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.
Less than a month ago the world received news of the passing of award-winning actor, Robin Williams, who completed suicide after years of publicly talking about his struggles with depressive moods and substance use. With Williams’ passing, the world joined together in mourning for a public figure who was admired by many and began conversations across social media platforms about suicide prevention and the stigma associated with both suicide and mental illness.
It’s almost May. The polar vortex is merely a memory and summer is fast approaching! The change in seasons means a mental health boost for many of us and what better way to embrace our heightened spirits than to advocate for others?
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.
Joseph C. is one of more than 500 people who take advantage of the services offered through the Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic each year. Trilogy established our Integrated Healthcare Program in 2008 to help address the needs of individuals like Joseph who are living with serious mental illness and, often times as a result of that mental illness, have trouble accessing quality primary health services.
Earlier this week, Trilogy posted a New York Times opinion piece on our Facebook and Twitter feeds titled “Shameful Profiling of the Mentally Ill.” It addressed the discrimination of several individuals who, on separate occasions, were disgracefully denied entry into the United States simply because they had sought treatment for mental illness in the past.
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Diana is a peer specialist who works in the Trilogy Beacon. A passionate advocate for recovery and trauma-informed care, she was recently the guest speaker at the Illinois Region 1 Integrated Behavioral Health Network Meeting where she shared her story of recovery:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy signing the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA) into law. The CMHA was the first legislation passed for mental health and it funded the establishment of comprehensive community mental health centers, like Trilogy, across the country. This altered the way mental health services were delivered and was a historic moment for people living with serious mental illness. These community mental health centers helped people with mental illnesses who were “warehoused” in hospitals and institutions move back into their communities and forge independent lives for themselves. The CMHA was the beginning of a movement to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness and the fight to reduce the stigma associated with it.
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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