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Mental Health

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The McLean County coroner and the head of a crisis hotline and information center in central and other parts of Illinois sounded a warning note about people in mental crisis on Friday.

Coroner Kathy Yoder and Providing Access To Help (PATH) Director Karen Zangerle said four recent suicides in central Illinois highlight the need to raise awareness that there are resources for those in crisis.

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A crisis hotline in Bloomington is handling a sharp increase in calls as anxiety grows due to the pandemic.

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UPDATED 4 p.m. | A second person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the county's health department said Tuesday.

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As many as 50 high-risk youth with mental illness or substance abuse issues in McLean County will benefit from a new team approach to serving them, funded in part by a new grant.

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A Bloomington-based health care trust was able to fund more than half of the agencies that applied for funding in its first ever grant cycle this year.

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Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

McLean County

Trauma and the behavioral health concerns that come as a result must be addressed.

Susan Schafer speaking at McLean County Board.
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McLean County Board member Susan Schafer has announced she intends to seek a fourth term on the board next year.

The Republican Schafer has served District 9 on the County Board since she was first elected to a two-year term in 2010. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

District 9 includes parts of southeast and southwest Bloomington.

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A coalition of health advocates in McLean County has produced a study which said the most pressing health needs in the county are similar to what they were in 2016 when the group produced its first report.

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A new state law directs the Illinois Department of Human Services to create an online database with mental health resources that parents and school staff can use to help students.

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The John M. Scott Health Care Commission announced it will award up to $450,000 in grants to health service agencies this fiscal year.

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The Unit 5 school board Wednesday voted to expand a collaborative agreement with Chestnut Health Systems to bring a full-time mental health counselor to Normal West high school.

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The new state budget awaiting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature includes what advocates say is a much-needed $80 million increase in funding for mental health and addiction treatment.

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One of McLean County's new programs aimed to address mental health is a step closer to reality.

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When a community is struggling with a social issue, theatre can be a place to explore it. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” tackled the obsession with success the American Dream instills in Willy Loman. Joseph Stein’s “Fiddler on the Roof” shows the power of community tradition as a glue that can keep people together in tough times.

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Every year leaders across McLean County gather to discuss the State of the County. This year, the county celebrated Rivian and Brandt Industries for providing continued economic development.

Rob and Karen
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When trauma impacts young children, the long-term effects can be detrimental to society, in addition to the individual traumatized.

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A mental health triage center is on pace to open this spring in the building housing the McLean County Health Department on West Front Street in downtown Bloomington.

An Illinois Senate bill aims to help children who are at risk of entering state custody because of issues caused by untreated mental illness. The measure comes as states grapple with ways to help parents who face a heartbreaking choice: giving up custody to obtain expensive treatment for a child.

Research shows African-Americans are less likely to access treatment for mental illness.

Cultural norms and the stigma associated with having a mental illness are partly to blame, according to Shardé Smith, assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Only a multipronged approach to mental health care will meet the needs of young people who are growing up in the age of smart phones and high expectations, according to a panel of experts who spoke at Tuesday’s GLT Community Conversation.

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Fifty percent of counties in the U.S. have no mental health physician. That’s according to Mennonite College of Nursing professor Cindy Kerber.

Ashoor Rasho has spent more than half of his life alone in a prison cell—22 to 24 hours a day. The cell was so narrow he could reach his arms out and touch both walls at once.

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Unit 5 social workers are emphasizing the role a parent plays in the lives of children experiencing trauma.

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Center for Human Services

Psychiatric services in McLean County face another cut after the Center for Human Services announced Tuesday that it must shut its doors to new clients.

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Center for Human Services

McLean County has limited access to child psychiatrists. If youths in need are lucky enough to find one, they are often placed on a seemingly endless waitlist. Those who aren’t so lucky are often referred to a doctor outside of the county, and yes, another wait list.

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In a time when concerns are rising about the social and emotional health of youth, there are not enough child psychiatrists to provide services.

McLean County Jail
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McLean County officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a nearly $40 million jail expansion.

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Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday with no pitch regarding his election campaign, just five weeks away from midterms.

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Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.