2015 NAMI CCNS Walks and Run July Kickoff Event

** NAMI 5k Run and Walk Kick-OFF Event – July 23, 2015 **

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 5:30pm

Dick Pond Athletics, 29 Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL.

Walk/Run with NAMI and Change Minds One Step at a Time! This kick-off event is free to anyone who wants to create a NAMIWalks fundraising team. Attendees will learn about the event and the many opportunities to participate, have fun and give back.

For more information and to RSVP, email susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com by July 16.

Refreshments and appetizers will be served. There will also be a raffle with prizes!

NAMI. Find help. Find Hope. www.namiwalks.org

2015 nami PSAs

New Mental Health Television PSAs: NAMI Launches

New Mental Health Television PSAs: NAMI Launches

“Hope Starts with You” Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched “Hope Starts with You,” a new campaign of public service announcements (PSAs) for television.

Unveiled at NAMI’s 36th annual convention, July 6-9, the two PSAs featured in the campaign emphasize the difference that individuals can make in helping the 1 in 5 Americans who live with mental illness in any given year.

The first PSA, titled “A Brighter Day“, available in 60, 30 and 15 second spots, shows a man sitting sadly, alone on a park bench. One person, then another and then a crowd of people approach him, extending their hands—causing him to rise.

“When depression meets hope, everything can change,” says the voiceover. “Give someone who struggles the help they desperately need.”

The second spot, titled “Peace and Quiet“, available in 60 and 30 second spots, shows a young woman crying and hearing voices during an episode of schizophrenia. Her mother enters the room, followed by many other people, moving to comfort her, as the voiceover delivers a similar tag line.

“Every time a person gives time, energy or support or shares a personal story about a mental condition, there is a ripple effect that we like to call The NAMI Effect,” said NAMI Communications Director Katrina Gay.

“Everyone can make a difference in the lives of others.”

“Hope starts with everyone,” she declared.

“Be part of the NAMI Effect.”

The Dallas advertising agency 31,000 Feet donated services for creating and producing the PSAs, which were filmed in March 2015. About 100 NAMI volunteers participated in the making of “A Brighter Day,” which was filmed on a rainy, but still exuberant day. NAMI has posted a six minute “behind the scenes”  video of the making of “A Brighter Day” on its PSA website page.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.



SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness

2015 Family To Family Refresher Course NAMI CCNS

Family to Family Refresher Class, Two – 4 week sessions, Oct – Nov

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NAMI CCNS will offer two four-week refresher courses to only alumni of the NAMI signature courses mentioned above. As many of you were empowered in the past by the Family to Family and/or Basics courses, we know a refresher of this invaluable information will be very helpful.

The class will review Crisis, Empathy, Problem Solving, Communication, and Recovery, plus offer the support of being with people just like you.

Tuesday evenings, Oct 6 – Oct 27, or

Tuesday evenings, Nov 3 – Dec 1 (off Nov 24)

7:00-9:30 pm,

at New Trier Northfield High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield

Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call 847-716-2252

Commitment to attend the 4 classes is required

If you are not an alumni, and are interested in the Family to Family or the Basics Parenting class, please contact the NAMI CCNS office at 847-716-2252 for more information.

Please call Fay Anderson for more information:  847-716-2252 or fanderson@namiccns.org or use our CLASS INQUIRY FORM

Family to Family NAMI CCNS class

Family to Family (of Adults) Class – Fall

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Family to Family NAMI CCNS class

Please call Fay Anderson for more information:  847-716-2252 or fanderson@namiccns.org or use our CLASS INQUIRY FORM

Family to Family Classes

Class 1 – Introduction To Family to Family Education
The first class is used to introduce the Co-Trainers and welcome the class attendees. An overview of the 12 week course is also provided. The first day focuses on the course curriculum, our emotional reactions to mental illness, getting to know each other, our personal belief systems, our personal goals and general understanding of illness symptoms as outlined.

