With the support of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center has launched the first phase of a free after-school program for teens entitled Let’s Talk About It. The first 10-week phase of the program will be undertaken in collaboration with Skokie Public Library.
Once a week for ten weeks, October 7 – December 9, 2019, this free drop-in program will be held at Skokie Public Library for grades 7 – 12.
Created as an after-school forum in which teens can ask candid questions related to mental health and learn about resources available in their community, this program features an expert panel including a Turning Point therapist and Skokie Public Library staff. Questions can be raised in person or submitted anonymously online beforehand. Teens who have attended the hour-long discussion can stay afterwards for refreshments.
This program is an expansion of a previous pilot program between Turning Point and Skokie Public Library which was supported by the Skokie Community Foundation. With this new expansion, Turning Point looks forward to increasing the frequency of the forums and expanding the effort to a larger regional area. The 10-week program with Skokie Public Library represents the first phase of the project, with other similar collaborations to be hosted in adjacent geographic areas, coordinated by Turning Point. Turning Point will be coordinating the groups for teens, as well as hosting focus groups for parents in various regional areas.
NorthShore University HealthSystem is the lead sponsor of this regional effort.
Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney said, “We could not be more pleased to launch this regional effort to provide preventative support for teens who are struggling with behavioral, social, and emotional issues. We are grateful for the collaboration of Skokie Public Library and for the generous support of NorthShore University HealthSystem.”
Richard Kong, Director of Skokie Public Library echoed that enthusiasm saying, “One of the library’s key strategic priorities is to build a resilient community in which people, including local teens, experience well-being and a strong sense of belonging and connection to one another. We want teens to know that they’re not alone, and that there are people in the community who care for them. This is why the library is so excited to continue our collaboration with Turning Point, with the support of NorthShore University HealthSystem.”
When: October 7 – December 9, 2019; Mondays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077 in the Youth Program Room
To confirm the upcoming schedule and submit questions online, please visit: https://skokielibrary.info/events/teens/