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Services Offered

Mental Health First Aid Instruction

We provide Mental Health First Aid training for Adults, Public Safety, and Youth.  Mental Health First Aid training is a skills-based training course that teaches participants to identify, understand and respond to mental health and substance use challenges.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides law officers and staff with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health-related situations appropriately without compromising safety.

Financial Support and Referrals for Counseling & Therapy 

We provide referrals to excellent local counseling and therapy providers as well as financial assistance for individuals needing services as a result of emotional and mental health struggles.  Positive mental health and wellbeing not only feels good, but helps you cope with everyday stresses, work more productively, and contribute more to your community and personal relationships. For most—especially those without health insurance—struggling with a mental health issue can mean high medical expenses.  We do not want financial hardship to be a barrier for individuals needing help, but without insurance or financial means to pay for services. 

Educational Programs

Suicide Prevention is a 60-minute program designed for any age that provides importance of knowing the risk factors that lead to suicide, the signs to watch for, and real talk on what helps and what does for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. 

Mental Health & Stress Management in the Workplace is a 60-minute program designed for staff in workplace environment. This program provides opportunities to learn practical steps to improving mental health and reducing stress management.

The 3 S’s -Stigma, Silence & Suicide is a 45-minute program designed for junior high and high school audiences and can be held in assembly or in health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal stories. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.

What Parents need to know about Teen Mental Health is a 45-minute program designed for parent audiences.  This transformational program is devoted to giving parents an opportunity to learn about teen mental health through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal stories. Through the presentation, parents learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, suicide warning signs, and symptoms, and are given ideas about how to help their children who may be in need of support.

Building Resiliency and Self Awareness is a presentation designed for all ages.  Understanding what resiliency is and how to nurture resiliency in our life is keep to adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, and stress.  Learn a set of skills, attitudes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms that allow individuals to bounce back and adapt more efficiently.  

Finding Purpose in the Pain is a presentation designed for church congregations or groups.  This powerful testimonial shares the journey of a mother’s grief through losing her son to suicide while finding purpose in the pain.  Journey through the five ways your deepest pain can become your greatest purpose.   

Retreats

Restore & Resilience Retreat is a weekend retreat that offers interdisciplinary programs in a peaceful retreat setting focused on healing the mind, body, and spirit of participants. The array of evidence-based programs will provide participants the necessary tools to not only survive, but thrive.

We envision a healthy society in which people are provided the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and share that potential with others in our community. The retreat will provide a variety of trauma informed programs led by an array of community leaders, experts and advocates.

Speakers and breakout sessions will address a number of topics grounded in the following values:
• Wellness
• Collaboration
• Integrity
• Inclusivity
• Stewardship
• Trauma-Informed
• Evidence-Based

Support Groups

TCMF – Love Never Dies
Mother’s Grief Support
3rd Thursday of Month
7-8:30PM
6627 N Second Street
Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact: Xavier Whitford 815-519-1430

TCMF – Self Love Club
Mental Health Support for Ages 16+
2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month
7-8:15PM
6627 N Second Street
Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact: Kirsten 812-893-3019

NAMI – Teen Group Hope
Mental Health Support for Ages 13-19
1st & 3rd Tuesday of Month
5:45-7PM
6627 N Second Street
Loves Park
, IL 61111

Contact: Xavier Whitford 815-519-1430

Ray of Hope – Suicide Survivors Group
Suicide Survivor support for all Ages
2nd & 4th Thursday of Month
6:30-8PM
6627 N Second Street
Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact:  Nita Osbern 815-871-2569