Power and Empower through the Library - 4:33
Brenda Langstraat, Chicago Public Library Foundation
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Chicago Public Library Foundation believes in the power of libraries to empower communities. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has connected individuals, corporations, and organizations to building a stronger and more equitable Chicago by investing in transformative programs at the library⁠ that give children the brightest possible start in life, teens the opportunity to realize their potential, and help Chicagoans bridge the digital divide. One such program is YOUmedia. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, YOUmedia is a safe space for teens to discover their interests, pursue their passions, and learn critical skills that will prepare them for life after high school.

Brenda Langstraat, President of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, will discuss the work of the Foundation and the public-private partnership model that has made Chicago Public Library #1 in the US and #3 in the world. She will also talk about the role of Chicago Public Library as the cornerstone of Chicago communities.
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Digital Mental Health Initiative

The UI Center on Depression and Resilience has launched a new innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and technology based treatment initiative, creating a digital based mental health safety net, to address Illinois' mental health crisis, and treat suicide risk factors. The UICDR has developed numerous digital tools, apps and inventions to reduce mental health disparities and offers these cutting-edge products to the public. This pioneering concept potentially can serve as a blueprint for the cost-effective integration of AI and technology to give greater access to mental health resources to poverty stricken areas and combat the growing national mental health crisis. This initiative is the “Digital Mental Health Initiative” (DMHI). The DMHI is a collaborative, transdisciplinary group of scientist, researchers, engineers and physicians working across 19 labs in at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Psychiatry Department to improve equitable access to mental health treatment with innovative smart, connected technology. The DMHI employs cutting-edge research to develop evidence-based digital tools and other technology based mental health treatments, which have already effectively treated thousands of patients. 1.5 million people in Illinois live with serious mental illness. According to the most recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide in Illinois has risen 23 percent, and is now ranked as the 11th leading cause of death in the state. The prevalence of depression in Illinois has increased, as it has globally, catapulting depression to the number one cause of disability worldwide.

This crisis has come at a staggering cost; estimates place the economic cost of untreated depression/behavioral health in the state to be more than 1.4 billion dollars a year.

Lack of access to treatment, and inefficient models of care, lie at the heart of this crisis. These numbers are a sobering reminder that we as a society have not adequately addressed the core reasons nor put forth the proper solutions to confront this health crisis, and necessitated the creation of UI Center on Depression and Resilience “Digital Mental Health Initiative” (DMHI).

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