Teen Showcase at IVCC reminds teens to think, love and dream big

The Newstribune

He looked like their dad but he talked their talk.

He is known as the teen whisperer but Jeff Yalden did anything but whisper.

The 46-year-old Marine from Myrtle Beach, S.C., shouted his message to more than 600 area students Thursday at the annual Teen Showcase at Illinois Valley Community College.

Underage Drinking on the Decline

Tonica News

TONICA/LOSTANT — The upcoming months are a busy time for high school students. The weather has improved; more outdoor activities are available; preparations for prom have begun; and graduation will be here shortly. It is a time full of parties and celebrations, but oftentimes those activities can provide the temptation of underage drinking. To increase public awareness of the potential dangers, April was designated “National Alcohol Awareness Month.”

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Public Will Have Chance to Weigh In on Heroin Problem


Many 12-step programs say admitting there is a problem is the first step toward recovery. 

Peru is pushing for the Illinois Valley to take that step in regard to the area’s heroin problem.  

“Someone needs to take the lead on it so, I thought we would,” said Peru police chief Douglas Bernabei during Peru finance and safety services committee meeting. “We’re going to call a public forum not to solve the heroin problem but to admit there is one in the whole region.”

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Juvenile Justice Council Sets May 21st Seminar

The Times

The La Salle County Juvenile Justice Council will host its annual Juvenile Justice Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive.

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Change in Your Mood Could Be Seasonal

The Newstribune

What are the signs and symptoms of SAD?

Sarah Morscheiser, a clinician with North CentralBehavioral Health Systems says people with SAD report feeling depressed and having low energy. They may notice changes in their daily functioning such as irritability or hypersensitivity to stressful situations, along with tiredness, oversleeping or weight gain.

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Diane Farrell Talks About Symptoms of Depression

AM1220 WLPO News

Our Chief Clinical Officer, Diane Farrell spoke with AM1220 WLPO Jennifer Nagle about the symptoms of depression, following the tragic death of Robin Williams.

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Many Seeking Healthcare Benefits

The Newstribune

A law as massive as the ACA won’t be without a few “wrinkles,” said John Reinert, director of service planning and development for North Central Behavioral Health Systems in La Salle.

But those wrinkles aren’t enough to disguise a program that already is helping the uninsured and the underinsured, he said.

Earlier changes in the law enacted parity in mental health and substance abuse services covered by insurance plans. Reinert said if a plan offers mental health coverage, then it must be at the same rate as coverage for other medical services.

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NCBHS Employees Certified to Teach Youth MHFA in Illinois

LaSalle, IL (July 2013)- In January of this year, President Obama called for the Mental Health First Aid training program, to help teachers and students recognize the signs of mental health disorders in young people and to assist in getting them the appropriate care. 

Mental health awareness priority for local provider

The Ottawa Times

Mental health is a growing social issue, and one service provider is hoping to educate the public about the potential of successful treatment.

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Taking Mental Health Seriously

The Newstribune

Although not as easily treated as a cold or readily diagnosed as a broken bone, mental health illnesses can be as disruptive and painful as many other diseases.

“You can’t just fix it with a pill. So much of it is behavioral,” said John Reinert, director of service planning and development at North Central Behavioral Health Systems

With next week as Mental Health Awareness Week, local mental health professionals are hoping more people take mental health seriously and understand that it is a disease.

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