East parking lot, use main entrance, Abramson conference room behind the Info Desk
• First and Third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster, Park Ridge, 10th floor, Sasser Conference room, east side of cafeteria.  Use either A or C elevators.  Free parking in garage in front of hospital.
• Second Thursday, 7–8:30 pm at Highland Park Hospital, 777 Park Avenue West, Highland Park, room 1A, basement.  Free parking in front of the hospital
• Second and Fourth Saturday mornings, 9 – 10:30 am at St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Glass House room in the Cafeteria.

Times and locations subject to change. For additional information call 847-716-2252

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