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    MENTAL HEALTH & TRAUMA INFORMED AWARENESS

    May is Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Month. There is a growing movement in Illinois towards becoming Trauma Informed, Healing Centered and to raise more awareness for Mental Health. Trauma-Informed Awareness and Mental Health Awareness are crucial now more than ever, as COVID-19 has impacted and continues to impact our lives. Numerous partners are joining together throughout Illinois this year to raise awareness around mental health and trauma. Please check back frequently as resources, education and activities will be added soon to the Illinois May calendar!

     

    #ILmentalhealthawareness #ILtraumainformedawareness #ILHealing #WeHealUS

  • NEWS

    Announcements / Press Releases / Partnership News

     

    Illinois Public Health Association - Press Release

    University of Illinois School of Social Work - Announcement

    Illinois Light Initiative - Springfield Healthcare Partners Press Release

  • WEEKLY EVENTS

    Mental Health Awareness • Trauma Informed Awareness • Healing Centered

  • MONDAY MAY 2

    Illinois Campaign Launch Day
    Join us as we spread awareness about Trauma Informed and Mental Health Awareness Month across social media!

     

    TUESDAY MAY 3

    FEATURED PARTNER: Illinois State Board of Education

    Mental Health Acceptance Terms, Student Advisory Council Videos (TikTok)

    Student Advisory Council Videos All Day HOST: Illinois State Board of Education Follow along with the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council as they share Mental Health Acceptance Terms from a student's perspective on TikTok. Check it out here!

    WEDNESDAY MAY 4

    FEATURED PARTNERS: Mind Body Connection Day

    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga

    2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. Central

     

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga on Wednesdays 2:00 in May for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool.

     

    Trauma Sensitive Yoga as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive analysis - PMC (nih.gov)

     

    Facebook Live

    Zoom Recording

     

    Connecting the Dots

    7:00-8:00 p.m. Central/ 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern

     

    HOST: Martin Simms, Dr. Perry, and Oprah Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Perry have been having eye-opening conversations for years - and now they're sharing them. Trauma responses and the path to healing will be discussed through the lends of their book, What Happened to You?

     

    How to Join?
    Launch Meeting - Zoom

    Thursday May 5

    FEATURED PARTNER: Memorial Behavioral Health

    Sangamon-Menard Mobile Crisis Response Team

     

    Learn about mental health and share Memorial Behavioral Health's resources on outpatient care, emergency MH care, and the Sangamon-Menard Mobile Crisis Response Team.

     

    View on Facebook

    @MemorialBehavioralHealth

    FRIDAY MAY 6

    FEATURED PARTNER: PACE's Panel

     

    Trauma Informed Practices for Preventing Child Abuse and Promoting Healing Across the Lifespan

    HOST: Prevent Child Abuse IL and The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

    10:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Central

     

    View Event Flyer

     

    How to Join? Register here.

    Mental Health Awareness Trauma Informed Care - Part I

    Lunch & Learn

    Illinois Public Health Association

    11:00a.m.-12:00a.m. Central /12:00-1:00p.m. Eastern

     

    Trauma Informed Care: General Training. Topics include trauma's complex impact, creative and compassionate responses, caring for self, and exploration.

     

    How to Join? Zoom

    MEETING ID: 860 4450 9346 PASSCODE: 291520

  • MONDAY MAY 9

    FEATURED PARTNER: Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine

    SIU Center for Family Medicine is excited to partner with Illinois Light Initiative for Trauma Awareness Month. Our providers and staff who created specialty clinics within Center For Family Medicine have come together to discuss their clinics which serve marginalized and underserved patients and communities while healing and helping them in creative and innovative settings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sSkjznMPaU

     

    SIU Center for Family Medicine’s Gender Equality and Transgender  Clinic

    Dr Amelia Frank shares valuable information on her experience  providing gender friendly healthcare through SIU Center for Family Medicine’s Gender Equality and Transgender  Clinic.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vZWtvsZG9M

     

     

    TUESDAY MAY 10

    FEATURED PARTNER:

    Lyon's Township Mental Health Commission

    The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission advances a network of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use services for creating a healthy community.

     

    For services, resources and information, visit their website or check out their Facebook page and featured video!

