Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid – an adaptation for communities

Just as we know what to do when someone is choking or bleeding, so too shouldn’t we know how to apply first aid for people’s spirits and emotional hurt?

This workshop will teach you how to use positive, pro-active healing techniques for those who have been exposed to traumatizing and emotional events in their homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. This workshop provides practice in applying the core principles of Psychological First Aid when responding to persons who have been exposed to community and domestic violence. Through discussion, role-playing and team exercises, participants will apply the 7 Core Psychological First Aid Actions to realistic scenarios. The goal of this workshop is to reduce immediate and potentially long-term impacts of violence and other traumatic exposures.

Date:        Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Time:        4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location:  King Center, 4314 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60615

Cost: Free       Refreshments will be provided

For more information please call  1-773-324-8564 or 1-312-745-0381 or e-mail

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Citizens’ Advisory Board of the Greater Grand/Mid-South Mental Health Center and the Office of Violence Prevention, City of Chicago Department of Public Health (312.745.0381)


Community Mental Health Board of Chicago – Meeting



FROM: Mr. Darryl L. Gumm, Chairman of the Board

DATE: December 17, 2009

SUBJECT: Community Mental Health Board Meeting.


Please be advised that this is our last meeting for this year to be scheduled on Monday, December 21st, at10:00 am in the 2nd floor  Board room at 333 South State Street.

Highlights for this meeting will be setting goals and objectives for the year 2010, reviewing outcomes of our efforts to maintain and staffing all twelve remaining centers.

Please feel free to bring a dish as we celebrate this holiday season.

Again thank your for your participation and dedication as we struggled through this past year.

Sincerely yours,

Darryl L. Gumm,

Chairman of the Board

The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action

Research shows that people living in communities plagued with high rates of joblessness, poverty, crime and violence as well as inadequate housing, health care, education and social services suffer disproportionately high rates of stress, anxiety, trauma-induced illnesses, depression, substance abuse and cognitive challenges.  Often, the mental health preventions and interventions that are implemented in these difficult social contexts are designed to affect individual change; rarely do they seek to address or alter the broader social conditions that cause psychological illness. By failing to address the critical social determinants of mental health, health care policies and programs often fall short of meeting the needs of our most disadvantaged communities.

On June 3rd and 4th, 2010, the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler School of Professional Psychology will host its annual conference at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. Entitled “The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action”, the purpose of the Conference is to…

· Increase awareness about how social conditions impact mental health and well-being;

· Develop and disseminate mental health prevention and intervention strategies that are informed by the social determinants framework;

· Create multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and address the complex social conditions that impact mental health; and

· Develop new knowledge and practice innovations.

Keynote Speakers:

David Satcher, MD, PhD – The 16th Surgeon General of the United States, past member of the World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and currently, the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Center at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH – Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, Research Professor at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan.

A 300 word abstract is due on December 31, 2009.

For more detailed information on the Call for Papers, please go to: