Chicago Lakeshore Hospital on The MHAI 26th Annual Gala: The Magic of Hope

by Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital provides comprehensive addiction treatment and behavioral health services to residents in the Greater Chicago area. Chicago Lakeshore Hospital maintains a community partnership with Mental Health America of Illinois. Chicago Lakeshore Hospital works with MHAI in the community and provides support, training, and resources to the organization.

Mental Health America of Illinois’ annual gala of 2013 celebrates its twenty-sixth year of operation, with a universal theme, “The Magic of Hope.” On March 9, the event kicks off at 6:30pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. All proceeds raised by the gala will go directly to the MHAI initiative, “It Only Takes One,” a campaign with the goals to educate the community about suicide and to support suicide prevention measures.

The concept behind the MHAI suicide prevention initiative is that one event—a single phone call, a smile, or a simple show of interest—is sometimes enough to encourage someone contemplating suicide to call for help. In the United States, 1,500 suicide attempts are reported daily. In the state of Illinois, over 1,000 deaths are caused by suicide annually, a figure which is even greater than that of deaths due to HIV/AIDS, impaired driving, or homicide.