When residents of some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods need mental health treatment, they often seek help from social service and community organizations in their neighborhoods – help that can be hard to find. Exposure to violence and living in poverty can be traumatizing experiences that often trigger mental illness in people living in these low-income communities. Teleza Rodgers of the North Lawndale neighborhood is getting by, thanks to counseling from I AM ABLE Center for Family Development on Chicago’s West Side. But she didn’t always have support to deal with the trauma in her life.
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