Illinois Mental Health Laws Effective in 2020

By: Sheryl Allenson (Volunteer) and Josefina Alvarez (Board President) As the Illinois General Assembly goes back this year, we want to give you an update on laws related to mental health that became effective in 2020. Many of the new laws support youth mental health but others were passed to make it easier for Illinois … Continue reading Illinois Mental Health Laws Effective in 2020

What Teenagers Say about Self-love and Mental Health

2019 2nd Place Art Winner- The Power of Music as a Coping Strategy By: Josefina Alvarez, Board President and Rachel Hageli, Volunteer Recognizing the important role it plays in mental health, the MHA-NS Youth Advisory Board selected self-love as the theme for the 2019 Essay and Multimedia Contest. Over 220 local students in 6th through … Continue reading What Teenagers Say about Self-love and Mental Health

Manage Stress Mindfully… Reconnect to your Sense of Calm and Competence

By: Marsha Smith, LCSW I am a therapist, mindfulness, and focusing practitioner. One of the most frequent questions people ask me is, What can I do when I’m emotionally overwhelmed?” Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash When you’re feeling pressured, under stress, or find yourself in demanding situations, it can be harder to keep your emotions balanced. When … Continue reading Manage Stress Mindfully… Reconnect to your Sense of Calm and Competence

WHAT TEENS WANT THEIR TEACHERS TO KNOW

By Ashley London and Sherry Fleydervish Every year, we sponsor an essay and multimedia contest for high school students. In 2016, 150 students entered the contest, most sent essays; others sent artwork or videos. Contestants shared many concerns that affect their mental health and ability to focus in school, such as: Balancing school and other … Continue reading WHAT TEENS WANT THEIR TEACHERS TO KNOW

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING SKILLS HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL, WORK, AND LIFE

By Sue Laue, SEL Trainer and Coach To navigate life’s most challenging hurdles, we need to learn skills that help us build relationships, defuse conflict, make wise decisions and plan for our futures.  These are called social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Children with strong social and emotional skills are able not only to form … Continue reading SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING SKILLS HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL, WORK, AND LIFE