A Nurse in Behavioral Health

Nurses are often the people patients interact with most in any hospital setting. They play an important role within the treatment team and often provide both physical and emotional support for patients and their families.

Veronica Hughes, Chief Nursing Officer of Silver Oaks, reminisces on why she chose to become a nurse, “I always had an interest in the medical field. Being able to help others when they are at their highest need is rewarding. Especially when there is a positive outcome and the patient makes gains in their health”.

Particularly when it comes to mental health, nurses take on additional responsibilities that may not be typical for a medical floor nurse. Many people receiving mental health treatment may not have the support of family or friends. Veronica elaborates on one these additional responsibilities, “Advocacy. Many of our patients are unable to advocate for themselves either due to their disease process or because they have limited means. It is our job to ensure the best possible outcome for our patient to be successful once they are out of the hospital”.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital is very fortunate to have a team of qualified and caring nurses to ensure our patients and their families receive the support they need to be successful once they leave our hospital. “Our nurses are compassionate, smart, and want the very best for their patients. They are not only aware of the psychiatric needs of their patients; they are fantastic at identifying their medical needs as well. They advocate for their patients during their course of treatment and are kind and caring individuals. You could not ask for a better group of individuals to provide for the mental health needs of community”.

Our patients get to experience this kind and dedicated care throughout their stay. We are so thankful to our team of nurses!

For more information about our programs, or to schedule a free mental health assessment, please call (844) 580-5000.

Perspectives on COVID-19

Scott Hullinger, CEO of Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, recently sat down with our Chief Medical Officer and Co-Medical Director to discuss the additional symptoms of COVID-19 introduced by the CDC. They also discuss how to speak with children about the pandemic and how to recognize when it might be time to seek mental health help for others or ourselves.

Watch their conversation below.

Silver Oaks provides free mental health assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call now for more information: (844) 580-5000

Senior Adults and Coping with COVID-19 Stress & Anxiety

Feelings of increased stress and anxiety are common during a pandemic. Older adults in particular may experience these feelings at an enhanced level as the consequences from contracting COVID-19 are proving to be more severe for this age group.

These feelings can be overwhelming and create strong emotions. For seniors living independently at home, it can be difficult to cope with these feelings as social isolation prevent many from receiving the support from family and friends they are used to. Technology provides a way to communicate and stay in touch with loved ones; some seniors may not be comfortable using it and are left to cope on their own.

Seniors at home can utilize some of the following measures to address their mental and physical health during the pandemic:

Daily Movement

  • Walk around your house
  • Walk around your neighborhood (maintain physical distance from others)
  • Sit down and stand up from a stable chair to keep your legs strong
  • Dance to your favorite music

Healthy Eating

  • Add more color to your plate by eating fruits and vegetables
  • Minimize sugary treats or processed foods
  • Drink plenty of water

Stay Connected

  • Speak regular by phone with friends and family
  • Speak with neighbors from your porch
  • Video calls from smart phones, tablets, or computers

The senior community will feel the impacts from COVID-19 for quite some time once the pandemic is over. If the fear, anxiety, or depression worsen for you or a loved one, it’s okay to ask for help.

The Monarch Program at Silver Oaks Hospital offers unique help and support for seniors and their families. Calls are confidential and are available at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call today to speak with someone who can help: (844) 580-5000

Stress & Coping During COVID-19

The outbreak of the corona virus, known as COVID-19, may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty are all natural reactions. When these feelings become overwhelming, they can cause strong emotions in adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Learning how to manage this stress will make you, those you care about, and our community stronger.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital specializes in the treatment of these strong emotions. Whether receiving care in our inpatient or outpatient programs, our clinicians utilize evidence-based treatment models to ensure you or your loved ones, are prepared to cope.

Common signs of stress during a pandemic include:

  • Changes in eating or sleep patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health concerns
  • Worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco

Those who have existing mental health concerns are at an elevated risk for a crisis. Recognizing these signs and symptoms is critical in ensuring someone gets the help they need in a timely manner.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital is open and accepting patients into all levels of care. We take the health and safety of our patients, their families, and our staff very seriously and we have implemented all screening guidelines provided by the CDC and local health officials.

We now offer telehealth assessments and Intensive Outpatient services online. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (844) 580-5000.

