Centerstone will host two Parent Peers Empowering Parents virtual events from 10 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, focusing on coping with the holidays.

All parents and guardians are welcome to attend the events.

10 a.m. – noon

Visit or


Call 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 and use the following Meeting ID: 948 5676 3677

6-8 p.m.

Visit or or


Call 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 and use the following Meeting ID: 952 1089 1094

The meetings started earlier this year and are regularly held to provide support, education and inspiration for all Southern Illinois parents. While the meetings are usually held in person throughout the region, they are now taking place via video and phone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The aim of the group is to empower parents, to allow them to be heard and to provide parent peer support,” said Niki Grajewski, clinical manager at Centerstone.

In December 2019, Centerstone announced it received a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to improve the mental health of children and communities throughout Southern Illinois. PPEP was created as a result of the grant.

“Among the goals of this ILCHF-funded programs are to improve parental engagement, decrease caregiver stress, and increase peer-provided services in our project area,” Grajewski said. “PPEP will be provided mostly by parent-peer supporters, parents with experience navigating the mental health system. They will support, inform and help parents build their own capacity for supporting their families.

“We wanted to provide multiple options in several communities to make it easy for parents to get involved and decrease transportation barriers,” Grajewski said.

All parents in Southern Illinois are welcome. There is no fee to join and no commitment required to participate.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Brandy Moore at (618) 457-6703, ext. 7772, or

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