AFSP Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk

AFSP Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk The Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Experience is an annual event to raise awareness, connect the community with each other and resources, and help foster a world without suicide. afsp.org/Rockford

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When: Thursday, September 03, 20202:00 PM - 6:00 PMLocation: Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center, 118 North Main Stre...
08/21/2020
HFSRB

When: Thursday, September 03, 2020
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center, 118 North Main Street, JR Sullivan Theatre, Rockford, IL
118 North Main Street, Rockford, IL

Details:
LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITTEN COMMENT

In accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act and 77 Illinois Adm. Code Part 1130 of the Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board, Notice is given of a Public Hearing on an application for exemption for discontinuation of the 20-bed acute mental illness category of service at Javon Bea Hospital- Rockton Avenue Campus, 2400 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois .

The Public Hearing is to be held pursuant to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act (20 ILCS 3960). The Public Hearing is open to the public with the opportunity to present relevant verbal and written comments on the proposed project. The public hearing will be held on:

Thursday, September 3, 2020
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center
JR Sullivan Theater
118 North Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101
The public will be able to access this public hearing via WebEx. Information regarding COVID 19 compliance and WebEx information will be posted on the HFSRB website at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/hfsrb/

If you should have any questions please contact Courtney Avery, Administrator at (312) 590-6511 or at [email protected]

View up to date information on how Illinois is handling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response Site

We're in this together. #TogetherToFightSuicide
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We're in this together.
#TogetherToFightSuicide

AFSP has launched our #HopeIntheMailBox postcard campaign! You have the chance to brighten someone’s day by sending 1, 2...
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I just sent someone #HopeInTheMailbox. Send a postcard to your loved one today.

AFSP has launched our #HopeIntheMailBox postcard campaign! You have the chance to brighten someone’s day by sending 1, 2, or more FREE HOPE postcards to anyone on your mind. Help bring a smile to someone’s face by surprising them with a HOPE card in the mail. All you need to do is visit, - www.afsp.org/HopeInTheMailbox - enter the information, and postcards will be sent starting on 8/17.

#FeelGoodFriday

I just sent someone #HopeInTheMailbox. Send a postcard to your loved one today.

Are you an acute care provider making a difference in suicide prevention? We encourage you to apply for our Innovation i...
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Are you an acute care provider making a difference in suicide prevention? We encourage you to apply for our Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award in partnership with American College of Emergency Physicians - ACEP!

Learn more at afsp.org/PreventionAward

Depression can make you feel like you're a burden on others and that you're not enough, but you really are. And to at le...
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Depression can make you feel like you're a burden on others and that you're not enough, but you really are. And to at least one person, you are everything. It could be a partner, parent, child, sibling, pet, or a friend. But you matter.

“We met in the sixth grade. She was such a positive person—the opposite of me. When you’ve gone your whole life without hearing ‘good job’ or ‘I’m proud of you,’ it sort of leaves an empty space in your mind. And you fill in the blanks with your own guesses about what people think of you. For me it was always something negative. But Makenzie was the opposite. I called her my bush baby because she had these bright eyes and would always be smiling. And I still see her that way. She’s a little more drained now that we have kids, but she’s always been a constant source of positivity. Even as my depression got worse and worse. People say: ‘It’s so selfish what you did. You have this great family. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?’ But that’s the thing. I never felt like I deserved to be a part of it. And it got to the point where I thought everyone’s life would be better if I removed myself from the equation. Makenzie freaked out when I came home from the hospital. There was a lot of crying and hugging. A few months later, when the dust had settled, we were sitting at the kitchen table. And I asked her: ‘Were you upset with me that day?’ She looked at me with tears in her eyes. And she said: ‘I need you.’ She told me that without me she wouldn’t have her best friend. And that going to bed at night would be harder. Something about that moment made it easy to believe her. It wasn’t some planned speech. She just said it. And that’s my goal in therapy right now. To believe what people say about me. It’s really hard for me to say good things about myself—so that’s the best I can do right now. If you ask my kids, they’ll tell you they have a great Daddy. They’ll say he’s really nice. I know their problems can seem immeasurable to them. So if they’re crying—even if it seems like there’s no reason-- I’ll sit with them as long as they need. Am I a good husband? That one is harder to answer. I’m afraid that I take more than I give. And I never want Makenzie to feel like I’m her fourth kid. I want to be a team. But I’ve gotten to the point where I can trust her to tell me. And she says I mean a lot to this family. She says we’re a team. So that means we’re a team.”

This Friday, July 24th is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2020 AFSP Sandy Martin Grassroots Field Advocate of...
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2020 Sandy Martin Field Advocate of the Year Award Nomination

This Friday, July 24th is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2020 AFSP Sandy Martin Grassroots Field Advocate of the Year Awards! Presented each year, this award honors those volunteer Field Advocates across the country who have gone above and beyond to advance AFSP's mission and public policy priorities.

