James McColl is a 17-year-old rising senior at New Trier High School in Winnetka. A longtime theater participant, James wrote, directed, and acted in his original play, “The Avalanche,” in early June. “The Avalanche” incorporates themes of teen mental health that are on so many of our minds. James donated the proceeds of his musical to The Josselyn Center. We were so impressed with his work that we wanted you to learn more about this rising young talent. We spoke with James about his experiences creating “The Avalanche” and what parents and students can do moving forward.
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By Robin Roberts, Dr. Robin Berman, and Susan Resko
Despite a torrential downpour, 260 people came out for The Josselyn Center’s 11th Annual Spring Luncheon to support The Josselyn Center’s Camp Neeka and Children’s Services. Dr. Robin Berman, child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (and a New Trier graduate!), spoke to the audience as featured guest. Dr. Berman was hilarious, shared so many relatable stories, and had such good advice that we wanted to share it with you.
From transportation to stigma to cost to culture, The Josselyn Center is committed to breaking down barriers to care. This year, we added Saturday hours for children. We’re increasing our outreach to schools to strengthen referrals and awareness, help schools create a safe and nurturing culture, and foster social-emotional skills.
Art Therapy promotes self-esteem, coping skills, and self-reflection and awareness, and can work for people of all ages, and in many kinds of settings.
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'...” ―Lord Tennyson.
Thanks to the generous support of three Josselyn Board members, we announce our Immediate Access Program! Clients will be able to walk right in, 9 am-3 pm Monday through Friday, for an efficient, coordinated access point for mental health care.
Just as there are many approaches to physical medicine, so are there different types of therapy. Our clients have a variety of backgrounds and needs, and we are equipped to meet them with a variety of types, or modalities, of care.
The Josselyn Center's 35-member Junior Board draws high school students who are passionate about mental health issues, committed to combatting stigma, and engaged with The Josselyn Center's mission to provide comprehensive care for those in need.
A major refresh of The Josselyn Center, thanks to our Building for Mental Health Campaign, is updating and expanding our spaces and creating room for stronger programming.
While we make our way through this time of year, we can care for ourselves as best as possible.
Over $50,000 of in-kind and financial support will make horticulture therapy a reality in 2019.