This year's Holiday Food and Gift Basket program includes 950 households in need of help making the holidays special. The program relies on contributors who sponsor a person or family by buying them holiday gifts off their wish list.
A recent community assessment found that the stigma (public as well as self-imposed) of living with a mental illness, developmental disability or addiction is a real problem in our community. In response, The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township (CMHB) has funded various agencies to create educational initiatives aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma.
Last Friday, Erasing the Distance, the kick-off event for SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, the anti-stigma campaign encouraging community discussion about mental health, was presented at The Arts Center of Oak Park.I attended, along with Evan O’Brien, Videographer and Content Manager of OakPark, and together we watched an arts performance troupe portray true stories of people living with mental illnesses such as OCD, depression, anxiety, and more.
It's time to begin openly discussing mental health, just like we do physical health by attending Erasing the Distance, a free community event at The Arts Center of Oak Park, Friday, November 4th at 7 pm.
Come join parents and school professionals for an in-service program at Wonderworks Children's Museum on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm helping participants understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents, and how best to intervene to help our kids.
For many parents truly listening to their child can be a struggle. Why? Because for years our kids have listened to us, but now they’ve cultivated their own opinions, which of course aren’t ours. In fact, we may not even like what we are hearing.