Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is an advocate for mental health for girls, women, and communities. We collaborate with experts in the field of mental/behavioral health to access high-quality resources and align with best practices. Positive mental health encourages girls to fully embrace our mission and grow into their leadership potential. Our goal is for all members (girls, volunteers, alumnae, and staff) to embrace mental health wellness.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to introduce our “Flourish” initiative, part of an ongoing strategy to embrace positive mental and behavioral health.
This strategic initiative is designed to fully embrace and enhance Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’s mission and vision:
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be every girl’s first choice for developing her own leadership potential through meaningful opportunities and relationships.
Awareness & Education
What it means to us:
Members understand basic mental health wellness concepts, and basic signs of mental health challenges and disorders.
Members know that mental health is a priority for our communities.
Positive Practices & Healthy Habits
What it means to us:
Members participate in mental health wellness practices - both individually and through their participation in Girl Scouts.
This includes (but is not limited to) healthy living and healthy relationships programming.
Girls are achieving outcomes:
Response & Support
What it means to us:
Guidelines, resources, and procedures are in place for staff and volunteers to follow in the event that mental health concerns require action/response.
Members know where to connect to professional resources and support in their local community.
In Girl Scouts, all girls feel safe, welcome, and supported.
Flourish resources are designed to support:
CLICK to download 1-page summary of the Flourish Initiative.
A variety of badges and Journey activities are designed to help girls Flourish!
Check out these options in the VTK:
Check out available episodes of G-TV! What is G-TV you ask? This new online show for middle and high school girls is run by a group of Girl Scouts called the G-Team. Each episode features special looks at key issues for girls and interviews with accomplished Girl Scout alums.
Episode 1: A Community of Girls
Episode 3: Finding Your Rhythm
Trainings Available On-Demand:
Supporting Girl Scouts is rewarding, but it can present challenges that are difficult to help our youth navigate. When you use the skills you’ll learn in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), you will become the first line of support for a child or youth in need. You’ll recognize subtle warning signs and be there to help youth feel less distressed, and you may become a vital resource in helping to seek further assistance.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) offers the Youth Mental Health First Aid training 2-3 times per year, listed on the GSNI Activities Calendar. (Groups of 10-20 can request a training, if requested 10 or more weeks ahead of time). All participants that fulfill the training requirements after registering earn their 3-year YMHFA certification as a First Aider. If interested in learning more or requesting a training to be held, please contact email@example.com.
Youth Mental Health First Aider List of Resources: download a 2-sided document listing regional and national organizations that provide mental health guidance and support.
As part of GSNI’s “Flourish” initiative and our commitment to mental/behavioral health for our community, we are partnering with Family Counseling Services to provide monthly enrichment webinars for volunteers and parents on a variety of topics.
Coping with COVID-19 Times
All About Anxiety
The Breakdown on Bullying
Self - Harm & Suicide
Childhood Trauma & Abuse
GSNI has preferred partners that provide troops with opportunities to support wellness. Our partners offer flexible scheduling, and you can contact them directly to schedule.
Own Your Spots- Modaff and Miff (Grades K-5)
Contact: Deepali Punwani
Teen Tell All, LLC (Grade Levels 6-12)
Offers virtual programming to Girl Scouts to help empower them!
Badge connections:Finding Common Ground, Independence, Social Butterfly, Science of Happiness and many more!
*More partners will be aded and updated over time
Life isn’t always easy, but dealing with tricky emotions doesn’t have to be so hard. Try activities from the Girl Scouts: Resilient. Ready. Strong. program to unlock a patch and strengthen your mental wellness. Nobody can snap their fingers and make the world all sunshine and lollipops, but you can take steps to be ready when things get tough. Go get ‘em, Girl Scout!
Support is available for the Resilent.Ready.Strong patch program for volunteers in gsLearn under the content library. Search for GSUSA Resilient. Ready. Strong. Patch in the search bar.
You can find all the activites to complete in the activity guide. Patches are available for purchase through the GSUSA Store.
This webpage will be updated as additional resources become available.