Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health Conditions Top 5

Top 5 Misunderstood Mental Health Conditions

There’s much stigma attached to mental health and mental illness, so for this year’s “Mental Illness Awareness Week” we are focusing our attention on five mental health conditions in need of better public understanding and stigma-busting:

Mental Health is something that’s not often seen just by simply looking at a person. For this reason, mental illness and mental health conditions are easily misunderstood! We take a look at some of the top mental health conditions that are often misunderstood.

Top 5 Mental Health Conditions You Need to Understand

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Every year during the first week of October, NAMI and affiliates across the country raise awareness of mental health & illness. We educate the public, fight stigma and provide mental health support. And each year, our movement grows stronger.

We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.

Vic Mensa Mental Health

Vic Mensa Wants To Break The Silence On Mental Health In The Black Community

Chicago rapper, Vic Mensa, has recently come forward and opened up about mental health and the issues confronting the African American community when it comes to mental health.

In an interview with Sway, Vic said, “Mental health is something that a lot of people just aren’t ready to talk about, especially in the black community, especially black men. It’s very taboo, it’s very outside of the norm for black men to think it’s okay to see a therapist or anything like that.”

Mental health issues run in my family. I’ve been seeing therapists and psychiatrists since I was 15 years old. When I started taking psychoactive substances, it made it so much easier for me to slip into a dark place. I fell deeper into a depressive and suicidal mindset. Once I started experimenting with drugs, it became a dependence that I felt was necessary for me to be creative, but in actuality, it was the opposite—it was stifling my creativity and restricting my honesty and taking me everywhere but where I needed to be.  – InStyle.com

I’m talking about things that a lot of people maybe don’t feel empowered to talk about. Mental health is something that we don’t speak about in the Black community, it’s something we don’t really speak about in hip-hop and everybody’s dealing with things and you mention ‘psychiatrist’ or ‘therapist’ and people are like ‘I’m not crazy!’ but, honestly, we all crazy and the first step is recognizing that everybody’s different, everybody has their problems and it’s not bad to seek help.


Mental Health Help

Mental health help is accessible and free to all that inquire here at NAMI CCNS (National Alliance on Mental Health) in the Chicago area.  Our new Dual Solutions Program specifically targets 18-32 year olds with co-occurring mental health and addiction problems.

Chester Bennington's Wife

Chester Bennington’s Wife Speaks Out on Mental Health

Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s wife and mother to three of his six children, has released a heartbreaking statement following his tragic death.

One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.


Mental Health Help

Mental health help is accessible and free to all that inquire here at NAMI CCNS (National Alliance on Mental Health) in the Chicago area.  Our new Dual Solutions Program specifically targets 18-32 year olds with co-occurring mental health and addiction problems.

Mental Health Stigma

Madalyn Parker Takes Mental Health Days Off From Work | What Happens Next is Incredible!

Madalyn Parker took a few days off of work for “Mental Health” reasons.  What happened next  amazed the internet!  Her courage is the kind that is eroding the stigma associated with mental health.

Yes, Madalyn Parker took two days off of work for mental health.  One would think that the internet and her boss would have blasted her, but that is quite the opposite.   Mental health is coming to the masses with less stigma attached to it than previously.  Much of that, you could say, is the result of our troops returning from combat abroad.

Her boss, Ben Congleton replied back with the following:

Madalyn Parker Mental Health

Ben Congleton, the CEO of Madalyn Parker’s company, shocked the internet with his response to Madalyn’s “mental health” days off from work.

Ben then took to the internet on Medium to talk about mental health and the stigma attached.  The article is titled, “It’s 2017 and Mental Health is still an issue in the workplace.”

“It’s 2017,” he wrote. “I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 Americans are medicated for mental health.

“It’s 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to offer paid sick leave. Did you know that only 37% of full time employees in the US have paid sick leave?

“It’s 2017. We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let’s get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different.”

We at NAMI CCNS applaud Ben and Madalyn for their courage and commitment to ending the stigma attached to mental illness!

Share Your Story

Most everyone is touched by a mental illness or a mental health issue in their life.  Whether it’s you, friend or family, most everyone has a story.  If you would be so courageous to share, you would be directly impacting the stigma attached to mental illness.  If you would like to share your story, please send an email to: mystory@namiccns.org

If you are in need of assistance with mental illness and mental illness education, please give us a call or email us!  You can also inquire about our mental health & mental illness classes, here.

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2017 namiccns dual diagnosis june19

Public Education Meeting – Dual Diagnosis, current treatment advances

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2017 namiccns dual diagnosis june19

Are you or someone you love
living with mental illness and
substance abuse?

2017 Monday, June 19
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Join NAMI Cook County North Suburban as we explore the topic of Dual Diagnosis and current advances in treatment with experts in the field.

Laura Parise, MD – Psychiatrist / Medical Director, Doreen E. Chapman Center
Sally Thoren, BA, CACD – Executive Director, Gateway Foundation
Tony DeJoseph, PsyD – CEO, Chicago Behavioral Hospital