Each May, Trilogy joins with Mental Health America in celebrating Mental Health Month. For more than 65 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by people across the country and seen as a time to raise awareness about mental health. This year the theme of Mental Health Month is B4Stage4, which is aimed at getting people to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and reaching out for treatment of mental health disorders before they reach Stage 4.
We are halfway through May, which means we are halfway through Mental Health Month! Mental health advocates across the country have been busy advocating and working hard to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
At the beginning of this week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB 26, a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to more than 300,000 uninsured Illinoisans. Trilogy has been in support of this bill since it was introduced in November 2012 and we are excited that the House has decided to open the doors of basic mental health services and primary healthcare to a greater number of underserved individuals.
In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it also marks Trilogy's one year anniversary of being a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) organization. According to Alison Larkin, Trilogy Clinical Program Manager, "Looking at mental health isn't an issue just for sick people, but it's about wellness for people and the organization. I don't think anyone can talk about mental health without talking about trauma."
In 2010, Trilogy implemented the evidence-based practice of Supported Employment—a practice model designed to assist mental health consumers who believe they are ready to enter or reenter the workforce. Work is a great way for people to engage with the world and the goal of service Supported Employment is to give each person the opportunity to “own” the job seeking process while improving their life and recovery. The employment program has given Trilogy an opportunity to form partnerships with many different businesses—including Target, Walgreens, and Westin Hotels & Resorts—and is open to every one of our more than 650 clients.
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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