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NAMI DuPage, in partnership with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, is proud to offer a peer support group free of charge for high school teens dealing with mental health issues like sadness and anxiety.  There is nothing like being in a room with others who know what is like to live with similar concerns. 

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While simple, it is not necessarily easy. To live mindfully and in the present takes practice and is easy to forgot, but can be an important protective factor in proactive suicide prevention for our youth. Regular practice of easy techniques—such as diaphragmatic breathing and noting our thoughts as just thoughts not facts we have to […]

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Registration is now live for NAMI’s next Teen Support Group!  Dates and info for their Spring 2020 session are below.  Free registration is on our webpage.

Spring 2020 Dates: Orientation 1/16 7-8pThursdays 7-8:30p on the following dates:1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2Deadline to register: 1/8 Location: NAMI DuPage Office at 115 N County Farm Rd, […]

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Youth In Crisis Coalition

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Downers Grove Township is proud to be a founding member of this coalition. Our Life Skills Instructors reach into over two dozen elementary and middle schools in our Township to teach grade appropriate material on how to deal with the effects of teasing, bullying, anxiety, depression that can lead to serious emotional issues as students […]

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The Peer Led Life Skills program is making strides in the community. We partnered this year with District 99 for Operation Snowball and Westmont High School’s Take Care Day. Both programs advocate for teen mental health. The partnerships were a great success! Misty Boyd, our Prevention and Life Skills Coordinator created a workshop that […]

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High School Student Application Information

We seek high school students from Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, and Westmont High School who are interested in becoming teachers and promoting healthy life choices. This is a great program for students looking to mentor younger students by providing positive messages and build their […]

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Teen Resiliency Workshops

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Downers Grove Township, as a member of the Youth In Crisis Coalition, is pleased to promote events that reinforce our shared mission of helping youth. From our good friends and fellow coalition member NAMI

Trouble handling expectations, school, and stress?  You’re normal, and we can equip you with some ways to deal better!  […]

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Downers Grove Township is pleased to announce we are cooperatively working on proactive suicide prevention as a participating stakeholder of the Youth in Crisis Coalition.

According to the CDC, suicide completion rates have surged to a 30-year high in America. As of 2016, the fastest rising age group for suicide completions are adolescents 10-14 […]

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By Denise Freese Dec. 18, 2017

This article appeared in the Suburban Life News SD Edition of December 13-19, 2017

The Downers Grove Township is a local government group that does a terrific job promoting important educational opportunities for students through partnerships and social activities.  Recognizing the valuable impact of these opportunities, St. Mary of […]

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Sugar & Spice: Not Everything Is Nice

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When I was in middle school, it was important for me to fit in. My permed hair was teased high in the front, and I always wore the hottest styles at that time.   Being the oldest of 5 children ensured that I didn’t always get the costly clothes or latest hair style. Hairstyles and clothing […]

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This summer, Downers Grove Township chose 46 high school aged leaders to be our next 2014-2015 Peer Led Program Teachers. Downers Grove Township’s Peer Led Life Skills Program offers a great opportunity for local students from all five high schools within the township to become positive role models in our community. These leaders who […]

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Life Skill Program: Reaching farther than most know.

The Township’s youth education program, entitled “Life Skills” has successfully completed another school year. Julie Waterman and Jason Shiliga, the youth educators at the Township, visited 21 schools in the past school year and taught classes to over 3,400 students in the Township.

Our program is designed […]

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Parties to Prom – Should Parents Care about Underage Drinking?

The Community Coalition for Prevention will host a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking at Downers Grove South High School to recognize National Alcohol Awareness month. A Town Hall meeting, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), brings together community leaders and […]

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Our Life Skills program focuses on teaching various subjects such as Anti-Bullying, Managing Stress, Goal-Setting, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness. We teach 4th – 8th graders in schools located within the boundaries of the Township. Follow the Township Life Skills Teachers on Twitter @DGTLifeSKills for news and updates.

Hello! Julie Waterman and Jason […]

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On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Township was invited to participate in a heroin forum hosted by the Westmont Police Department, in collaboration with the Community Unit School District 201 and Maercker School District 60. The forum included a panel discussion that highlighted the alarming increase in heroin use within DuPage County. According to Dr. […]

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