NAMI CCNS
2017 namiccns dual solutions

Introducing a new program… Dual Solutions

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2017 namiccns dual solutions

NAMI CCNS and Maine Township Recovery Connection
in collaboration with Chicago Behavioral Hospital Present…

Introducing a new program… Dual Solutions

Our group focuses on 18-32 year olds experiencing co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. We provide a free, peer-led support group helping each other stay in recovery from mental health issues and substance abuse.

Program starts Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Meets every Thursday from 6-7:30pm
Chicago Behavioral Hospital
555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Meeting entrance in back of hospital, follow parking lot to rear entrance.

Contact Kara Moonan with questions 1 (847) 224-9740

 

2017 NAMI CCNS Basics Fall

2017 Fall – Basics for Parents (of Children & Adolescents) Class

*Note: Summer Basics cancelled. Please sign up for Fall.

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Do You Have a Child
with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties?

NAMI Basics for Parents Class provides Education and Support for You, Your Family, and Your Child

FREE, six week course offered for parents or family caregivers of school-age children and adolescents with mental health issues.

Classes include:

Understanding the illnesses that are causing the behavioral difficulties
The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis—, anxiety disorders, depression, ADD, ODD, OCD, childhood bipolar disorder, and others
Tools for the toolbox – communication skills, problem solving, crisis preparation, handling challenging behaviors, and the impact on family members
Record keeping and dealing with the systems your child is involved in school, mental health, and juvenile justice
Taught by trained teachers who are also the parents of children with emotional or behavioral difficulties

Fall 2017

Wednesday evenings, 6:30—9:00 pm, Oct 4 – Nov 8,

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

Call 847-716-2252 for info and to register.
Commitment to attend the entire six-week course is required.

 

Participant Perspectives – “This is such a great step-by-step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all.”
“NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office.”

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban
847-716-2252
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Sunday August 27 – Equine Assisted Therapy

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Equine Assisted Therapy for People with Mental Health Conditions

Sunday August 27, 2018 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Equestrian Connection, 600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Demonstrations, instructions, and mounted riding experience.

Equestrian Connection of Lake County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban invite you to experience the benefits of equine therapy. On-the-ground equine therapy incorporates a connection between humans with mental health conditions and highly sensitive animals.

Call Equestrian Connection at 847-615 8696 to register.

Program limited to 20 participants.

To learn more about NAMI CCNS, go to www.namiccns.org

 

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family Fall

2017 Fall Family to Family (of Adults) Class

Here is the Fall 2017 Schedule for Family to Family

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 Fall – 2017     

Tuesday evenings, September 12 – November 28, 6:30 – 9:00 pm,

                At New Trier Northfield High School, 7 N. Happ Rd

               Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  please call 847-716-2252

Commitment to attend the 12 classes is required

Sponsored by NAMI Cook County North Suburban   847-716-2252 Visit us at www.namiccns.org

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family Fall

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

 

Do You Have a Loved One Living with Mental Illness?

NAMI Cook County North Suburban Offers Free

Family to Family Education Programs

Education and Support for Families who have adult relatives with mental illness.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

is a 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness.

This course is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disorders.

Many family members describe this experience as life-changing.  Join the thousands of families, just like yours, who have gained information, understanding, and support.

  Family to Family participants:

  • Learn about family responses to the trauma of mental illness
  • Receive current information on serious mental illnesses
  • Learn about symptoms, medications and side effects
  • Practice problem-solving skills and communication techniques
  • Develop strategies for handling crises and relapses
  • Learn about local community resources and supports
  • Focus on self-care and coping with stress

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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.

2017 NAMI CCNS WRAP

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) class Sept 20 – Nov 8

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WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan is Coming to Park Ridge

 WRAP is an 8 week class to develop plans for daily living.  It was created by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, while she was working on mental health recovery.  WRAP-Wellness Recovery Action Plan focuses on learning to maintain wellness and recovery.

Create your own individual Wellness Toolbox filled with simple, safe ideas to help you stay well even when the going is difficult. Create an action plan for: Daily Maintenance, Triggers, Early Warning Signs and a Crisis Plan.

You will learn tools, skills, techniques and strategies to put a WRAP plan together that works for you.

Adults 18 and over are encouraged to participate. People with any and all types of mental health challenges are welcome.

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm,

Sept 20 – Nov 8, 2017

 Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge

The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call Fay or Moira at NAMI Cook County North Suburban, 847-716-2252 or for more info.

This class is sponsored by NAMI Barrington Area, NAMI Cook County North Suburban, & NAMI Northwest Suburban. The sponsors are local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness.

