Mental illness group offers education, support

Mental illness group offers education, support

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a basic education program in Rantoul and a new support group in Tuscola.

The free, six-week basic education program is for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illnesses, and free child care is available. It will be offered on Friday evenings, beginning Feb. 7, from 6:30-9 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul.

Register by Jan. 31 by calling instructors Violet and Troy Wheat at 217-893-2572.

A new free NAMI family support group will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting Jan. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie, Tuscola.

More information is at

Classes will cover coping skills, medication use, communication skills, problem solving and record keeping and information about a variety of mental disorders, according to NAMI.

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Nochilddrugging wrote on January 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm


Parents are being mislead by a multi billion-dollar a year child drugging industry that a diagnoses of “mental disorder” (ADHD, Bi-Polar, Social Anxiety Disorder) are medical diseases or illnesses. This is a fraud. No child has a brain scan, blood test, X-Ray or any evidence of physical abnormality to verify they are “ill” or “diseased.”

Yet NAMI continues to pound the public with misleading and fraudulent statements that these so called mental disorders are biochemical or neurological conditions. That is false. They are simply a list of behaviors that psychiatrists vote into existence and insert into their billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This has led to well over 8 million children in the U.S. taking mind-altering psychiatric drugs.


In 2004, NAMI opposed the placement of "black box" warnings on antidepressants determined to cause suicide in under-18 year olds, and in 2006 opposed black box warnings on ADHD drugs causing heart attack, stroke and sudden death in children in 2006. Despite overwhelming evidence of serious adverse cardiac events and sudden deaths caused by ADHD drugs, in 2006 NAMI took the position that the “black box” warning on ADHD drugs was “premature.”


Lilly donated at least $3 million to NAMI. For its part, NAMI promotes the increased use of psychotropic drugs,, and even lobbies for laws allowing mental patients to be forced to take antipsychotic drugs. The drugs most often prescribed for involuntary patients -- Janssen's Risperdal (risperidone) and Lilly's Zyprexa (olanzapine) -- cause debilitating, indeed, lethal effects. NAMI's failure to inform its constituents about the danger these drugs pose for patients, and its continued aggressive promotion of these drugs despite the evidence, may be viewed as confirmation that NAMI is an extension of Lilly's marketing department."