Friday, May 8, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 10
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org
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While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency - and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.

This May is Mental Health Month. DuPage County Health Department is highlighting what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.

Locally, DuPage County Health Department Behavioral Health Services provides a wide range of services for DuPage County residents who are experiencing symptoms related to mental health or substance use, which may be impacting your daily life. Our staff work with you to develop goals that best meet your needs and improve your overall health and well-being.

For those who quailify, treatment programs are offered at our public health centers in Wheaton, Addison, Westmont and Lombard. To make an appointment, call 630-682-7400.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact our  Crisis Services  at
630-627-1700.
We Can All Prevent Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
 
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

The Lifeline is Free, confidential, and always available. Help a loved one, a friend, or yourself. Learn the warning signs.
It’s National Nurses Week
and there is no better time to honor and appreciate all of the hardworking nurses in DuPage County and around the world! Thank you for all that you do!
Resources for Those in Need
Domestic Violence COVID-19 Response
If you or someone you know feels unsafe in a relationship, please call Family Shelter Services 24/7 Hotline at (630) 469-5650.

They can help you with all domestic abuse services, including assistance with orders of protection.
Struggling to provide healthy food for your young children during the COVID-19 crisis?

Women, Infant, Children (WIC) is here to help. The WIC Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and community referrals and vouchers for nutritious supplemental foods at no-cost to eligible pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding women, infants and children living in DuPage County.

Currently, you can enroll in WIC without going to a clinic. WIC families have an option to do phone-based WIC appointments, and complete online nutrition education.

Call DuPage County Health Department for enrollment information at (630) 682-7400.
Food Resources

Northern Illinois Food Bank partners with 900 feeding programs across 13 counties to serve our neighbors needing food. If you or someone you know is in need of food please use the locator map to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you. Use the contact information provided to confirm hours of distribution and residency requirements.

The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach Team is also fielding calls and online requests 7 days per week related to SNAP (food stamps) applications and locating a pantry. Some of the SNAP eligibility requirements have been temporarily lifted due to COVID-19. For assistance call 844-600-7627 or use the online contact form.

Visit the Food Bank website to learn more about how to give help and get help ( https://solvehungertoday.org/coronavirus/
How You Can Help
DuPage County Health Department is now accepting cloth face covering/mask donations.

To donate cloth face coverings, please complete the  Donation Offer Form

There is no universal direction on how to make cloth face masks. However, you can find instructions on the resources below:


For the safety of all: 
  • Please do not make masks if you are sick or think you might be getting sick.
  • Please keep all face mask materials away from household pets.
  • Be sure the area in which you are working is clean. Sanitize all surfaces with a disinfectant before making masks.
  • Perform hand hygiene before touching mask materials.
  • Donated masks are thoroughly laundered and sanitized before being distributed.
Giving DuPage Days is a 30-day online fundraiser event to support local nonprofit organizations serving DuPage County. Now, more than ever, we want to help these local charities who provide critical services to those in need, improve lives and make our community stronger.
Did you receive a COVID-19 Federal Stimulus check in the last few days even though you're working. Perhaps, you want to help those that are suffering during this pandemic. DuPage Health Matters , a 501(C)(3) organization developed by the DuPage County Health Department, is one of the not for profit organizations that benefits DuPage residents.

Click Here to visit the DuPage Health Matters page. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, a $75 donation celebrates every year of our Department's existence.

Take the $75 challenge today and support the foundation of public health in DuPage.
What's New
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus - Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease
(COVID-19) Hotline:

1(800) 889-3931 or, send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV  

Both are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Friday, May 8, 2020
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org