Mental Health & Community Wellness

Mental Health & Community Wellness

Healthy communities are empowered communities. We make a healthy lifestyle more accessible with workshops, support groups, and counseling, all through a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed lens. 

 

Mental Health

Mental health is a term that refers to each and every one of us and relates to one’s emotional and psychological well-being.

Mental health and wellness is much more than the absence of a mental illness. Having good mental health means having a positive sense of well-being, as well as a belief in our own (and others’) dignity and worth.

The concept of ‘recovery’ in mental health refers to living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even when a person may be experiencing ongoing symptoms of a mental health problem or illness. 

Mental health care and treatment

mental health services that are integrated in general health care, typically in general hospitals and through task-sharing with non-specialist care providers in primary health care;

community mental health services that may involve community mental health centers and teams, psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support services and supported living services; and

services that deliver mental health care in social services and non-health settings, such as child protection, school health services, and prisons.

General Case Management

Case management is the coordination of community-based services by a professional or team to provide quality mental health care customized accordingly to individual patients' setbacks or persistent challenges and aid them to their recovery. Case Managers help their patients understand their options concerning the specific situation they are dealing with at the time. They are liaisons between patients and their treatment or care options. There are case managers for mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation, legal, medical and more.

Additional Support for Children & Youth

School-based Supports

Working in partnership with CPS schools, our Proyecto Cuídate department offers youth Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, violence prevention, intervention, and healing support, referrals, and workshops to support the entire school community. 

Youth Teams

In our cohort-based, youth-centered Proyecto Cuídate programs including mentorship, leadership development, support, and case management based in Little Village, we strive to build youth power, support, confidence, and positive identifies to inspire resiliency in our communities. 

And through our Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) programs, students also have the opportunity to join gender-specific groups to have a safe space for an open, honest dialogue on topics such as depression, sexuality, and managing stress. 

Healthy, Active Lifestyles

Children and youth of all ages in our programs learn about active play and exercise through our Super H initiative and get moving in our motor skills room, gym, and outdoor playground areas. 

Nutrition Education and Workshops for All Ages

We host workshops and cooking demonstrations, provide coaching, and deliver other resources to support wellness, including diabetes prevention and cardiovascular health. 

Supportive Groups for Women and Parents

Women's Empowerment

We provide safe spaces for women to explore, discuss, and learn about building coping skills for emotional well-being, with topics ranging from self-care and self-esteem to communication and healthy relationships. 

Parenting

In a series of weekly sessions, we provide educational, dynamic trainings for parents in topics including: developing realistic expectations of children, appropriate discipline, developmental states and areas of child development, and utilizing self-regulating techniques.

Volunteer with us

Check out our list of volunteer positions with our programs — including virtual opportunities to get involved.

Support our work

You can help us continue and expand our critical work to reach more individuals and families in need of mental health and community wellness support.