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    6 Ways You Can Help a Loved One on Their Healing Journey

    By Shainna Ali | Mar. 02, 2018 Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help. However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental

    Playing the Victim

    Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler   In 2013 my life changed forever in a big way.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. The rollercoaster ride lasted for two years with 6 hospital stays.  I have now been in recovery since 2015.   “Playing the victim” is my first post because it is one of the first concepts I had to shed away for my recovery of Bipolar mania & depression.  When my therapist first talked to

    Self-Help Techniques for Coping with Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018 Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay. Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other

    Some good news from Barrington

    By: Hugh Brady On Thursday evening, April 5, 110 fired up NAMIans gathered at the Barrington library for a legislative town hall / forum on mental health issues. The evening kicked off with Jeanne Ang, Director of Community Heath for Advocate Health Care and Dr. Manorama M. Khare, PhD, Research Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine presenting the latest Community Health Needs Assessment Research Results for the Barrington Area. Click here to read the

    A Diagnosis of Mental Illness Need Not End a College Career

    By Marjorie Baldwin | Mar. 19, 2018 A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis. My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I

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