ALTON — WellSpring Resources announces its 2015 Mental Health Heroes, Jessica Gruneich and Jeremy Jewell.
Each year the agency selects two individuals or organizations that have gone to great lengths to improve the lives of individuals with mental health conditions and to help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health. Gruneich and Jewell received their awards on May 14 at WellSpring Resources’ Alton office.
Gruneich is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwestern Illinois, also known as NAMI. WellSpring Resources’ Interim CEO/Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Craig said Gruneich was selected for this award because she goes above and beyond her assigned duties to keep the community informed about and connected to mental health resources.
“She is the force that inspires and empowers the mental health community,” Craig said.
Jewell is a professor of psychology and program director of the Clinical Child and School Psychology graduate program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Craig said Jewell was selected because his teachings, research and other community work — which focus on child and adolescent mental health — are improving the lives of children across the region.
“Jeremy’s work is changing the landscape of mental health education and service delivery,” Craig said.
The awards ceremony was attended by many of the awardees’ peers and loved ones, as well as other community supporters. In addition, John Markely, CEO of Centerstone Illinois, attended the event to congratulate the awardees and to say a few words regarding Centerstone’s intent to merge with WellSpring Resources and Prairie Center, a substance abuse treatment center that offers services in East Central Illinois. Centerstone is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit behavioral health care organizations and offers services in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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