Let's Catch-up: September 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. 
In this Issue
  • It's Time for A Reset: A Conversation for Parents
  • Lunch & Learn: Tech Transitions
  • My Red Said Mental Health Awareness Campaign
  • Parent Support Network
  • Coffee Talk: Off to College
  • Parents Connect: Join a Group
  • Parenting the Mental Health Generation: Dinnertime Conversations
  • CATCH in the Community
  • Why Fidgets?
  • One last laugh...
A Community Conversation for Parents
It’s Time for a Reset

William Stixrud, PhD & Ned Johnson
Best-Selling Authors
The Self-Driven Child
What Do You Say?

October 20, 2022 @ 7pm
Glenbrook North High School
Center for Performing Arts

Stixrud and Johnson will teach us how to better communicate and connect with our kids, help them develop resilience, and find a path beyond academic success. Earlier in the day, Stixrud & Johnson will speak to all GBN students. 

Buy their books from The Book Bin at the event!

Presentation sponsored in part by members of the
GBN Community Mental Health Partnership: 

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Northbrook Public Library
Pick up The Self Driven Child and What Do You Say? at the Northbrook Public Library.
Lunch & Learn Tech Transitions
Helping Kids Manage Screen Time

Tuesday, October 11 12pm-1pm
Via Zoom

Just about every parent will tell you the technology battles are intense. Kids are on screens constantly, and getting them to take a necessary break is no small task.
Join Kevin Lanham, LCPC, Skylight Counseling Center, and learn what's really going on with our kids from a developmental perspective.

We'll also practice exercises to help children turn off tech and develop better emotional regulation and communication skills in the process. 
Coming up in our Lunch & Learn series...

November 15: How to Find Joy with Your Kids When They Aren’t So Enjoyable
Watch Previous Presentations...

Recordings of all of our Lunch & Learn programs, including the most recent talk on social anxiety, are available on the CATCH website. Watch here.
CATCH Lunch & Learn programs are supported by a generous grant from the Northbrook Woman's Club.
What does your red say?
Start the Conversation. Share a message.

Join a community-wide conversation about mental health!

CATCH is once again proud to present My Red Said, a mental health awareness campaign designed to make it easier to talk about our emotional wellness.

My Red Said stations are open at the following locations:

  • Basu Coffee Bar & Vietnamese Eatery
  • The Book Bin
  • Family Service Center
  • Landmark Inn
  • Northbrook Public Library
  • Northbrook Village Hall
  • North Suburban YMCA
  • Swanson's Blossom Shop
  • Trattoria Oliverii

Stop by to write and read messages of hope and compassion on hearts that will be displayed on red ribbons from September 10th-October 10th

What does your red say?
My Red Said at School

Stations are open at:

  • Glenbrook North H.S.
  • Glenbrook South H.S.
  • Field Middle School
  • Maple School
  • Northbrook Junior High
  • Wood Oaks Junior High

If your child is a student at any of these schools, make sure to ask: What does your red say? #starttheconversation
Thank you, Northfield Township!

My Red Said stations at schools are sponsored by the Northfield Township Non-profit Service Agency Grant.
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.
Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk

Join other parents who can relate to what you're going through in open and honest discussions, where no question is a bad one, and we all have something to learn. 

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.

Off to College: Supporting your student from afar
  • Parenting a child who is away at college comes with a whole new set of challenges, especially if they have struggled with their mental health. Whether you have an overwhelmed freshman or a stressed-out senior, knowing how to manage expectations, recognize when your child is struggling, and give the right amount of advice can make their transition to adulthood a bit smoother. 
  • Sept. 27, 10am-11am, Register 

Prioritize your mental health with the self-care of a CATCH Coffee Talk. #TalkAboutIt
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.
CATCH Podcast
Parenting the Mental Health Generation
Dinnertime Conversations
Take the pressure off and enjoy family conversations at dinnertime with guidance from the first episode of our new season.

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.
CATCH in the Community
GBN Mental Health Awareness Football Game & Wellness Fair
Northbrook Farmers Market
Hickory Point
Family Night
What's the Purpose of a Fidget?
If you've seen our CATCH volunteers around town lately, you know we are passing out a variety of fidgets. Yes, they are are a lot of fun, and the kids can't get them fast enough, but they aren't just toys. They actually make a difference when it comes to mental health.

Fidgets are sensory tools that calm nerves, relieve stress, and serve as a distraction in an overstimulating environment.

Doesn't that explain why kids love play doh and the sand box? They are soothing.

Look around your house. You probably have a few items that work as fidgets, but you may not even realize it. And keep an eye out for our CATCH Team and grab a fidget. They work for adults too!
Mental Health in the News
One last laugh...
Laughter increases oxygen to the heart, increases the endorphins released by your brain, and improves your mood. 

Laughter is good for your mental health.

Introducing CATCH Cackles!

What is a conversation between two artichokes called?

A heart to heart! Have one!
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