Go to (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020advocateoftheyear) to nominate someone for the award. If you would like to nominate more than one individual, you may submit more than one nomination form. You may also nominate yourself.

Sandy Martin Grassroots Award (Field Advocate of the Year)** - For this award, AFSP seeks "unsung heroes" working at the state or local level who clearly exemplify sustained commitment to the mission of suicide prevention, particularly in the areas of advocacy and public policy. These grassroots advocates devote their time and energy to build relationships with public officials, network with state and local agencies and organizations, recruit volunteers to AFSP's Field Advocate and Field Ambassador networks, and further AFSP's Public Policy Priorities.

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None of these things make you weak or any less of who you are!
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None of these things make you weak or any less of who you are!

Do you recognize the face on the top row, right? That's Tandra and she was our AFSP Board member speaker at the walk las...
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Do you recognize the face on the top row, right? That's Tandra and she was our AFSP Board member speaker at the walk last year. Listen to this wonderful conversation on Facebook live at 3 p.m. central today!

Tune in for our Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change Town Hall: Mental Health in the Black Community Livestream, starting on 6/25 at 4 pm ET with our chief medical officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, Victor Armstrong, Tandra Rutledge and Arielle Sheftall! Panelists will discuss the mental health and suicide prevention needs of BIPOC communities.

Tune in right here to watch and participate. We can't wait to see you there!

If you're interested in learning more about mental health and suicide prevention, here are a couple upcoming virtual tra...
06/21/2020

If you're interested in learning more about mental health and suicide prevention, here are a couple upcoming virtual trainings totally free to participants.

Join AFSPIL for an upcoming training!

Wed 6/24 - More Than Sad: Parents (12:00pm)

Thursday 6/25 - Talk Saves Lives: LGBTQ (12:00pm)

To learn more and register, click here - https://afsp.org/chapter/illinois#events.

We are not going anywhere! We will continue in our fight against suicide and we hope you will be with us along the way. ...
06/16/2020

We are not going anywhere! We will continue in our fight against suicide and we hope you will be with us along the way.

Our walk date (Saturday, September 26) will remain the same and there is no chance that it does not continue in some fashion, even if it is all virtual! We will share more details as we get closer, and hope you will join us and share the word.

We could all use a little extra H O P E in our lives right now, right?

Black mental health matters. Swipe through for some mental health resources for the Black community. We see you, we hear...
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Black mental health matters. Swipe through for some mental health resources for the Black community. We see you, we hear you, and we support you! ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

There's no health with mental health! Anxiety, depression, and many other mental illnesses can cause physical ailments t...
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There's no health with mental health! Anxiety, depression, and many other mental illnesses can cause physical ailments too.

Do you walk in memory of a loved one/loved ones? Please share a photo and name(s) below.Photo taken at the 2019 Rockford...
06/04/2020

Do you walk in memory of a loved one/loved ones? Please share a photo and name(s) below.

Photo taken at the 2019 Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk by Traveling Macco

Our local volunteer leadership team is here to have a #realconvo. From our walk Volunteer Manager, Laura Butler:
05/20/2020

Our local volunteer leadership team is here to have a #realconvo. From our walk Volunteer Manager, Laura Butler:

Like, react, or comment if you'd be interested in any of the following in virtual format:- Tutorial on how to make your ...
04/25/2020

Like, react, or comment if you'd be interested in any of the following in virtual format:

- Tutorial on how to make your own coping cards, stress balls, or other coping methods

- Weekly or bi-weekly meet-up with the community to talk about the prompt for that meeting... i.e. Talking about gratitude, hope, strength... All of these things that can make us feel more positive and ease our mental anguish

- Videos from the Rockford AFSP volunteer leadership team about what they are doing to cope right now

- Videos where volunteers have an open conversation with their roommates/significant others/pets on how they are handling being at home more

- Virtual training sessions (such as suicide prevention in adults, youth, service members, or mental health first aid)

Feel free to post your own idea in the comments of what you'd like to see!

AFSP Illinois Chapter Regional Director, Courtney Collins, and board member, Dimple Patel will be hosting virtual Talk S...
04/20/2020

AFSP Illinois Chapter Regional Director, Courtney Collins, and board member, Dimple Patel will be hosting virtual Talk Saves Lives presentations this week.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 --> 4:30-5:30pm OR Thursday, April 23, 2020 --> 12:00-1:00pm

To register click on the link below:
https://afspil.wufoo.com/forms/sspwn9v1x05mzq/

Join us for Talk Saves Lives, an hour-long community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

These presentations will be held via Zoom and are completely free. Registration is required in advance and a Zoom link will be sent a day or two prior to the presentation. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

04/20/2020

#MENTALHEALTHMONDAY

We recognize that SO many of you are struggling right now, so we decided to bring some light to your days. In each of these videos, a suicide prevention and mental health advocate will share their experience and how they are healthily coping.

