Proviso Mental Health Commission urges community support
HILLSIDE, Illinois – The Proviso Township Mental Health Commission (PTMHC) in coordination with the Village of Melrose Park, has set up a GoFundMe page to purchase meals from local restaurants that will then be donated to staff at local hospitals on the front lines of the COVID -19 outbreak.
“This is a win-win-win for local restaurants, medical workers, and residents who want to give back to workers affected by the pandemic,” said Melrose Park Trustee and former PTMHC board member Arturo Mota. “People are under stress and have anxiety because of this virus and it’s great to see the Mental Health Commission partner with us to reduce this stress on the community.”
The Proviso Township Mental Health Commission takes the issue of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) very seriously. Please refer to the below information and links for information about how the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health are helping communities control the spread of this virus.
Most importantly, if you are sick STAY AT HOME. Most people will not experience major health problems from Coronavirus but it is important that people stay home if they are sick to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Illinois, or how the virus is spread, please dial 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV for assistance.
Below are links with additional information from the Centers for Disease Control, and Illinois Department of Public Health
For the second straight year, the Proviso Public Partnership teamed up with Operation Care Package to collect donations for servicemen and women overseas. Watch this video to see how we packed up countless items for our troops.
The Way Back Inn and Grateful House in Maywood received a $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation for their veterans transitional housing program. Volunteers from Home Depot, vets, and staffers from the Way Back Inn were on hand to clean, restore, replant and make the outdoor living space of this veterans home usable and sustainable.
The crews planted new privacy and fruit trees. They also built new retaining walls, walkways, stone patios and a vegetable garden. This video provides highlights of the event on June 19, 2015.
Removing the stigma attached to seeking mental health treatment was the focus of State Sen. Kimberly Lightford's town hall meeting at Riveredge Hospital Wednesday night. Proviso Township Mental Health Commission Executive Director Jesse Rosas was among the panelists who talked about the successful outcomes that they see among mental health providers while also pointing out the challenges of persuading people to seek help.
Sen. Lightford talked about legislation she has sponsored that would require mental health screening for school- age children in Illinois, an attempt to give families a heads up to mental health issues that may need to be addressed. Treating problems early on can affect quality of life and often avoid costly treatment down the road.
“Improving each citizen’s understanding of mental health improves the overall well-being of our state,” said Lightford.
One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year. About 13.6 million people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder in America, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Thanks to Sen. Lightford, Riveredge Hospital, NAMI, Pillars and the Glen Elllyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and everyone who came for being a part of this event.
We're partnering with Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to offer skilled nursing to residents of Proviso Township.
“This partnership brings the component of skilled nursing and rehabilitation into our group of service providers,” says PTMHC Executive Director Jesse Rosas. “Having this support helps to decrease anxiety, stress and depression. Sometimes people just don't know where to get help, but giving them options and information helps relieve some of these pressures that often lead to greater problems."
Rosas explained that a wide variety of individuals might use the services offered at Villa Scalabrini including those rehabilitating from surgery or people with complex medical needs who require long-term care.
Villa Scalabrini and PTMHC plan to host several health fairs throughout the year to introduce more residents to the facility and the services that they provide.
You can learn more about upcoming health fairs or the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission by calling 708-449-5508 or visit www.ptmhc.org.
It's the perfect time of year for a housewarming. We've teamed up with West Suburban PADS to create a holiday gift registry for formerly homeless individuals settling into new homes.
You'll find a special gift registry at Target for people who want to donate household items online.
We have 65 households and 83 people who have recently transitioned from shelters or the streets into homes. Making this transition can be stressful, and we are doing our part to help families stay as stress free as possible. Sometimes the smallest things can help the most.
You can view the Target registry and make purchases by going here.
There's something for every budget, beginning at $3.99 for kitchen sponges. Target will ship the items to PADS.
You can also drop off new home essentials at our office in Hillside. The deadline is Dec. 19 for the Target registry, and Dec. 24 for donations to PTMHC.
Help make someone's house a real home this holiday season!
Our partner agency Aspire has lived up to its name in a lot of ways. Aspire is leading the way with programs that have redefined what is possible for people with disabilities.
One of those programs is Aspire Coffeeworks. They've partnered with one of the nation's top artisan coffee roasters, Metropolis Coffee Company, to employ people with disabilities and to make darn good coffee.
Not only does this program give disabled adults the opportunity to live productive, fulfilling lives, but 100 percent of all purchases go right back to programs supporting adults and kids with disabilities.
So this holiday season, consider a gift that truly celebrates. To order or for more info, go to aspirecoffeeworks.com.
Youth Outreach Services provides help for troubled and disadvantaged youth and their families. It's one of many agencies supported by PTMHC.
"We believe every youth deserves the chance to be successful," says Executive Director Rick Velasquez. "Sometimes they need two or three chances."
Please take a moment to watch the video below to learn how Youth Outreach Services offers a variety of child welfare, counseling, juvenile justice and prevention services, helping kids overcome challenges such as abuse, neglect and homelessness.
We feature more videos about our partner agencies here. Let us know what you think.
The Proviso Township Mental Health Commission provides services to over 6,700 individuals in need of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities services through the 26 agencies the Commission currently supports.