Suicide: The Ripple Effect Film Nov. 8

Ripple Effect Invite

 

October at Lisle Township Job Club

RESUME REVIEWS
Job Club Every Monday at 10 a.m. (Closed Oct. 8 for Columbus Day)
Lisle Township Meeting Room
4711 Indiana Ave., Lisle 60532
Bring your resume, cover letter or job club handbill and we’ll review and suggest ways you can strengthen your job search materials to best position you for your next job and even a new career.

NETWORKING MEETINGS
Job Club Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563
It’s a fact: More people land jobs through active networking—upwards of 85 percent—than by any other job search method. Expand your network with other job seekers (everybody knows somebody), find out who is hiring and about jobs that may never be advertised, share successful strategies and contact names, and practice your “elevator speech”—a brief two-minute verbal resume about positions desired and target employers—and let us help you.

TRANSLATING WHO YOU ARE SO EMPLOYERS HIRE YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO
NETWORKING AND SPEAKER
Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.
Lisle Public Library, 777 Front St., Lisle 60532—Meeting Room A/B
Communications Coach Richard Oberbruner will join us to present this workshop. When working, you’re too busy to describe what you’re doing. You’re just doing it. When not working, you’re suddenly in a position to describe to an employer what you’re good at even though you’re not really doing it right now. It’s an awkward position to be in. This workshop will 1) help you organize your thoughts, and 2) create a script that promotes your skill set with laser focus. Your confidence will improve, as a result! Networking precedes workshop. FREE.

Job Club Facilitator Sarah Breithaupt • (630) 968-2087 • sarahb@lisletownship.com

Youth in Crisis Coalition: “We Need to do Something”

Youth in Crisis Coalition: “We need to do something”

Published June 24, 2018

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180623/students-death-prompts-lisle-leaders-to-try-to-prevent-others

Student’s death prompts Lisle leaders to try to prevent others
By Marie Wilson
The Daily Herald
June 24, 2018
The self-inflicted death last fall of a high school student from their town convinced Lisle-area officials it was time to take action.

The student wasn’t the first from his school to die in such a manner, but this particular case shocked many leaders and forced them to seek answers to unpleasant questions.

“We literally said, ‘We need to do something,'” Lisle Township Supervisor Mary Jo Mullen said, recalling a conversation she had last fall with village Trustee Marie Hasse. “Well, we’re elected,” Mullen said she told Hasse. “Now we can.”

The duo originally planned a one-time symposium about issues facing area young people, but the idea grew into something with more staying power.

In response, the townships of Lisle, Downers Grove and Naperville have created the Youth in Crisis Coalition, which meets monthly to coordinate, link and disseminate resources already available to help teens.

The coalition’s end goal is a youth population with zero self-inflicted deaths. But its more immediate aim is to “disrupt the journey to suicide,” said Sarah Breithaupt, director of youth and family services for Lisle Township.

In DuPage County, officials say that journey has been taken all too often.

The county recorded three such teen deaths in 2014 and 10 in 2015, then three again in 2016 and 10 again in 2017. Coroner Rich Jorgensen’s office says there have been two so far this year for a total of 28 in roughly the past five years.

“That’s not a trend you can sit by and allow to continue,” Mullen said.

Other suburban counties are facing the same problem, though in smaller numbers than in DuPage.
In McHenry County, one teenager died by suicide each year in 2014, 2016 and 2017, with four reported in 2015, but none so far this year, Coroner Anne Majewski said.

In Kane County, there have been 17 such deaths since 2014, with a high of six in 2017,
according to Coroner Rob Russell’s office.

Lake County totals peaked at six each year in fiscal 2014 and 2015, contributing to a total of 19 since December 2013.

Will County has seen a total of 12 since 2014, according to Coroner Patrick O’Neil’s office, peaking at four in 2015.

Cook County, meanwhile, has seen 92 since September 2014, according to medical examiner’s office data, but the vast majority occurred in Chicago.

Knowing the family of more than one student who died changed the game for Lisle’s Hasse.
“It really hit home,” she said. “We had to address it in some way.”

The coalition is bringing together mental health-focused professionals from schools, the county health department, counseling services and nonprofit organizations to better understand the ways each group is equipped to help teens address mental crises and get well.

Vince Walsh-Rock, assistant principal for counseling and student support services at Downers Grove South High School, said the value of such connections is in being able to put forward a consistent message about assistive programs, such as family support groups from the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ branch in DuPage County or the Crisis Text Line available in the area by texting “reach” to 741741.

“I’ve appreciated knowing what’s going on around the community,” he said. “Knowing that the resources are out there and that we can build on each other’s resource knowledge, I think would be really helpful.”
Connections themselves are an important protective factor, he said.

“People who are having thoughts … often are feeling disconnected from their support networks,” Walsh-Rock said. “It’s something we intentionally try to focus on in high school to make sure all students are connected in some way.”

Connecting in the new coalition are representatives of the DuPage County Health Department, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in DuPage, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health and Edgewood Clinical Services in Naperville, a parenting group about raising resilient children that meets in Downers Grove, the organizers of the Ben’s Memorial Mile fundraiser in Downers Grove for suicide prevention and schizophrenia research, The Community House counseling center in Hinsdale, Downers Grove High School District 99 and township and municipal elected officials.

Each month, the leaders choose a topic and share information about it on the coalition website, https://www.itonlytakesone.org/. Upcoming topics include trauma and stressors; social interactions and going back to school; resiliency and relationships; prevention measures; mental health supports and mental health crisis management.

“We want this to be long-term,” Mullen said. “So it’s baby steps.”

