The September Buzz
Hello there!

As we move into the fall, we are anticipating a mixed bag of emotions. Some are excited to return to school (in various capacities) while others are anxious to see how the year finishes. It goes without saying that this fall there is one thing we can all agree on and that is to treat one another with grace during these uncertain times. Here at Simply Bee, we are witnessing a lot of positive changes in our community, specifically the destigmatization of mental health. More and more we receive phone calls for preventative care against anxiety and depression. As this trend continues, we are hopeful that our future will include proactive mental healthcare in homes, schools, and physician's offices. It my personal mission to expose everyone to the benefits of therapy and make the experience positive, welcoming and never intimidating. If there is more we can do, please reach out to us anytime.

Bee Well!
A Quick Recap...

Simply Bee Classroom has impacted over 250 educators in the last three weeks, helping our educators prepare for the fall has been our biggest goal in 2020. Check out our two most popular topics!
Overcome Overwhelm: Steps to Building Your Toolbox
Presented to: D28, D65 & Fusion Academy

I found your presentation [Overcome Overwhelm] to be amazing, it was jam-packed full of GREAT information, so thank you! Heather P. Occupational Therapist

Connecting Beyond The Screen: A Know-how Guide For School Counselors Using Zoom
Presented to: D225 & D128

Audrey was able to present a telehealth workshop [Connecting Through The Screen] to our staff as our school navigated through some uncharted territory during the COVID pandemic. It was packed with a ton of great ideas and practices that I feel our staff can benefit from, not only for their own health and wellness but also the health and wellness of our students. From beginning to end, they were easy to work and we look forward to working with them in the future!  - Josie D., School Social Worker
If you would like to bring a presentation to your school/district, please contact Kate Kelley, Manager of Community Education for more information.
Wellness Services - Yoga & Meditation
Looking for some self-care support? Maybe you've tried yoga or meditation in the past and want to build a habit of better movement routines but you can't quite figure out a way to make the practice stick in your daily routine. Head to our website to download 5 Ways To Safely Move Your Body, written by our resident yoga practitioner Stephanie Bersh, RYT200. While you're there, check out her grounding self-guided meditation that will help you steady your breath and find stillness in your mind and body.

For info on how to book a private individual or group workshop with Stephanie, contact Kate Kelley, Manager of Community Education.
Dr. Kitcharoen is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care in a safe and confidential environment. Her philosophy is to focus on the individual psychiatric needs and to offer the most effective means of treatment in a caring manner. She places a great emphasis on working closely with patients and other healthcare providers to develop a dynamic and individualized treatment plan.

Her areas of expertise not only include: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, Panic Attacks and more, but she has a special interest in working with women on affective issues involving the menstrual cycle, pre-conception counseling while with affective issues, psychiatric medications during pregnancy and peri/postpartum depression and/or anxiety.
Maternal Mental Health Support
Now more than ever, Simply Bee is here to support all the mamas in our community. Did you know that 1 in 7 moms (and 1 in 10 dads) suffer from postpartum depression? From the time you conceived (maybe even prior to that) all the way through birth, postpartum and raising kids, there is a lot of work involved!

If you're struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety or other maternal mental health issues then give us a call and schedule a session with our maternal mental health specialist, Anna Netzel, LCSW who has been certified through PSI. We will support you in your journey to wellness in motherhood.
Community Resources
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. So in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic we want to share some additional resources with our community. Check out the below organizations who provide education and support for depression, anxiety and suicide awareness & prevention. Learn how you can help!
The Dealing Deck
Four students from Highland Park High School watched as their peers, friends and family members struggled with depression and anxiety. Alarmed as the rates of mental health issues among teens nationwide skyrocketed to all time highs they were left wondering what they could do to help.

They set out on a mission to educate their peers about healthy ways to cope with anxiety and depression, as well as spread awareness. So they created The Dealing Deck - a deck of 34 unique cards with psychologist approved coping activities geared towards teenagers. Each deck is only $12.99 - buy yours here.
1N5 is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Nancy Eigel-Miller after losing her husband to suicide. She set out on a mission to change the conversation about mental health. Aptly named, they're working to spread awareness and education about the wide variety of mental health issues so that we may change the stigma surrounding mental health as 1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in a given year.

Did you know that by sharing your story, you could save a life? Join their movement of courageous individuals brave enough to share their stories to empower others to get help and show everyone battling mental illness that #YouAreNotAlone. Together we can STOP the stigma. START the conversation.
Text-a-tip is the only youth-focused mental health crisis hotline in the country that is available 24/7, fully anonymous and is staffed by licensed mental health counselors. While this resource was initially created for teens in crisis situations and in need of emotional support, you do not have to be in crisis or a teen to use this hotline. You're encouraged to use Text-A-Tip if you have concerns about a friend or loved one and need support in getting them help. When in doubt, send the text.

Simply send the word "Hello" to 1-844-823-5323 and within minutes a live mental health counselor will respond. All messages are sent using SMS number masking technology that keeps the communication and your identifying information completely anonymous.
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