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

As of March 15, 2020, local mental health providers are standing by to provide mental health services, primarily by telehealth and phone methods. Refer to www.healthconnectionhub.org for information on local providers. In a medical or mental health emergency, please dial 911.

Based on CDC and IDPH guidelines, many of the other programs shown below are postponed or cancelled due to the significant health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email Supervisor@RiverForestTownship.org with questions about a specific event.

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

Winter / Spring Sibshops start January 18. New families are welcome!

Sibshops, a fun, activities-based program specially designed for siblings of kids with disabilities and physical/mental health challenges, will take place on selected Saturdays, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, at Thrive, 120 S. Marion, Oak Park. Lunch is provided.

For more info, email Laura Duel at lduel@thrivecc.org or call 708-383-7500 ext 405.
Click here for flier

LOSS is a unique grief support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. A drop-in group for adults (age 18+) is held monthly in River Forest on the third Mondays, 6-8 pm (note time change). Click here for flier

Note: The previously held LOSS group for teens is no longer being held in River Forest. For more information regarding teen support, please call LOSS at

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.

2019 River Forest Township Mental Health Annual Report
Partner Agency Events and Programs

New Moms Free Parenting Workshops

Counseling services available at Concordia University's Community Counseling Center

Strengthening Families 12-week family skills workshop begins February 25

Thrive Counseling Center hosts Living Out Loud (LOL): Teen Support/Therapy Group

Thrive Counseling Center hosts Coping Cat group for 5th and 6th grade girls

Grief Support Groups through Loyola Medicine, located at Cantata Adult Life Services Center, January - June 2020

Grief and Loss Support Group offered at Thrive Counseling Center

NAMI opens Living Room in Broadview, offering drop-in mental health services.

Housing Forward 2019 - 2020 "Street Card" provides housing and shelter resources.

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

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

Mental Health Services Administrator
Avis Rudner, River Forest Township Mental Health Services Administrator
P: 708.771.6159 x270
E: Arudner@riverforesttownship.org

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.

2019 Mental Health Committee Meetings:

1st Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5.
River Forest Township offices, 8020 Madison Street

No meetings in July, August and December.

MHC Funding Applications for 2019 - 2020:

River Forest Funding Application
Cover Letter for Grant Applications
River Forest Grant Application
River Forest Prevention Application


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