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Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month. All month long we recognize and bring attention to important mental health issues and opportunities in our community with information on events at Cathedral and other like-minded organizations, so you can get involved and be an advocate for mental health.


Promising News In Mental Health Policy

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor of Law from the University of Chicago Law School, spoke about new developments for the treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. 


Stamp Out Stigma

May is full of many mental health observances: Mental Health Month; Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week; National Prevention Week; Older Americans’ Mental Health Week; Schizophrenia Awareness Week; National Mental Health and Dignity Day; National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week; Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.


Mental Health Month Events Calendar

Click for a calendar of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Greater Chicago sponsored events for Mental Health Month.


Put Mental Health On the Table

The Kennedy Forum is partnering with the Chicago Community Trust to host On The Table. This is a day when the Trust invites the community to host conversations on topics important to them, usually centered around a meal. The Kennedy Forum is encouraging the mental health community to host conversations around mental health and addiction, with a goal of having 500 conversations affiliated with the Kennedy Forum.

Click to read about some of the hosts of these conversations across the nation.


Mental Health America Invites Self Expression

"Risky Business" is the 2017 theme and Mental Health America (MHA) believes that "it's important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns."

Click here for the tools and resources they've put together to help shed a light on these risks.


Unjust Incarceration: Breaking the Cycle for Individuals with Mental Illness

On May 25, 2016 Cathedral welcomed The Honorable Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, psychologist and Executive Director of the Cook County Jail to discuss the Cook County Sheriff’s programs addressing the needs of individuals struggling with mental illness.  

Check out photos of this event.