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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

2017 namiccns dual solutions

Dual Solutions | Co-occurring Mental Health and Addiction Issues

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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 advocacy #mentalhealthmonth #AHCA

Advocacy Alert: Congress decimating #mentalhealth care in #MentalHealthMonth

2017 NAMI CCNS Advocacy Alert #mentalhealthmonth #keepwhatworks

May is Mental Health Month and how is Congress celebrating? By trying to decimate mental health coverage in America.

This week, there is a vote expected in the House on the amended American Health Care Act (AHCA). If this bill passes, millions of Americans will lose mental health coverage or be charged moresimply because they have a mental health condition.

Tell Congress to VOTE NO on the AHCA.

How does Congress’ health care bill affect mental health?

  • The AHCA will strip over $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, forcing states to slash mental health services.
  • 24 million Americans will lose insurance for mental health care.
  • Allows states to:
    • Drop coverage of mental health and substance use (one of the essential health benefits) from insurance plans
    • Charge people higher premiums if they have a pre-existing condition, like depression or anxiety.
    • Create high-risk pools, which are another way of charging people with mental illness more money and providing less coverage



HONEST, OPEN, PROUD Coming May 25-June 8, 2017

HONEST, OPEN, PROUD Coming May 25-June 8, 2017

*NOTE: this program has been cancelled

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Do you live with a mental illness and worry about keeping it a secret or telling others?

Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) is a program that helps people make decisions about disclosing their mental health challenges. It’s a safe space to talk about all the questions, concerns or experiences you have with telling your story. HOP is a peer run program for people living with mental illness. Each session is two hours long and includes group discussions, worksheets and practice exercises.

This free 3-week session will meet at the following times:
Thursday, May 25, 2 – 4 pm
Thursday, June 1, 2 – 4 pm
Thursday, June 8, 2 – 4 pm

Location: Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, 8324 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL

Space is limited. If you’re interested in attending please contact Fay Anderson at (847) 716-2252 or fanderson@namiccns.org

How does self-disclosure reduce self-stigma?

Self-stigma is when people internalize prejudice attitudes from the public by agreeing with stereotypes and applying them to themselves; it can hurt self-esteem and your health. Self-stigma can worsen symptoms, decrease functioning, and keep people from getting the help they need. Keeping mental illness closeted can lead to more shame! Research shows those who talk about their mental illness feel more empowered and have better self-esteem and confidence to achieve their goals. Talking about your story also reduces public stigma by challenging stereotypes and prejudice through engagement with the public and people with lived experience.

Honest, Open, Proud consists of three weekly sessions that cover the following topics:

• Considering the pros and cons of disclosing
• Goals of disclosing in different settings
• How to test a person for safe disclosure
• Strategies for self-disclosure
• How others may respond to your disclosure
• Practice telling your story
• Using peer support

Contact: Fay Anderson Office Administrator Resource Specialist fanderson@namiccns.org