A person’s physical health and mental health are inextricably linked. Individuals who are living with a mental illness are more likely to live with co-morbidities, including heart disease; diabetes; and obesity, while exercise has been shown to decrease symptoms of certain mental illnesses, including depression. Trilogy focuses on fostering overall wellness for each employee and person served. We believe that people can and do make good choices for themselves when offered accurate information, a wide-array of recovery options, acceptance, and support which is why we have declared the summer of 2014 our Summer of Wellness!
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without mental illness. People with mental illness may be less able to navigate the health care system to get to the doctors, support groups, or cessation tools that can help them quit. And, despite the significant health risks, many doctors and clinicians view smoking as a problem that is secondary to managing symptoms of mental illness.1
Today is National HIV Testing Day and all across the country people are being encouraged to get tested and find out their HIV/AIDS status.
Yesterday, Trilogy and some of our healthcare partners—Chicago House, Rush University College of Nursing, Heartland Health Centers, and Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW)—hosted our first annual Passport to Wellness Fair! More than 100 Trilogy clients, employees, and Beacon consumers picked up their wellness passports and traveled through our fun, educational, campus-wide event, where they had the opportunity to learn about managing their health through informative presentations and health screenings.
It's Mental Health Awareness Month and as everyone from the President of the United States to our local news anchors is joining in the discussion, there has never been a better time to increase awareness about mental health. We kicked off the month with more than 175 supporters at our annual Spring into Recovery Gala. As part of our celebration of self, purpose, and community, we debuted a video which highlights some of the key services Trilogy offers as well as the positive outcomes that can occur when individuals take an active role in their recovery. We are honored to be able to share this video with you.
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On April 8-10, 2013, six Trilogy staff members attended the 2013 National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three day conference was full of excellent speakers, inspiring stories and gripping data; all of which left us with plenty of thoughts about how to implement innovative ideas, improve programs, and ultimately help Trilogy provide the highest quality of services to the clients we serve.
At Trilogy, we are always looking for ways to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, so when the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare asked us to partner with them and support Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation by representing behavioral healthcare at the Chicago stop of the foundation's Born Brave Bus Tour, our response was a resounding "Yes".