Mental Health


Major depressive disorder is a chronic disease that can be treated with counseling and medication Anxiety can take many forms, and should be treated before it gets out of hand. Addiction can be treated with counseling and medication to take the edge off of withdrawal.


Know how to access mental health care

Your mental health is as important as your physical health.  We know the two are interconnected in maintaining a balanced life, and both mental and physical health affect each other.  Patients suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse or mood disorders require health care providers who can diagnose and treat these conditions, caring for patients close to home.  

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What is mental health?

Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It can include the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.  Just like physical health, mental health can affect motivation, energy levels and daily activities.  When mental illnesses are left untreated or unmanaged, they can begin to affect a person's physical health and lead to new problems.

How important is mental health care?

According to the National Institutes of Health, at least one out of every four adult Americans has a mental health disorder.  Mental health can affect your motivation and self-care, which may lead to physical problems.  It is important to be proactive about your mental health.  Pay attention to your feelings.  Get enough sleep.  If life seems overwhelming, reach out for help.  Perry Memorial Hospital staff know the importance of mental health and encourage you to make it a priority. 

Why is Perry Memorial Hospital committed to mental health?

Repeatedly, our Community Health Needs Assessment identifies mental health as one of the top three health needs within our healthcare service area of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties.  Many people struggle with mental health issues without knowing about it or having options to deal with it.  Our goal has always been to meet the health needs of our community, and mental health forms a large portion of that need.

What services are available?Ariel Pozzi, Perry Memorial hospital LCSW

Counseling and Telepsychiatry

The Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic offers assessments for both mental health and substance abuse, brief courses of focused treatment and linkage to other mental health providers for those who may need more intensive treatment.  Ariel Swanson, LCSW meets with patients in the Family Health Clinic for short-term counseling needs.  She is trained to assess mental and emotional health in patients of all ages and create an individualized counseling plan, in coordination with a board-certified psychiatrist.  After treatment, ranging from a brief course of focused treatment to more intensive counseling, Ariel will work with patients to guide them on a long-term mental health plan. 

Via TelePsych, Dr. Suraya Kawadry, a board-certified psychiatrist, works with patients to diagnose, counsel, and create treatment plans.  Dr. Kawadry has the education and training to understand the complex relationships between emotional and physical illnesses, and uses a combination of psychotherapy and medication management for patients 16 and older.

Even if our mental health services do not match the needs of a patient, Ariel is aware of the best local options for all patients to get the long-term care they need.

To learn more or get started with TelePsych services, contact the Family Health Clinic at 815-875-4531.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Perry Memorial Prompt Care has developed its team to help patients successfully overcome addictions. The team uses a combination of Suboxone to mediate the feelings of withdrawal, along with counseling to motivate and encourage patients to stay committed.  Prompt Care's team works hard to ensure every patient leaves with a long-term strategy and ability to avoid relapse.  The team includes Dr. Paul Bonucci, board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in substance abuse, Cory Kramer, APRN, FNP certified in Suboxone treatment, and Ariel Swanson, Licensed Clinic Social Worker.

To learn more or get started with Suboxone services, contact Perry Memorial Prompt Care at 815-875-2273.

Medicare-Based Wellness Therapy

For Medicare-eligible patients, Senior Behavioral Wellness (SBW) offers individualized treatment plans.  Under the direction of Dr. Scott Arbaugh via TeleHealth, the SBW team of counselors and therapists do everything possible to improve the mental wellness of their patients.  Patients in SBW experienced a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, and medications to take control of their mental health and keep it from becoming a debilitating factor as they age.  

A provider referral is not necessary to get started with Senior Behavioral Wellness.  Simply call 815-876-2004, fax: 815-876-2008 or email the referral form to to get started.

Support Groups

A variety of support groups meet at Perry Memorial Hospital on a monthly basis.  These groups may be affected by COVID-19.  If you are interested in attending a support group, please call the number listed for the latest updates.

Caregivers Support Group brings together individuals struggling to care for a loved one.  The group includes resource sharing and education, and a supportive social environment to help cope with the stresses of caregiving.  Care for dependent loved ones is available with a reservation.

First Wednesday every month
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lower Level Conference Room, Perry Memorial Hospital
Call 815-876-4449 to make a reservation or learn more

Third Thursday every month
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cornerstone Community Wellness, Sheffield, IL
Call 815-454-8020 to make a reservation or learn more

Grief and Loss Support Group is an opportunity for participants to learn more about coping and managing the emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.  Led by Angie Hughes, SBW counselor, the group offers comradery, support, and strategies each person needs.

Third Tuesday every month
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perry Memorial Hospital Chapel (First Floor)
Call 815-876-2070 to make a reservation or learn more

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group is a peer-led support group for family and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.  Trained volunteers lead the session, offer practical experiences and resources, and help participants exchange emotional support.

Fourth Tuesday every month
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
White Oak Classroom (Third Floor), Perry Memorial Hospital

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for an up-to-date listing of when and where each group will be meeting.

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How can I get a mental health assessment?

Schedule a mental health assessment by calling the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic at 815-875-4531.