In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A listing of Illinois organizations and agencies supporting NAMI Illinois' Mission.
The Department of Education Releases Report on improving school climate and discipline for schools across the country.
Unfortunately, we know that students with disabilities, and
especially students with mental illness, are disproportionately affected by
disciplinary action in our schools. This report provides guidelines for
collaborating with local mental health, child welfare, law enforcement and
juvenile justice agencies to develop prevention strategies and identify
intervention services, as well as tools and strategies for all school personnel
to motivate and engage students in the classroom. This resource is available
NAMI's Position-December 18, 2013
Health Insurance Coverage of Mental Health Services
Under federal law, in most cases, health insurance providers
Kaiser Family Foundation (not associated with Kaiser Permanente) has a calculator where you can enter in some information about yourself and figure out if you qualify for a tax credit or Medicaid. It will also give you estimates of what you will pay for health insurance plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Use the calculator.
If you would like to know more about how the health care law affects people living with mental illness and their families, check out our website www.nami.org/healthcoverage.
People With Mental
Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf, Lionel Aldridge, Eugene O'Neill, Beethoven, Leo Tolstoy, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vincent Van Gogh, Issac Newton, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Michelangelo, Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh, Patty Duke, Charles Dickens, Margot Kidder, Mike Wallace
Rules to Speak, Write, Respect and Empower By Having vs. Being
HAVE an illness, or to have the diagnosis of an illness, is notably different
than to BE the illness. When I “have bipolar illness,” I recognize that
aspect of myself, much as I recognize that I “have brown eyes.” When I
“am bipolar,” I take on the identity of BEING bipolar. It becomes me, and
I become it. When we talk about an individual as separate from their mental
health condition, we recognize the person first, and we acknowledge the
person’s power to overcome that condition and live a full life separate from
it. I often tell people, “I may have it, but it doesn’t have me!”
NAMI Illinois is an affiliate of NAMI.