Understanding Mental Illness
Impact Behavioral Health Partners serves adults suffering from Serious Mental Illness.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of conditions that effect mood, thinking and behavior. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 individuals (53.8 million) experience mental illness in a given year. What qualifies a mental illness as “serious” is the duration and the amount of functional impairment incurred.
According to NAMI, in 2015, there were an estimated 9.8 million adults with SMI in the last year –roughly 4% of the entire United States’ population. Among those with Serious Mental Illness, roughly 60% receive treatment. These individuals often face more difficulties than the average population.
One of the most challenging barriers to overcome is the stigma surrounding mental illness. Stigma is when someone views a person with a mental illness, even one’s own self, differently because of his or her mental illness and then casts a negative judgement based on this belief. Stigmas occur at a societal level because they are reinforced and self-vindicated by large groups of people. Stigmas surrounding mental health can make it difficult for individuals to get treatment, have relationships, and live on their own.
Studies have shown that when one receives holistic mental health care, his or her progress towards recovery drastically improves; however, access to this type of treatment is limited and often entirely unavailable. Barriers, such as decreased government funding, medication costs, and lack of fully-equipped providers are just a few of the other obstacles to mental health treatment that many individuals face.
Impact Behavioral Health Partners works to increase access to mental health treatment and remove inhibitors that may get in the way. Our wraparound services allow an individual to have complete care under one roof. Our participants live, work, and engage in their communities; this serves not only to aid in their treatment, but also help destigmatize mental illness.
- Center for Independent Futures
- Connections for the Homeless
- CRN Helplink
- Evanston Alliance on Homelessness
- Heartland Alliance
- The Housing Authority of Cook County
- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- PEER Services
- Turning Point
- Leyden Family Services
- The Josselyn Center
- The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
- Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Workforce Incentives Planning and Assistance Northwest Compass
- Homelessness call center: 1-877-4-COOK-15 (1-877-426-6515)
- Rabin, Kodner, and Brown disability attorneys
- Presence Health - Addiction and Behavioral Health
- North Shore Senior Center
- Levy Senior Center
- Evanston Hospital
Regional Associations and
- City of Evanston Department of Mental Health
- Corporation for Supportive Housing
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois Housing Development Authority
- Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago
- Mental Health Association of the North Shore
- National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Mental Health America
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
- New Trier Township Social Services
- Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE)