How NAMI CCNS in Chicago’S North Suburbs is Changing Lives for the Better: A Must-See Video
May 4, 2023
NAMI CCNS is uniquely positioned to serve the mental health needs of the Chicago North Shore community and suburbs. As a branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI CCNS has access to a vast network of resources and support that allows them to provide exceptional care to...
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS – COOK COUNTY NORTH SUBURBAN ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
December 15, 2022
The Cook County North Suburban Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (“NAMI CCNS”) has announced a new Executive Director and a new Program Director to lead the organization in its mission to assist individuals and families coping with mental illness. Jeffrey Rabin was appointed as Executive Director of NAMI CCNS...
2022 NAMI Annual Appeal
November 13, 2022
2022 is coming to a close, and what a year it’s been! We’re excited to offer many of our classes and events in person, and it’s been a delight to connect with friends old and new. At NAMI CCNS, helping others is not just a duty, but a calling; and...
Health officials preparing to broaden the reach of a national mental-health crisis line are working to strengthen an overstretched network of call centers that didn’t connect with about one in six callers in recent years, a Wall Street Journal data review showed. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will transition on...
When Parents Report a Child to Avert a Shooting | Troubling behavior leads to difficult decision
July 14, 2022
SPENCER, Okla. — Even on the day Alania Vasquez reported her 14-year-old son to police, the enormity of the decision hadn’t fully hit her. She told an officer who came to her apartment that she believed her son would hurt people, likely at a school. He had a growing obsession...
2021 Annual Appeal
December 2, 2021
Dear Friends, What a year! With all that’s happening in the world, it’s important more than ever to remember what matters most. At NAMI CCNS, we’ve been busy as usual—educating the community through presentations, helping callers on our Warm Line, hosting dozens of community education events on a broad range...
To The Left & Right with John Silva – One Marine’s Story of Tragedy & Triumph – Veterans Support Group
November 9, 2021
Nothing ever truly prepares a person for combat or the hardships of military life. Soldiers quickly learn that they need each other more than anything! They fight for each other and die for each other. Bonds solidify and men stand side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder. Soldiers survive because of these bonds in...
Exercising Your Mental Health | Long Term COVID Bug
September 2, 2021
Incredibly, we’re approaching the Two Year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic (it did start about this time two years ago), which forced many of us to retreat to our homes for long-term social isolation. Not surprisingly, our collective mental health is the worse for the wear because of it. Therapists...
How Mental Health Support Groups Can Encourage You in the Journey
January 27, 2021
National Alliance on Mental Illness Support groups bring together people who are experiencing — or have experienced — similar challenges or experiences. Examples include: bereavement, caregiving, cancer diagnoses, or mental health issues in loved ones. Like a bridge between participants’ shared challenges and resulting emotional health, support groups offer emotional...
COVID-19 PTSD | Concerns and Rock Solid Treatments in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
November 12, 2020
COVID-19 is affecting everyone. It has become a health crisis that threatens our physical and psychological well-being. Even if we’re lucky enough to steer clear of the disease, we’re nonetheless socially distanced, our work may have dried up or completely changed, businesses around us are closing, and our children are...
Suicide Prevention Awareness | Top 5 Suicide Questions Answered
September 29, 2020
There are many questions we ask ourselves about suicide. The biggest question for families and loved ones left behind by someone who commits suicide is always, “WHY?” Why would they do that? How could I have prevented it? The only real way to prevent it is to learn more and...
Top Expert Tips | Eating Disorders Among Youth During COVID-19
August 20, 2020
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
August 7, 2020
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...
Surge in Veteran’s Mental Health Needs
July 1, 2020
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...
Getting The Most Out Of Online Therapy
May 31, 2020
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...