Let's Catch-up: September 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. 
What does your red say?
Thank you, Northbrook, for embracing mental health and participating in My Red Said!

We have loved seeing the beautiful and heartfelt messages displayed around town and at all of the junior highs.

My Red Said is designed to help all of us start the conversation about mental health. We know talking about our mental health nurtures it and helps to build the resilience and skills to handle whatever comes our way.  
If you haven't participated yet, there's still time. My Red Said stations will remain open at the following locations until the end of the month.

We are grateful to the Northbrook Civic Foundation for generously funding My Red Said.

We also appreciate our promotional partners:
  • Northbrook School District 27
  • Northbrook School District 28
  • Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
  • West Northfield School District 31
  • Village of Northbrook
  • Northbrook Public Library
  • Northbrook Park District
  • North Suburban YMCA
  • Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
CATCH Podcast Features Founder of My Red Said
Parenting The Mental Health Generation is the conversation you aren't having with your kid's therapy team because there is never enough time nor with your friends because they just don't get it.

In the first episode of our new podcast, we talk with Jessica Hutchison, LCPC, founder of the My Red Said campaign, about the trauma we are all experiencing due to the pandemic.
My Red Said is an extension of our Northbrook Cares, Community Together campaign reminding everyone of the importance of prioritizing connections to support our mental health. What does your red say?
Parenting & Pivoting in a Pandemic
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, delivered her wit, wisdom, and a wealth of helpful information during our recent program, Parenting & Pivoting in a Pandemic.

Along with her expertise, Bryson shared her personal parenting stories and explained the Four S's of connecting with your child by ensuring they feel SAFE, SEEN, SOOTHED, AND SECURE.

She acknowledged the challenge of parenting and offered advice for the moments we regret.

"Parenting is super hard, and sometimes we are not the loving parents we would like to be," she said, adding, "When we mess up as parents, it can be beneficial for our children as long as we make the repair." That means apologizing and getting to a state of predictability which provides a child a sense of safety.

Learn more about the Four S's by reviewing this reference sheet which Bryson provided for our community.

You can watch the full presentation by clicking on the link below.

The recording is available until October 21st.
A generous donation from The Northbrook Woman's Club made it possible for our entire community to hear from Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.
Learning to Show Up
Implementing Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s Ideas 
Wednesday, September 29th, 7pm

Do you want to talk about how to implement Dr. Bryson’s ideas and strategies in your own home?

Join us for a follow-up conversation. Zoe Novak, M.Ed., Ed.S., school psychologist from Deerfield’s Wilmot Elementary School, will facilitate a virtual discussion and help us learn to show up for our children.

Register, and we'll send the Zoom link shortly before the event.
Coping Kits for Every Spartan
More students are going to get CATCH’s Mental Health Coping Kits, which were well-received by the Glenbrook North Class of 2021 last May.

The kits contain a variety of tools to help students understand their mental health and manage the ups and downs of daily life. 

Thanks to generous funding by the Glenbrook Foundation and the Village of Northbrook, all students will receive the kits in the coming days.

Learn from Experts: School Refusal
If your kid really struggles to get to school or won't go to school day after day after day, you may be dealing with school refusal and some underlying mental health issues.

In CATCH's newest Learn from Experts video series, Toni Boos, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Compass Health Center, Northbrook, shares insights and parenting tips on what school refusal really looks like, the reasons behind it, how parents and caregivers can support their kids and finally how NOT to accommodate the refusal behavior.
New CATCH Playlist
Celebrate Broadway with CATCH
We've been singing and dancing along with our favorite tunes in tribute to Broadway reopening.

Here's a playlist with songs from Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, Mamma Mia. and more.

We hope this music provides inspiration and relaxation.
CATCH in the Community
Our gratitude practicing is overflowing this month as we see mental health awareness growing in our community.

We were delighted to visit with our neighbors at the Northbrook Farmer's Market, we are proud to see CATCH on display at the Northbrook Public Library, and we were honored to participate in the Paws for Patrick Walk for Mental Health Awareness along with many other organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting mental health.

CATCH is dedicated to making a difference in our community.
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