    Illinois State Board of Education

    REACH Initiative

    HOST: Illinois State Board of Education The statewide Resilience Education to Advance Community Healing (REACH) initiative trains educators, school mental health professionals, and community members to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma and address students' social-emotional and mental health needs. 52 districts in IL have formed REACH teams to build capacity at their schools to implement and expand trauma responsive policies and practices. Participating districts and schools receive trainings, TA, and support to implement the REACH model.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 11

    FEATURED PARTNER: Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP)

    Learn about CTIPP's mission, their National Trauma Campaign Initiative, or watch a recorded workshop from CTIPP's series: Building a National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience.

    Mind Body Connection Day

    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga
    2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Central

     

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga on Wednesdays 2:00 in May for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool.

     

    Facebook Live

    Zoom

    THURSDAY MAY 12

    FEATURED PARTNER: Compassion Prison Project

    Listen to A Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mat'e.

    Take the ACE Quiz to start a conversation about childhood trauma.

    Read about the symptoms of childhood trauma.

    Learn how Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects everyone.

    Watch this episode of Trauma Talks and learn about Childhood Trauma.

    FRIDAY MAY 13

    Protecting Your Mental Health and Wellness Webinar

    Illinois Public Health Association and the IL Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    10:00a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Central/11:00a.m.-12:00a.m. Eastern

    This presentation will discuss the importance of protecting your mental health and wellness, and review some of the resources available through health insurance and other sources. Topics to be covered include mental healthcare stigma and the value and need of mental wellness services.

    How to Join? Zoom Meeting ID: 869 9319 2659 Passcode: 077387

     

    Becoming a Trauma Informed Organization

    Illinois Public Health Association and the IL Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    Illinois Public Health Association and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity hosted a virtual panel on the importance of becoming a trauma-informed small business and organization and why supporting your employees' mental health needs is critical.
    Check it out on IPHA's
    YouTube channel
     

  • MONDAY MAY 16

    FEATURED PARTNER: Healing Capacity Building Center

    HOST: Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Light Initiative

     

    Read about how the Healing Capacity Center originated.
    View the Healing Capacity Center's resolution and initiatives

    TUESDAY MAY 17

    FEATURED PARTNER: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work

    “Violence Prevention: Strategies to Promote Safety and Health”
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central

    1.0 CEU available

     

    This virtual presentation will discuss evidence-based violence prevention strategies, as well as highlight work happening in Illinois to strengthen violence prevention efforts.

    Register here.

     

    "Trauma-Informed Care During Disasters: Evidence-Based Strategies to Aid in Community Recovery"

    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

    1.0 CEU available

     

    This talk will provide an overview of the mental health impact of disasters, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and environmental disasters including hurricanes and wildfires.

    Register here.

    Illinois State Board of Education

    REACH Initiative IL-AWARE (SAMHA) Bloomington SD and Eldorado

     

    The IL-AWARE Program is designed to expand efforts to help schools better identify and respond to mental health issues among youth, and expand a framework of evidence-based practices and develop sustainable systems at the state level.

     

    Check out ISBE's featured school districts.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 18

    FEATURED PARTNER: Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
     

    Recorded Webinar Series


    The Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a network of volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children when a family is experiencing a crisis and becomes involved with the child welfare system.

     

    Illinois CASA recruits, trains and manages over 3,000 volunteers.

     

    View their library of recorded webinars here.

    Mind Body Connection Day

    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga

    2:00-3:00 p.m. Central

     

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga on Wednesdays 2:00 in May for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool.

     

    Facebook Live

    Zoom password:925496

    THURSDAY MAY 19

    Justice Voices

    Justice Voices is a video and audio podcast featuring “stories that need to be told, voices that need to be heard” regarding crime and criminal justice issues. Many episodes feature conversations with formerly incarcerated people whose stories almost always illustrate the adverse impact of chronic trauma, especially during childhood and teenage years.


    The program’s founder and host, David Risley, is a former career federal prosecutor and former Director of Public Safety Policy in the Illinois Governor’s office.

     

    For many episodes, Mr. Risley is joined by co-host Lynard Joiner. Mr. Risley and Mr. Joiner first met on opposite sides of a federal courtroom, on opposite sides of the law. Mr. Joiner was a defendant. Mr. Risley was the prosecutor. Now, they are friends and colleagues. Mr. Joiner founded and manages a community reentry program for returning citizens following their release from prison, Shifting Into New Gear (SING).

