Lake County's Voice On Mental Illness
Mental Illness is a reaction to stress that often impacts you in every part of your life. You can be paralyzed to act with depression or uncomfortably manic in ways that disrupt your sleep and affect every aspect of your life. Changes happen biochemically under stressors that really hurt you. There is usually a stressor but genetics and your environment interact create behaviors that get progressively worse across time without some intervention. That recovery process will be unique to you.
Mental Health difficulties can impact people for short periods, episodically across time, or chronically across time. Stress symptoms may include depression, mania, trouble breathing, trouble sleeping, hearing strange voices, or seeing things. It can frighten you and everyone around you.
Some people need medication. Many people do not. Everyone benefits by learning about stress reactions. NAMI offers education classes, ongoing support classes, and current research at the local, state, and national level.
Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy. There's no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.
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Warmlines are places to call and talk to experienced Peer Counselors who are far along in their recovery and can offer hope, secrets to their success, and be someone to talk to. Here is a list of them from across the country.
NAMI Hearts+Minds courses will offer education and resources to help participants better manage mental and physical health conditions, medications, and how to use nutrition and physical activity as a treatment tool. Upcoming events include dedicated NAMI Ask the Expert webinars, as well as peer wellness initiatives.
NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement (SYSLE) is a presentation program that prepares individuals and family members to share their stories of lived experience with mental illness to a law enforcement audience, such as during Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, or other events where mental illness and related topics are featured.
is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos.
is an ongoing support group for people with mental health conditions. Groups meet weekly, every other week or monthly, depending on location. This program is also available in Spanish, NAMI Conexión. Find the NAMI Connection support group nearest you
Once you are doing well, you may have the ability to explain to other persons, other families, other people, and even State Legislators about the importance of getting help to individuals and their families coping with stress and creating helpful responses to people experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. You can t
Once you are doing well, you may have the ability to explain to other persons, other families, other people, and even State Legislators about the importance of getting help to individuals and their families coping with stress and creating helpful responses to people experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. You can teach people that recovery is a slow but hopeful process and that individuals live in the community and successfully managing their illness. You can help other learn to identify the illness, get the support they need, and to assist any family member in creating a supportive community for all.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.