ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Tim Nabors has been a member of the Winnebago County Mental Health Board for two years. Nabors believes the first step in addressing mental health issues is opening the conversation to everyone.
“It really sparked a conversation about mental health between social media and Covid,” Nabors said. “Solving the issue will improve their quality of life and help keep the community safe.”
Leaders say breaking down the stigmas associated with mental health will pave the way for people struggling to find out about services across state lines.
“Mental health issues are issues around the country, and clearly our community is not immune to individuals experiencing these issues,” said Rockford Underperson Chad Thuneberg.
Thunberg says getting people the help they need is more than just common sense, but there are also some fiscal concerns. In particular, he wants to ensure that new federal funding comes to these programs, which are truly making a difference in providing sanity to those who struggle.
“Even though it’s federal, it’s still our taxpayer money.” “So we want to make sure they’re working.”
Council members on Monday night approved nearly $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Thunberg and Nabors agree that the dollar can make a difference, not just for individuals, but for society as a whole.
“If we give people mental and physical stability, we’ll have a better workforce and more jobs,” Nabors said.
Rosecrance and Carpenter’s Place are just a few of the organizations that benefit from this federal funding.
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