Step Up For Mental Health mission and goals are to assist families in ways the whole family might need assistance. We are committed in helping meet the challenges families are facing with regards to peer and professional support and access to services.
Below are our current programs.
Step Up Assistance Program
(Find Local Services for Families)
We know in times of stress it can be difficult to get help or know where to turn. Step Up For Mental Health will be that support system in time of great need. Contact us and let us assist you in finding services in your area. We will work with you short or long-term to try to find a solution.
Mentoring and Tutoring Children
Our goals are simple. Children are affected by mental health in the home. We support families by aiding children when they need it most – through learning. Whether it’s working in the community we serve, partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and nonprofits, we want to help children and teens have a healthy start along the way.
- Working with children in grades 1st – 5th grades in Reading, Language and Math
- Teens in grades 9th-12th in Computers
Local and Online Peer-to-Peer Group Support
We’ve been there exactly where you are now, as a person with a mental disorder — short term or long or as caregivers. If you need to talk and share your experiences as only peers can understand, join our 4-week program as a collective group who will support you and listen to you. As always professional help is the best solution for any mental health disorder, but we also believe additional assistance can be of great benefit.
Our group meetups will deal with topics on mental health, depression, suicide, self-care, mental health caregivers and serious disorders. All group session are free from judgement, blame and support and is 100% confidential. Note: We are only a peer support group and can not give professional counseling or therapy to individuals.
Our 4-week peer-to-peer sessions will address seven (7) topics in 2017-18:
- Schizophrenia Life – September – October 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
If you are in crisis or you need emergency care, please call 911. We also have provided additional Mental Health Service Providers and other important services as a resource for your needs.
We know that sometimes the moment of giving up or pushing forward to fight another day is the difference between a hour, day, week or month. We understand were you are and want to help you move forward to success. That’s why we believe helping when you need it most.
In between a new job, needing short term mental support, or not knowing were your next meal is coming that week? We want to find a solution or help when you need it the most. If your family is affected by mental health daily contact us and we will try to help.
Bi+ Community: Bi Social Network (BSN) Project
Helping the Bi+ (bisexual) individual and community in times of stress get access to mental health services by way of advocacy, assisting them in finding local services in their area and 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.
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