Parents and Teachers as Allies

In-Service Mental Health Education for Parents and School Professionals

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

On Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Wonderworks Children’s Museum, families and school professionals are invited to attend a program to help them understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents, and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.

This in-service program will cover: 

  • Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses - a facilitator will guide the group through early warning signs of mental illnesses.
  • Family’s Response - a parent/caregiver of a child with mental illness will discuss the predictable stages of emotional reactions among family members dealing with the challenges of mental illness and the real life experience of raising a child with a mental illness.
  • Living with a Mental Illness - a mental health consumer, who has experienced the early onset of mental illness, shares a view from the inside, including a discussion about the positive and negative impact that their school experience had on their life.
  • Group Discussion -  an opportunity to share, learn, and ask questions. 

Childcare can be provided for up to 10 children at the museum located at 6445 W North Ave, Oak Park. Children must be pre-registered. Contact Leah at 708 689 0616 or e-mail

Plan on attending this NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) signature program that helps teachers and parents recognize early symptoms and treatments for mental illness. This two hour program addresses early-onset ADHD, ODD, major depression, bi-polar and anxiety disorders. The program is presented and facilitated by trained mental health professionals, trained parents with children that have been diagnosed with mental illness and a trained OPRF high school youth sharing his story from symptom to recovery. 


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