In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Illinois (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a not-for-profit membership
organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged
by mental illness. In collaboration
with NAMI National,
affiliates and other like-minded organizations, we influence public policies,
provide up to date education and support programs, and increase public awareness
and understanding of mental illness.
must understand and send this message: mental illness is not a scandal - it is an illness, and
like physical illnesses, it is TREATABLE, especially
when the treatment comes early. Learn about mental illnesses.
With more than 210,000 members, NAMI (the
National Alliance on Mental Illness)
is the nation's leading grassroots advocacy
organization solely dedicated to
improving the quality of life for individuals
living with mental illness and their
a NAMI Illinois affiliate in your area.
Illinois' Education and Support Programs
more about our signature education and support programs for family members and
individuals living with
Illinois' 2013 Partners A listing of Illinois
organizations and agencies supporting NAMI Illinois' Mission.
Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults
Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More NAMI has launched StrengthofUs.org,
a new online
community where young adults living with mental health concerns can
provide mutual support in navigating
unique challenges and opportunities during
the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.
A Resource for Families...Hospital
Guide: What Families Need to Know About Mental
Guide is designed to help you become the most informed and understanding
your loved one's recovery team.
will assist family members and loved ones navigate the
treatment and recovery. Order
for Law Enforcement Officers...These tools are designed
for law enforcement officers
to help them effectively
deal with individuals in crisis.
WRAP Locator Website
From the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health
The link below will take you to an introduction to WRAP-Wellness Recovery
Action Plan-and an easy way to
search for WRAP classes by entering your
city and zip code.
A WRAP can help a person with a serious mental illness navigate the process of
recovery, stay healthy, deal
with challenging times and reach individual
goals. Components include a Key Concepts of Recovery section, a
Toolbox, a Daily Maintenance Plan, Triggers, Warning Signs and Crisis Planning
People With Mental
Virginia Woolf, Lionel Aldridge, Eugene O'Neill, Beethoven,
Leo Tolstoy, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vincent
Issac Newton, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia
Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh,
Duke, Charles Dickens, Margot Kidder, Mike Wallace
2013 NAMI Illinois Partner Organizations
of Illinois, Inc.
for Individual Development
Social Services of Illinois
Housing Providers Association
Delta Center, Inc.
Cook County North Suburban
Stigma by Changing Our
Person First Language in Mental
has bipolar illness (or a diagnosis of...)
(or a diagnosis of...)
has a mental
is emotionally disturbed/mentally ill
has a mental illness
is mentally ill
(singular) with a mental illness (singular)
(plural) with mental illnesses (plural)
mentally ill... OR People
with mental illness (singular)
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!”
DHS/Division of Mental Health Document
NAMI Illinois is an
affiliate of NAMI.