Kennedy Forum Illinois

Kennedy Forum Illinois The Kennedy Forum Illinois is a broad-based, united campaign to advance mental health and addiction policy, improve access to services, and combat stigma.

Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum in Illinois is working toward lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are considered and treated. OUR VISION: A future where all persons are treated with dignity and receive the person-centered mental and physical care and support they need to thrive and achieve their go

Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum in Illinois is working toward lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are considered and treated. OUR VISION: A future where all persons are treated with dignity and receive the person-centered mental and physical care and support they need to thrive and achieve their go

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09/22/2021

Session announcement! Register for our free 2-day Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental health in the media,” featuring NBC News' Kate Snow, The Carter Center's Kari Cobham, The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's Bruce Shapiro, and Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. https://bit.ly/3n1LOIP #KennedyForum2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental hea...
09/16/2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to be part of the conversation, “Our digital reckoning: A deep-dive into mental health in the media.” The panel discussion, moderated by Mark Ishaug, will feature Kate Snow, Bruce Shapiro, and Kari Cobham, as they unpack the way mental illness and substance use are portrayed in the media, what got us to this critical moment, and the benefits of finally pulling the topic of brain health out of the shadows and into the headlines.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to hear from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, i...
09/09/2021

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to hear from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, in a fireside chat with Andy Cohen. Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of Emmy-Nominated “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

Register now for two (free) virtual sessions, 10/6 & 10/13 from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT that will address the urgent need for more thoughtful, accurate communications about mental health and addiction that can open minds, connect communities, and empower policymakers. Speakers include news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience.

Join us for our Sixth Annual Meeting to hear from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, in a fireside chat with Andy Cohen. Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of Emmy-Nominated “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

Register now for two (free) virtual sessions, 10/6 & 10/13 from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT that will address the urgent need for more thoughtful, accurate communications about mental health and addiction that can open minds, connect communities, and empower policymakers. Speakers include news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience.

New law allows Illinois students to to take five mental health days from school. "Under a bill signed into law by Gov. J...
09/03/2021
Kids In Illinois Will Soon Be Able To Take 5 Mental Health Days From School

New law allows Illinois students to to take five mental health days from school.

"Under a bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month, students who decide to take a mental health day will not be required to provide their school with a doctor's note and will be able to make up any work that was missed on their day off."

Read more>>

https://www.npr.org/sections/back-to-school-live-updates/2021/09/02/1033605650/illinois-children-mental-health-days-schools-coronavirus

Starting in January, students will be allowed to use their five mental health days without needing to provide a doctor's note for their absence.

We are excited to announce that registration is now open to attend our free virtual sessions on October 6th & 13th, from...
09/02/2021

We are excited to announce that registration is now open to attend our free virtual sessions on October 6th & 13th, from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT. Our Words Matter: Harnessing the Power of Communications to Advance Mental Health Equity. The event will bring together people from all walks of life to discuss the power of our words and the way that we portray mental health and substance use in the media.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

During the two day program you will hear from network and cable news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience. Stay tuned for future speaker announcements.

The Kennedy Forum

We are excited to announce that registration is now open to attend our free virtual sessions on October 6th & 13th, from 1-5pm ET/12-4pm CT. Our Words Matter: Harnessing the Power of Communications to Advance Mental Health Equity. The event will bring together people from all walks of life to discuss the power of our words and the way that we portray mental health and substance use in the media.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/OurWordsMatter2021

During the two day program you will hear from network and cable news anchors, movie producers, athletes, authors, journalists, reporters, social media influencers, mental health experts, and people with lived experience. Stay tuned for future speaker announcements.

The Kennedy Forum

ICYMI: Parity progress! Last week, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB2595 into law. The new law will require health plans to...
09/01/2021
Illinois to Require Insurance Coverage for Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders

ICYMI: Parity progress! Last week, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB2595 into law. The new law will require health plans to cover medically necessary mental health and addiction care.
#HealthIsHealth
State Rep Deb Conroy State Senator Laura Fine inseparable

A new law in Illinois will require health insurance coverage of medically necessary services and treatments for mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Advocates say the legislation comes at a critical moment and will help remove obstacles to such care.

Starting soon, join our live virtual program, Back to School: The Mental Health Impact on Students and Education. We go ...
08/30/2021

Starting soon, join our live virtual program, Back to School: The Mental Health Impact on Students and Education. We go live at 2PM ET/1PM CT.

