Let's Catch-up: November 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. 
Also In this Issue
  • Connect with Your Kids: Watch Stixrud & Johnson
  • Lunch & Learn
  • Parenting the Mental Health Generation: Parenting Pitfalls
  • In Real Life
  • Lessons from a Teen's Inpatient Experience
  • College Student Puts His Own Coping Skills to Work
  • Parent Support Network
  • Parents Connect: Join a Group
  • Coffee Talk
  • New Board Members
Connect with Your Kids
"When [kids] feel like people are trying to understand [their] perspective, it's calming for [their] hard emotions and helps kids be in a position where they can then more easily solve problems for themselves."

Ned Johnson, Founder, Prep Matters, on Empathy & Validation
A Community Conversation with Parents at GBN
October 20, 2022
Lunch & Learn
More to Come in 2023

We are planning the upcoming Lunch and Learn series. Let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include.

Until then, recordings of all of our previous Lunch and Learn programs are available on the CATCH YouTube Channel including the most recent discussions from fall 2022:

CATCH Lunch & Learn programs are supported by a generous grant from the Northbrook Woman's Club.
CATCH Podcast
Parenting the Mental Health Generation
Parenting Pitfalls
Toothpaste flavors, chicken nuggets, and friendship drama are all up for discussion in this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation.  

Our hosts, Amy and Lisa, talk with Dr. Natalia Kaczmarek, licensed clinical psychologist, founder, Indigo Therapy Group, about the challenges of parenting, the pitfalls we experience, and how to course correct in a way that really benefits our kids.
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.
In Real Life: An Essay Series
Teen Shares Lessons from Inpatient Experience
When a young person enters an inpatient program for mental health, we know it seems scary, but we rarely hear what it's really like for them.

In this essay, Etta, 17, bravely shares her personal storyRead more.
What do you do when your college student is struggling to get to class?
As the Anxiety Monster reared his ugly head one morning at college, a student called his mom.

In this essay, she explains their conversation and the one important question she asked to support him in that moment. Read more.
This essay series offers a look at what's happening In Real Life with stories from parents and others. 

If you'd like to tell your story, we'd love to hear it and share it. Email CATCH.
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 one of our programs listed 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.
Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk

Do you feel isolated parenting a child who struggles with their mental health?
Do you have trouble finding people who understand what's happening in your house?

Spend an hour with people who get it at a CATCH Coffee Talk.

We are meeting via Zoom for our health and because we know it's often easier to hop online in the midst of a busy day. Sign up to receive the Zoom link.

Prioritize your mental health with the self-care of a CATCH Coffee Talk. #TalkAboutIt
New Board Members in 2022
Welcome to our new board members! Jane Ciancanelli, Treasurer, and Stacy Mautner, Member-at-large, joined us in 2022. Stacy, an ADHD Coach, leads our School Engagement Committee, and Jane is keeping our finances in order.
Jane Ciancanelli
Stacy Mautner
Volunteer with CATCH: If you'd like to get involved with CATCH, reach out and we'll help you find the role that fits your time, skills, and interests.
'Tis the Season of Giving
Did you know giving is good for your mental health? For real.

Studies show charitable giving can boost self-esteem while lowering blood pressure, stress, and depression.

Support your mental health by donating to CATCH. Our organization depends on contributions from the community to bring you education programming, resources, and support opportunities.

Donate here or watch for our donor match campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 29.

Let's come together to support our collective mental health.
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