Let's Catch-up: March 2021
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. 
Introducing Parents Connect
A New Program Providing Ongoing Peer Support

When your child is struggling with their mental health, connecting with other parents who are experiencing similar challenges can make life a little easier. 

That’s why CATCH created Parents Connect, a new program bringing together parents and caregivers for regular discussions and a chance to listen, offer support, and share resources. 

Participants will be grouped based on the age of their child and will meet once a week for six weeks. Learn more.
CATCH Conversation
We're Talking About Motivation

Is your kid falling behind in school work? Not interested in activities or getting together with friends? They are not alone. 

As the pandemic reaches the one year mark, many parents are asking: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MY KID'S MOTIVATION? 
In this CATCH Conversation, a new series, TWO EXPERTS discuss ONE HOT TOPIC facing parents and caregivers TODAY. 

This first episode features Dr. Lisa Novak, a clinical psychologist and CATCH board member, and Eric Rovin, a local school psychologist, talking about motivation in our elementary and middle school kids. What's normal? What's pandemic related? How do we motivate our kids?

Special thank you to Betsy Phillips, Realtor, Baird & Warner for supporting this CATCH Conversation.
Unsung Heroine Award
We are Tickled Purple!

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Amy Oberholtzer, for receiving the 14th District Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award from the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues.

Amy is among an esteemed group of 18 women honored for organizing, inspiring, and leading communities to a better place. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hosted the awards during a virtual ceremony last week in observance of Women’s History Month.

We are so proud of Amy and are grateful for her leadership, friendship, and guidance in shining a light on mental health.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Josselyn Center Offers FREE Programs to Northbrook 

Do you know how to identify the signs of a mental illness? Do you know how to respond in a crisis? Mental Health First Aid training teaches participants what to look for and what to do when another person is struggling with their mental health.

Thanks to a grant for pandemic response from the Village of Northbrook, The Josselyn Center is offering FREE Mental Health First Aid training to our community.  

Two options: 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

  • Friday, March 19th 11am-3pm (Youth)
  • Friday, March 26th, 11am-3pm (Adult)
  • Friday, April 2nd, 11am-3pm (Adult)
  • Sunday, April 11th, 11am-3pm (Youth)
Northbrook Cares, Community Together
We love seeing the Northbrook Cares, Community Together banners, posters and magnets around town. Have you picked up yours? 

Posters and magnets are available for purchase at The Book Bin, 1151 Church Street, and Payton Rose, 2760 Dundee Road, with the proceeds benefiting the Northfield Food Pantry and those area families hardest hit by the pandemic. 

Posters: $5, Magnets: $10.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
― Brené Brown
Mental Health in the News
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