A support group is a gathering of people facing common issues to share what's troubling them. Through the sharing of experiences, they're able to offer support, encouragement, and comfort to the other group members, and receive the same in return.
Read some common questions regarding mental health below.
What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
How do I find a therapist?
Call 311 or visit www.psychologytoday.com/us to find a therapist that is best for you. You can also call NAMI Chicago at 833-626-4244 to speak to someone who can connect you to the resources you need.
Is mental illness common?
Mental illness is far more widespread than most people realize. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), 1 in 5 Americans – 43.8 million, or 18.5%, experience mental illness in a given year. On top of that,1 in 25 American adults will experience a serious mental illness that significantly interferes with or limits one or more major life activity.
How do I talk to my family and friends about my mental health?
Talking about mental health can be very difficult, even with someone close to you. Mental health has been stigmatized for generations as something we shouldn't be talking about but we should be able to open up and share our battles with those closest to us. Liberate yourself and speak about your feelings. If you need help explaining the way you feel, click here.
Engage Your Mind
Activities for All Ages
It is proven that activities can help you get through some not so good times. Here you’ll find some activities that engage men, women, and children in learning more about feelings, emotions, coping skills, resilience/safety plans, writing prompts, and so much more. Engage your mind.
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