Bring on 2015 – New Year New You!

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New Year New You!

The new year brings us all the best of intentions and we tend to aim high. Exercise, weight loss, whatever your goals, they are likely lofty ones and can feel overwhelming. However, there are a few pretty simple steps you can take that will improve your mood all year.

 Cultivate gratitude. It may sound like new age bunk, but thinking about what you have and being grateful for it is becoming a new mantra in the psychology field for good reason: it works! Next time you’re pining for something different in your life, think of this quote — “Never let what you want prevent you from enjoying what you have.”

 Eat enough. You probably already know that being hungry makes you cranky, but research shows that calorie intake that is too low actually releases cortisol, the stress hormone. If you’re trying to limit calorie intake, experts recommend cutting as few as 50 calories a day until you reach a comfortable amount.

 Practice kindness. Being kind to others improves our connections to people, helps us perceive others more positively, and actually produces “feel good” chemicals in the brain. This one is easy and will improve your mood as well as the moods of those around you.

 Get outside. Next time your mood is lagging, instead of hitting the coffee pot in the office, take a walk outside. It doesn’t have to be long or even vigorous. Just five minutes of natural light and some outdoor air will improve your mood.

 Check yourself. This step takes fewer than 5 minutes and can make a big difference. Take an anonymous and free mental health screening at Ben Gordon Center Screening to see if your symptoms need professional attention.

DeKalb Police Department Drug Take Back

10696198_929113767152434_1599126704517656269_nThis Saturday, September 27th, from 10am – 2pm DeKalb PD will be holding their Drug Take-back event at the police department. Use this opportunity to clear out your home of unwanted, unused, and expired medications. If you can’t make it this Saturday, contact Community Relations Officer Chad McNett at 815-748-8439 to arrange a time to drop off your old medications. No liquids or sharps will be accepted. See you Saturday!


Upcoming Fall Mental Health Awareness Days

images (1)Fall is a busy time for Awareness Days and Mental Health.  Please make sure to mark all the following dates on your calendar and check back with the Ben Gordon Center website to see what activities are going on nationally and locally.  


October 6  Bully Prevention Day – WEAR Blue Shirt Day to stop bullying and cyberbullying. 

October 6 -10 Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 9  National Depression Screening Day

October 10 World Mental Health Day – Wear GREEN to Stop the Stigma

October 23 – 31  Red Ribbon Week   

DeKalb County Napa AutoCare Centers

10649765_10152388171841656_4618896278102605916_nThanks so much to ALL the Napa AutoCare Centers for choosing Ben Gordon Center as the charity for June! Your donation is greatly appreciated along with your support for the whole community.

Next Mental Health First Aid Class in August

10313440_10152508379171320_796220119994379096_nIn 2014 there have been 200,000 people trained in Mental Health First Aid.  Join the next class being offered in DeKalb County.


August 28, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

DeKalb County Community Outreach Building
2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb
Five Seasons Room

Mental Health First Aid equips the public to help persons with mental illness connect to care.
The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging that they need help. And if they do want help, they don’t know where to turn.

You will learn
• The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.
• The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
• A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.
• Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
• $35 per person for training

TO REGISTER or for more information,
please contact Michelle at 815-757-3488 or


Free ONLINE Screenings here

imagesPool parties, vacations, cookouts, ball games, etc… Struggling to get your mood to match the summer fun? If your sadness and irritability has been lasting for 2 weeks or more, you could have depression. Fortunately, depression is treatable and help is available! Click the button to the right today to assess your mental health.

Don’t forget to get your oil changed in June at a Napa AutoCare Center!

10390371_10152205345256656_5604737039351116357_nPlease get your oil changed at a participating Napa Auto Dealer in DeKalb County. They are donating a dollar from each oil change in June to the Ben Gordon Center. Thank you Napa AutoCare Centers for your support!

Thank You DeKalb County!

Thank you so much to our generous donors and sponsors from the community.


 Kishwaukee Community Hospital Fund for Underinsured Care & Services.  This donor designated fund will provide mental health services for the underinsured and uninsured in our community who would otherwise go untreated without this support.  Thank you to Kishwaukee Community Hospital for its generous donation of $50,000 to this fund for community behavioral health care at the Ben Gordon Center.

Donations can still be made by visiting our website or calling 815-757-3488.  Thank you DeKalb County for all your support!








National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

CaptureToday is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.  Globally, 50 percent of mental illnesses that occur in a lifetime begin by age 14 according to the World Health Organization.  Mental health is important to overall health.  Children’s mental disorders affect many children and families, boys and girls of all ages, ethnic/racial backgrounds, and regions of the United States experience mental disorders.  Without early diagnosis and treatment, children with mental disorders can have problems at home, in school, and in forming friendships.  #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

To learn more about the prevalent mental health disorders among children and the treatments provided, please go to for services offered for youth and adolescents at Ben Gordon Center, please call 815-756-4875.