Have you filled out your 2020 U.S. Census? Completing your U.S. Census helps insure that your area gets all the federal funds that would be allotted based on the Census reporting. It’s so important that all of us actively participate in this very important part of being a U.S. citizen.
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 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. 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 have been informed that ICC has decided to not allow any outside groups to meet at their locations the remainder of 2020. We are currently seeking new locations for our meetings and will do out best to keep you posted. 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 pandemic, all programs and events have been cancelled through the end of September. 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.
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.
State Wide Calls: VISIONS FOR OURSELVES:
Check out the flyer below and pick an option or do all of them.
Well Beings! In this edition we call your attention to Well Beings, a program launched by WETA, a Washington, DC PBS station. It’s a media even to urge the country toward a more thoughtful conversation about mental health. More information on this in the newsletter.
COVID 19 RESOURCE GUIDE: Nami has published a 24 page booklet to help navigate the pandemic. Please read about that at:
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.