Round Five Taskforce Grant Recipients
Serenity House, Prevention Leadership Team, and NAMI DuPage
Project Title: Teen Ambassadors Project for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Stigma Reduction
Award Amount: $50,000
Summary: The project will engage teen volunteers to act as substance use prevention, mental wellness, and stigma reduction peer support ambassadors. These ambassadors will be trained and will work within their school communities and host panel discussions in the community to reduce stigma associated with substance use and mental wellness.
DuPage High School District 88
Project Title: Mental Health First Aid Training
Award Amount: $50,000
Summary: DuPage High School District 88 will become a certified Mental Health First Aid site and train staff members and students in grades 10-12 in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Project Title: Prevention Education Program and Grief Group
Award Amount: $32,425
Summary: Serenity House will provide substance use disorder prevention education to youth in middle schools, high schools, and universities. Education and awareness will also be provided through Overdose Awareness Day events and interactive educational experiences for parents. Serenity House will provide support to families through the Family Grief Support group.
Project Title: Expanding Behavioral Health Treatment Options
Award Amount: $20,330
Summary: Gateway Foundation will expand treatment options by introducing Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) therapy to individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorder and/or frequently co-occurring mental health issues. LENS neurofeedback is an innovative and evidence-based form of therapy that improves electro-neurological flexibility. This helps relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, attention deficits, and emotional disturbances.
Project Title: Peace Circles
Award Amount: $20,000
Summary: Immigrant Solidarity will organize peace circles for those struggling with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety where participants can talk with their peers in Spanish and share their challenges with trained Community Health Workers.
516 Light Foundation
Project Title: Sober Home Hope
Award Amount: $10,000
Summary: 516 Light Foundation will help individuals from relapsing after completing a treatment program by providing stipends to those in need of funds for a sober living home. Sober living after treatment improves the probability of achieving long-term recovery.