Centerstone trauma program accepting clients

Centerstone will host a Parent Peers Empowering Parents Virtual Coffee & Tea open discussion for parents from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 27.

All parents are welcome to attend the event, which will focus on parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join by either visiting or or calling 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 and using the following Meeting ID: 987 8041 0241.

The meetings provide support, education and inspiration for parents. While the meetings usually take place in person, they are now happening via video/telephone 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, Centerstone announced 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. Parent Peers Empowering Parents was created as a result of the grant.

“Among the goals of these 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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