To our local Tri-county NAMI and Mental Health Community: As you are aware, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker mandated a statewide Stay-at-Home order on Saturday, March 21st to run through May 30th as an attempt to flatten the curve on the spread of the Coronavirus known as COVID-19. Below are some very helpful links to help all of us know more about this virus and NAMI’s position on how we are getting information and help out there.
Click here for NAMI’s COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide: Questions and Answers
You may also download the PDF for these questions and answers from the opened link.
ONLINE NAMI ILLINOIS SUPPORT GROUPS: Since we can’t meet locally due to the virus, NAMI Illinois is sponsoring online support groups via a registration process and link. NAMI Illinois is offering 4 different ones, meeting weekly or every other week, and has just posted their schedule for June. Everyone is invited until each group fills up. The most newly added group is one for frontline workers, those in healthcare or any situation in which you are exposed to many people daily.
We hope to be able to hold in person meetings again in August, so please watch for more details in Mid-July. In the meantime, please stay safe!
More information from the Centers for Disease Control: COVID-19
If you are in a crisis please text the word N-A-M-I to 741741 for help.
Attention: Due to precautions over the Coronavirus outbreak, all programs and events have been cancelled through the end of July. We will update you on this situation as things change. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your support of NAMI and NAMI Tri-County Illinois. Stay safe!
Our lives have been very different lately, as we’ve made efforts to stay at home as we’ve been directed, changed habits, learned to meet needs differently.
A couple weeks ago we let you know that we wouldn’t meet for the rest of March and April. We’re extending that cancellation through the month of July.
In the mean time, NAMI Illinois has established a new plan for holding support groups on line. They won’t be specific to our Tri-County area and will require preregistration by 4:30 on the day of the meeting and the use of Zoom. The web page explains.
The online NAMI Family Support Groups and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups begin this week:
Feel free to call our information line at 309-693-0541 see additional information on our website at www.namitri-countyillinois.org or FaceBook: Nami Tri-County IL. Wishing you healthy bodies and healthy minds during this unusual time.
POSTPONED: NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY CLASS: MARCH 2nd. New 8 week format, formerly 12 weeks. This is our signature program, taught all across the U.S. for family members, friends and loved ones to help them understand and gain knowledge about mental illnesses. This program teaches support skills for them and their loved ones and also helps in maintaining their own well-being. Please call 309-360-6972 or 309-693-0541 to learn more. This class is FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is required.
POSTPONED: Basics Education Program:Please call to register for the next class. This six week course is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. Basics is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own kids and have received training to teach this course. Call 309-251-5830 or 309-693-0541. The class is FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is required.
POSTPONED: Education Meetings: First Thursday of Most Months: 7pm to 8:30pm, ICC North, Poplar Hall, Room 127
POSTPONED: Monthly Support Groups, The 3rd Thursday each month, at 7pm ICC Peoria Campus Poplar Hall Connection: for people living with a mental health challenge, meets in Poplar 132 Family: for family members, close friends, meets in Poplar 132
State Wide Calls: VISIONS FOR OURSELVES:
Check out the flyer below and pick an option or do all of them.
Great articles: Coping in Difficult Times and a letter from our affilate’s president, Beth Lawrence on this new normal we’re living in. We’re all trying to find our way in this situation, while remaining positive, knowing that it will pass, but in the meantime it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with social isolation. We all learn to cope with situations differently and we are here for you!
Annual election of our NAMI Officers: June 6th, 2019 at our monthly education meeting. Also in this issue: HOW DOES CULTURE AFFECT MENTAL HEALTH? It’s a great write-up!
AND mark your calendar’s for our annual fundraiser featuring PhanieRae & the Soul Shakers. Instead of our annual Pork Chop Fest or Hog Roast. we are partnering with the 5th Quarter in East Peoria. Saturday, September 21st. 7 to 10pm. They have a great local following and they are a great soulful band.
In the newest edition of our Family Forum Newsletter we focus on Bipolar Disorder, Fact vs. Myth. Also be sure to read about Illinois’ Recovery & Empowerment Calls on page 5. It’s a great tool for those living with a mental health condition and receiving mental health services. You can read it in the newsletter or from our homepage, click on: ILLINOIS RECOVERY & EMPOWERMENT CALLS.
To read and or download the newsletter, click on: NTCI Mar –