Get Involved with the Coalition!



Please participate in our Coalition networking and planning meetings on the third Tuesdays of various months.  For 2020 we will have quarterly  meetings  beginning in February from 1-3 pm unless there is a special event. The meeting is held via Zoom until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Then they will be held in the Conference room at the DuPage County Health Department Community Center, 115 N County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: (630)752-0066. Beginning in January we will have quarterly online meetings via Zoom invitation through our email announcments. 

Also new for 2020-

On a quarterly basis beginning in March we encourage you to attend the meeting of the local geographic cluster in your area to support their work. Or work with us to form one if there isn't one!

Everyone is welcome at any of our meetings!  

Calendar (Note the time and location changes for 2020)

Date and Time Location and Meeting Description
Aug 18, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 PM Central Time

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2-2:45 pm Discussion Topic: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in an age of COVID;

Panel presentation by a staff member of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia, and Mike Bushman who will speak as person with lived with experience and work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Deborah Major from the LOSS program to discuss her work those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

October 20, 2020 3-4 pm Central Time

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  1. 3-3:05 PM Introductions
  2. 3:05 – 3:10 Opening Reflection or Inspiring Thought to share—Jolene Leroy, IMHC President
  3. 3:10 – 3:40 PM Spotlight Topic:  Faith Community responses when there has been a death by suicide, presented by Brenda Cordero, Parent and Parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church; Jolene LeRoy RN Faith Community Nurse AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center at Our Lady of Mercy Church; and Pamela Caine, MSW, CPLC; Parent and Family Therapist; Grow Relationship Therapy.
  4. 3:40 – 3:45 Q & A
  5. 3:45- 4 pm
    1. Update on Shared Web Resource Repository Discussions
    2. Review of calendar planning for 2020-2021, planning as needed
    3. Opportunity to Share re. your faith and mental health related work, your recent local geographic cluster organizing efforts, effects of Covid-19, creative strategies to continue the work, ask questions, get ideas.
November 17, 2020 1-3 pm Central Time

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  1. Reflection: provided by Rev. Darryl Jenkins, Faith Community Church, Itasca
  2. Introductions of those present
  3. 1:15 – 2:00 pm   Business Matters:
    1. Approval of Minutes of last meetings, October and August
    2. Financial Report   Denise Elsbree
    3. Report on latest discussions on development of a one stop shop repository of resources for mental health ministry development.  
    4. Planning for nomination and selection of IMHC officers for 2021
    5. What do we want to schedule or accomplish in 2021?
  4. 2-2:45 pm Discussion Topic: Companionship Training: what it is, why it’s important, and how to take a next step (tbc)
  5. Ongoing strategic questions to ponder:
    1. How can we continue to support and complement the development of new interfaith inter-organization local geographic clusters such as in McHenry, South Chicago, West side of Chicago?
    2. How can we increase the religious diversity and interfaith cultural competency of our coalition?
  6. Announcements: upcoming events, legislative updates, or anything else applicable to our audience.


Spread the word! Print the 2020 IMHC Calendar to stay up to date and the IMHC Brochure to take with you to networking meetings you attend! Feel free to make copies or email it to people you know who might be interested in supporting/joining the coalition.  

Keep up with coalition! See the minutes of our last meeting. Also see minutes of our second to last meeting

See the latest version of our proposal for a one stop shop repository of mental health wellness resources at Proposal .