Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
You Are Not Alone
For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.” We will use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.
Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives — a nation where no one feels alone in their struggle.
Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share awareness information, images and graphics for #MHAM throughout May.
Facts about Mental Illness
Few families in the United States are untouched by mental illness. It is estimated that 18% of adults (over 44 million people) and 13-20% of children or adolescents in the United States experience problems with their mental health.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a mental health problem:
Mental health disorders are real, common and treatable. Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength and recovery through participating in individual or group treatment. Many different treatment options available, however, not all treatment works for everyone. Individuals can choose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best for them.
JUNE 4, 2021. Friday
MATTHEW BIESCZAT RESOURCE CENTER. 6100 N. Central Ave. Chicago. Please make sure to note our new venue for this year’s event. KIH will be closed at 12:30 PM on this day, to allow our staff and the Rainbow children enough time to prepare.
The ceremony and show will begin at 2:30 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only allowed to have a maximum of 50 people. This means that each child may only have 2 (adult) guests. Should there be changes prior the show, we will inform you accordingly.
We will NOT have our traditional KIH buffet reception after the show. However, we will have bagged treats for families to enjoy right after. We are thinking of ordering individually boxed sandwiches, chips and cookies from Potbelly or Panera Bread. Bottled water and drinks will be purchased separately. If you wish to help contribute towards the purchase of these food items, you may speak with Ms. Genny.
Since the Resource Center is surrounded by forested biking, hiking and birding areas --- consider spending the rest of the evening outdoors and enjoy the beauty of summer’s nature. You should plan ahead and dress up appropriately.
Let us celebrate our little ones’ early childhood achievement thus far.
Thank you in advance for your contribution and presence!
M A Y 2 0 2 1
cdph mental health
To all our KIH mothers,
I SALUTE YOU! You all deserve much more accolades than what I can offer in this little corner. This whole week, the Kids In Harmony Family will celebrate and recognize what our mommies have always done: taking care of their children. This will ultimately culminate with a dedication for all mothers nationwide on May 9th.
As moms everywhere, you have embraced this most important role tirelessly and unconditionally. You are the model of strength, stamina, wisdom, devotion and dedication. These are all qualities (and more) bounded by your sheer love. You have sacrificed and struggled so your children will always be safe, secure and thrive. No other year was this more pronounced than this past year. You were determined that the pandemic would never affect your family, no matter the challenges it presented. Above all this, you have spread your support to many others beyond your own children.
Very young children instinctively know the comfort, the warmth, the tenderness a simple hug their mothers provide. That feeling remains with them for the rest of their lives. May I point out, mothers have literally shaped history. Ponder this, we have admired heroes and leaders of various professions and vocations across all disciplines. Look at all performers, artists, inventors, scientists, activists, etc. who made significant differences in the world we now live. What do all have in common? All were born, raised and influenced early in their lives from their moms!
Mothers, especially this year, have raised the bar. Speaking for all dads, such as myself, we have much to live up to. But be assured, we will be there to uplift you all! Have a wonderful week and enjoy Mother’s Day with your family!!
Special Thanks To...
Jojo’s Mom - Children’s puzzles
Sonam’s Parents – School and office supplies
CJ’s Mom – Gameboards for our preschoolers
Children should come to school already dressed-up. If you wish for your children to change after picture taking, please bring in an extra set of clothing in a labeled bag.
Part-time students should come by between 10 and 11 am. Parents or chaperones should stay in their car and we will inform you when your child is ready for pick-up.
Please make checks payable to LIFETOUCH PORTRAIT, not Kids In Harmony. However, online payment is the preferred mode of payment. If you made the payment online, be sure to give us the online payment code AND amount paid, so we can record accordingly as required by Lifetouch Company. Thank you.
Source: CHICAGO PUBLIC HEALTH: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/health_services/svcs/mental-health-services.html
Just a reminder to everyone. Since we are not able to do in-person conferences yet due to COVID-19 protocol, our school will be open regular hours on this day. Please make note and mark your calendars.
Lastly, always reference our school calendar for upcoming events and school days off, so that you are able to plan accordingly.
SUMMER CAMP 2021
This year’s Summer schedule will begin on June 21, 2021. The time has come to inform us of your plan for the summer. If we still do not hear from you by May 10th, we will assume that your child will not be joining us during the summer months and possibly give your spot to the families on our waiting list. We always keep our current students our priority, but we also need to accommodate others who are wishing to register.
If you intend to return in the fall for the new school year, please make sure to cover the Registration Fee before taking time off in the summer. This will secure your child’s spot for Fall 2021. If you do not do so, your spot will be given to the family on our waiting list. Thus, we cannot guarantee availability for your family.
We thank you for your attention to this matter. And as always, thank you for cooperation and patronage.