We are excited to announce a new partnership with myStrength, Inc. for 2020!


  • myStrength offers tools and resources for our clinical staff, as well as wellness and self-help resources for us and our consumers. It is designed to augment our work with clients – with videos we can use to kick off therapy sessions, and eLearning modules and handouts to print and share with clients or allow them to work through between sessions.
  • myStrength offers a range of personalized online resources to improve mental health and overall well-being. After signing up, each user receives a unique homepage on myStrength based on his or her wellness assessment and personal profile. The user can then engage in a personalized eLearning program, with the option to focus on stress management, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, chronic pain, and sleep disturbance issues. The eLearning is supported by simple tools and exercises, mood tracker and daily inspirational quotes and videos in a safe and confidential environment. myStrength uses proven, evidence-based materials grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and other empirically validated therapeutic approaches. myStrength is designed to be used independently or in conjunction with other care. Referring consumers to myStrength provides them with a private resource available 24/7, to empower their recovery and extend the impact of your care.
  • As we prepare to share myStrength with our consumers, we wanted to share some information now, and then set up some times when myStrength will come train our staff on how to leverage the program in clinical practice and as a wellness resource for between, before, and after treatment sessions.




What’s in it for you?

  • Awareness – Clinical tools – including videos and handouts – which we hope will be a welcome addition to your offering for our consumers.
  • Training –The purpose of these trainings is to provide you with an overview of the program, and also to inform you of you how can share myStrength with the people we serve.

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MyStrength Referring Staff Flyer South Suburban Council

My Strength

We have witnessed our loved ones’ struggles to overcome the cost, inaccessibility, and stigma of care and treatment.

Knowing that there must be a way to overcome these obstacles, we set out to help those we love… and the more than 50 million others who are working through behavioral health disorders. The vision for myStrength, The health club for your mind, was born as we realized that the Internet and mobile applications provide a perfect way to help those in need. Done right, digital resources that complement other forms of care, such as medication and working with a behavioral health professional, could give users support that is affordable, accessible, and devoid of the negative image that behavioral healthcare sometimes carries.

To make our vision real, we leveraged our extensive digital consumer experience, tapped into our online learning expertise, and surrounded ourselves with brilliant partners and advisors. Together, we created myStrength to give people the resources they need to help create real and lasting change. Change that makes their lives, and the lives of the people around them, better.

The South Suburban Council:

Licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery and certified for Medicaid reimbursement.

Illinois Department of Human Services Department of Mental Health (DMH) Licensed and Certified

Accredited by The Joint Commision

The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin.

The Council is handicap accessible and gives pregnant women and injecting drug users priority to treatment services.

The Council does not deny access to service because of a proven inability to pay.

Funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

A State Licensed Facility

Mission Statement

We are The South Suburban Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to alcoholism, substance use and mental health treatment and recovery. The mission of The South Suburban Council is to deliver a continuum of treatment and recovery support services to residents of the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas and those surrounding communities particularly to those who are financially disadvantaged. Licensed by the Illinois Department of Human services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and recovery and Division of Mental Health and certified for Medicaid reimbursement. The South Suburban Council is accredited by The Joint Commission. The South Suburban Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, HIV status, sexual orientation, transgender status, parental status or political affiliation. The South Suburban Council is handicap accessible and does not deny access to service because of a proven inability to pay.


Areas of Focus: Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention

  • Provide support services and access treatment avenues for individuals and families experiencing substance use disorder and mental health concerns
  • Educate the community on substance use disorder and mental health focusing on prevention, treatment, and recovery and relapse prevention.
  • Collaborate with all community sectors on substance use disorder focusing on prevention, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention.
  • Support advocacy through education and training.
  • Participate, advocate, and lobby for recovery on a broader stage to regional, county, state, and federal organizations.


The values of The South Suburban Council are focused on trust, resilience, friendship, and family.


The South Suburban Council core competencies include: Commitment to recovery and safety of our clients, emphasis on communication and influence and responsiveness to our client’s needs.

At The South Suburban Council, communication and responsiveness is prioritized and influence and mentorship is provided appropriately to aid in the client’s recovery with the help of house managers, life skills counselors, and peer mentorship.

Partially funded by the United Way.

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