Entries by Chicago Behavioral Hospital

Thanksgiving During a Pandemic: We Can Still Be Grateful

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for. As Thanksgiving approaches during this strange and often stressful year, it may be challenging to tap into our gratitude. For many of us, the holidays will look vastly different than they ever have before. Large gatherings and travel will be canceled or […]

The Opioid Crisis & the Pandemic

During this unprecedented time, it has never been more important to understand and recognize the mental health needs of ourselves and those around us. In recognition of World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10th, Chicago Behavioral Hospital has partnered with MaineStay Youth & Family Services, the Park Ridge Opioid Advisory Group, and the Park […]

Teens & the Reality of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been emotionally devastating for adults, but the full impact on teenagers may be worse. Today’s adolescents have their fair share of challenges—navigating social media, online bullying, social pressures to partake in drugs and alcohol, among others. All of these are enhanced by the enforced social isolation and cancellation of in-person school. […]

Chicago Behavioral Hospital and Elyssa’s Mission Provide Mental Health Support to Educators

Studies show that teachers experience some of the highest levels of work-related stress among professionals. In a 2015 survey, the American Federation of Teachers found that 78% of teachers reported feeling physically and mentally drained at the end of the day. The current pandemic has only caused further complications for teachers who were already feeling […]

Chicago Behavioral Celebrates Pride

Pride Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the advances and victories of the LGBTQ community. It is also a time to reflect on the challenges they still face. Discrimination, lack of acceptance, and bullying can have detrimental effects on mental health. Research within the LGBTQ community has found that individuals who identify as […]

Caring for Moms During Mental Health Month

Budding trees and blooming flowers remind us that spring is a time for growth and transformation. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the month in which many people celebrate Mother’s Day. Between the cards, flowers, and thoughtful gifts, Mother’s Day can be a complicated holiday and a source of pain for many women. Motherhood […]

How COVID-19 Impacts Women

Women are reporting higher rates of psychological distress compared to men. Anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic is a growing concern but early studies have indicated women may experience these feelings at an increased level. Families affected financially by COVID-19 and those adjusting to closures of childcare and after school day care, are more likely to […]