If you are an adolescent struggling with mental wellbeing or the parent or teacher of children that are, check out this new search platform from The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago to find a local practitioner.
Are you a young person struggling with your mental health, or the parent of a teenager who is suffering? This charity in Greater Chicago has launched a new service to help you find a professional tailored for you.
The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) have launched their new service provider platform to help those in the area that are struggling with mental health and wellbeing.
Go to https://business.mhagcusa.org/serviceproviders/Find to find out more.
The charity aims to use education-based strategies to inform young people, parents, and administrators of the techniques available to help combat mental illness and launched their new service to allow you to find mental health support providers in your local area.
In the US, almost 50% of adolescents are living with mental illness, and some with serious life-debilitating conditions. The new platform is in place to assist those that need help, especially during these difficult times.
The system allows you to search for service providers by filtering for a wide range of factors including age, approach, language, payment, therapist gender, and cultural group, among many others. This allows you to find a provider that will suit your requirements and align with your values.
MHAGC are focused on education and therefore also run several educational programs. They provide teacher-friendly mental-health focused curriculums for educators to use in their lessons, including the ‘Learning2Live’ course that works to educate about mental illness and decrease the stigma surrounding it, and the ‘2Tough2Bully’ course designed to educate, empower, and motivate you to speak up and take action against bullying in a positive way. The classes include videos, lesson plans, class activities, and presentations.
They also run a ‘Teaching With a Heart’ course to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to create an optimum learning environment and allow every student to thrive. It uses tested, research-backed strategies and is customizable to meet the unique needs of Chicago schools.
Their ‘Effective Parenting’ program is designed to educate parents and help you create a positive approach by developing skills and raising awareness to generate a nurturing home environment. This involves building confidence, developing coping methods, and having access to resources and support needed to effectively deal with any mental health issues.
The non-profit organization was founded in 1957 by Clifford Beers, who, after seeking various mental health treatments in Chicago, dedicated his life to treating mental illness and improving mental health services in the Greater Chicago area.
A spokesperson for the charity said that their vision is: “to significantly reduce the stigma and prejudice associated with mental illness by being the leading national resource provider promoting brain health and developing strategies towards individual mental wellness.”
MHAGC are the charity that you can trust to find a practitioner to help you and your children overcome any challenges life may throw your way.
Are you ready to learn more about adolescent mental health and feel empowered to create change? Visit the above-mentioned website to find out more or visit https://business.mhagcusa.org/serviceproviderapplication to apply to be a service provider.