The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an organization dedicated to helping those affected by mental illness. Based in Skokie, Illinois, NAMI Cook County North Suburban is an affiliate started in the early 1990s. Through classes, meetings, support groups and more, NAMI CCNS helps hundreds of families dealing with mental illness.
Last Saturday I attended the NAMI CCNS gala, Children’s Mental Health−Voices Found: Tales of Discovery and Recovery. In its 12th year, the gala has raised more than $1.2 million to support NAMI CCNS’s work in the north suburban Chicago area. This year the gala focused on children.
Children suicide rates are on the rise. The statistics are staggering and saddening. Nearly 50 percent of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 50 percent of those affected do not receive treatment. Of high schoolers, 17 percent have attempted or considered suicide, including AJ Mendez, the evening’s keynote speaker.
Mendez was raised in a family struggling with poverty, mental illness and drug addiction. A misdiagnosis of depression was followed by a suicide attempt before Mendez was properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 20.
An ambassador for NAMI and the author of Crazy Is My Superpower, a New York Times best seller, Mendez spoke from the heart about her troubles. As a girl who read comic books, loved horror movies, watched wrestling and wore Chuck Taylor sneakers, she never felt she fit in. Fortunately and courageously, Mendez never caved in to societal pressures and remained true to herself, even as she entered the entertainment business.
Mendez urged anyone in need to seek help. She advised everyone to be aware of signs of struggling from loved ones and to act swiftly to get them help. She railed against the stigma of mental disorders and treatment. Mental issues are not weaknesses that should cause shame and need to be hidden. Changing society’s perception is one of Mendez’s goals.
It was a wonderful and moving evening. There was delicious food, fantastic auction items and great conversation, all for the important cause of the mental health of children.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.