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April 19, 2021

I Took a Mental Health First Aid Course — Here's What I LearnedAllure ~ I also appreciated the emphasis on the fact that someone with Mental Health First Aid should not be a replacement for professional help — it is a tool for triage, for more compassionate and empathetic conversations.

A Psychologist's Advice: How To Talk To Your Kids About Social Media And Drug AbuseCnn ~ While the drug dealers on the street enticing kids to take a hit haven't disappeared, my teenage clients tell me that social media is increasingly an almost invisible way that dealers are reaching young people.

Poor Sleep Could Be Core Feature Of Autism, Related ConditionsSpectrumnews ~ Many people with autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions have trouble falling asleep and slumbering soundly.

Would Universities Call Parents In A Mental Health Crisis?Bbc ~ Mr. Fryatt, a former police officer living in Bournemouth, says what motivates him now is trying to prevent any more student suicides. And he believes that if students are in a mental health crisis, universities should be much more willing to contact parents, or another trusted adult - and at least give them an opportunity to help.

Is Sending My Suicidal Teen Patient to the ED Enough? - MedScape ~ After eliciting the teen's realistic suicide plan and intent you send him to the ED with his parent for crisis mental health evaluation. When you call the family that evening to follow-up you hear that he was discharged with a "mental health counseling" appointment next week.

What Grief Feels Like During COVID-19Greatergood.berkeley ~ While sadness is about fully acknowledging the loss, the grieving process is about getting beyond it. The bigger the loss, the bigger the hole in our life, the longer we grieve. 

Women, Alcohol, And COVID-19Health.harvard ~ According to the U.S. National Pandemic Emotional Impact Report, compared to men, women reported higher rates of pandemic-related changes in productivity, sleep, mood, health-related worries, and frustrations with not being able to do enjoyable activities.

Bicycling And Walking By Older AdultsAarp ~ More than ever before, older adults are bicycling and walking instead of driving. Like younger generations, people age 50 or older are choosing to ride a bike or slip into comfortable footwear for exercise as well as for commuting to work and running errands.

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The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission is one of approximately sixty-six community mental health boards in Illinois.  Boards are generally organized on a county basis except in suburban Cook County where there are a limited number of mental health boards in suburban townships.  In addition to Lyons Township, these include Berwyn Township, Cicero Township, Hanover Township, Proviso Township and Riverside Township. 

To find contact information for these or other mental health boards in Illinois, please link to the website of the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois by clicking here. Then click “Membership Lists” to access the appropriate page.

To learn more about the Township of Lyons and the services it offers, please visit their web site at www.LyonsTownshipIL.gov.