Mental Health Wellness and Recovery Conference held on September 14

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LCHD 2017

For Immediate Release
Date: August 29, 2017
Contact: Hannah Goering
(847) 377-8099

Mental Health Wellness and Recovery Conference held on September 14

Waukegan, Ill. – On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center will host a Mental Health Wellness and Recovery Conference at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“This event will offer a shared, safe space for consumers in recovery to support each other,” said Dorese McCullough, coordinator for the health department’s New Life Recovery Center. “By sharing recovery stories and bringing together those in recovery and their supporters, we hope to renew people’s commitment to the recovery process.”

The conference theme, chosen by consumers at the health department’s New Hope Recovery Center, is “Semicolon; ‘It’s not over!’” The semicolon represents support for those who struggle with mental illness, addiction, self-harm and suicide. It represents the choice to continue life, because it is used when an author could have ended their sentence but chose not to.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Mary Roberson Ed. D, LCPC, CSADC, Social Services Supervisor at the Lake County Veteran and Family Services Foundation, as well as George Moore Jr., founder of the Legacy Re-Entry Foundation. The itinerary also includes interactive break-out sessions and a panel discussion where peers will share their stories of recovery.

There is no cost to attend the conference, which is geared toward consumers who are in recovery. Individuals and organizations working in the recovery services field, such as social workers and peer support specialists, are also encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided for free to consumers and at a nominal cost to non-consumers.

The registration deadline for the Recovery Conference is Thursday, September 7, 2017. Registration forms are available on the Lake County Health Department’s website at Completed forms can be emailed to Amy MacDonald-Wojcik at

About the program

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center’s Williams Consent Decree program enables qualifying consumers with mental illness to be moved from state-funded facilities into communities where they can live independently with professional support. Individuals in the program receive daily case management, on-site psychiatric care and medication management. The health department also operates the New Life Recovery Center in Waukegan and the New Hope Recovery Center in Zion. These consumer-run centers provide a non-clinical environment for adults wanting to work on their recovery to socialize, receive support from their peers, and access computers. For more information, visit


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Lake County Health Department
3010 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-8000