GENEVA, Ill. – To highlight mental health resources available in the community and foster discussion on mental health, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is hosting a mental health expo later this month.
“For far too long mental health has been treated as a taboo topic, but with my experience as a school social worker, I understand firsthand the critical importance of access to mental health and wellness resources,” said Villa. “My mental health expo will give local residents a chance to learn what resources are available right here in Kane County, as well as join in on a discussion about what more can be done to improve access to resources in our community and across the state.”
Villa is inviting area residents to her mental health expo on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, located at 273 Dearborn Ct. in Geneva. From 9 to 11 a.m., residents are invited to stop by for a mental health resource fair, and from 11 a.m. to noon, Villa will host a town hall meeting with other local leaders to discuss issues hindering accessibility to resources throughout the state.
“Our mental and emotional wellbeing is just as important as our physical health, so I will continue working to destigmatize mental health issues and improve access to critical services,” continued Villa. “I encourage local residents to stop by my mental health expo later this month!”