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.

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Depression is no joke-that is apparent with the recent passing of Oscar-winning actor/comic Robin Williams.  The actor is said to have committed suicide, after a long time battle with depression and substance use issues.

Jun 1 2014

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lots of people experience depression, while others just have bad days or just are feeling down on themselves. No matter why they’re depressed, sad, or unmotivated to do much of anything, one thing is certain — it’s a tough feeling to experience. Depression is isolating — like you’re all alone in it, and that it will never end.

From a Therapist

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Submitted by Pam Helms
on Sep 1 2014

It has been my experience in counseling couples that the problems they incur are less about in-laws, money, or sex and more about poor communication and the expectations they expect of the other person.  When couples come in for therapy I hear a lot of “I do not understand why she does not do things like I do, my way is the right way”.  “ Why can’t he know what my needs are without me having to tell him all the time?”  Oh, if people would only do what we want them too then everyone would be happy, right?

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Submitted by Tammy Thieme
on May 1 2014

Have you ever noticed that the word stressed spelled backwards spells dessert?  Think of the last time you had a really good dessert.  You slowed down, savored the flavor and enjoyed it. 

In recognition of Mental Health Month, I am encouraging you to add a little dessert to your day as an effort to reduce stress.  Not the high caloric type but the type that adds positive life skills to your every day life.

Here are some examples of what you can do:

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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