Community Education

Raising a Resilient Family: Bouncing Back After Life’s Challenges

Join us to learn ways to promote, nurture and teach resiliency to the youth in your life!

With the nationwide rise in anxiety and depression among our youth and the current impact of the pandemic, it is crucial that families gain coping skills to help them move forward positively and learn to tolerate adverse experiences. Children who possess resiliency are shown to have improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behaviors, and academic achievement. You will discover ways to foster a bounce-back attitude and build effective environments to help children prevail through life’s ups and downs.

Presenter: Greta Nielsen, MA, LCPC, NCC. Greta is Co-Owner and Psychotherapist at Illuminate Therapy & Wellness and has over 25 years’ experience providing individual, family and group counseling services to children, teens and adults. Greta has published articles for the Huffington Post and the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling of IL, in which she serves as the current President. She also sits on the MHANS Professional Advisory Board. She is considered an expert in the treatment of childhood psychological and developmental disorders and adolescent mental health related challenges.

Professional Development

Literary Clinical Case Professional Development Series

This year’s Literary Clinical Case Professional Development Series is now open for registration. Each year, we host a series of discussions about works of fiction and non-fiction, which serve as an opportunity to develop skills around relationships, treatment, and ethical and social justice issues.

This series is part of the Francis R. Schnadig Memorial Mental Health Education Series, which honors our friend and recipient of the 2019 Mental Health Service Award, Frances R. Schnadig.

Our Work

Throughout the year, MHANS offers community and professional education programs on mental health in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

Over the past fiscal year (2020-2021), we were able to provide accessible education and support to over 1200 adults and children.

Around 50% of our programming was focused on children, young people, and families, and 25% directly addressed the impact of COVID-19. 

78% of our programming was virtual so that we could support our community, including its most vulnerable members, through COVID-19.

If you are interested in developing a program, contact our Chair of Programming, Joyce Bartz.