Earlier this week Impact's Housing Program attended the Helping Professions Event at University of Illinois Chicago. Impact's Operations Manager, Vince Heneghan, attended the panel and breakout session. In speaking about the event, he said, "it's great to see young people so eager to get involved and make a difference."
The irony isn't lost on us...National Sleep Awareness Week begins the same Sunday as Daylight Savings Time. Perhaps losing an hour of sleep is the most poignant reminder that we all could benefit from a bit more of it. Join Impact as March 11th through the 17th we learn more about the importance of sleep, how it affects mental health and what we all can do to get more of it.
In honor of International Women's Day Impact is sharing some of the female pioneers in mental health that have shaped the mental health industry and continue to inspire us today. Women have always been on the forefront of mental health progress and 2018 is no exception. Scroll down to look at the great work that women are doing for the mental health world today!
Self-injury is difficult to talk about, but it is crucial to leading people to ask for help. This year on SIAD Impact has decided to share the infographic below on how to know the signs and stop the stigma. There is not one universal cause or solution for self-injury; however, conversation and education is a good place to start.
Impact Behavioral Health Partners is excited to share that after an extensive search process the Board of Directors has selected Patti Capouch as Impact’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Patti Capouch brings a wealth of leadership experience from a dynamic 20-year career in the field of health and human services. Patti has dedicated her life to working in respectful collaboration with underserved communities to reduce stigma and provide access to healthcare, housing, and social support.
Most recently, Patti was the CEO of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), a non-profit organization in Chicago that provides wraparound services such as behavioral health and psychosocial support for individuals living with, and impacted by, HIV/AIDS. Before coming to Chicago, Patti served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Frannie Peabody Center, the largest AIDS service organization in Maine. It was at Frannie Peabody that Patti developed a passion for housing issues, particularly the ways in which they are unjustly impacted by poverty, racism, and stigma pertaining to mental illness.
Patti received a Master’s in Social Work from Louisiana State University. As a social worker who has been both in the trenches of case management and served as a present-day CEO, Patti understands how every person who is part of the team--from the agency’s staff, board, advocates, donors, and participants--are integral to the success of that agency. Patti enjoys motivating, empowering and mentoring agency leaders, and looks forward to working with Impact to make meaningful change.
Impact looks forward to introducing Patti to each all of its friends and advocates in the Evanston community as it continues in its commitment to mental health treatment and recovery.
On October 31st, 2017 Impact Participants, Staff and Volunteers all came out to celebrate Halloween! There was a costume contest, pumpkin painting, food, and games. We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year's party.
On September 19, 2017 Impact Behavioral Health Partners hosted their first event under their new name at the Writers Theatre in Glencoe. Guests enjoyed a viewing of "Trevor: the Musical." At the end of the evening, Impact had raised over $150,000. Thanks to Clune Construction, the event's sponsor, 100% of the event's proceeds will go directly to programming! Thanks to all who attended!
All photos from an Evening at The Theatre were provided by Meagan Adams Photography