Thank you for your interest in obtaining free mental health training. Please follow the link below to complete a form and you will hear from a representative within a week to schedule a training for your organization. Additionally, if you would like to be informed of future trainings in the community, submit your information and you’ll be added to a listserv that will share information about upcoming trainings.
In 2018, The Kennedy Forum with NAMI Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Public Health, and others, are spearheading a community-based initiative to provide free training to community members on the South Side about mental health, where to find services in their community, and how to contact a crisis intervention team (CIT) trained police officer in a time of crisis. The goal of this project is to:
- Increase knowledge of signs and symptoms of mental illness.
- Reduce stigmatizing attitudes/beliefs about mental illness.
- Increase knowledge about how to request a CIT trained officer in a crisis situation.
- Increase referrals to professional mental health services.
You may view the final report from our work on the West Side Outreach Pilot Project, completed in 2017: CLICK HERE.
Finally, below you’ll find a South Side Resource Card, CIT Resource Card, and an overview of the South Side Project.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Project Director James Burns at James@thekennedyforum.org.