Established in 2015 , the Illinois Refugee Mental Health (ILRMH) Task Force is a volunteer task force of diverse professionals working with trauma-exposed refugees and immigrants. Our members come from the fields of social work, psychology, counseling, public health, medicine, academia, early childhood education, public policy, and other allied disciplines. We work in refugee resettlement agencies, health clinics and hospitals, schools and community-based social service programs. The multidisciplinary scope of our members reflects the nature of mental health practice with refugee populations. Mental health and the refugee experience are intertwined, thus our approach to addressing the mental health needs requires dynamic and complex collaborations across service settings and across disciplines.
ILRMH is structured to provide support and resources to front-line workers, to help facilitate dialogue and collaboration in refugee-focused interventions, and the exchange of information among those concerned with the health and well-being of trauma-exposed immigrant populations.
To meet these goals, we have a series of projects, resource lists and trainings that are available to interested groups. There is NO COST attached to accessing this information or participating in any of the services or activities.
The ILRMH Logo
The official ILRMH logo is the product of thoughtful discussion among Task Force members and feedback from our local refugee community in Chicago. It represents our professional commitment to collaborate and serve immigrants and refugees from around the world in Illinois. Our logo also represents the supportive and collaborative relationships we have and will continue to build and strengthen with the refugee populations who have been arriving in our state.
Refugees from each of the 14 countries depicted in our logo have been resettled in Illinois over the last 10 years. These same 14 countries also represent sovereign states that are recognized as United Nations Member States in the United Nations System. Based on this designation, our logo uses the official flag registered by each country in the United Nations System. The flag of the United States, also a UN Member State, is included to mark that we are the largest receiving country in the world for vulnerable and persecuted immigrants and refugees. Those countries in our logo are listed below by continent:
To get involved, please contact:
Illinois Refugee Mental Health Task Force
c/o Erin Hantke, Director
Heartland Health Outreach, Inc.
4750 N Sheridan Rd, Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Main: (773) 751-1744
The Task Force acknowledges that some refugees do not recognize their country's official flag, particularly since refugees fled their home country due to well-founded fear of being persecuted. We also acknowledge that the use of the official United Nations-registered flag may not be representative of an individual's personal affiliation. Our use of these specific flags is intended only for the purpose of acknowledging the country as a recognized sovereign entity.
Graphic designer: Nick Patone
Web designer: Aimee Hilado
Web designer: Aimee Hilado