Willow House has developed a reputation in the greater Chicagoland area for answering the call when needed to provide immediate and longer-term services in the event of critical incidents. In fact, the Chicago FBI, other law enforcement agencies and many schools and communities have called upon Willow House services following significant traumatic events since 1999.One noteworthy example was a call from the FBI requesting that Willow House provide support to Chicago area families grieving family members killed on September 11th. The Willow House September 11th Program began in November 2001 and expanded to offer support groups and counseling services to families of victims as well as a group of Survivors of September 11th and their families. More than 100 individuals have been served throughout the Chicago area as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.
Crisis intervention services range from community education and support addressing questions such as "How do we deal with this community crisis?" or "How do we help our children cope with this crisis?" to more comprehensive services. These interventions have been provided through neighborhood coffees, community meetings, debriefings, corporate consultations and group support services following sudden and traumatic deaths – some local and some high profile incidents – all of which demand a unique sensitivity and professional experience.
Glenbrook South High School – “On behalf of the Health Education Department at Glenbrook South High School, thank you for your “marathon performance”. Your presentation on suicide helped our students understand the emotional complexities behind this problem. It also gave them the opportunity to ask questions and express their feelings in a safe environment. I look forward to many more opportunities in the future to work with you and Willow House in order to provide the best mental health education for our students. Again, many thanks for your time and dedication.”
Please call 847-236-9300 to learn more about our outreach and education programs and how we can help to support you and your community.
“The most valuable thing I learned from Willow House group is that I am not alone and there is hope.”