Congratulations to LifeLinks, this month’s Hometown Grant winner with Denny’s in Mattoon! Here are the ways that LifeLinks is serving our community:
Trauma: Have you experienced a recent trauma? Do you find yourself having trouble sleeping? Are you unable to stop thinking about what happened? Are you looking for a way to cope with it? LifeLinks, your local connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years can help! Our specialized trauma care program includes individual and group services as well as an evidence based treatment called EMDR. Call LifeLinks today at 238-5700 or visit our website at www.lifelinksinc.org for more information.
Child Services: Did you know that one in five children suffers from a mental health problem, and that 80% of chronic mental health disorders begin in childhood? Did you know that children struggling with mental health issues are at risk for poor outcomes in school and in life? LifeLinks, your local connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years is here to help! Specialized services for children and adolescents, including individual and group counseling, are available. For those children dealing with a serious emotional disorder LifeLinks offers intensive specialty services in the child’s school, home or wherever it would be most beneficial to the family. Call LifeLinks today at 238-5700 or visit our website at www.lifelinksinc.org for more information.
Crisis line: Did you know that suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States? Have you or a family member ever experienced a mental health crisis and felt that you needed to talk with someone? LifeLinks, your connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years, can help! Our specialized crisis team members have nearly 8,000 contacts annually with men, women and children who are experiencing an emotional crisis. These highly trained Crisis Counselors are prepared to help you. Call LifeLinks’ crisis line at 1-866-567-2400 any time, day or night, for assistance.
Services for adults with SPMI: Did you know that an estimated 10.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States are living with a serious and persistent mental illness? Did you know that without treatment a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder can significantly interfere with normal life activities like schooling, employment, housing and physical health? LifeLinks, your connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years, has specialty programming for adults with serious mental illness. Individual and group counseling, linkage to medical care and public entitlement benefits, and assistance in locating stable housing are offered by our clinical counselors. IPS helps people find jobs in the competitive workforce. First IL LifeLinks assists consumers who are newly diagnosed with a psychotic disorder understand their illness and learn to cope with it. Call LifeLinks today at 238-5700 or visit our website at www.lifelinksinc.org for more information.
ICARE Kids: Did you know that the US health-care system is moving toward an integrated, team-based model of care, where primary care practitioners work side by side with mental health professionals? Did you know the notion that physical health is separate from mental health has been undeniably debunked? Did you also know that the earlier mental health problems are found and treated, the better the result? To that end LifeLinks, your connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years, has developed ICARE Kids. Working with SIHF Healthcare personnel, all children receiiving services in any of 7 federally qualified health centers in five counties in east central Illinois are screened for emotional problems. If emotional concerns are found, a child and adolescent therapist works with the primary care doctor to provide the child and family services at the primary care office. Data on this program has shown that 93% of ICARE Kids participants report a decrease in the severity of their presenting problem from the time of initiation of service through the course of treatment. .For more information on this innovative program call LifeLinks today at 238-5700 or visit our website at www.lifelinksinc.org.
SUD Treatment: Did you know that abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs our nation approximately $740 billion annually in costs related to lost work productivity, health care, and crime? Did you know that some people experience both a mental illness and a substance use disorder at the same time? Did you realize that people experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience? LifeLinks, your connection to mental health and wellness for more than 50 years is pleased to announce that we are now licensed in the State of Illinois to provide substance use disorder treatment? If you or a loved one need help dealing with substance abuse, call LifeLinks today at 238-5700 or visit our website at www.lifelinksinc.org for more information.
Congratulations to LifeLinks for being our June winner of the Hometown HOPE Grant. There is still time to submit your non-profit organization to win our next grant – just click here!