Follow this link to the exclusive Event Website:
https://thekennedyforumlive.org/

Join us Monday, August 30th, at 2pm ET/1pm CT, for a live virtual conversation featuring leaders in education to discuss...
08/28/2021

Join us Monday, August 30th, at 2pm ET/1pm CT, for a live virtual conversation featuring leaders in education to discuss the mental health impact on students and education. Program is free to all.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/TKFI-Spotlight

The program includes:
Patrick Kennedy, Former Congressman (D-RI); Founder, The Kennedy Forum
Susie An, Education Reporter, WBEZ Chicago
Amy Kennedy, Director of Education, The Kennedy Forum
Dr. Janice Beal, Advisor, The Steve Fund
Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Jose M. Torres, Interim CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Teresa Garate, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Gateway Foundation; Board Member, The Kennedy Forum Illinois

#mentalhealth #students #education

The Kennedy Forum Patrick J. Kennedy Amy Kennedy City Colleges of Chicago WBEZ The Steve Fund Chicago Public Schools

“Everyone has mental health, everyone,” said Jennifer Rothman, the senior manager of youth and young adult initiatives a...
08/27/2021
Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School

“Everyone has mental health, everyone,” said Jennifer Rothman, the senior manager of youth and young adult initiatives at NAMI. “Our kids are faced with so many things on a daily basis.”

And that was the case well before Covid-19. The state of children’s mental health has worsened over the last decade.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/23/well/mind/mental-health-day-laws-kids.html

The decline in the mental health of children and adolescents has led to new laws allowing kids to attend to their own self-care.

The Kennedy Forum celebrated the signing of HB2595 into law today by Governor Pritzker. At a time of unprecedented need ...
08/25/2021

The Kennedy Forum celebrated the signing of HB2595 into law today by Governor Pritzker. At a time of unprecedented need for mental healthcare, this legislation represents another important step toward ending discrimination against people with mental health and substance use disorders. It protects patients by ensuring health plans cover medically necessary mental health and addiction treatment and holds them accountable for following nationally recognized clinical standards of care in their coverage determinations.

The Kennedy Forum would like to thank Governor Pritzker for his leadership in ensuring Illinoisans with mental health and substance use disorders are able to access the care they need and are protected against wrongful coverage denials by their health plan. We would also like to thank all of the members of the Illinois General Assembly who so fervently supported this bill in the spring – particularly the bill's chief sponsors, State Senator Laura Fine and State Representative Deb Conroy – who have been relentless champions for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Finally, a special thank you to our partners at Inseparable and all of the community organizations, healthcare providers, and advocates part of the Health is Health coalition who ardently pushed for HB2595 to become law.

inseparable Health is Health Illinois Governor JB Pritzker State Rep Deb Conroy State Senator Laura Fine

Join us Monday, August 30th, at 2pm ET/1pm CT, for a LIVE virtual conversation featuring leaders in education, as we dis...
08/19/2021

Join us Monday, August 30th, at 2pm ET/1pm CT, for a LIVE virtual conversation featuring leaders in education, as we discuss the mental health impact on students and education, and the path forward. This program will be moderated by Susie An, Education Reporter for WBEZ Chicago.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/TKFI-Spotlight

The education system has served millions of students in this country across generations, but never before has there been more uncertainty. The world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the ensuing fallout, and disparities in education were exacerbated during the pandemic. This life-changing event has forever altered the way that we understand education, and it is our responsibility to recognize and support the mental health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, educational institutions, and the communities they serve. We must rise to the challenge as students go back to school.

The program will include:

Patrick Kennedy, Former Congressman (D-RI); Founder, The Kennedy Forum
Susie An, Education Reporter, WBEZ Chicago
Amy Kennedy, Director of Education, The Kennedy Forum
Dr. Janice Beal, Advisor, The Steve Fund
Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Jose M. Torres, Interim CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Teresa Garate, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Gateway Foundation; Board Member, The Kennedy Forum Illinois

#mentalhealth #students #education

The Kennedy Forum Patrick J. Kennedy City Colleges of Chicago Chicago Public Schools WBEZ The Steve Fund Amy Kennedy

Join us Monday, August 30th, at 2pm ET/1pm CT, for a LIVE virtual conversation featuring leaders in education, as we discuss the mental health impact on students and education, and the path forward. This program will be moderated by Susie An, Education Reporter for WBEZ Chicago.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/TKFI-Spotlight

The education system has served millions of students in this country across generations, but never before has there been more uncertainty. The world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the ensuing fallout, and disparities in education were exacerbated during the pandemic. This life-changing event has forever altered the way that we understand education, and it is our responsibility to recognize and support the mental health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, educational institutions, and the communities they serve. We must rise to the challenge as students go back to school.

