Orland Park Special Services To Host Mental Health Services Seminar

Orland Park Special Services To Host Mental Health Services Seminar
Posted on 02/23/2011

Early detection of psychological and emotional problems is an important first step on the road to recovery through proper medication and treatment.

The Village of Orland Park Office of Special Services will present "Mental Health Services in the South Suburbs" on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue.

Jack Starkey is a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness- South Suburbs of Chicago (NAMI). This volunteer, self-help, grass roots organization is comprised of families and friends of persons who have mental illnesses and consumers of mental health services.

"The mental health system is fragmented," Starkey said. "It's difficult to know what services are available and where to go for services," he noted. "Our March 1st program brings together at one location all of the major non-profit community mental health agencies that cover the south suburban area of Cook and Will Counties," Starkey said.

NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago is the local affiliate of the State and National Alliance on Mental Illness organizations. The free seminar is designed for families and others to increase their awareness of mental health services that are available in the south suburbs.

Seminar topics include educational programs and support groups, vocational training, outpatient services, residential services, crisis intervention, special services for children and teenagers and forensic mental health services.

"Mayor McLaughlin created the village's Office of Special Services so that we could offer programs like this one, serving as a centralized source of information," said Deputy Village Clerk Joe LaMargo. "We thank Mr. Starkey for facilitating this seminar and bringing these agencies together for the benefit of the community," LaMargo added.

Along with representatives from NAMI, program participants will include Cornerstone Services, Grand Prairie Services, Metropolitan Family Services, Orland Township Family Services, Sertoma, Thresholds, Trinity Services and Will County Health.

Participating organizations emphasize the importance of an informed populace because, in a given year, 22% of adults and 13% of children have diagnosable mental disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment are factors in a successful recovery.

The program is designed to increase awareness of what clinical services are available in the south suburbs. Attendees will learn about educational programs, support groups, outpatient counseling, residential services, vocational training, crisis intervention, special services for children and teenagers, and forensic mental health services.

Further information is available by calling Special Services at 708/403-6188.