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Webinar on mental health access in rural America
May 25, 6pm CST
This discussion will focus on mental health in rural America and how we can improve access and eliminate barriers to essential mental health care.
Mental Health Wellness: Growing Resilient Together
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST
Participants will increase their knowledge of toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, and traumatic stress; identify three strategies to improve overall wellness and resilience; and increase their motivation to conduct personal self-wellness to ultimately spread wellness to others. Register here.
Mental Health America Annual Conference: Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope
June 9-11, 2022
Mental Health America’s annual conference is coming up in June. Virtual offerings are free, in-person has an associated cost.
Partner Plan Act Conference
June 7-8, 2022
This year’s conference theme is Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power. Registration opens in March—be sure to check www.PartnerPlanAct.org for the latest information as the conference nears.
Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
October 13-15, 2022
The Growing Futures Conference will take place in person October 13-15, 2022, in Springfield, IL.
Home Visitor Reflective Practice Groups
June-August flyer with dates for the Home Visitor Reflective Practice Groups. We continue to offer these in English and Spanish. For June, we will be reflecting on father and father figure engagement.Home Visitor Reflective Practice Groups June-August 2022; Grupos de práctica reflexiva para visitantes a domicilio junio-agosto
Chicago Moves- Transportation Cost Relief
Chicago Moves is a financial assistance program aimed at providing financial relief for Chicago residents struggling with transportation expenses. The program is comprised of $7.5 million earmarked for $150 physical prepaid cards eligible for redemption at local Chicago gas stations as well as $5 million earmarked for $50 prepaid cards eligible for use on public transit. More info here: Chicago.Gov/ChicagoMoves. Apply here.
Resources around anxiety
New Podcast Episode from the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University: The Brain Architects: Building Resilience Through Play
In this podcast, the role of play in supporting resilience will be explored with a panel of experts on play. Ideas and personal stories about applying the science of play in homes, communities, and crisis environments around the world will be shared by experts in the field. Listen to the podcast here.
New Retailers Come on Board for SNAP Recipients to Buy Food Online and Shop Right from Their Mobile Device
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved retailers Sam’s Club and Meijer Grocery for SNAP online purchasing. With these additions, Illinois LINK card users can now purchase groceries online through eleven retail chains across the state. Click here to read the full press release.
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