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 those in need. Additionally, NAMI CCNS has a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing the Chicago North Shore community and suburbs, which allows them to tailor their programs and services to meet the specific needs of the people they serve.
Personal Experience with NAMI
Many individuals and families have experienced the incredible support and resources offered by NAMI CCNS. One such family member shared her personal experience:
“I first became involved with NAMI when my husband and I were totally desperate. One of our sons had had a psychotic break. We didn’t know which way to turn and we went to a NAMI play. It was a fundraiser and met the most wonderful people. And from then on, I felt like we were loved and cared for, and they helped us find the right resources.”
“It’s a very if you can say, positive experience. It was like night and day. Having someone there that it was trained to. It’s trained to work with someone with mental illness.”
This firsthand account highlights the tremendous impact NAMI CCNS has on the lives of those in the community. Through their compassionate support and expertise, individuals and families can find hope and healing on their journey towards recovery.
Free Programs and Services
NAMI CCNS offers a wide range of free programs and services to support the mental health needs of individuals and families in the community. These include:
- Classes for family members who have a loved one with a diagnosis
- Support groups for family members who have a loved one with a diagnosis
- Support groups for individuals who are living in recovery with a diagnosis
These programs provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, share resources and information, and learn strategies for managing mental health challenges.
Community Education Programs
In addition to their support programs, NAMI CCNS also offers a variety of community education programs to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. These programs are free and open to the public and cover a range of topics, including:
- Mental health first aid
- Crisis intervention training
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicide prevention
By providing education and resources to the broader community, NAMI CCNS is working towards creating a more informed and compassionate society that supports the mental health and wellbeing of all individuals.
The Prevalence of Mental Illness
The prevalence of mental illness in the United States has been steadily increasing over the years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. That’s nearly 50 million people.
Given the prevalence of mental illness, it’s more important than ever to have accessible and effective resources available to those in need. NAMI CCNS is dedicated