North Central Behavioral Health Systems

Life is a balancing act.

Everyone can identify a point in their life when they became overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, depression or addiction. Even if these symptoms disappear, the underlying problems often don’t. Confidential, expert counseling from NCBHS can provide you with the tools to know yourself better and restore lasting balance in your life.

Special Announcements

Oct 30 2014

In recognition of Red Ribbon Week (October 23rd-31st), NCBHS held our annual Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest surrounding this year's theme, "Love Yourself, Be Drug Free."

Dec 18 2014

This time of year, we’re used to reading about holiday blues and holiday stress. Contrary to popular belief, however, anxietydepression, and suicide rates do not rise during the holidays.

From a Therapist

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Submitted by Jamie Taylor
on Dec 9 2014

Define stress

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is defined as the brain’s response to a demand.

Our Body’s Response to Stress

Each individual responds to stress differently. Some common responses include: digestive issues, headaches, feelings of sadness, feeling lethargic, irritability and difficulty sleeping.

Stress Signs & Symptoms

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Submitted by Pam Helms
on Oct 16 2014

It is fall, what a glorious season filled with beautiful weather, bright colored leaves and outdoor activities.  But what if you are not enjoying this time of year.  What if you feel tired, depressed, irritable, poor sleep and have a decreased activity level.  Could be you are suffering from the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder).  Sad occurs in 1 to 10% of the adult population, affecting more women than men and the average age of onset is 23 years of age.

NCBHS in the News

LaSalle, IL (July 2013)- In January of this year, President Obama called for the Mental Health First Aid training program, to help teachers and students recognize the signs of mental health disorders in young people and to assist in getting them the appropriate care. 

As one of the first providers of the adult version of Mental Health First Aid in Illinois, North Central Behavioral Health Systems has successfully been providing MHFA trainings since 2008.  Just this past month, NCBHS staff attended a training to become certified to teach the new Mental Health First Aid for Youth.    

The youth version of Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program to help individuals identify mental health problems among young people ages 12-25, connect them with the care they need and safely deescalate any crisis situations.

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