Posted on May 23, 2017
Rev. Jeanne Hanson from Samaritan Counseling Center gave a great picture of what mental health looks like in our community and in America.
Everyone has mental health, and it can range from great to terrible, just like our physical health. It can last a short time, or a long time. It's brought on by stressors like work, finances, trauma, relationships, death, divorce, bullying, lack of sleep, lack of physical health, etc. Many who need mental health care don't receive it because of stigma, finances or lack of services. Illinois has closed many mental health clinics and consequently the Cook County jail is the biggest provider of mental health services in Illinois. 
Unfortunately, 44,000 people a year die by suicide. 90% had a mental illness. We can save a life if we are aware of what mental illness looks like and acts like, and intervene to help. Mental Health First Aid training is coming to the Barrington area - get trained! And tell the Healthier Barrington Coalition what you think about how Barrington is doing in terms of mental health and many, many other topics. Go to
If you or someone you know needs help please reach out and contact:
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs
1000 Hart Rd., Suite 201, Barrington, IL 60010
847-382-HOPE (4673)