Roadmap to Wellness

February 11, 2019

If we want to really advance change in Chicago's mental health system, we have to think bigger.

Over the last few years, there have been important discussions in Chicago around mental health and trauma support, advanced training, and stigma reduction for mental health. These are important steps, but they are only a beginning.

NAMI Chicago and our partners have produced a Roadmap to Wellness to lay out our vision for a vibrant, well city. This report, released in the midst of Chicago’s 2019 municipal elections, calls for the City Council and the next mayor to make mental health a priority. It reframes mental health care as primary health care, and connects it to many of Chicago’s other key issues including housing, employment, violence and education. 

The Roadmap to Wellness has received significant sign-on support in 2019, including the organizations and entities that follow. 

Children’s Home & Aid
Cook County Sheriff's Office
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Heartland Alliance
Illinois Association for Behavioral Health
Illinois Collaboration on Youth
Illinois Psychiatric Society
John Howard Association
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)
MADO Healthcare
Mental Health America of Illinois
NAMI Illinois
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter
Psychotherapy Action Network
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
The Kennedy Forum Illinois
The Mental Health Summit
Village of Niles

To sign on or for more information, contact Jen McGowan-Tomke, Associate Director.

Read the press release here.