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Recovery from a crisis or setback with mental health can feel daunting. Rest assured that you are not alone. There is a great deal of support, both in the community and from national organizations that provide resources for people dealing with mental health issues.

Mental Health-Related Group Meetings

Several groups in the Quincy area meet regularly and are open to those receiving outpatient treatment or community members at large. Our inpatient unit also hosts groups. Meetings include:

  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI): This mental health support group for people getting outpatient treatment and family members meets on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Transitions of Western Illinois, 4409 Maine, Quincy. (An inpatient group also meets regularly in the adult inpatient unit.)

  • Emotions Anonymous: This group teaches people receiving outpatient treatment how to apply the Twelve Steps in working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. It meets every Friday at 7:30 p.m., in the Blessing Hospital Auditorium. (An inpatient group also meets regularly in the adult inpatient unit.)

  • Patient Recovery Group: This inpatient group provides a safe space for people to talk with others who are in recovery and learn ways to continue recovery after discharge.

  • Intro to Recovery: This inpatient group teaches people how to set up their own recovery plans.

Online Behavioral Health Resources

Our Behavioral Center staff has gathered these online resources for families, teens and health professionals:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: This organization raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Learn more about AFSP.

  • Suicide Safe Mobile App: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides this free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. It teaches healthcare providers the warning signs of suicide and guides them through appropriate next steps for making referrals. Learn more about and download SAMHSA’s Suicide Safe Mobile App.

  • Mental Health America: This national, community-based nonprofit is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness. MHA works to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, with integrated prevention, care and other services. Learn more about Mental Health America.

  • StopBullying.gov: This U.S. Department of Health and Human services website provides information from various government agencies on what bullying/cyberbullying is, who is at risk and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. Find out more at StopBullying.gov.

  • Moms’ Mental Health Matters: This website addresses depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, the signs of these problems and ways to get help. Read more about Moms’ Mental Health Matters.

  • Resources for coping with violence and traumatic events: SAMHSA provides tips and offers many helpful resources for parents, teachers and caregivers in helping children and teens cope after violence and traumatic events. Download this SAMHSA PDF.

  • Illinois Youth Resources for Mental Health, Well-Being, & Resilience: This downloadable PDF from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Behavioral Health Advisory Forum is a comprehensive guide to refer children, adolescents and others to local and national behavioral health services. Download the Illinois Youth Resources PDF.

Continuing Education for Professionals

The Mental Health Authority Education Committee will sponsor the following workshops at the Blessing Conference Center at 2808 Chestnut in Quincy. 

  • September 14, 2018:  “Identify and Intervening in Adolescent Substance Abuse/Understanding Adolescent Recovery and Relapse Prevention” by Janice Gabe, LCSW, MAC
  • October 12, 2018:  “Understanding and Training Those Who Self-Injure“ by Wendy Lader PhD

Continuing education credits will be awarded through Blessing Hospital for RNs, Social Workers, NBCC, IAODAPCA, Illinois School Teachers or Certificate of Attendance.

Please contact Carol Michalak at the Mental Health Authority of West Central Illinois (217) 223-0535 or fax (217) 223-9584 to determine if the planned workshop is being held prior to attending.

Contact Us

For more information or to refer a patient to the Behavioral Center, contact Admissions 24 hours a day at (217) 223-1200, (ask for behavior center). For outpatient services call (800) 222-9913 in Illinois and (800) 222-9914 in Missouri and Iowa.