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Veteran’s Mental Health Programs
This year is a special year for NAMI Cook County North Suburban, because of the new programs and offerings for our military veterans! To reach our goal to fund the next round of veterans programs, we need to raise $11,500.
- Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans
- NAMI Support Group
- NAMI Homefront
- NAMI Homefront – register now!
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Depression. Suicide.
These are just some of the mental health concerns that many veterans and active duty service members face today. Just because our soldiers make it home, doesn’t meant that the battle is over.
Nearly 25% of current military personnel have shown signs of a mental health condition. Sadly, many do not seek support for fear that requesting help or seeking treatment will negatively affect their careers and their reputation among peers. Your year-end tax-deductible gift will help ensure that they have access to programs and resources, and that they have the support of a caring community.
Our Dedication to Veterans
NAMI is dedicated to providing the resources and support military personnel and their families need to address their mental health free from judgment. In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching an online course to help those impacted by PTSD. The course provides veterans, service members and military families the opportunity to learn from other veterans about PTSD and available treatment options to reduce stress reactions.
“Being involved with NAMI Homefront has been therapeutic. It has given me a chance to address the issues that combat veterans face and a different perspective on what our family members face as well.”
– CPT. John Neibert, USA, Ret.
“As a former member of the Illinois Army National Guard, I’m so proud that I get to be involved in bringing the NAMI Homefront program to my fellow military brothers. I continue to hear stories of men that have served that take their own lives. It doesn’t have to be that way! With NAMI Homefront, I can continue to walk with my brothers, and support them. Just because the war is over, doesn’t mean that the battle is still real for our Veteran’s. This is why I’m proud to continue to serve through NAMI Homefront.”
– SSG Zecharia Gilbert, IL ARNG & NAMI CCNS Staff
This new resource builds on NAMI Homefront, a free six-week course designed to help service members’ families better support their loved ones who are experiencing mental health conditions. Since many service members prefer anonymity and are often stationed in remote areas or overseas, NAMI is piloting an online version of Homefront to reach more military families and better meet their needs.
Because our nation’s heroes never stop serving, we will continue to support and advocate for them.
NAMI is working to shape legislation that could significantly improve veterans’ access to mental health services through community care clinics. We are also working with Congress to open access to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) biological data, which could lead to extraordinary advances in how we identify and treat serious mental illnesses in the military community and beyond.
Brave men and women have sacrificed so much for our country—they shouldn’t have to face mental illness alone. Your gift today will help NAMI provide veterans, active duty military and their families peace of mind in knowing there is a caring and compassionate community they can turn to for information and support. Please make your tax-deductible gift today.
P.S. Nearly 25% of the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning with PTSD, and they are 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide. Your gift today will strengthen NAMI’s efforts to change this equation.
In A Crisis?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741741
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.