An Open Letter to My Community

An Open Letter to My Community

Written by Maricruz Herrera-Cruz, CRSS, MHP   Growing up in Little Village, Chicago, as a neurodiverse, queer Latina, I navigated a world that often seemed not to have been built with me in mind. My neighborhood, vibrant with the colors of our murals and the sounds of...
The Most Important Kind of Love is Self-Love

The Most Important Kind of Love is Self-Love

Written by: Claudia Hypes, Community Education Coordinator Self-love…self-compassion, self-care, call it what you will- all these words are different articulations of the same act. This topic is a hard one to wrap up in a single blog post. In general, I find it hard...
Support for Mental Illness- A Gem in Our Midst

Support for Mental Illness- A Gem in Our Midst

Written by: Judy Litt, Drop-In Center Volunteer NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Metro Suburban Drop-In Center, Oak Park stands out amidst the community’s valuable assets.  I came across this 30-year-old organization at a Triton College senior...
Attending a NAMI Family Support Group

Attending a NAMI Family Support Group

Written by: Trina Bockus, Family Support Specialist  Attending a Family Support Group for the first time might feel a bit awkward – it isn’t an experience many of us have had before our loved one is diagnosed with a mental health condition. However, it’s simply a...