2020-2021 Virtual McLean County Community Behavioral Health Forum

(Please view the following available sessions and use the corresponding link to register) 

To view previously recorded forum sessions please visit our channel on YouTube


Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health and Racism

Date: November 25th, 2020 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Gaynett Hoskins – McLean County Government

Individuals will be able to: 

  • Define trauma, racial trauma and understand their impact on mental health
  • Discuss examples of racial trauma
  • Identify possible ways for healing

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NAMI Ending the Silence for Families

Date: December 17th, 2020 Time: 8am-9:15am

Presenter: Colleen O’Connor - Project Oz & NAMI and Neal Iden - Project Oz & NAMI

Adolescents will:

  • Know facts, statistics, and warning signs of mental health concerns
  • Better know how to talk with your child
  • Know how to work with school staff



“Be a Man” – The Impact of Stigma on Men Seeking Help for Mental Health, and How Mental Health May Present in Men 

Date: December 30th, 2020 Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Presenter: Dorothy Davis – Children’s Home and Aid

Individuals will be able to:

  • Better understand the history of male-specific stigma toward mental health
  • Understand the role society plays in perpetuating the stigma
  • Common mental health concerns in men and how men can seek help
  • Resources available for men




Unhealthy Coping: When to be Concerned

Date: January 5th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Aly Ford – Chestnut Health Systems

Individuals will be able to:

  • Identify common stressors during COVID-19
  • Understand possible healthy and unhealthy coping strategies for the stressors
  • Identify when an unhealthy coping strategy becomes problematic 
  • Know where to seek help when unhealthy coping needs addressed
  • Learn healthy coping alternatives



Understanding Shifts in Mental Health in Young Children

Date: January 7th, 2021 Time: 8am-9:30am

Presenter: Nona Waller – McLean County Center for Human Services

Adults will:

  • Understand what typical development for youth of varying stages looks like
  • Understand what a change in mental health may look like in children
  • Be able to identify anxiety changes, depression shifts, or other concerns
  • Be able to know possible resources for help for your child, how to advocate for them, and what to discuss with your pediatrician or other professional



Keeping Kids Safe; While Using Technology

Date: January 11th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Ben Tracy – Safe Social Network 

Adults will be able to:

  • Understand how technology has shifted in the last decade and understand the differences in how different age groups use technology
  • Identify emerging issues and threats with technology and youth’s use of it
  • Learn tips on how to keep your kids safe using real-life specific examples


Incorporating Play and Movement When Days Are Now at Home

Date: January 14th Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Sarah Tunall – Director of Youth Development, Bloomington-Normal YMCA

Adults will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health in children
  • Know how COVID-19 has reduced physical activity and understand potential problems
  • Learn techniques and ways to incorporate play and movement into life at home



NAMI Ending the Silence

Date: January 18th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Colleen O’Connor - Project Oz & NAMI and Neal Iden - Project Oz & NAMI

Individuals will know:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Personal perspectives on the experience of those living with mental illness.
  • Recovery and coping strategies.
  • Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • How to help friends



Moving from Anxiety to Wellbeing

Date: January 21, 2021 Time: 4pm-5:15pm

Presenter: Meghan Moser – McLean County Center for Human Services

Individuals will be able to:

  • Understand anxiety and other common mental health challenges
  • Understand how this impacts you internally and externally
  • Identify techniques to address well-being long-term
  • Identify strategies for dealing with acute anxiety 




Best Apps for Calming, Anxiety Reduction, Mood, and Sleep

Date: February 4th, 2021 Time: 4pm-5:15pm

Presenter: Michael Raymond – OSF Health Care 

Individuals will be able to:

  • Identify apps and technology for aiding in reducing anxiety, improving mood, or improving sleep
  • Identify different apps specific to different populations or needs
  • Understand how the apps work, local resources, and potential costs involved


Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Older Adults

Date: February 16th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Michael O’Donnell Member of the Executive Committee and Interim Administrative Assistant of Mental Health & Aging

Individuals will be able to:

  • Understand how COVID-19 and isolation uniquely impacts older adults 
  • Learn tips for how to connect, even without technology 
  • Learn how to recognize signs for concern of older adults you love


How to Incorporate Discussion about Emotions into Everyday Life and Emotional Regulation in Kids

Date: February 18th, 2021 Time: 4pm-5:15pm

Presenter: Abby Lyons – Regional Office of Education #17

Adults will be able to:

  • Identify principles of social and emotional learning
  • Learn how to incorporate social and emotional learning into daily life
  • Understand what emotional regulation is and the role of self-regulation in children
  • Understand why emotional regulation can be hard for some children (and adults) 
  • Learn strategies and techniques for helping teach and promote emotional regulation


Understanding the Unique Needs of Mental Health Care for BIPOC

Date: February, 24th Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Stacey Wiggins – Illinois State University MSW Candidate & First Star Academy

Individuals will be able to:

  • Know each of the BIPOC letters and their relevance
  • Understand the impact of using terms such as “minority” or “marginalized” on mental health
  • Learn statistics specific to the BIPOC community
  • Understand mental health issues specific to BIPOC
  • Know resources for information and help




PTSD in Veterans and First Responders

Date: March 8th, 2021 Time: 3:15pm-4:15pm

Presenter: Kurtis Fraiser – Element26 Gym 

Individuals will be able to:

  • Define PTSD and know its warning signs and symptoms
  • Understand what makes it more common among veterans and first responders
  • Learn current treatment techniques and the role therapy can play in PTSD
  • Know available resources for veterans and first responders



Restorative Practices

Date: March 16th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Kevin Jones – Regional Office of Education #17

Individuals will be able to:

  • Define Restorative Practices and understand its history
  • Understand how Restorative Practices impact individuals and communities
  • Learn how to implement Restorative Practices within their own circles
  • Have resources for learning more about Restorative Practices



Suicide Prevention

Date: March 18th, 2021 Time: 7:30am-8:45am

Presenter: Kevin Richardson – PATH Crisis Center

Individuals will be able to:

  • Identify the warning signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and suicide
  • Know signs and symptoms, even when contact is not in person
  • Learn how to talk to someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts and help connect them to care
  • Learn community and informational resources




Abuse, Trauma and Mental Health

Date: April 12th, 2021 Time: 11am-12:15pm

Presenter: Melissa Box, Clinical Director – ABC Counseling & Family Services

Individuals will be able to:

  • Understand the cycle and interrelatedness of trauma and abuse
  • Understand how trauma impacts mental health
  • Know when and how to seek out services, resources and supports for yourself or others



Self-Care and Resilience

Date: April 20th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Sarah Stalter – McLean County Government 

Individuals will be able to:

  • Define self-care, coping and resilience and understand how they’re connected
  • Recognize warning signs that your self-care is lacking
  • Know when to ask for help
  • Learn new ideas for self-care




Date: April 27th, 2021 Time: 12pm-1:15pm

Presenter: Blair Brown – Psychology Specialists

Individuals will be able to:

  • Learn culturally competent terminology and language relative to LGBTQIA+ individuals
  • Know statistics and facts relative to LGBTQIA+ mental health
  • Understand internalized homophobia and microaggressions to know how to shift away from these behaviors