The Cook County North Suburban arm of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will focus its 2018 Gala on what can be done to help military service members, veterans, and their families cope with a mental health condition. Just because service members make it home does not mean that their battle is over:
- 25 percent of current military service members have signs of a mental health condition.
- 14 percent of individuals deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 14 percent have major depression, and 19 percent have experienced a probable traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Only about half of service members who need treatment for a mental health condition seek treatment, and only about half of them receive adequate treatment.
- 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
- Spouses of those with multiple or prolonged deployments have a greater risk of a mental health condition. Children have more emotional difficulties.
WHAT NAMI -Cook County/North Suburban CAN DO TO HELP (WITH YOUR SUPPORT)
NAMI CCNS is uniquely positioned to help military service members, veterans, and their family members. We plan to:
- Offer an educational program (NAMI Homefront) at no charge. This program teaches participants how to recognize the signs of a mental health condition, break down the stigma against seeking help, manage a crisis, and obtain federal, state, and local support. Just as importantly, it teaches family members, caregivers, and friends how to care for themselves while helping their loved one.
- Increase offerings of our STABLE-ity program, which offers equine-facilitated psychotherapy in partnership with the Equestrian Connection.
- Work to offer a support group led by a qualified psychologist and a NAMI CCNS-trained veteran.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help military service members, veterans, and their families by attending, sponsoring, and/or donating an auction item to our Gala on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.
Money raised at the Gala not only will be used to help NAMI CCNS support our military service members, veterans, and their families but also will be used to continue our other support groups and courses (including such nationally recognized courses as Family-to-Familyand NAMI Basics) and increase course offerings in languages other than English.
Speakers included will be
- Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, former Undersecretaryof the Army and former Congressman
- Director Erica Jeffries, Illinois Dept. of Veterans affairs
- Mrs. Amy Miner, wife of a veteran
Submitted by National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban. The mission of NAMI Cook County North Suburban is to improve the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and those who love and care for them through education, support and advocacy. For tickets go to www.namiccns.org.