Step Up For Mental Health is committed to helping families find peer and professional support and access to services they need. Below are our current programs.
Find Local Services for Families
We know in times of stress it can be difficult to get help or even to know where to turn. Step Up For Mental Health is your support system in time of great need. Contact us and let us help you find the best services in your area. We will work with you short or long-term to try to find a solution.
Mentoring and Tutoring Children’s Program (Chicago)
We support families by mentoring and tutoring children in the Chicago community. We also partner with other nonprofits and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to lend our skills in helping children become their best selves in reading, math, language, and technology. We support kids dealing with mental health in the home from grades 1-5 (Reading, Math, Language) and 9-12 in technology. We work with two to three (2-3) schools during the school term.
Step Up Small Grants Program
We know that sometimes the moment of giving up or pushing forward to fight another day is the difference between an hour, day, week or month. We understand where you are and want to help move you forward. That’s why we believe helping with small grants when you need it most. Whether you need short-term mental support, or unsure where your next meal is coming from and need a bag of groceries, we want to help you find a solution. If your family is affected by mental health daily, contact us and we will try to assist.
Education and Outreach
Local and Online Peer-to-Peer Group Support
We’ve been where you are now — either as a person with a mental disorder or a short or long-term caregiver. If you need to talk and share your experiences with peers who understand your journey, join our eight-week program and be part of a collective group who will support and listen to you.
Our group meetups will deal with mental health topics including depression, suicide, self-care, mental health caregivers and daily issues we face. All group session are free from judgment, blame, and support, and are 100% confidential.
Our eight-week peer-to-peer sessions will address seven (7) topics in 2017-18:
- Schizophrenia Life – August – September 2017
- Children and Teen Bullying – October – November 2017
- Family Caregivers – February – March 2018
- Daily Mental Health – April – May 2018
- Minority Mental Health – June – July 2018
- Bi+ Life and Support – August – September 2018
- Depression and Family Life – October – November 2018
As always, professional help is the best solution for any mental health disorder, but we believe peer support can be of great benefit. If you are in crisis or need emergency care, call 911 or our partner Crisis Text Line. Text START to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support.
Step Up Virtual Bike Ride
Every year in September we stretch far and wide from neighborhood, town, city-to-city to educate our communities about mental health and it’s affect on families. 1-4 families are affected by mental health whether you have a disorder, are a caregiver or someone in your community. Show the world you can #StepUpForMentalHealth and bike for a cause! This year our Virtual Bike Ride is September 9-17, 2017.
Bi+ Community: Bi Social Network (BSN) Project
We help Bi+ (bisexual) individuals and the community get access to mental health services by way of advocacy, assisting them with finding local services in their area, and with small grants. We are particularly focusing on Bi+ seniors, homeless youth and disenfranchised groups – along with educating the Bi+ population on mental health, homelessness and poverty concerns within the Bi+ community.