Mary Brokaw, President of NAMI-Sauk Area and Tracy Brooks, NAMI board member and family support group facilitator, will discuss the history and decline of mental health systems in the U.S. and consequent adverse effects on the mentally ill, their families, and society. They will explain the many barriers to treatment and changes needed to provide effective treatment.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Although 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health condition, only 40% receive mental health services. In addition to diminished quality of life, the economic cost is nearly $190 billion in lost earnings every year. Law enforcement agencies have become de facto first responders and Illinois HB0375 was recently enacted to provide training for mental health awareness and response. The League of Women Voters will host this presentation which is open to the public. Come and learn how we can become advocates for mental health services in our area.
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