Let's Catch-up: May 2022
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. 
Let's Talk About our Children's Mental Health
NAMI Presentation for Parents
Monday, May 23rd @ 7pm
Via Zoom

Are you concerned about your child’s moods or behavior? Are they part of a “phase” or signs of something more serious? Explore these and other questions about youth mental health with experts from NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Everyone is welcome to join CATCH and Northbrook School District 28 for this 60-minute, interactive presentation where you will learn insights and strategies to help better understand your child’s emotional development and the importance of communication.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Find CATCH Resources & Start the Conversation
We know talking about mental health is not easy, but it is so important. When we discuss our feelings and emotional wellness, we discover we are not alone, reduce our distress, and find the strength to ask for the help we need.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, CATCH is sharing resources throughout Northbrook to help you start these crucial conversations and discover mental health tools for the entire family.
Table Talk
Dine out and use the conversation starters on the tables at local restaurants to initiate dialogue about mental health.

Find Table Talk at the following locations:

  • Barnaby's
  • Basu
  • Butterfield's 
  • Claim Company
  • Dairy Queen
  • Georgie V's
  • Grill House
  • Greek Feast
  • Josh's
  • La Taquiza
  • La Taquiza y Más
  • Maharaj Indian Grill
  • Northbrook Public Library
  • Trattoria Oliverii
  • Once Upon a Bagel Restaurant Group
  • Subway (Downtown Northbrook)
  • YMCA
Mental Health Tool Bags
Shop at these Northbrook retailers, visit other locations, and help yourself to a FREE Mental Health Tool Bag. 

They are full of resources and tools for your entire family including a dinner table game, fidgets, and suggestions about items in your own home that support mental health.

  • Ace Hardware
  • Book Bin
  • Edwards Florist
  • Emily's Stitchery
  • George Garner Cyclery
  • La De Da
  • Lisa's Boutique
  • Northbrook Bank
  • Northbrook Police Department
  • Northbrook Public Library
  • Payton Rose
  • Shellé Jewelers
  • Village of Northbrook
Coping Kits for 4th, 5th, 6th Graders
When kids are struggling with their emotions, turning to coping tools can help them get through the moment.. and there are tons of tools out there!

New CATCH Coping Kits with carefully researched items like fidgets, stickers, and original strategy posters are on the way to Northbrook School District 28 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Thank you to the Northbrook School District 28 PTO Council for funding these kits. We can't wait to hear how the kids enjoy them.
GBN Mental Health Matters Lacrosse Game & Family Fair

It was a beautiful day to cheer on the GBN Boys Lacrosse team and remember the importance of connection and community!

Big thanks to our volunteers and partners who came out to connect, share resources, and support our collective mental health.
GBN Playlist: Mental Health Matters 2022
During Glenbrook North High School's Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this month, CATCH collaborated with students on Wellness Wednesday to create the GBN Mental Health Matters playlist.

The power of music on our mental health is undeniable. Students identified these songs as tunes that boost their mood, help them relax, and soothe their mind when in deep thought. Enjoy!
Northbrook Civic Foundation logo
CATCH Mental Health Awareness Month activities are possible thanks to a generous grant from the Northbrook Civic Foundation.
Coffee Talk in 2022
Listen, support, and share.
We know it may be hard to take the first step, but we hear from parents who come to Coffee Talk that they are grateful they did!

CATCH Coffee Talk is happening every other Wednesday from 12pm-1pm via Zoom, and you're always welcome.

Our confidential conversations cover the hurdles and pitfalls we are all facing. 
Coffee Talk
Sign up, and we'll send you the Zoom link shortly before we meet. Come for as many talks as you are able to attend.

Upcoming Dates:
  • May 25

Prioritize your mental health with the self-care of a CATCH Coffee Talk. #TalkAboutIt
CATCH Podcast: Three Special Guests!
Parenting the Mental Health Generation: Talk About It. End. The. Stigma.
One of the best ways to support our children's mental health is to talk about our feelings. But that's easier said than done with a kid who doesn't want to share. 

In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, GBN's Coach Geo along with Supt. Dr. Brian Wegley and Blake Zweig, M.A. from Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 share how they get kids talking.

Listen here or find Parenting the Mental Health Generation wherever you get your podcasts.
Lunch & Learn
Creating a Game Plan for Your College Freshman
Watch the Recording
 "Teach your child to be responsible... all we can do is encourage them to advocate better for themselves because we're not gonna be there forever. And remember everyone always needs help."

Bonnie Lane
Principal Consultant

How do you help your high school senior find and then transition to the right college if they struggle with anxiety or depression? How do you ensure the supports they have in high school follow them to college as they learn to adult and you learn to let go?

In the most recent CATCH Lunch and Learn, Bonnie Lane, Family Support Services, talked about finding a good fit and launching your soon-to-be college freshman.
Mental Health in the News
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