• Aug2020

    Although the moniker ‘eating disorder’ specifically mentions eating, eating disorders are about far more than food; they are a range of psychological conditions that result in unhealthy eating habits. Eating disorders are surprisingly prevalent; in the U.S. alone, 20 million women and 10 million men are estimated to have suffered...

  • The social isolation effects on mental health are being seen all over the world!  In most parts of the country, we’re living under conditions that we have never experienced before. For the first time in our lives, we’ve been sheltering in place for almost four months now, with an uncertain...

  • Jul2020

    Mental health providers and the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical staff have kept thousands of veterans in treatment through telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the pandemic’s social isolation drags on, and job losses keep piling up, leaving financial crises in their wake, the mental health fallout is...

  • May2020

    Perhaps you’re considering online mental health therapy, but are wondering if it is as powerful as in-person therapy. During our current time of social distancing because of COVID-19, even many clinicians who normally only conduct in-person therapy have switched to online formats. Meeting online can offer better appointment availability, since...

  • The current pandemic is affecting just about everyone. We’ve been separated from friends and loved ones, disconnected from many of our favorite activities, and become full-time remote employees and homeschool coaches. Many people have lost their jobs altogether, and some have lost their businesses or are in the process of...

  • I am an American Soldier. On the battlefield, there are two fronts that we encounter: There is the actual battlefield and then there is life after our DD214 and discharge. Where do we go when we’ve stood in our last formation, when there’s no battle buddy to lean on? This...

  • A few days ago, my attorney sent all of his clients a link to his recent interview with ABC National News, in which he discussed that he and other lawyers across the country foresee a surge in divorces once we’re out of lockdown. With many courts presently closed or operating...

  • If you’re in the difficult position of caring for a loved one with mental illness during the COVID-19 epidemic, when is it time to involve law enforcement? With many of us under lockdown orders, actively sheltering in place — and those of us who aren’t in lock-down still practicing intensive...

  • Many of us are now working at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and practice effective social distancing. The health and wellness of employees, customers and other stakeholders are employers’ top priority, so many of us are deployed using a remote work plan. While some industries have used flexible...

  • Apr2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed so many aspects of our lives. We’re not just worried about higher-order needs now – the temporary loss of shared restaurant meals, professional sporting events, spring break travel with families – but we’re worried about basic needs, like our jobs, our income, the survival...

  • If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text: TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and...

  • Susan Ockerlund July 20, 1952 - April 10, 2020 To Our NAMI CCNS FamilyIt is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our long time development director, Sue Ockerlund, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 10, 2020 Sue spent the past eight years at NAMI...

  • Selecting the right mental health treatment center or facility is a major life decision. Deciding to physically go in and spend precious time and leave your life behind to improve your overall well-being is huge. Even if it’s a few hours a week with a therapy group, it’s still a...

  • You may have seen the article ‘Dropping in Uninvited” in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune Business section, describing instances of ‘zoom-bombing’. Indeed, if you’re one of the many remote business leaders or managers using Zoom as your networking tool, you’ll want to know about this new form of hacking – and be...

  • Insomnia can be a major disruption in your life, let alone what’s going on around us with the coronavirus.  Without adequate sleep, you can’t function properly throughout the day and it makes it more difficult to fight sicknesses. You can get moody, depressed, and perform poorly in school and work....