2017 NAMI CCNS WRAP

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

Sponsor NAMICCNS 5k Walks & Runs! Sunday September 24, 2017

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Register to walk/run HERE!

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN
2017 NAMI CCNS WALK RUN

Sponsorship Letter:

It may surprise you to learn that an average of one of every five of the employees at your company/organization will experience a mental health disorder each year.  In fact, the World Health Organization reports that mental illness is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide.  Most people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lifetime, either personally or through a close family member or friend. Unfortunately, despite the amount of people struggling with mental health related issues, the concept of mental illness is constantly stigmatized, avoided, and disregarded. As a result, those struggling with mental illness do not always receive the resources, support, and advocacy they need and deserve. NAMI CCNS is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness and those who love and care for them to provide just that.

On Sunday, September 24, 2017,(Evanston/Northwestern lakefront 5k walk/run) you have the opportunity to help by participating in our national walk/run. The goal is to raise both money and awareness. The proceeds from the 2017 WALK/RUN including money raised through corporate sponsorship will be used by NAMI CCNS in the following ways:

  • To provide support to people with mental illness and to their families
  • To educate families and those who have a mental illness
  • To advocate for nondiscriminatory and equitable policies at the federal, state, and local level and in the private sector
  • To advocate for improved opportunities for housing, rehabilitation, and meaningful jobs
  • To support research into the causes, systems and treatments of brain disorders
  • To support public education programs designed to help eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding severe mental illness

We urge your organization to sponsor our Walk/RUN not just because of the visibility we can offer, but also because of the support and education NAMI CCNS provides for our community at large at no cost.  With WALK/RUN funding, we hold support groups for those with severe mental illness and their families, teach classes to educate family members, police, and social workers about mental illness, and empower those with severe mental illness to educate the community.

Won’t you please help us meet the many needs of those with mental illness and their families by becoming a Walk sponsor?  NAMI CCNS is requesting a sponsorship for our walk/run 2017.  If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 847-716-2252 or susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Susan Ockerlund
Development Director NAMI CCNS

 

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family REFRESHER Fall

2017 Family to Family Refresher Workshop – Fall

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We invite all Family to Family© Graduates to our
Family Refresher Workshop – only four weeks long!

  • When you started your F2F class, you may have been in crisis and found that processing all the class material was difficult. This class may offer an improved learning experience for you.
  • Get a refresher on the useful information from your Family to Family classes.
  • Improve your communication and problem solving skills.
  • The class will REVIEW empathy, problem solving, communication, dealing with crises, coping with anger and guilt. Plus, it will offer the support of being with other F2F graduates, just like you.
  • Hear steps that worked for families and some success stories

Fall 2017

Four Tuesday evenings, Oct 10, 17, 24, and Nov 7th, (off Oct 31) –   7:00-9:30 pm, at Holy Family of Nazareth, 310 N. River Rd, Des Plaines.

Free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please call 847-716-2252
Commitment to attend all 4 classes is required 

Call Fay or Moira at the NAMI CCNS office at 847-716-2252 for more information or to register.

2017 NAMI CCNS Family to Family REFRESHER Fall

NAMI CCNS AMAZON Smiles fundraiser

Donate to NAMI CCNS with your regular purchases via Amazon Smile!

Direct donations to NAMI CCNS are *always* appreciated, but if you already donate and want to do more…

Do you shop at amazon.com? You can now donate to NAMI Cook County North Suburban every time you make a purchase with amazon. Click through for the link, choose NAMI CCNS, and thank you!

AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shipping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price eligible items to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

You can donate while you shop for others at smile.amazon.com.

Support us when you shop on amazon. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3714540 and Amazon donates to NAMI Cook County North Suburban.

SHOP & DONATE TODAY

 

 

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.

Camaro Club NAMI

Thanks to John Pendola and the Illinois Camaro Car Club

A big thank you goes out to John Pendola and the Illinois Camaro Car Club for the very generous donation of over $1300 to NAMI CCNS .

John Pendola and Sue Ockerlund of National Alliance on Mental Illness

John Pendola (Camaro Club) and Sue Ockerlund (NAMI CCNS)

Camaro Club of Illinois Donation to NAMI

We were able to talk, greet and tell all the Camaro Club enthusiasts all about NAMI CCNS!

John Pendola and Sue Ockerlund are holding a photo of Grant Nelson, who John is supporting via this wonderful opportunity, at the Illinois Camaro Club show.

The event was held on July 22 with over 300 show cars in attendance!

 

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Please tell us how we can best help you.

Your information is kept private. Really private.  We mean it.

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook County North Suburban

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