Tell the General Assembly to Choose Revenue Not Cuts
Please join with us to show your support for mental health and mental health funding!
To learn more check out our recently released White Paper: Making the Case for Funding and Supporting Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Illinois
NAMI Chicago’s White Paper looks at the condition of the public health system in Illinois and puts forth recommendations for how the residents of Illinois can be better served through an evidenced based and fiscally responsible system of care.
Advocacy is an important part of both the history of NAMI Chicago and our current activities. Our advocacy efforts, today as in the past, are focused on decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Stigma is the single largest problem in the wide array of issues associated with mental illness. Societal, cultural, familial, personal ignorance, and fear fuel and perpetuate the misunderstanding. Self-stigma, blaming oneself for the illness, deters help-seeking for both individuals living with mental illness and their family members.
We strive to empower individuals living with a mental illness and family members in their recovery journeys by teaching them how to overcome self-stigma and to advocate effectively for themselves. Educating individuals living with a mental illness and family members about the facts about mental illnesses, their rights, and available services, enhances their ability to access quality services.
Efforts to educate the broader community include an annual mental health rally, meeting with local legislators about support for mental health related legislation, and providing consultation and/or speakers for a broad array of community agencies and organizations. We also partner with a variety of coalitions to help bring about favorable public policies, and actively participate in the Mental Health Summit, a collaboration of mental health organizations from across the state of Illinois and the Responsible Budget Coalition.
More information about current advocacy opportunities in Illinois is available on the Mental Health Summit website.