This video is from Laura Butler, who is the Volunteer Manager for the AFSP Rockford Walk committee. Thank you Laura for being brave and sharing!

If you'd like to share yours, send us a message. Make sure to take care of yourselves ❤️

It is National Volunteer Week and we want to say thank you to all of the volunteers and committee members who make this ...
04/20/2020

It is National Volunteer Week and we want to say thank you to all of the volunteers and committee members who make this annual walk and other events possible.

To my 2020 committee members: Shawn McGuire, Debra McGuire, Kristina Flores, Laura Butler, Joel Kenyon, Aaron Peterson, Vinnie Schwartz, Stephanie Clark, and Courtney Rodgers... You work so hard advocating for suicide prevention and for this walk, and none of this would be what it is without you all! Thank you! - Amanda Sink

04/16/2020

Take care of you! Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services have a new text line for mental health support called Call 4 Calm.

Residents can text TALK to 552020. For Spanish calls, text HABLAR to 552020. Residents can also text FOOD, SHELTER, and UNEMPLOYMENT to 552020 and receive information back to help you navigate.

AFSP launched a digital toolkit containing resources to help you cope with your mental health and the COVID-19 outbreak....
04/05/2020
Mental Health & COVID-19

AFSP launched a digital toolkit containing resources to help you cope with your mental health and the COVID-19 outbreak. You'll find advice, guidance, content for social sharing, public messages, and more. afsp.org/covid19

AFSP encourages everyone to engage in an open, honest dialogue with their friends and loved ones, to demonstrate compassion and kindness, and to practice self-care by exercising, meditating, and consuming the news in measured doses. We hope these tools help you to spread positive messages of hope, c...

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What activities are you doing to self-care?

We're so grateful to Northern Illinois 100 Women Who Care for this INCREDIBLE donation. We will be putting on a great ev...
03/07/2020

We're so grateful to Northern Illinois 100 Women Who Care for this INCREDIBLE donation. We will be putting on a great event with these funds for our community - more details to come!

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was presented with a check for $3500 today from Northern Illinois 100 Women who Care. They are planning to use these funds for an event on May 7.

“When researchers followed a group of 496 adolescent girls for eight years, until they were 20, they found a total of 13...
02/28/2020

“When researchers followed a group of 496 adolescent girls for eight years, until they were 20, they found a total of 13.2% of the girls had suffered from a DSM-5 eating disorder by age 20,” according to research published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, affect up to 30 million people across age and gender. A high proportion of people with eating disorders also have another mental disorder, particularly anxiety, mood or substance use disorders. And, unfortunately, less than one-third received treatment for a mental health problem in the past 12 months.

That means someone around you might be struggling with an eating and mental health disorder and not getting the support they need.

02/08/2020
Northern Illinois 100 Women Who Care

We're so thankful to the Northern Illinois 100 Women Who Care for this incredible donation! We have something awesome planned - details to come soon!

Thank you to all our members for a very successful and emotional meeting last night, and as always for Five Forks Market for being so generous in not only hosting us but also contributing ten percent of their monthly profit for March to our chosen charity!
The first recipients of the 2020 Northern Illinois Women Who Care donation is the American Federation Of Suicide Prevention. This organization aims to prevent suicide by reaching out to our local schools to provide programming and information on how to help someone who is suicidal and what signs to look for. They also offer help and resources to people affected by suicide and those having suicidal thoughts in our community. We were happy to have them and become more educated on the importance of these resources in our community! Thank you to all that came out, we look forward to see everyone at our next meeting!

Wondering what our committee does and the types of volunteer positions available are? These images help break it down! W...
01/07/2020

Wondering what our committee does and the types of volunteer positions available are? These images help break it down! We're holding an open meeting on Sat, Jan 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Whether you're looking for a new volunteer opportunity to give back to the community, would like to learn more about AFSP, or have a personal connection to this cause and want to be part of planning the annual walk and other events for AFSP, this meeting is the perfect place to get started!

Please note that some of these roles may already be filled, but if you have a strong interest in an area, we can still add you to the team! Contact our Walk Chair, Amanda Sink, if you have any questions. [email protected] or 815-435-0252

AFSP Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk's cover photo
01/04/2020

AFSP Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk's cover photo

As the New Year rolls around and you begin thinking about resolutions for 2020, consider a monthly mental health challen...
12/27/2019

As the New Year rolls around and you begin thinking about resolutions for 2020, consider a monthly mental health challenge for January.

One month where you do one small thing a day to improve your mental health. Are you in?

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a non-profit health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. The core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, which are held in hundreds of cities across the country, is to give people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

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WOW! Less than 48 hours until the walk and we have almost reached our fundraising goal! Who can help us get there? Let's rally and try to raise $24 each in the next 24 hours to reach the fundraising goal by Saturday! Thanks to everyone for your hard work!