State Representative Steve Andersson recently celebrated the close of his fourth annual summer reading program. Rep. Andersson has hosted a summer reading program every year to help encourage students to read and learn throughout the summer months. This year’s program, DREAM BIG, READ! drew another impressive turnout.

PK - 5th graders were invited to read 10 books over the summer. Readers sent in their reading lists and were then were invited, along with their families, to a special celebration.

This summer’s program drew over 50 participants from Rep. Andersson’s 65th District. The Representative welcomed his summer readers and their families to a celebratory pizza party to recognize their accomplishments.

“It's always a fun event,” said Rep. Andersson. “Some of these kids have been with me for 4 years, and it has been so fun to watch them grow!”

The party also featured a magic show from Don "Wand" Bothwell. Rep. Andersson read the book, "Happy Dreamer" and presented each reader with a certificate of congratulations, as well as a goody gift bag.

It was a great night and everyone had a wonderful time!

State Representatives Steve Andersson and Anna Moeller recently held a roundtable discussion on mental health.

The roundtable was part of a discussion series started by the Kennedy Forum, which encourages community conversation on topics in mental and behavioral health. The Forum was founded in 2013 and is focused on advancing the current ideas, policies, and programming to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and addiction, and promote behavioral health for all. Hosting discussions is one initiative the Forum encourages to engage the mental health community and move forward toward meaningful solutions.

Andersson and Moeller centered their discussion on mental health, to talk about what more can be done to decrease the stigma around mental health and better provide for those dealing with mental health issues.

The event brought out a crowd of area service providers, educators, students and residents.

Representative Andersson has been a strong supporter of mental health both in the local community and legislatively in Springfield.

“While addressing mental health has improved over the years, there are still major gaps and deficiencies where we can advance,” said Rep. Andersson. “Everyone is somehow connected to mental health—through a personal experience or someone they know. If we talk about it and continue to make strides to limit the stigma around it, it will help.”

To learn more about the Kennedy Forum and their resources click here.

State Representatives Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) and Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) are hosting a discussion on mental health at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin.

The roundtable event will be on September 18th from 10:00-11:00 am. It is free and open to the public.

The Representatives’ event is part of the On The Table Discussion series, which has been held around the State by various lawmakers interested in addressing mental health issues. The discussions are meant to foster conversation about mental health and addiction, to help lessen the stigma that surrounds it.

Representative Andersson has been a strong proponent of mental health, and feels this discussion group is a great way to make progress in mental health awareness.

“There is an unfair stigma surrounding mental health, and because of that, it often isn’t talked about,” said Andersson. “To make progress in the area of mental health, we first must break the stigma, so we can move forward to finding solutions. I hope this discussion series helps break that barrier, so we can help those that need it in our community—and in Illinois.”

Representatives Andersson and Moeller encourage anyone in their Districts to come join the discussion, to listen, learn, and share their input on mental health.

With questions about the event, contact Rep. Andersson’s District Office at (630) 457-5460.