Mental health has been long-overlooked in the realm of health care, but as many people were exposed to unprecedented emotional challenges caused by the pandemic, we cannot afford to ignore the implications of an individual’s emotional well-being. It’s more clear than ever that not only does mental health affect our daily lives in a profound way, the conditions in which we live have huge impact on our mental health—a two-way street that must be addressed from both sides. CommunityHealth is proud to present two events in the 2021 All In™ series that focus on mental health! The first of these events is all about resiliency: how can we bounce back from this incredibly devastating year? How can we ensure that everyone, regardless of identity or status, gets a chance to recover from the collective trauma experienced in 2020 and beyond?
Mark Ishaug is the CEO of Thresholds, an Illinois community-based organization that provides recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Founded in 1959, Thresholds is one of the oldest (and largest!) mental health service providers, with 30 innovative programs at more than 75 locations throughout Chicago, the adjacent suburbs, and four surrounding counties. Services include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care, substance use treatment, and research. Thresholds has been recognized for five consecutive years as a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and a Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.
We are so pleased to have Mr. Ishaug as the key speaker for this event! With degrees from both the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, Mr. Ishaug has made waves in the world of public policy and non-profit organizations for decades. Before becoming CEO of Thresholds seven years ago, he worked for decades fighting the fight against HIV/AIDS as CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. To read his words on Reimagining Public Safety and Mental Health Crises, published last year on the Thresholds website, click here.
We’re so excited to hear from someone with so much expertise and passion for mental health advocacy. If you’re interested in joining the conversation, the registration link is below. Hope to see you there!