Let's Catch-up: April 2024
Our mission is to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support. 
Together for Mental Health!
Saturday April 13 @ 8am
Techny Prairie Activity Center
180 Anets Dr., Northbrook

The weather forecast for the 5K for CATCH looks beautiful!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to raise awareness about mental health. We will walk, run, talk, listen to music, and connect with our community.

And BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors, thus far:




In Kind

If you or your organization would like to sponsor, reach out to us at info@catchiscommunity.org or click on the link below.

Registration: $35/person
40% discount when you register three or more people.

Glenbrook North H.S. Students: Sign up for just $20 by using the code: GBNSTUDENT.

Special thanks to GBN Sophomore Nate Nayman for organizing this special event!
Lunch & Learn
ADHD: It's Complicated... And So Are Our Kids
Tuesday, April 16 @ 12pm
via Zoom

We’ll sort through ADHD... What is it? What else might present like it?

And how do we better understand the mental health struggles that often come with it?

5 Simple Rules for High School & College Parents
How to help your student navigate the transition to life in college
Tuesday, May 14 @ 12pm
via Zoom

Cohen specializes in helping people get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

He has visited more than 500 high school and college campuses and is active on social media helping people find support, happiness, hope, love, and light.

His most recent book is WIN or LEARN: The Naked Truth About Turning Every Rejection Into Your Ultimate Success. 
Did you miss our last Lunch & Learn?

You'll learn how your daily interactions with your child can go a long way in moments of crisis.

Recordings of all CATCH Lunch & Learn events are available on the CATCH YouTube Channel.
CATCH GBN Mental Health Awareness Award
Attention GBN Seniors!
The CATCH Mental Health Awareness Award recognizes Glenbrook North High School Seniors and GBN seniors attending Glenbrook Off-Campus Center who have bravely put mental health first and meet one of the following criteria:

• worked to raise mental health awareness in their school and/or their community

• developed an understanding of the importance of mental health and emotional well-being through their own journey or by supporting a friend or family member 
The winners will be announced and receive a monetary award at the Glenbrook North H.S. Honors and Awards Assembly on May 26, 2024.

Deadline: Applications are due Monday, April 15. 
As this year is the first time CATCH is presenting this award, it is only available to GBN students. We look forward to expanding this opportunity to others in the coming years.
Parenting the Mental Health Generation
CATCH Podcast
When Glenbrook North High School delayed finals at the last-minute due to the weather, it launched a firestorm of anger aimed at the administration.

In response, student editors at the school newspaper took a stand that brought its own criticism. 

In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, we meet the authors of that editorial, Avery Copeland and Kaitlyn Lu.

They share the backlash they faced and why they believe their peers need to "suck it up" in the face of adversity. 
Find the CATCH podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.
Parenting the Mental Health Generation is also available on the CATCH YouTube Channel.
Parent Support Network
CATCH Conversations

Are your child's mental health struggles impacting you and your family? Are you wondering how to start finding help?

We recommend seeking support for yourself first with a CATCH Conversation.

Sign up and a CATCH volunteer will reach out to schedule a time to talk, meet for a cup of coffee, or go for a walk to give you a chance to share what's going on and learn how CATCH can support you. 
Parents Connect: Peer Support
Plenty of parents are facing challenges raising children with mental health struggles. 

When we come together and support one another, we build a community that makes each day easier. 

Parents Connect groups are meeting weekly. 

Looking for professional support?
CATCH is here to help you find a mental health provider.

Look through our lists of providers or send a confidential email to CATCH, and we will provide you with names of trusted practices that might meet your needs. 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Keep an Eye Out for CATCH
In honor of mental health awareness month in May, we are popping up around town with resources and information to support you and your family.

Look out for our volunteers and learn about tips and tools to build resilience, boost your self-care, and develop communication skills that can make a difference for everyone.
Community Events & Programs
Parenting Today's Tweens and Teens in a Complex World
An Evening with Dr. John Duffy
Tuesday, April 9, 7pm - 8:30pm
Barrington Area Library

Our children are growing up in a world that often feels unfamiliar to the adults in their lives.

BStrong Together is hosting clinical psychologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and national media expert Dr. John Duffy to talk about how we can help our kids thrive in their complex world.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Presented by Josselyn Center
Thursday, April 18, 9am - 2:30pm
The Josselyn Center
1135 Skokie Blvd.

Josselyn is offering a free training to help adults gain a deeper understanding and action plan to support youth mental health.

Register to learn common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse and what to do when there is a mental health emergency.

Wellness Resource Fair
Wellness Resource Fair
Saturday, April 20, 9am - 12pm
Buehler YMCA
1400 W. Northwest Hwy., Palatine

Connect with CATCH and 40+ organizations and providers that promote wellness. Take advantage of the educational workshops, health screenings, and healthy activities for all ages. You can also take advantage of all-day FREE entry to the Buehler YMCA to explore the Family Adventure Center and dive into the pool.

The Anxiety Cycle
A Lunch & Learn Presentation from Fusion Academy
Thursday, April 25, 11:30am - 12:45pm
Lake Forest Fusion Academy
840 S. Waukegan Road, Suite 224
Lake Forest
Learn about the anxiety cycle and the role that parents, caregivers, and therapists play in reinforcing it or breaking it.

Speaker: Galina Lipkin, LCPC, MA, Plena Mind Center

Summer Session 2024
Compass Health Center
Compass is offering specialty summer programs for children, teens, and young adults in a positive, structured, and engaging space to foster personal growth and ease the back-to-school transition.

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