We're here...to enhance the mental health and well being of Township residents.

Safe Disposal of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Safely dispose of unused or expired medications in the secure box in the basement of RF Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue. Pills/tablets only. No liquids/creams/hazardous items; no loose items. Pills can be disposed of in bulk in re-closeable plastic bags.

This safe action helps the environment and gets potentially dangerous medications out of your home. The program is sponsored by the Cook County Sheriff's Department and is hosted by the RF Fire Department.

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Support4U App for River Forest and Oak Park Middle and High School Students: students can anonymously text licensed clinicians 24/7 for support with mental health-related needs. Click here for flier

LOSS is a unique, nondenominational grief support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. A group for adults (age 18+) is being held by zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 or 7 pm (time TBD). Please call 312.655.7283 or email [email protected] with questions or to register.

In-person LOSS meetings are temporarily suspended. Meetings are being held online; call 312.655.7283 for more info.
Click here for a list of "Suicide Safe" resources and hotlines (list provided by Thrive Counseling Center).
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) announced the establishment of the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The confidential and free Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, families, and anyone affected by the disease. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services. To reach the Helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP.
River Forest Township and its partners have completed the Community Health Needs Assessment for the River Forest and Oak Park communities, which focuses on physical health, behavioral health, developmental disabilities and substance use. The Needs Assessment is based on a community survey, extensive data analysis and a series of stakeholder meetings.

Click here for the complete report

Vaping and use of e-cigarettes is a growing and dangerous trend, especially among young people. Click here for information on the facts, trends, risks, and how to talk to your children about the topic. Click here for details

Also check out this link https://www.facebook.com/MattBaronOakPark to view a talk on vaping by expert Andy Duran of LEAD, held at OPRF High School on April 11.
Youth Substance Use Education and Treatement Services for the Oak Park and River Forest Communities. Click here for the guide

Outpatient Services: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Click here for that resource

Resource Guide to Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services. Click here for that resource

While these resources are helpful, in the event of a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Partner Agency Events and Programs

Virtual Substance Use Support Group to Start Daily on May 18

Thrive Talk speaker series, hosted by Thrive Counseling Center

NAMI Living Room is open by phone or video chat

NAMI online Connection Support Group for those living with mental illness

NAMI online Family and Parent Support Group

NAMI Online Student Program

Mental health screenings and counseling are available at Riveredge Hospital

Sarah's Inn Provides Telecounseling and Crisis Help

Sign up today for NAMI Metro Suburban (National Alliance on Mental Illness) classes for family members and caregivers, held in River Forest and Oak Park. Visit www.namimetsub.org for details and to register.

FRED Parent Support Group Meets 3rd Tuesdays
Meetings are being held on Zoom. For more info, email [email protected]

Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership's Family Help Guide

Way Back Inn offers recovery services for substance addiction and gambling disorders

Mental Health Services Administrator
Sarah Schwarting, River Forest Township Mental Health Services Administrator
P: 708.366.2029 x14
E: [email protected]

River Forest Township Mental Health Committee
You can find peace of mind in the knowledge that the River Forest Township Mental Health Committee is working to enhance the mental health and developmental potential of residents by establishing a continuum of community based services that are cost-effective, systematically evaluated and responsive to evolving mental health needs.

The Mental Health Committee's mission is fulfilled through partnerships with community agencies. These agencies provide a flexible network of easily accessible services for the treatment and prevention of mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use. Services include case management, supervised housing, psychiatric treatment, volunteer opportunities, 24-hour crisis management and social/recreational services.

River Forest Township offices, River Forest Civic Center Authority Building,
8020 W. Madison Street, River Forest.

All meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 PM unless otherwise indicated. 

To download the River Forest Township Resource Guide to Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services, click here or
Contact Us.

2023 Mental Health Committee Meetings:

1st Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 9/5, 10/3, 11/7.
River Forest Township offices, 8020 Madison Street or by Zoom

No meetings in July, August and December.

The grant funding cycle for FY2024 (4/1/23-3/31/24) is now closed. Applications for FY2025 (4/1/24-3/31/25) will be available in October, 2023 and due in December 2023. For more info, contact Sarah Schwarting, Mental Health Administrator, [email protected].

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