Class 2 – The 3 Major Mental Illnesses/Critical Periods
In the second class, the format will change slightly to begin with a lecture on the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar and schizoaffective disorder. The talk will particularly focus the manic phase of bipolar disorder, psychosis, the process of diagnosis, stigma, myths versus the real risks of mental disorders, and dealing with critical periods in mental illness. The format follows seven immediate questions surrounding these critical periods.

Class 3 – Types and Subtypes of Mood Disorders
In the third class, the group will review mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The symptoms and diagnosis of the various forms of depression are discussed, as well as those of anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The class also learns about the evolution of recognition for these diseases, including the challenges to diagnosis, the relapsing nature of the disorders, and how treatment relates to diagnosis. The class will also learn about overlaps between diagnosis and borderline personality disorder, as well as the significant issue of dual diagnosis and the complications of addiction. The group will also discuss their personal experiences.

Class 4 – Basics About the Brain
The fourth class mixes lectures and discussion about the basics of brain research and how the brain functions with mental illness. The surge in new information from research on the complex biology of the brain has presented discovery after discovery on the physical basis of mental disorders and theories on the edge of new research. The class will also learn and discuss the genetic side of brain disorders, the time of greatest conflict in the stages of consumer recovery and stages of family emotional response, and an overview of the recuperation process.

Class 5 – Problem Solving Workshop
The fifth class focuses takes the problem statement, completed in Class 4, through the Problem Solving Skills Workshop. This Workshop will present structure for the problem pile-up that often occurs in families living with mental illness. Participants will simplify and define the single most important problem, evaluate and use different solution strategies, and set appropriate limits.

Class 6 – Medication Review: Basic Psychopharmacology of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia & Key Treatment Issues
The sixth class will return to a feast of information, this time about medications. After establishing the ground rules, the group will learn about and discuss the medication process from molecular level to side effects and helping our loved ones stay on target with regimen adherence. The participants will also learn how to recognize early warning signs of relapse and gain a sense of what our family member is experiencing as they begin treatment.

Class 7 – Inside Mental Illness: Empathy Workshop
In the seventh class, the group will learn more about the perspective, trauma and demoralization experienced by the person living with mental illness. The group will explore two case histories, stories of people with brain disorders and how they adjust and react to this vast alteration of their life circumstances and expectations. Participants will explore how illness relates to self-regard and learn guidelines to help families help their relatives maintain self-esteem and confidence.

Class 8 – Communication Skills Workshop
In the eighth class will focus on improved communication skills with a family member whose illness can inhibit the processing of information as well as family members who are uncertain of how to proceed with emotional expression. The group will learn more about how their family member may be organizing complex ideas and how to exchange emotional information in a more constructive way, as well as practice these methods in a group exercise. This will help family members connect to the person “behind the symptoms”.

Class 9 – Relative Groups/Self-Care
The ninth class serves to introduce ways to care for the self while taking on the responsibility for care of a relative with a mental disorder, particularly when there is so little social and public support for this kind of family crisis. Participants will discuss both the practical and emotional burdens of coping with these types of diseases, overcoming guilt and shame about our feelings regarding our new role in the family. Frankness and honesty are encouraged as the participants meet in small subgroups to share their feelings. The entire group will then discuss ways to achieve a balance between caring for our ill relative while living our own lives as fully as possible.

Class 10 – Recovery & Rehabilitation
The tenth class introduces the new realities of recovery and rehabilitation in mental illness, a change in future possibilities in the lives of our ill loved ones that did not seem possible until ten years ago. The class will also discuss the current system of support, both socially and in terms of community resources, and how to find assistance and advocate for the creation of the best rehabilitation programs. There will also be a one hour special presentation by a visiting speaker.

Class 11 – Advocacy
The eleventh class brings facts about stigma, public misinformation, and social services failures surrounding mental illness. The group will learn more about NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America and other campaigns to fight discrimination and demand better services for people with brain disorders. A class discussion will focus on the real need for advocacy and what each individual can do to improve public treatment of mental illness in each community.

Class 12 – Certification & Celebration
The twelfth and final class presents certification of completion of the Family to Family Course. The participants will evaluate their experience and also learn more about local support groups. Last but not least, a celebration of new knowledge and support, as well as a last moment of sharing before the close of the course.