TF-CBT Therapist, Ashley Arbogast

Ashley Arbogast, an LGSW school based clinician,recently received her national certification as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician. TF-BCT is a short term treatment modality designed specifically for children and adolescents who have a trauma history.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring TF-CBT to the clients we serve at For All Seasons. The structured, short term modality interests those hoping to work on affective, cognitive, and behavioral struggles as a result of experienced trauma. I have been able to see first-hand some of the benefits this model can bring in reducing traumatic symptoms in children and adolescents, and it allows me to work closely with parents and caregivers as well.” says Arbogast.

Studies have documented its effectiveness in reducing trauma-related symptoms in children. Ms. Arbogast has been involved in the year-long process which includes 3 training days and consults calls throughout the year for collaboration and supervision as the model is administered. “I am looking forward to this continued journey.” says Arbogast.


TF-CBT Therapist, Ashley Arbogast

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For All Seasons Appoints New Board Members

For All Seasons has appointed three new board members:  Marie DiDaniels of Easton, Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, and Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Emily Sparks Lynn a native of Birmingham, Alabama and now a resident of Easton, is the Director of Marketing with Attraction Magazine, the “Good News Magazine” on the Eastern Shore. She was previously employed as the Development Officer with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Information Science with a focus on Public Relations from the University of Alabama. She is a board member and Co-Chair of the Grants Review Committee with Women & Girls Fund, a member of Tidewater Rotary, and previously served on the Talbot Chamber Young Professionals Board of Directors.

Leslie Sea of Chestertown, a business woman with a background in sales and marketing.  She and her best friend Brian Moore own Hometown Multimedia, LLC/WCTR in Chestertown, a community-based broadcast medium that serves all levels of the community.  Their goal is to give the station back to the community and give it a voice. Previously, she was employed by Acosta Sales and Marketing as an Area Manager and owned a small business, Dr. Freeze Frozen Delights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management with a concentration on Sales and Marketing from DeVry University.  She is currently a Family Support Group Facilitator for NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s and on the board of the Bayside HOYAS.

Marie DiDaniels of Easton is the Chief Human Resources Office at Shore Bancshares Inc. In this role she is responsible for all human resource functions of Shore Bancshares and its subsidiaries, Shore United Bank, Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, and Wye Financial & Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rosemont College.  DiDaniels has worked in a number of industries, for both small and large organizations, including Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Corporate Express, Genzyme Transgenics, and Westside Family Healthcare. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Eastern Shore SHRM. Previously, she served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware.

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “We are thrilled to have the expertise that these three new members bring to our board. They are dynamic leaders in their fields and connected to our communities in unique ways which will enhance our community partnerships moving forward.”

The following are the other board members on the For All Seasons Board. Phyllis Eleuthéra Ballantine of Easton has served on several community organizations. She is currently a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Delaware Chapter, the Patriotic Service Committee, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, and Program Director of the Harbor Club of Easton. She volunteers with the Historical Society of Talbot County and the Classic Motor Museum. She has been a part of the Recovery Community for 14 years and Talbot Mentors. She previously worked for the National Space Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mount Vernon College.

Stuart “Mickey” Elsberg, has been a resident of Chestertown since 1997.  He is a sales and marketing executive for EC Metro, a merchant bankcard (Visa and Mastercard) provider.  A graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center, Elsberg is a member of the DC Bar and is a former consultant to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sultana Education Foundation, Inc., is a member of the Board of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is Co-Chair of the Kent County Schools Junior Achievement, and serves on the Advisory Board of Rebuilding Together of Kent County. He was a founder of the Chestertown Havurah, Kent County’s Jewish community, and represents that group at the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association.

Diane Flagler of Easton is currently part owner of La de Da a women’s boutique in downtown Easton. She has worn many hats since moving to the Eastern Shore in 1971, including serving as office manager and assistant CFO of her husband’s OB/GYN Practice. In 2016, she was named Volunteer of the Year at For All Seasons.  Her focus has always been on health, fitness, and helping others as she has participated in fundraising efforts for Special Olympics, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, and Talbot Friends of Hospice.

Andrea G. Lange, PhD, (President) of St. Michaels is currently serving as the Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Washington College. From 2007 to 2012 she was on the College’s Sociology Department faculty as an Associate Professor in Criminology, and thereafter, has held the post of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Administration of Justice and a PhD in Sociology and Criminology, both from American University. Dr. Lange has published in the fields of white collar criminology, the administration of justice, and juvenile delinquency, and regularly reviews books on human trafficking topics. She has served on the Board of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and is the current President of the Cove View Home Owners Association in St. Michaels, MD.

Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, Esq. of Chestertown is a currently Director of Access to Justice Department, Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and Executive Director of the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts.  She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University of Law Center; a Master of Arts, Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School; and a Bachelor of Arts, History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has been a member of the Chestertown Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Directors of Imagination Alley, the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel Bar Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Folk Music Society.

Deborah H. Walsworth of Easton (Treasurer) is a Managing Director and the Tax Practice Leader of the Easton office of CBIZ MHM LLC. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Pension Consultant (CPC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wilmington University and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. She is also a committee member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Memorial Hospital Foundation Planned Gifts Committee, and the Chesapeake Women’s Network of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Mary Witteman of Oxford has had a professional career that has included working in the field of Information Technology, as well as being a Real Estate Broker, Stock Broker, Publisher/Editor and writer for a small specialty magazine. She was also involved in gourmet foods, once having a cooking school. She previously lived in Richmond, VA and San Diego, CA, before settling in Oxford MD. She is an active board member of For All Seasons, a volunteer for Talbot Hospice, an active member of the Talbot Mentors, and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Oxford’s Volunteer Fire Department.

(Pictured back row, left to right, are new board members of For All Seasons Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, Marie DiDaniels of Easton, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons. Seated front row is new board member Leslie Sea of Chestertown.)

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For All Seasons School- Based Mental Health Services Impact Families on the Mid Shore

For All Seasons offers School-Based Mental Health Services in Caroline, Kent and Dorchester counties. These convenient onsite therapeutic services are offered in the schools with access to office-based psychiatrists.  Services include group sessions to help with social skills and peer interactions, dealing with family issues, and providing grief counseling. Other services include family therapy services, attendance at IEP, 504, and SST meetings, crisis intervention, referrals for additional therapy, continuation services for the summer, as well as a team approach to providing services to the child, involving therapists, teachers and administrators.

In Kent County, the services address all ages in both public and private schools. In Dorchester County, For All Seasons provides services in Maple Elementary School, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and South Dorchester PreK through 8th grade. In Caroline County, the services have particularly grown this past year, reaching more students than they ever have in Federalsburg Elementary School, Colonel Richardson Middle School, Preston Elementary School, and Ridgely Elementary School.

Susan Truitt, LCSW-C, For All Seasons School-Based Mental Health Supervisor, comments, “Guidance counselors, administration, and teachers are doing a good job of identifying student needs. More students are getting services who wouldn’t have in the past due to insurance issues. Our funding sources help support uninsured or underinsured students. In addition, parents are recognizing the benefits of services and are asking for help for themselves.”

For All Seasons staff intervene in crisis situations to de-escalate behavioral outbursts and also work with parents to manage situation that arise at home. Referrals to For All Seasons come from guidance counselors, administrators, and teachers. Once referred, For All Seasons, staff will call to schedule an initial intake appointment with the family to begin services. Truitt adds, “Appointments are held during the school day, which is more convenient.  This means parents and children do not have to miss school and work to attend the appointments.”

Coleen Lynn, LGSW, School-Based Therapist at Federalsburg Elementary School, has been drawing parents into the services and parents are becoming more invested and involved with their children. She comments, “Families benefit from the therapy. Parents associate us with the school, but we don’t work for the schools. We are a support for the children and serve as a liaison – a part of the team providing a link between the school and the parents. Teachers give us updates on a child’s progress and the administration is supportive of our role here.”

Truitt adds that the mental health services can also influence a child’s academic performance. She adds, “Sometimes it’s just getting students back on track and grounding them so they don’t lose educational time.”

For All Seasons also provides summer groups in the schools so that therapists can continue their work with students after the school year ends. Partners with For All Seasons in the summer include Channel Marker, Talbot Humane, Choptank Community Health, and Caroline County Parks and Recreation after-school and summer programs.

Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services with Caroline County Public Schools, comments, “For All Seasons thinks out-of-the box and has been an excellent partner in providing school-based mental health services in our county. Caroline County has an access issue to these services because of the location of its towns. The after-school and summer mental health services are an example of this great partnering.”

Another example of For All Seasons ability to address current needs, were the discussion groups they held during the past school year around the Netflix “13 Reasons Why”series. These groups enabled middle school students to be engaged in dialogue and communication around the issues of depression and suicide.

