Date: Wednesdays,

March 6, 13, 20, 27, & April 3

(5 sessions)

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (CT) / 8:00 - 9:00 PM (ET)


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Designed for individuals who have a family member or friend who is facing challenges related to mental health/addiction/post-incarceration.


Facilitators: Bonnie Lane, Liz Margolies, & Karlene


  • Mental Health & Families
  • Communication skills when talking with a loved one with a mental illness
  • Self-care and Resilience
  • Accessing resources on your/their behalf
  • Talking About It: why, how, and when to tell others about your loved one’s incarceration


Bonnie Lane is a graduate from National Louis University with Master's degrees, with honors, in both Developmental and Counseling Psychology.  She is also a Certified Mediator, and certified in Domestic Violence Counseling.

Ms. Lane  served as the Program Director at Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook for 6 years. Among her responsibilities was facilitating groups for parents of children suffering with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She was also the Executive Director of Project Chesed for the JCCs of Chicagoland and served as the Executive Director of Wilmette Youth Connection. Most recently, Bonnie worked for Thresholds Community Mental Health Agency as the Team Leader for all case managers in the Young Adult Program.

For more than two decades, Bonnie has worked privately with families dealing with mental health issues. She has counseled individuals and families as  they successfully navigate the maze of care and resources available for young and older adults.  Helping families in times of crisis is her mission and her passion.  

Bonnie is currently a member of the NAMI CCNS legislative committee,  the North and Northwest Suburban Housing Task Force and  the Legislative Committee.  Bonnie also sits on the Healthy Minds Healthy Lives Coalition through Thresholds and the Mental Health Summit. Bonnie is a board member of No Shame on U and serves as their Program Chairperson.   



Liz Margolies , LCSW is a psychotherapist with over 40 years experience. She is also a nationally-recognized expert in health disparities.

After her son was arrested in 2019, Liz became interested in the impact of incarceration on the long term health of inmates’ mothers. In addition to her work with individuals, she now leads support groups for Jewish mothers of sons with life sentences. Liz lives in New York City.