September looks to be a bigger step, when at nearly a year old, the group plans to conduct a larger awareness push. The campaign will coincide with students’ return to school and the national observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

“We want to reduce the stigma,” said coalition member Jordan Esser, who heads the Prevention Leadership Team as community initiatives coordinator for the DuPage County Health Department. “There’s no face of mental health. It can affect everyone.”

• If you or a loved one are in crisis, visit the nearest emergency room or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

June at Lisle Township Job Club

RESUME REVIEWS
Job Club Every Monday at 10 a.m.
Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge 60517—First-Floor Study Room
Bring your resume, cover letter or job club handbill and we’ll review and suggest ways you can strengthen your job search materials to best position you for your next job and even a new career.

NETWORKING MEETINGS
Job Club Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563
It’s a fact: More people land jobs through active networking—upwards of 85 percent—than by any other job search method. Expand your network with other job seekers (everybody knows somebody), find out who is hiring and about jobs that may never be advertised, share successful strategies and contact names, and practice your “elevator speech”—a brief two-minute verbal resume about positions desired and target companies—and let us help you.

JOB CLUB SPEAKER AND NETWORKING
Friday, June 29, 10 a.m.

Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle 60532—Meeting Room A/B

BODY LANGUAGE SIGNALS FOR INTERVIEWS
MAKE YOUR BEST FIRST IMPRESSION!

Join body language expert Alison Henderson of Moving Image Consulting for an interactive and engaging look at your body language and how it is perceived by others. Use the summer to propel your job search when many others trail off. Come join us to learn:
• The body language blunders which unknowingly ruin interviews.
• Easy confidence builders and nerve busters to make your best first impression.
• How to read the body language of your interviewer so you give better answers.
Presentation will follow structured Job Club networking.

Youth in Crisis Coalition Launches Web Resource

Youth in Crisis-Suicide Prevention for our Youth release

May at Lisle Township Job Club

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December at Lisle Township Job Club

RESUME REVIEWS
Job Club Every Monday at 10 a.m. (no meetings Dec. 25 or Jan. 1)
Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge 60517 Second-Floor Meeting Room
Bring your resume, cover letter or job club handbill and we’ll review and suggest ways you can strengthen your job search materials to best position you for your next job and even a new career.

NETWORKING MEETINGS
Job Club Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (no meeting December 27)
Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563
It’s a fact: More people land jobs through active networking—upwards of 85 percent—than by any other job search method. Expand your network with other job seekers (everybody knows somebody), find out who is hiring and about jobs that may never be advertised, share successful strategies and contact names, and practice your “elevator speech”—a brief two-minute verbal resume about positions desired and target employers—and let us help you.

WORKSHOP
The Mindful Job Search
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00am – 11:30am
Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563
Mindfulness is an age-old practice that is scientifically validated to increase personal well-being and resiliency. Its benefits include stress reduction, mental clarity and improved problem-solving, as well as increased energy and confidence, mood regulation and relaxation. Can you imagine what this could mean to your job search? This experiential workshop will introduce you to different mindful techniques that you can apply to your personal and professional life, and even within interviews. Led by Job Club facilitator and licensed clinical professional counselor Sarah Breithaupt, MSEd, LCPC. Free to CCC members, $20 non-members.

You are cordially invited to join us for . . .
THE UN-OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY
Wednesday, December 13 – Networking begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by festivities
Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563
Conor Cunneen, Jim Waszak and Richard Oberbruner will bring their holiday cheer to inspire and entertain us as we share lunch and good company. It’s sure to be a good time, as Conor—Chicago Humorous Speaker of the Year, popular author on job search and job transition, and CCC board member—serves as master of ceremonies following traditional Job Club networking. Please join us! RSVP: (630) 961-5665 or ccc@communitycareercenter.org

For more information, contact Job Club Facilitator Sarah Breithaupt at (630) 968-2087, ext. 14 or sarahb@LisleTownship.com

September at Lisle Township Job Club

RESUME REVIEWS

Job Club Every Monday at 10 a.m.

Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge 60517

Second-Floor Meeting Room

Bring your resume, cover letter or job club handbill and we’ll review and suggest ways you can strengthen your job search materials to best position you for your next job and even a new career.

 

NETWORKING MEETINGS

Job Club Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563

It’s a fact: More people land jobs through active networking—upwards of 85 percent—than by any other job search method. Expand your network with other job seekers (everybody knows somebody), find out who is hiring and about jobs that may never be advertised, share successful strategies and contact names, and practice your “elevator speech”—a brief two-minute verbal resume about positions desired and target employers—and let us help you.

Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle 60532—Meeting Room A/B

STAYING MOTIVATED IN YOUR JOB SEARCH—As Winston Churchill once said, “Never, Never, Never Give Up,” but that can be hard to do in the face of repeated rejection and lack of response from employers to your applications. In his presentation, Clinical Psychologist Sander Marcus, PhD, will address how to effectively deal with “motivational roadblocks” and discouragement that is common in job search. Marcus, who specializes in career and job search counseling, will provide numerous tools and inspiration to help you stay motivated and resilient, feeling hopeful and in control of your job search. Presentation will follow structured Job Club networking. Free.

 

For more information, contact Job Club Facilitator Sarah Breithaupt at (630) 968-2087, ext. 14, or email sarahb@lisletownship.com

IN THE NEWS: Lisle Township Job Club on TV

Lisle Township Job Club Facilitator Sarah Breithaupt talks with Kim White, director of the Community Career Center in Naperville, about the value of job club handbills and elevator speeches, and what makes them effective:

To view TV segment:

https://www.nctv17.com/career-center/handbill-and-interview-tips/

Job Club meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Career Center, 1815 Diehl Road, Suite 900, Naperville 60563. Free and no need to register.

For more information:

Sarah Breithaupt

Director, Youth and Family Services

Lisle Township

(630) 968-2087, ext. 14

sarahb@lisletownship.com