Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Below, we highlight several Lurie Children’s staff that play a critical role in providing mental health services to children, teens and families.
“My favorite moment was when a child I was working with got to meet his favorite baseball player. My patient was here for a neuropsychological evaluation, with the plan to spend much of the day with me testing (admittedly, probably not his first choice of activities!). When I learned Anthony Rizzo would be visiting, I kept an eye out. We took a quick break from testing to meet him… I think he was overwhelmed with excitement. Imagine thinking you had nothing but cognitive/academic testing ahead of you only to find out you’d be meeting a hero?! It’s amazing how generous folks in our community are with their time, be they athletes, charitable organizations, photographers, or musicians.”
“My work at Lurie takes me outside of the hospital to support school and community-based clinicians working with youth exposed to trauma. Compassion fatigue is common among many of the adults we work with, and it’s rewarding helping folks who are used to being the helpers find ways to make self-care priority in their work.”
Tara Gill, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
“I like working in the Child & Adolescent Psych department/Center for Childhood Resilience because when I am out in the community providing trauma education, promoting best practices, and engaging in workforce capacity building, I represent an entire department and hospital of others who are dedicated to excellence in prevention and treatment of children’s mental health. I am proud to be a part of the Lurie Children’s Hospital network and strive to meet the standard of care our families and communities deserve.”
Jennifer Doherty, MT, Milieu Therapist, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
“I work with children and adolescents ranging from ages 3-17 who are diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses. Helping patients have a positive experience during one of the hardest times of their lives as well as creating a foundation of education for patients and families is crucial to their future success. One of the most rewarding parts of the job is helping these kids come to realize their true potential, and teaching them the tools they can use to continue to work towards this, especially after discharge.”
Edna Romero, PhD, Medical Psychologist, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplant, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
“I love the multidisciplinary aspect of the Psych division. We work closely with social workers, psychiatrists, APN’s, and administrative staff in order to provide comprehensive care to families. This approach is best suited to meet the needs of our families.”
Elizabeth Elrick, LSW, ED Med/Psych Social Worker, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
“I love the team work aspect of my job. I know there are always people that I can call for support. When you work in this field, it is so important to take care of yourself, and have a strong support system behind you. I consider myself lucky to work at a hospital that truly supports all team members, and ensures the happiness of the workers.”
Center for Childhood Resilience
The Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR) is a regional organization promoting access to high quality mental health services for children and adolescents statewide through clinical service, research, training, advocacy and policy reform. Housed within one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, the Center is uniquely positioned to advance innovative and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address comprehensive mental health reform and build a trauma-informed city and state.