From Susan’s Desk
September 2, 2021

In August, our clinical supervisors and coordinators offered tips to help our children transition back to school during these extraordinarily challenging times.

Thanks to the suggestion from Deb Guy of Women’s Exchange: “Thank you for the news packed newsletter! I especially loved all the tips. Would love to see tips for adults. :-)”

Great idea, Deb! We’ve all felt the strain of the many crises our world is facing; the most recent in Hurricane Ida which provided a tangible and physical impact to our already weary minds as we process and address yet one more tragedy. Once again, Josselyn is here for you if you want to address and process challenges life has been raining down upon us; just call 847-441-5600 x 1 to get started.

 
In the meantime, I offer some more words of wisdom from our amazing staff.
“Remember that others look to you to be a source of comfort during uncertain times. It’s okay to be afraid and fearful during these uncertain pandemic times.
Being genuine and acknowledging your emotions will improve your mental health and others will take comfort in you being genuine.”

Michael Scholl, LCSW
VP, Behavioral Health

Linda Weiss, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

“Self-care is essential during the Pandemic, and always. Taking time each day to include one restorative activity or practice that positively impacts your sense of well-being is key.
Making healthy nutrition choices, taking a short walk, engaging in prayer or meditation, or calling a friend are simple ways you can nurture yourself daily.”
“Give yourself daily positive reminders such as
It’s ok to not tackle everything today,’
or my personal favorite,
I’ll cross that bridge when I get there,’
to stay more mindful of today and what we currently have control over.”

Vanessa Wolters, LCPC
Clinical Supervisor

Josselyn is a COMMUNITY Mental Health Center, and we take our responsibility to community seriously. Now, more than ever, we need to pull together as a community to support one another. Even if we are mandated to wear masks and physically distance, we can find ways to check in on our neighbors, drop a bag at the food pantry, and say a warm hello to the police officer who serves and protects. Together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,
Susan

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