Services Offered

Mental Health First Aid Instruction

We provide Mental Health First Aid training for Adults, Youth, and Public Safety curriculum. 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 challenges. 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

We offer a variety of different education trainings and programs for youth and adults on topics such as:

  • Suicide Prevention and Education
  • Understanding Teen Mental Health
  • Mental Health & Stress Management in the Workplace
  • Building Resiliency and Protective Factors for Improved Mental Health
  • Finding Purpose in the Pain
  • And more….

Support Groups

TCMF Support groups are peer-led and offer participants an opportunity to share their experiences and gain support from other attendees. We provide people seeking to understand and connect with others experience mental illness and grief. Participants gain support and insight from hearing the stories of others and groups are led by trained leaders who have similar experiences.

Healthy Mind Kids Club

Healthy Mind Kids Club helps children ages 8-12 to identify their emotions and feelings, while learning how to communicate them to others in a healthy way. There are interactive group activities, games, and discussion centered around a variety of topics that build resiliency and teach practical self-care tools. Building a supportive environment to at risk youth in the community within a therapeutic group setting. The group focuses on building adaptive coping strategies to manage a range of emotions, develop social skills to improve communication within peer groups, and provide a safe space for processing with the support to a license therapist and trained mental health support specialists.


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
825 Marie Avenue
Machesney Park, IL 61115

Contact: Xavier Whitford 815-519-1430

TCMF – Self Love Club
Mental Health Support for Ages 16+
2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month
825 Marie Avenue
Machesney Park, IL 61115

Contact: Kirsten 812-893-3019

NAMI – Teen Group Hope
Mental Health Support for Ages 13-19
1st & 3rd Tuesday of Month
825 Marie Avenue
Machensey Park
, IL 61115

Contact: Xavier Whitford 815-519-1430

TCMF – Siblings Grief Support
Grief Support for Ages 16+
1st & 3rd Wednesday of Month
825 Marie Avenue
Machensey Park
, IL 61115

Contact: Logan 815-222-9382 or Jenae 716-803-9230

TCMF – Men’s Life Group
2nd Thursday of month
825 Marie Avenue
Machesney Park, IL 61115

Contact: Cory 815-519-1430 or Tony 207-557-8092

Ray of Hope – Suicide Survivors Group

Suicide Survivor support for all Ages
2nd & 4th Thursday of Month
6627 N Second Street
Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact:  Nita Osbern 815-871-2569