The program will include:

Patrick Kennedy, Former Congressman (D-RI); Founder, The Kennedy Forum
Susie An, Education Reporter, WBEZ Chicago
Amy Kennedy, Director of Education, The Kennedy Forum
Dr. Janice Beal, Advisor, The Steve Fund
Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Jose M. Torres, Interim CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Teresa Garate, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Gateway Foundation; Board Member, The Kennedy Forum Illinois

#mentalhealth #students #education

The Kennedy Forum Patrick J. Kennedy City Colleges of Chicago Chicago Public Schools WBEZ The Steve Fund Amy Kennedy

"I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s O.K. to not be O.K., and it’s O.K. to talk about it. There are peo...
08/05/2021
Naomi Osaka: 'It's O.K. Not to Be O.K.'

"I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s O.K. to not be O.K., and it’s O.K. to talk about it. There are people who can help, and there is usually light at the end of any tunnel."

Read the full Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ article about her mental health and the importance of speaking up: https://time.com/6077128/naomi-osaka-essay-tokyo-olympics/

'I felt under a great amount of pressure to disclose my symptoms because the press and the tournament did not believe me'

An important watch from Michael Phelps and NBC's Mike Tirico about mental health and how it connects to our overall heal...
08/04/2021
Phelps: The time is now to help athletes struggling with mental health

An important watch from Michael Phelps and NBC's Mike Tirico about mental health and how it connects to our overall health. Phelps continues to lead in the mental health space, and his work to eliminate stigma is second to none.

https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/phelps-time-now-help-athletes-struggling-mental-health-0?chrcontext=WRC

Michael Phelps Foundation

Michael Phelps opens up in an extended conversation with Mike Tirico on the subject of athlete mental health, his own struggles, and what can be done to support others who continue to struggle.

Why mental health care in America is so shoddy
07/31/2021
Why mental health care in America is so shoddy

Why mental health care in America is so shoddy

The coronavirus pandemic forced many Americans to focus on their mental health, but the country doesn't have great support infrastructure.

07/28/2021

“We have to protect our body and our mind.” bit.ly/3idtMRr

There is still time to join us TONIGHT for the webinar, Beyond Employee Assistance Programs: How Organizations Can Take ...
07/15/2021

There is still time to join us TONIGHT for the webinar, Beyond Employee Assistance Programs: How Organizations Can Take Care of Those, Taking Care of Others. The webinar is free to all and scheduled for July 15, 5-6:30pm CT and made possible through collaboration with Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare .

Registration: https://bit.ly/BeyondEAP

The world has lived through a shared trauma. For over a year we have been thrust into grief, isolation, and fear for our health and the health of others. This free webinar convenes experts in the fields of trauma, hope, love, and the importance of taking care of those who take care of others. Join us as we discuss the lasting impact of trauma and how to take care of yourself and the people in organizations as we look to the future.

#mentalhealth #trauma #eapprogram

There is still time to join us TONIGHT for the webinar, Beyond Employee Assistance Programs: How Organizations Can Take Care of Those, Taking Care of Others. The webinar is free to all and scheduled for July 15, 5-6:30pm CT and made possible through collaboration with Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare .

Registration: https://bit.ly/BeyondEAP

The world has lived through a shared trauma. For over a year we have been thrust into grief, isolation, and fear for our health and the health of others. This free webinar convenes experts in the fields of trauma, hope, love, and the importance of taking care of those who take care of others. Join us as we discuss the lasting impact of trauma and how to take care of yourself and the people in organizations as we look to the future.

#mentalhealth #trauma #eapprogram

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If people with mental illness and people with physical illness have equal denials of care, that would be parity, but do we accept it? Of course, we do not. We continue to fight for national single-payer until we have it and then until we implement guaranteed access to all necessary care with no financial barriers or burdens for every person in this country. Medicare for All
There were many many proud moments during 2018 - and dozens more to come, we are sure. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to such a huge undertaking!
Answers for Mental pleas like and be a voice,
Hi all! My family and I run a non-profit foundation called the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation that established in memory of my brother, who passed away from a he**in overdose in January 2014. We raise money to combat Substance Abuse in the Chicago area. Most recently, we made a $1 Million donation to Lurie Children's Hospital to open a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center, which will be the first of its kind and extremely needed in this area. On August 26th, we will be holding a bowling night at the Diversey River Bowl in Chicago to raise money to establish a fund to send kids and young adults to the Lurie Center that cannot afford it. We are hoping to save MANY lives through this event. We would love for you all to be there, and to bring your family and friends along! It's going to be an awesome night for an even better cause. All info and tickets can be found at www.jmffbowl.org. Thanks and we hope to see you there!