COVID-19 and Mental Health

COVID -19 has caused a serious economic downturn and tremendous social changes impacting mental health of all ages.  This has resulted in an overall spike in suicide.  In addition,

  • 67% of people report higher levels of stress since the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • 57% say they have greater anxiety since the outbreak.
  • 54% say they are more emotionally exhausted.
  • 53% say they feel sadness day-to-day.
  • 50% feel they are more irritable.
  • 42% report their overall mental health has declined.

With such impact on mental health it has become necessary for individuals to seek support for themselves and others.  We are here for you 24-7. Making one phone call is all it takes to get the support needed.  Call Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital at (844) 580-5000.

What are we doing to combat COVID-19?

Mental health and addiction treatment should not be delayed, and we are taking every precaution possible while continuing to offer needed treatment in a safe way to you or a loved one.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital is following CDC guidelines, as well as that of state and local public health departments.

Every patient, family member, and visitor who comes to our facilities is screened for COVID-19 with a Symptom Questionnaire and by having their temperature taken. This ensures that people with symptoms of COVID-19 are recognized promptly and actions are taken to guarantee that illness is not introduced or spread.

Staff and patients are monitored daily for COVID-19 symptoms and are screened with a temperature check as well as the Symptom Questionnaire and are asked to stay home if they are feeling ill. Mask wearing, hand hygiene, social distancing, and environmental deep cleaning continues to be top priorities for us and occurs on a regular basis 7 days a week.

How does this impact patients?

We are committed to high quality, compassionate care, and that will not change.  We remain available 24/7 to screen and accept patients into all our inpatient and outpatient programs.

What You Can Do to Prevent Virus Spread

  1. Notify staff if you have a fever or are feeling sick. The hospital may ask you to stay home.
  2. Notify staff if you have reason to believe you have been in contact with an infected person.
  3. Wash your hands often with either soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  4. Routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home (doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
  5. Follow social distancing guidelines.
  6. Wear a mask.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital Observes One Year Anniversary

As Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital marks our first year of service in Will County, we would like to thank the community for your overwhelming support as we’ve worked to provide mental health and substance use treatment services to our most vulnerable population.

Over the last year, Silver Oaks expanded treatment from senior adults to adults and eventually adolescents. This has included several specialty programs including a women’s inpatient treatment program, a men’s inpatient treatment program, an adolescent inpatient treatment program, inpatient chemical detoxification, outpatient dual diagnosis treatment, adult partial hospitalization program and an adolescent partial hospitalization program.

These services were created based on needs identified by our community partners and we are excited to continue to grow our offerings to support the mental health of our community at large. More programs will be developed and introduced as we continue to respond to the greatest needs.

Our goal remains the same—to provide outstanding care delivered by compassionate people while providing unparalleled service. As we enter our second year of service. We hope your support continues as we work together to bring quality mental health and substance use treatment services to our community.

Identities and Expression Track (LGBTQ+) at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

If you are an adult struggling with a mental health condition and identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it is essential to prioritize your mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, members of the LBGTQ+ community may face discrimination, prejudge, or rejection from their family, and that can lead to stress, anxiety, or depression. According to the […]

An Informative Overview of the Adult Program at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

The Adult Mental Health Program at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital (SOBH) offers a level of care for adults in need of behavioral health care. Our goal today is to outline the treatment course and establish patient expectations at our facility.


Our inpatient program encourages the communication of open and honest feelings and responsible behavior. While under our care, our primary goal is to create an open and trusting atmosphere in which patients can share their thoughts and feelings in a supportive and caring environment. At Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, we believe that respect for the patient is an important aspect of our therapeutic environment and assists in the healing process.

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Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital Opens New Outpatient Program

New Lenox, IL September 30, 2019 – Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital has expanded outpatient services to include a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for adults ages 18 and above. Partial Hospitalization is designed for patients who are experiencing intense emotional or behavioral conditions who do not require inpatient treatment but need therapy that is more involved […]

Community Shows Support for Increased Access to Mental Health Treatment

On Tuesday, September 10th, 2019, the community came together at A Pathway to Hope and Healing to learn more about behavioral health treatment and current programming available at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jyoti Randhawa, spoke about the signs and symptoms of mental illness in teens and young adults. It is […]