Holiday Get Together: Sunday, December 8
Holiday Shopping at Ten Thousand Villages
Noon - 4pm
Social at Sarah Peck's
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Stock up on holiday gifts at Glen Ellyn's own Ten Thousand Villages, where a percentage of your purchase will benefit the League's work on voter education as well as the hundreds of women craftsmen and business professionals who are paid a fair wage for the work producing items for the volunteer-staffed store.
Following your shopping excursion, members are invited to gather at Sarah Peck's home in Glen Ellyn for a social from 4 - 6pm. Members can bring family and guests to enjoy the fun.
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Facts for Voters is a free publication produced and distributed by the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn volunteers (Thank you to the volunteers who put this helpful pamphlet together!). In it you will find information about local elected officials.
Last spring, the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn completed a three- year study of the delivery of mental health services in DuPage County. What became clear as a result of this study is a need for education. One of the greatest blocks to accessing mental health care is stigma, inaccurate beliefs about mental illness. In an effort to reduce stigma, the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn is offering a unique opportunity for our community. We will be sponsoring a training program called Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by national authorities including the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and in DuPage County is sponsored by Linden Oaks Hospital.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and outlines common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course become certified as Mental Health First Aiders and learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge needed to help an individual in crisis to connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Mental Health First Aid has a strong evidence base. Studies have found that those who are trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.
To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in 19 countries. In the next decade, we expect Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid.
We hope you will join us in this community effort. An informed, well-educated community will not only benefit those with mental illness but our entire community. We look forward to making a difference in our community with your participation.