Simmons adds, “Nothing seems out of the ordinary to ask and they always see a way to make things happen. For All Seasons has opened our eyes to what we can have for a school-based mental health provider.”

Other school-based offerings that For All Seasons has provided have included a 5th grade girls group, which provides a supportive environment as girls as they enter middle school. The group allows girls to connect with one another and share common family situations. According to Lynn, these girls have really created a bond with one another.

For All Seasons also implemented a transition program where 6th graders mentor 5th graders as they are transitioning into middle school. This transition is important to students because of what students now experience in middle school. Truitt add, “With all that is going on in the world, we can empower students to know when they need help and when their friends need help dealing with something.

Lynn points to particular growth in For All Seasons services with the Haitian community in Federalsburg. She states, “Culturally, this population was initially resistant to services. These residents have now grown to trust us in our services.” She adds, “What’s rewarding to me is seeing students recognize their own needs, as well as knowing For All Seasons is here to help them.”

(Seated L-R: Ashley Arbogast, Coleen Lynn, Susan Truitt, Elizabeth Chatham, & Michelle Priddy

Standing L-R: Jane Feigleson, Jane Gordon, Courtney Montgomery, & Christina Morris)

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For All Seasons has started a new suicide prevention campaign, No Matter What . . . You Matter.

No Matter What. . . You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

Music touches everyone and words in songs can be particularly powerful. In the case of For All Seasons, hearing the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” touched the core of the organization’s mission of “Restoring lives and transforming communities.”

This past spring, Amy Haines and Richard Marks’ Dock Street Foundation invited 40 representatives from several Talbot County service agencies and educational institutions to board a bus bound for NYC to see Ben Platt and the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Both Haines and Marks had seen the play and felt it would be helpful if shared with our local providers of care. They noted, “We were moved and inspired by the relevance and impact of the show particularly as it incorporated social media’s influence on our society and youth. We appreciate For All Season’s leadership and coordination with all agencies in our community assisting our citizens facing mental and emotional challenges.”

Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons, adds, “It was an amazing opportunity to see a show and spend the day with so many people who are working day in and day out to better the lives of the youth in our community. The musical, which centers around the suicide of a high school student, really hits home about what it’s like to be a millennial or any person struggling to find their way.  One song in particular, ‘You Will Be Found’ had a lasting impact of several of us attending.  The song shares the life of young man who is watching life happen around him, but never finds a space where he believes he fits in…he struggles to see that he matters and that even at his darkest moments, someone is there to ‘find him’.”

Langrell shares that returning from the show she knew that Richard and Amy’s gift could last much more than just one day.  She thought it offered an opportunity to reach students and those in the community in the same way that the show reached everyone on the trip that day.  It was then that For All Seasons decided to begin a new campaign and start a conversation about suicide prevention. The agency’s new campaign will be called No Matter What . . . You Matter.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide. Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. For All Seasons hopes that by discussing the signs and symptoms associated with suicide that it can raise awareness about the issue in our community.  Because family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, they can be critical to helping an individual find treatment with a provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

For All Seasons wants people to know that If they think a friend or family member is considering suicide, they should reach out and start a conversation. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. The following are three steps to help people begin the conversation:

  • Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.
  • Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or crisis hotline. (For immediate crisis support call the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Hotline at 1-888-407-8018.)

Langrell adds, “The launch of our campaign, No Matter What . . . You Matter will create an ongoing dialogue with agencies and educators who attended the musical, as well as others who are interested in joining the conversation about this growing issue in our community.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  We want people to know that no matter what, they matter.

For All Seasons provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family and Group Therapy; Crisis and Advocacy Services for Adult, Child & Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape & Trauma; Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Substance Use Disorder Services (in collaboration with Corsica River Substance Use Disorder Services).

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook, Twitter #nomatterwhatyoumatter, and Instagram in the coming weeks to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Beth Anne Langrell at 410-822-1018 or visit

The following behaviors may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide. If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. For immediate crisis support call the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Hotline at 1-888-407-8018.

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry or upset; or worried and scared
  • Unable to perform daily takes like getting to work or school
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For All Seasons Leads Region in Trauma-Certified Clinicians

Investing in your people has taken on new meaning at For All Seasons, an outpatient behavioral health services agency on the Mid Shore. Today, all of For All Seasons clinicians are trauma certified, something the agency believes is critical to providing the best mental health services available.

