620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828
Fax: 815-455-2925 | Email: informationrequest@mc708.org
McHenry County Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900

The Mental Health Board (MHB) is a special purpose unit of the county government that's regulated through Illinois House Bill 708, also known as the Community Mental Health Act. The Act mandates that the Mental Health Board administer mental health funds, collected through an annual tax levy, through the direction of a nine-member board of community representatives. These representatives are appointed by the County Board. The MHB is responsible for making sure that the duties and responsibilities of the Community Mental Health Act are fulfilled.


PIN 2017
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January 28, 2017
People in Need Forum!


 MHB Annual Professional Continuing Education Survey
The Mental Health Board would like your help to identify successful trainings that we could bring to the behavioral health community in McHenry County in 2017. The more responses, the better!  So, please forward the below link on to anyone you feel would be interested in contributing to the survey.
2017 Mental Health Board Training Survey --- The survey will close November 10, 2016.  

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Bowman, Training & Community Development Associate at dbowman@mc708.org. Your feedback and participation is appreciated! 


Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor!
Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States.  In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.  The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. 
Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and help to train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants, and compile a list of local resources for help. Click on the following links or contact Denise Bowman at 815-455-2828 for more information:
Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Flyer 
Instructor Certification Training Application


This year’s Community Art Exhibit “Helping Hands Across McHenry County” will be hosted at the Historic Starline Factory in Harvard, IL on Friday, November 11, 2016. Please help us spread the word to artists who would love to exhibit, sell their work, and share their story of recovery and what art does to promote their wellness. Click here for the flyer for you to print and share. Anyone interested is welcome to contact Kris Doherty at kdoherty@mc708.org for additional information.  

Visions of Hope award nominations - In conjunction to this community art exhibit is the 8th annual presentation of the Visions of Hope awards which honors one outstanding volunteer and one individual or organization for outstanding efforts in raising awareness of recovery from mental illness. This is an opportunity for the community to nominate an individual, business, organization, or school for their accomplishments and successes in making a difference in others’ lives as well as their own. Let’s honor those who have made a difference by submitting the Visions of Hope Nomination Form to the Behavioral Health Foundation.


 Featured Funded Agencies

TransitTLS logoional Living Services works to guide homeless veterans back into the community as productive members; engaging military families as they face emotional challenges of deployment and reintegration and challenging residents in the community to support veterans, the troops and military families.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
     - Counseling, Case Management, Linkage, Aftercare
     - Drop In Center
     - Community Peer Support

For additional information or assistance contact TLS at (815) 679-6667 or visit their website at www.tlsveterans.org


Turning Point logoTurning Point is a domestic violence agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County. It is also the only comprehensive domestic violence crisis intervention agency and secure shelter in the County and the only member agency of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Turning Point is the recognized expert in domestic violence service delivery with a mission to confront violence against women and children.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
     - Court Victims Advocacy
     - Trauma Based Services
     - Partner Abuse Intervention (Alternatives to Violence)
     - Court Victim Advocates, Community Education
     - Partner Abuse Intervention
     - Court Liaison
     - Shelter Children’s Advocate

For additional information or assistance contact Turning Point at (815) 338-8081 or visit their website at www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.org

Articles of Interest

This section is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

Heroin Is Being Laced With a Terrifying New Substance: What to Know About Carfentanil Times.com September 12, 2016 - A drug so powerful that it’s used to sedate elephants is finding a new, illicit use laced into heroin, potentially contributing to hundreds of overdoses in the last several weeks.
The drug, called Carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid so strong that just a few granules the size of grains of table salt can be lethal. Since mid-August, roughly 300 people in at least four states have overdosed on heroin linked to Carfentanil and the less powerful compound fentanyl.
One of the hardest-hit spots was Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, where on a single day...

More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests NYTimes.com, September 19, 2016 - Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicide, a new study has found.
Very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, and little is known about these deaths. The new study, which included deaths in 17 states from 2003 to 2012, compared 87 children aged 5 to 11 who committed suicide with 606 adolescents aged 12 to 14 who did, to see how they differed. The research was published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
About a third of the children of each group had a known mental health problem. The very young who died by suicide were most likely to have had attention deficit disorder, or A.D.D., with or without accompanying hyperactivity.
By contrast, nearly two-thirds of early adolescents who took their lives struggled with ...

After their children died of overdoses, these families told the harsh truth  Chicagotribune.com, September 1, 2016 - The Facebook post about Jordan Roche was startlingly frank: "As you may or may not know, my son Jordan passed away September 26th from a heroin overdose," his mother wrote. "Jordan was a sweet young man with a great big heart. Even while struggling with addiction, he still took the time to help others with their struggle with addiction and with their music careers."
Ryan Hawe's death notice appeared in The Washington Post. "Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother Ryan died Saturday morning," it read. ". . .

With 7 suicides in her family, Mariel Hemingway declares war on depression  Chicagotribune.com, July  29, 2016  - With seven suicides in her family including those of her writer grandfather Ernest and her supermodel sister Margaux Mariel Hemingway hasn't just been affected by depression and suicide. She has been besieged by it.
This history is why the actress, the youngest daughter of Ernest Hemingway's son Jack and famous for such films as "Manhattan," "Personal Best," "Star 80" and "The Mean Season," has spent the last several years speaking as a mental health and wellness advocate...

How Neighbors Can Help Cops Improve Mental Health Response Daily Herald, June 28, 2016 -  Police officers in increasing numbers are training to be a calming presence during mental health crises, but the responsibility shouldn't fall on their shoulders alone, an expert says. "The reality is the community has a big part to play in all of this," said Patricia Doyle, who runs a mental health training company called Vision for Change. "It's not a police-only issue. It's a community issue, and we've got to work together...


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