We are highly honored: Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) has announced that it will recognize the Adler School for our work on military mental health issues, at its annual gala “The Magic of Hope,” March 9 in Chicago.
The event will highlight MHAI’s statewide initiatives to improve support and services in Illinois for military service members, veterans, and their families, including the “It Only Takes One” suicide prevention campaign. The Adler School and Health & Disability Advocates, a Chicago-based nonprofit advocacy organization, are honored as MHAI partners in advancing veterans’ mental health, specifically in addressing the alarming increase in suicide rates among military veterans.
In recognizing the Adler School, the MHAI cites our longtime work with military mental health. Speaking on behalf of the Adler School to accept our honor on March 9 will be Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and Staff Sergeant Len A. Dannhaus, a student in the Adler School’s Psy.D. Military Clinical Psychology Track.
S. Sgt. Dannhaus served 15 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. He enlisted in February 1991 as a medic and served until 2001, when he was honorably discharged and entered the Army Reserves. After 9/11, he re-enlisted for active duty as a Calvary Scout and served two tours in Iraq. A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, three U.S. Army Commendation Medals for Valor in Iraq, the U.S. Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge, S. Sgt. Dannhaus was honorably discharged in June 2006.
He worked for 18 months at the Penrose Hospital Emergency Department in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and later as an LPN at an Evans Army Community Hospital family medicine clinic, before coming to the Adler School. At the Adler School, he has completed a Community Service Practicum with The Soldier’s Project and is currently completing a diagnostic practicum at Will County Behavioral Health in Child and Adolescent Services.
Founded in 1909, MHAI is Illinois’ longest serving non-profit mental health advocacy and public education organization dedicated to serving those in our community suffering from mental and emotional disorders. The MHAI 26th Annual Gala “The Magic of Hope” takes place 6:30 p.m. to midnight March 9 at the InterContinental – Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave.
For more information or tickets for the event–and to learn more about their important work–contact MHAI.