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Mental and Behavioral Health


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:

  • Mission

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

  • Vision

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be every girl’s first choice for developing her own leadership potential through meaningful opportunities and relationships.

3 Critical Ways GSNI Approaches Mental and Behavioral Health

Awareness & Education

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

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:

  • Strong Sense of Self
  • Positive Values
  • Challenge Seeking
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Community Problem-Solving 
Response & Support

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

Flourish resources are designed to support:

  • Girls in grades K-12
  • GSNI volunteers
  • GSNI staff
  • Girl Scout alumnae
  • The Northern Illinois community at-large

CLICK to download 1-page summary of the Flourish Initiative.

Resources for Girls

A variety of badges and Journey activities are designed to help girls Flourish!

Check out these options in the VTK:

  • Daisy
    • Courageous and Strong petal
    • Responsible for What I Say and Do petal
    • Respect Myself and Others petal
    • Between Earth & Sky Journey (Blue Bucket award)
  • Brownie
    • Making Friends badge
    • My Best Self badge
    • My Great Day badge
  • Junior
    • Independence badge
    • Staying Fit badge
    • Get Moving! Journey
  • Cadette
    • Eating for You badge
    • Science of Happiness badge
    • aMAZE Journey
  • Senior
    • Women’s Health badge
    • Ambassador
    • College Knowledge badge

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

  • Segment: State of Mind—Mental Health
  • Find a troop discussion guide linked in the video description.

Episode 3: Finding Your Rhythm

  • Segment: Find Your Rhythm to Reduce Stress
  • Find a troop discussion guide linked in the video description.
Resources for Adults
Trainings Available On-Demand

Trainings Available On-Demand:

Self-Care & Mental Health

  • By Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • 13 minute video training, Free
  • Published: May 12, 2020

Busy Brain Cure

  • By Girl Scouts of Citrus, featuring Dr. Romie
  • 1 hour webinar training, Free
  • Published: April 20, 2020

COVID Psychological First Aid

  • By American Red Cross
  • 1 hour online course, $20
  • Certification valid for 2 years

Scheduled Trainings:

Upcoming trainings from Family Counseling Services (Rockford):

This webinar focused on childhood trauma and abuse will provide information, resources, and suggestions for understanding: the general scope of childhood trauma and how it affects youth and adults, signs and symptoms, and suggestions for working with youth who have experienced childhood trauma.

30 minutes - Presentation by Family Counseling Services
30 minutes - Live Q&A with FCS presenter

The webinar will be recorded in full, so that additional volunteers can participate on-demand in the future.
Questions may be submitted anonymously.

This webinar is intended for adults: Girl Scout volunteers and parents, and community members who serve youth.

CLICK HERE to Register in Advance!


This webpage will be updated as additional resources become available.

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