     

    Episodes specifically on the relationship between trauma and violent crime (episode 4, parts 1 and 2):

     

    FRIDAY MAY 20

    FEATURED PARTNER: University of Illinois

    “Trauma-Informed Education in Illinois: Research-Based Practices for Educators & Policymakers” Panel

    12:00-1:00p.m. Central

    Introduction: Trauma-informed education in Illinois

    Dr. Meg Bates Director of IWERC (Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative) University of Illinois

    The role of teachers in supporting children who may have been exposed to trauma

    Dr. Marisha Humphries Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

    Connection between disability and trauma

    Dr. Catherine Corr Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Trauma-informed care across the MTSS model: A call to action

    Dr. Stephanie Torres Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois Chicago

    How to join? Register Here- Zoom

     

  • MONDAY MAY 23

    TUESDAY MAY 24

    FEATURED PARTNER: National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago (NAMI)

    National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago (NAMI) Panel

    3:30 Central/ 4:30 Eastern

     

    NAMI Chicago fights for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. They promote community wellness, break down barriers to mental health care, and provide support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.
    Learn more about
    NAMI Chicago here.

     

    View the NAMI Chicago panel: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

    Illinois State Board of Education: IDPH Suicide Prevention Data and Hope for the Day

    ISBE is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to bring suicide prevention training to school personnel later this year. After conducting a survey to ask schools about technical assistance needs, it was clearly indicated that schools wanted more training to be able to provide a supportive environment with trained staff. Two different types of training will be offered -- one for clinical school staff, such as social workers and psychologists, and one for educators, paraprofessionals, and other school staff who interact with students.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 25

    FEATURED PARTNER: The Illinois ACE's Response Collaborative

    Trauma-Informed Awareness Day: Building a Healing Centered Illinois

     

    The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group will host Illinois’ fourth annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day.


    Stay tuned for details on our May 25th virtual event where we’ll gather with partners across Illinois in honor of Trauma-Informed Awareness Day!

    Mind Body Connection Day

    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga

    2:00p.m. -3:00p.m. Central

     

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga on Wednesdays 2:00 in May for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool.

     

    Facebook Live

    Zoom password:925496

    THURSDAY MAY 26

    FEATURED PARTNER: Springfield Equal Justice Project

    Join the Springfield Equal Justice Project for a showing of the film, Just Mercy. This movie highlights the intersection of mental health and justice.

    More information on location coming soon!

    Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

    Planting the Seeds of Recovery Webinar

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central
     

    Please join us the last Thursday of every month, 11:00- 12:00 (CT), to learn more about the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Helpline is a centralized information and referral hub helping to connect individuals to harm reduction, recovery, and support services across the state.


    Register Here

    FRIDAY MAY 27

    FEATURED PARTNER: Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

    Community Reentry Project (CRP) is a multiple- stakeholder initiative that coordinates reentry efforts in Illinois. CRP focuses on ensuring that people living with and at the highest risk for HIV transition smoothly from incarceration to communities.

     

    Sign up for CRP updates!

     

    Listen to the 3Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast on LGBTQ Inclusion and Support in the Classroom with Nat Duran.

  • MONDAY MAY 30

    Featured Partner: PsychU: Improving Mental Health Care...Together

    Mental Health Awareness: A Focus on Suicide and Stigma

    12:00-1:00p.m. Central

     

    PsychU is a free community and online resource library for mental health. Our members share one simple belief: Enhanced information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses. Join PsychU for their webinar, Mental Health Awareness: A Focus on Suicide.

     

    Join Here- Zoom

    TUESDAY MAY 31

    FEATURED PARTNER: The Stress & Trauma Treatment Center

    The mission of the Stress & Trauma Treatment Center, Inc. is to help the vulnerable and hurt in our communities to heal from adversity, traumatic stress, and suffering during childhood. The vision of the SATTC is to provide and disseminate state-of-the art trauma informed and trauma focused evidence based practices.

    Join in sharing their message by using one of these social media graphics.

    Safe 2 Help Illinois

    Safe2Help provides free self- help resources and a Mental Health Toolkit developed by ISBE for educators that compliments current SEL curriculum. With a goal of getting students to "seek help before harm," Safe2Help Illinois allows students to share info on school safety issues 24/7 in a confidential way, using a free app and via text, phone or website.

     

    View the Mental Health Toolkit here.

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