Let's Catch-up: March 2023
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. 
This... this is the goal. We think Lisa Damour, Ph.D. captured it just, well... right!
We want our kids to have feelings, embrace them, and talk about them openly. We want our kids to feel a range of emotions and have the tools to work through whatever they are experiencing: sadness, fear, anger... even happiness!

As you read through this newsletter, you'll find many opportunities to learn the skills and gain the insight that will help all of us live an emotionally healthy life.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom and in-person. (Yes, we have in-person events on the calendar!)

Please reach out if you or your family need support. We are here for you. #catchiscommunity

-The CATCH Team
In this Issue
  • Lunch & Learn
  • Is My Kid Ok?
  • Little Kids, Big Kids, & Really Big Feelings
  • Social & Friend Drama (recording)
  • A Parent's Superpower
  • Roundtable Discussion: Hey, Parents! Let's Talk.
  • CATCH Podcast: Supporting our LGBTQ+ Kids
  • Parent Support Network
  • Parents Connect: Join a Group
  • Volunteer with CATCH: Open Positions
  • CATCH in the Community
  • Wood Oaks T-Shirt Contest
  • Getting Organized
  • Amy O. Shares Self-Care
  • Save the Date
  • Chasing Childhood
  • Spartan Care Fair
  • Teen Whisperer
  • Cute & Cuddly Self-Care
Lunch & Learn
Is My Kid Ok?

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 @ Noon

When our kids are struggling with their mental health, they may not have the skills to explain their challenges. Instead, they often send a message through their behavior.
Join us and learn about the early signs and how to support your child.

Little Kids, Big Kids, & Really Big Feelings
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 @ Noon

Why are so many kiddos struggling with huge feelings and acting out in extreme ways lately? Anxiety and behavioral problems among kids seem so much more intense these days, don’t they?

Find out what might be contributing to all these big feelings and big behaviors, learn why it’s important to understand your child’s temperament, and get tips on how to help support your kids, from littles to bigs.

Founder & Clinical Director, Child Therapy Chicago, Naperville & North Shore
Denise Duval Tsioles
Social & Friend Drama

Watch the Recording

What do you do and what do you say when your child is caught in the middle of social drama?

Watch the recording of our recent Lunch & Learn with Kate Stewart, LCPC, Affiliates in Counseling. She offers lots of dos and don'ts to help all of us raise emotionally healthy kids!
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Recordings of all previous Lunch and Learn programs are available on the CATCH YouTube Channel.
CATCH Lunch & Learn presentations are supported by a generous grant from the Northbrook Woman's Club.
Self-Regulation is Your Parenting Superpower
How to put on your own oxygen mask first
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ Noon

When our children act out, withdraw, or struggle with their emotions, it can feel overwhelming for a parent. We wonder what to DO, but our greatest parenting superpower is less about doing and more about BEING!

In fact, helping our kids develop emotional resilience requires us to regulate ourselves.
Join Jacqueline Vlietstra, Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga for Resilience, for a mindful movement workshop. Learn simple and effective steps to consciously regulate your nervous system to support your emotional well-being and that of your children and family.

During this workshop, we will learn and practice together.

No yoga experience or equipment required. Just bring a chair!
Parent Roundtable
hey parents lets talk
What's the path forward to best support our kids' mental health?

Sunday, April 23, 11am - 12:30pm

We heard from kids. Now we want to hear from parents.

Let's empower each other and work together to prioritize and support mental health.

We value your voices and your ideas. Parents and caregivers of kids of all ages welcome.

Coffee and pastries on us!

Register, and we'll send you the meeting address in Northbrook.
Frank Talk with Teens!
We have amazing teens in our community! Thanks to those who joined us for Frank Talk with Teens!

We learned a lot and are looking forward to continuing the conversation and collaborating to support our community's young people.

Special thanks to CATCH Volunteer Carla Martens for facilitating... and to Pete Weiss and Little Louie's for hosting us!
CATCH Podcast
Parenting the Mental Health Generation
Supporting LGBTQ+ Kids
How do you respond when a young person comes out about their gender or sexual preference?

What do you say when someone makes a homophobic comment in your home?

And how do you initiate a conversation about pronouns?

In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, we hear from Lizzy Appleby, LCSW, Director, Pride Youth Program for LGBTQ+ youth, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.

Whether you're parenting an LGBTQ+ youth or want to ensure you are creating a safe space for them, there’s a take-home lesson for you.
Find the CATCH podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.
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Parenting the Mental Health Generation, the CATCH podcast, is also available on the CATCH YouTube Channel.
Parent Support Network
Parenting is hard, but it can feel more manageable when we support one another. And that's why we created the Parent Support Network.

It offers parents and caregivers access to personalized resources as well as opportunities to connect with other parents and learn from peers in small, confidential groups.

Join Parents Connect (details below), visit our website for resources, or reach out for individual help.

We are here for you.
Parents Connect
Parents Connect

If you're asking, What else can I do to help my child with their mental health issues? The answer is: Find support for yourself!

Parents Connect groups are made up of 4 to 8 adults who are caring for children of similar ages.

We meet weekly to provide a place where people can share their experiences in a confidential setting. Learn more.
Volunteer with CATCH
Join our Team!

Do you want to join a team of passionate volunteers who are working to support our children's mental health?

You'll make some new friends, pick up a ton of helpful parenting advice, and make a difference in our community.

CATCH is looking for:

  • Board Secretary to handle meeting minutes and correspondence and coordinate volunteers. Additional creative writing opportunities available.

  • Community Relations Committee Members to help us spread the word about CATCH, plan and attend programs, and connect with others to ensure we are meeting the needs of our youth.

If you're interested, email info@catchiscommunity.org

Added bonus: Helping others is good for your own mental health!

Save the Date
Coming up on the CATCH Calendar...

May 4: Chasing Childhood: Documentary presentation at the Northbrook Public Library

May 6: Spartans Care Fair: A Community Celebration at GBN

May16: CATCH Lunch & Learn: The Teen Whisperer
CATCH in the Community
Wood Oaks T-Shirt Design Contest
Submission Deadline: March 17

Tomorrow is the last day for Wood Oaks Junior High students to submit a design for the Wood Oaks PTA "Mental Health Matters" T-Shirt Contest.

Getting organized...
Thank you, Michael Nortman and Crossroads Partners for donating storage space to CATCH.

Our team did some heavy lifting to organize all of our educational materials and giveaways in one place!
Storage space
Amy O. Shares Self-Care

Yes, we all agree this picture of our Executive Director Amy Oberholtzer is fabulous!

Make sure you read the article that goes with it in North Shore Weekend, and find out what's on Amy's nightstand, on her mobile, and in her earbuds.

We're glad to see she unwinds!
Cute & Cuddly Self-Care
Thanks to Heather Havlicek, Westmoor School Art Teacher, for this adorable and helpful reminder about self-care.
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CATCH is dedicated to making a difference in our community.
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