Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween from Rosecrance!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Rosecrance!

In the news: Stars of Light sheds light on mental illness

The Rock River Times wrote a glowing review of a recent Stars of Light Theatre Troupe performance in Rockford, IL.

From the Times:

The Stars of Light Theatre troupe gave a stirring presentation last week for the members of the Kiwanis Club of Rockford at the Stockholm Inn. Members were taken aback by the performance of members of the group, mostly composed of local community members who suffer from one type of mental illness or another.

Under the direction of Stephen F. Vrtol III and producer Mary Gubbe Lee, the group, performing in the area since 1995, gave a moving anecdotal and statistical representation of the perils of those who deal with mental illness each and every day.

To say Kiwanians in the audience were moved by the honesty and professionalism shown was an understatement. In particular, the staggering number of those who are mentally ill and are housed in county, state and federal jails and prisons is particularly disturbing, ranging between 50 and 65 percent.

The Stars of Light is a traveling theatre troupe composed of mental health clients who educate the public about mental illness and reduce the stigma that surrounds it while sharing their artistic talents and personal stories. Read more about them here.

Read the complete Rock River Times article here.

Miss Illinois visits Rosecrance adolescent patients


Hannah Smith, Miss Illinois 2011, visited adolescent patients at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus on Oct. 21 as part of Red Ribbon Week.

Smith’s message was simple: Character counts – even when no one is watching.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following the last full week included as appropriate celebration dates.

Red Ribbon Week celebrates communities and individuals taking a stand for the hopes and dreams of children through a commitment to drug prevention, education and a personal commitment to living drug free lives. The goal of Red Ribbon Week is a drug-free America.

Read more about Red Ribbon Week here.

1 in 3 adolescents begin drinking by end of 8th grade, says NIAAA

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a guide for healthcare professionals to help identify children and teenagers ages nine to 18 who are at risk for alcohol-related problems, provide brief counseling and refer them to treatment resources if that is indicated.

The details are provided by SAMHSA:

The evidence-based guide, Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide, includes a two-question risk assessment as well as links to resources for motivational interviewing. NIAAA developed the guide and supporting pocket guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to download or order the guide at no cost

Stars of Light release autumn tour schedule

The Stars of Light Theatre Troupe has released their autumn tour schedule:

Monday, October 24, 2011
Noon to 1 p.m.
lIinois Statewide Transition Conference
Crowne Point Plaza
3000 South Dirksen PKWY
Springfield, IL 62073

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
9:30 a.m.
Winnebago County Corrections
Winnebago County Justice Center
Rockford, IL 61101

Monday, October 31, 2011
9:30 a.m.
Winnebago County Corrections
Winnebago County Justice Center
Rockford, IL 61101

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jubilee Center
410 N. Church Street
Rockford, IL 61103

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NAMI Northern Illinois
Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc.
706 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103

Teens have places to turn for help

Americans are dying from accident less often than they used to. One cause of unintentional death, however, is on the rise.

As written in the Naperville Sun:

Drug overdoses — such as those that killed three Naperville teens over the summer — are taking lives at unprecedented rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the incidence of overdose deaths has increased fivefold since 1990. In 2007, there were 27,658 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the National Vital Statistics System. In 2009, the number was 37,485.

Many say it is especially alarming that young people don’t seem to be getting the message, turning a deaf ear to the danger signs even as their peers perish.

“We feel like we’re seeing more heroin use in the young age groups than we did just five years ago,” said Dr. David Lott, director of the chemical dependency unit at Linden Oaks at Edward in Naperville, where admissions for addiction to heroin and other opiates have tripled in the past six years.

The problem often starts in the comfort of home. Many kids need go no farther than the bathroom medicine cabinet.

Read the entire article here.

Loved ones spell out how, why kids are abusing dangerous drugs

The Naperville Sun has published an article detailing how and why kids are abusing dangerous drugs.

From the Sun:

Several days after his 17th birthday, Warner was found dead on his patio, having suffered an apparent overdose. Friends with Warner that evening describe their friend as alive and well at the time they left for home. What transpired between that point and Warner’s death remains unknown. Raphe Marsden was Warner’s best friend, and has spoken candidly about his friend’s death, and the drug problem plaguing Naperville.

He continues to mourn Warner’s passing.

“It’s good to have his Facebook still,” Marsden said. “I can go back and look at the last conversations we had this summer.”

Read the entire article here.

In the news: Rosecrance in Naperville to discuss increased drug, alcohol use

Rosecrance Director of Outreach Programs Claudia Evenson spoke in Naperville on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, about recognizing warning signs of drug abuse.

Evenson spoke as part of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation monthly meeting. The event was covered by the Naperville Sun.

From the Sun:

The well-known incident involving Naperville North High School students celebrating the first day of school by showing up intoxicated left a distinct impression on many parents in the community.

The students might have thought they were pretty cool.

“Adults didn’t think it was so cute,” Bob Buckman, Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation president, said Saturday at the group’s monthly meeting.

The confederation decided to deviate from the homeowner’s association issues it usually talks about to spend one Saturday taking up the cause of educating the Naperville community on how to raise drug-free kids.

Read the complete article here.

Rosecrance's Mary Ann Abate to speak at women's healthcare seminar

A Night to Celebrate Women in Healthcare: The Role and Influences of Women in Healthcare Professions

Mary Ann Abate, Rosecrance Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Mental Health Services, will speak on a panel at “A Night to Celebrate Women in Healthcare: The Role and Influences of Women in Healthcare Professions.”

The seminar is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the University of Illinois School of Medicine Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107.

Other panelists include Dr. Diana Boone (Rockford Health Systems), Sharon Garcia (Winnebago County Health Department), Ellyn Rose de Jesus (University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford), Dr. Kathleen Kelly (SwedishAmerican Hospital), Dr. Lisa Malone (Crusader Community Health), Dr. Elizabeth Mendeloff (University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford), Dr. Jamie Milos (Private practice dentistry) and Leta Stewart (OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center). Dr. Patrician Ryan Lewis (University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago/Rockford) is the moderator.

The seminar is hosted by the University of Illinois School of Medicine and is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford and the American Association of University Women, Rockford Area Branch.

Rosecrance sponsors Kennedy 5K Run/Walk for Mind, Body & Soul

The Mental Health Association of the Rock River Valley is proud to present the fifth annual Kennedy 5K Run/Walk for Mind, Body & Soul, sponsored by Rosecrance.

This event is open to the community and family participation is encouraged. The fee to participate is $20.

Register for the event here, or by visiting the Rosecrance Berry Campus on Friday, Oct. 14, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 15, between 7 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

The Kennedy 5K Run/Walk for Mind, Body & Soul is an opportunity for us all to move toward our vision of recovery and wellness. This event is major mental health event that helps draw providers, families and consumers together for fun, exercise and community awareness.

The run starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp. The fitness walk will begin immediately following the run.

We need your help. To volunteer, please contact Christine Nicholson by email or by calling 815-387-2572.