Category Archives: Advocacy

2017 NAMI CCNS WALKS RUNS

Sponsor NAMICCNS 5k Walks & Runs! Sunday September 24, 2017

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Sponsor and donate HERE!

Register to walk/run HERE!

 

Sponsorship Letter:

It may surprise you to learn that an average of one of every five of the employees at your company/organization will experience a mental health disorder each year.  In fact, the World Health Organization reports that mental illness is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide.  Most people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lifetime, either personally or through a close family member or friend. Unfortunately, despite the amount of people struggling with mental health related issues, the concept of mental illness is constantly stigmatized, avoided, and disregarded. As a result, those struggling with mental illness do not always receive the resources, support, and advocacy they need and deserve. NAMI CCNS is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness and those who love and care for them to provide just that.

On Sunday, September 24, 2017,(Evanston/Northwestern lakefront 5k walk/run) you have the opportunity to help by participating in our national walk/run. The goal is to raise both money and awareness. The proceeds from the 2017 WALK/RUN including money raised through corporate sponsorship will be used by NAMI CCNS in the following ways:

  • To provide support to people with mental illness and to their families
  • To educate families and those who have a mental illness
  • To advocate for nondiscriminatory and equitable policies at the federal, state, and local level and in the private sector
  • To advocate for improved opportunities for housing, rehabilitation, and meaningful jobs
  • To support research into the causes, systems and treatments of brain disorders
  • To support public education programs designed to help eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness

We urge your organization to sponsor our Walk/RUN not just because of the visibility we can offer, but also because of the support and education NAMI CCNS provides for our community at large at no cost.  With WALK/RUN funding, we hold support groups for those with severe mental illness and their families, teach classes to educate family members, police, and social workers about mental illness, and empower those with severe mental illness to educate the community.

Won’t you please help us meet the many needs of those with mental illness and their families by becoming a Walk sponsor?  NAMI CCNS is requesting a sponsorship for our walk/run 2017.  If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 847-716-2252 or susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Susan Ockerlund
Development Director NAMI CCNS

 

2017 NAMI Older Adults and Depression Seminar

Public Education Meeting – Older Adults and Depression Seminar

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April 4, 2017 | Cost: Free
7:00-8:30 PM

This community education seminar focuses on identifying and treating older adults with depression and is appropriate for community members and professionals. Since depression can present differently in the older adult population, it is important to recognize symptoms and differentiate between depression and other medical issues that may need physician involvement. Older adult men are at a high risk for suicide.

Check in will be from 6:30-7:00 PM. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

Includes 1.5 CEUs.

Richard Lyon, MA, LCPC, CADC, CAMS-II
Director
MaineStay Youth & Family Services
1700 Ballard Road
Park Ridge, IL
847-297-2510

NAMI CCNS Public Education Meeting

Public Education Meeting – Adolescent Mental Health Current Trends

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Developmental changes in adolescence are dramatic as the brain and body evolves. 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 in this public forum.

Presented by NAMI CCNS.

Adolescent Mental Health
Current Trends in Our Communities & Programs

NORTHBROOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday, April 17
7:00pm, Pollak Room
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane

 

2016 Mental Health Reform Bill

Senate passed H.R. 34 (mental health and criminal justice reform)

CEL-E-BRATE GOOD TIMES… COME ON!

If you happened to listen closely enough, you might have heard our cheering just outside of DC as the Senate passed H.R. 34 (mental health and criminal justice reform) on Dec.7th by an astounding vote of 94-5.

This victory is because of the power of your voice, added to thousands of others, that form the mental health movement.

Together, we are unstoppable.

Read more about the historic bill passage here.

Take a minute to celebrate and thank your Senators who voted YES!

Email your Senators

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