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Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Trainings


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TRILOGY WINS $10,000 IN
ULTIMATE NEIGHBORHOOD GIVE BACK CHALLENGE!

Thank you for your incredible support during the voting process of the $100,000 Guaranteed Rate Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge. As you know, Guaranteed Rate’s first annual Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge was a nationwide search for people and organizations who were leading projects that have meaningful impact in their communities. Guaranteed Rate promised to give away $100,000 plus home improvement expert Ty Pennington’s help for a day to the best community improvement project that was submitted through the Challenge’s Facebook page.

We are proud and grateful to be honored as a finalist and a $10,000 award winner in the Guaranteed Rate’s Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge. And, although we did not win the $50,000 grand prize, it is gratifying to know that Guaranteed Rate recognized that expanding access to mental health care for individuals in the Chicago community was a worthwhile project by choosing Trilogy as a finalist.

Earlier this summer, we submitted our entry to revitalize the Trilogy Beacon Peer Drop-In Center and expand access to care for individuals living with mental illness in Chicago. All projects needed to have a neighborhood or community benefit to be eligible for consideration. In June, Trilogy was chosen as one of the top 50 semi-finalists, from the more than 320 entries received from 49 states. On July 15, 2014, Trilogy was named as one of the six semi-finalists with a guaranteed prize of $10,000.

This week, we started construction on our Trilogy Beacon revitalization project. We are thrilled to have an additional $10,000 to purchase the items we need to ensure that our new space is truly a place where individuals can begin their journey of recovery.

TRILOGY FEATURED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Trilogy was recently profiled in the CareerBuilder section of the Chicago Tribune. In the article, Trilogy’s Chief Clinical Officer, Susan Doig, and Jenna Meyers, a team leader for one of Trilogy’s Community support teams, discuss the rewards and challenges of working in the behavioral healthcare field, as well as the importance of self-care for employees of behavioral health organizations.

Please read the article on the Chicago Tribune’s website. Click on our Careers Page for job opportunities with Trilogy, one of the Chicago Tribune’s 2014 Top Workplaces.

THANKS FOR MAKING OUR 2014 GALA A SUCCESS!

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A big thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s Spring into Recovery Gala: Trilogy’s Celebration of Self, Purpose, and Community a great success!  We want to thank our 2014 Legislative Partner in Recovery, The Honorable Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative of the Illinois 9th District and our 2014 Partner in Recovery, Dr. Bechara Choucair, MD, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health for their dedication to creating better access to mental health services in Chicago and the State of Illinois.

We’d also like to thank our Guardian Sponsors: Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Elsdon Medical Pharmacy; Loyola University; and Morse ‘L’ Drugs, and our Benefactor Sponsors, APP Construction, Inc; Converged Communications; CORT Furniture; Impact Networking; John Joyce Architects; Matsock Insurance and Financial Services; and Schaumburg Bank and Trust for their incredible support.

We offer special thanks to Paula Linn, a Trilogy Certified Recovery Support Specialist and our special guest speaker, for sharing her inspirational story and CBS 2 Chicago news anchor Rob Johnson, our Master of Ceremonies, for bringing his support and professionalism to our event. To all of our guests, volunteers, and supporters - Thank you for truly making a difference!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTS PEOPLE IN ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE

By Krista Thanos

Trilogy Occupational Therapist

When Trilogy was selected by the State of Illinois to be one of the first community-based mental health organizations designated as a Williams Class Member service provider, we agreed to assist men and women who have lived in nursing homes for large portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own independent apartments. As our Williams Transition Team began enrolling people into the program, they noticed that a large number of the residents moving out on their own needed individualized supports to address deficits in their day-to-day living skills.

In order to ensure that individuals have the skills they need for their path to recovery, Trilogy hired an Occupational Therapist (OT) and leased an apartment where clients can practice their independent living skills in a “real life setting.” This practice apartment gives each new Williams Class Member a chance to preview what “living on their own” will be like. It also gives our OT, Krista Thanos, an opportunity to assess each Williams Class Member before he or she begins the process of moving out on his or her own and an opportunity to assist with the independent living skills each resident needs to successfully transition.

Read Krista's story on The Trilogy Blog.

TRILOGY OFFERS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES TO THE COMMUNITY

Trilogy Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Take a look at Trilogy's Calendar of Events and register for an upcoming Mental Health First Aid training.