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February 7, 2019
Mental health check: Attitudes are changing about mental health

by FOX Illinois News Team

“Kind is better” – not only the slogan for a youth mental health mission, but also a positive way to approach life during the best or worst of times.

“We’re definitely noticing attitudes changing towards talking about mental health.”

It’s happening slowly, but the stigma that’s kept people from comfortably talking about mental health is eroding. Famous people are going public with their mental health challenges.

“Kids will say to us, ‘We get classes in sex trafficking and human Read More

    By CHRISTINE HERMAN | KAISER HEALTH NEWS

    This story is from Kaiser Health News

    When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel through the foster care system, he was an affectionate toddler. They did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois, ever.

    “Danny was this cute, lovable little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby,” Jim said.

    Toni recalled times Daniel would reach over, put his hands on her face and squish her cheeks. “And he would go, ‘You pretty, Mom,’ ” Read More

    How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative
    By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018

    When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent.

    I’m a full-time elected official. I have the great privilege of serving as a Pennsylvania State Representative for the people of the 132nd Legislative District, representing parts of Allentown and South Read More

    Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises
    By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018

    As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go through and the impact of losing a loved one to suicide.

    It’s what led me to my current role, working with organizations in Read More

    To Get Mental Health Help For A Child, Desperate Parents Relinquish Custody

    by Christine Herman

    Toni Hoy, at her home in Rantoul, Ill., holds a childhood photo of her son, Daniel, who is now 24. In a last-ditch effort to get Daniel treatment for his severe mental illness in 2007, the Hoys surrendered parental custody to the state. “When I think of him, that’s the picture I see in my mind. Just this adorable, blue-eyed, blond little sweetie,” Hoy says.

    Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

    When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Read More

    By MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY

    An Illinois group says it has found a way to improve the handling of mental health issues in children.

    The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation aimed to increase ties among schools, mental health and primary care providers and sometimes early childhood and juvenile justice programs.To that end, it issued $12 million in grants to four communities in 2010.

    Early identification of mental health issues can lead to earlier treatment. And the screenings by schools helps that, said Heather Alderman, president of the foundation. A report Read More

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