According to Lesa Lee, LCSW-C, Clinical Director at For All Seasons, six months after being employed, all For All Seasons clinicians enroll in an 80-hour trauma certification program at the Ferentz Institute in Baltimore, MD. Classes are completed over a three-month period, culminating with the clinician taking an exam or writing a paper about what they have integrated into their mental health practice.  The certification is completely paid for by For All Seasons.

Lee, who herself is Level II Trauma Certified, comments, “It is extremely unusual to have all trauma certified clinicians. Our executive director, Beth Anne Langrell, shares the vision that as clinicians we need to be as educated as much as possible to work with the people who come through our doors. It is our ethical responsibility to do this if our focus is to work with trauma survivors.”

The Ferentz Institute provides an exciting, supportive, professional environment for clinical social workers and other mental health professionals to gain an in-depth understanding of the myriad dynamics related to trauma and its reverberating effect on clients.

Lee points out, however, that For All Seasons staff doesn’t end their education with trauma certification and that it is only one piece of the education staff pursue while investing in their learning. An example of staff commitment to continuing education is a trauma-focused book club in which clinicians invest their own time and money.

Trauma can be defined as someone’s subjective experiences to events that for them are uncontrollable, impacting their belief system, emotions, relationships and how they interpret situations that may trigger their body. Traumatic instances can include sexual and physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, war, and horrific events which are experienced. Trauma can also happen from divorce, death, separation, car accidents, abandonment and adoption. Lee states, “What might be traumatic to one person is not traumatic to another.”

Lee states that depending upon how people were supported after a traumatic incident. Who the person(s) is/are that caused harm can also determine how a person deals with their experiences and the coping skills that they develop.  She adds that often times, we see negative coping skills like zoning out, self-injury or substance use as negative.  People often seek out mental health services because the coping skills that helped them survive the trauma do not work anymore. She adds, “When people come in, whatever behaviors and beliefs they have learned, we help them re-learn new ways to manage their emotions, body sensations and beliefs so they are able to feel safer and in more control of their lives. Understanding a person’s history is important to understanding how to help them.”

Clinicians have different modalities that they use to treat trauma; some use cognitive behavioral therapy, body-centered therapy, art therapy, play therapy, and internal family system. At For All Seasons, all age groups are treated. While all 28 For All Seasons  clinicians work with children through adults, some have specialties in specific age groups. People who have been affected by trauma often present with a change in behavior or in adults, they can present with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Pictured left to right are Lesa Lee, LCSW-C, Clinical Director  and Jenny Jarrell, LCSW-C, Associate Clinical Director. Today, all of For All Seasons clinicians are trauma certified, something the agency believes is critical to providing the best mental health services available.

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Lifting Hearts and Lives on Tilghman Island

For All Seasons has been providing treatment for people with mental health and substance use disorders on Tilghman Island and hearts are being lifted. Michael Flaherty, PhD, who lives part-time on Tilghman Island and attends the Tilghman Island United Methodist Church wanted to help with some of the needs he was seeing as a resident.

Flaherty, a psychologist who practices in Pennsylvania and has national expertise in addiction and mental health disorders, thought it would be nice if the church could provide healthy mind, body and spirit outreach in the Tilghman community.

Pastor Everett Landon of Tilghman Island UMC agreed and the two decided to approach For All Seasons about getting services there. Flaherty recalls, “We decided to do something about the problem and For All Seasons and Beth Anne Langrell, their Executive Director, came right on board. We wanted to bring services to the Island so people didn’t have to travel ‘up the road’ to be seen.  Many just couldn’t.”

Within months, For All Seasons counselors opened shop in the pastor’s office at the church and began seeing clients. To date, more than 20 have used the services of For All Seasons and a Narcotics Anonymous meeting that was launched at the church. Flaherty adds, “We are trying to make inroads through education, counseling and peer support. We did a needs assessment of the community and have identified a need for wellness programs, healthy cooking classes, and exercise programs. In June, the church hosted an Overdose Prevention Night with its partners Talbot County Health Department, For All Seasons, Corsica River, the Talbot County Sheriff’s Department. The goal of the event, which drew over 50 people, was to help residents identify and prevent overdoses. Forty participants received doses of Narcan.

Efforts are now underway to provide a peer support network in the community, as the third part of the program, which has been focused on counseling and community education.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “There was an obvious need for services on Tilghman Island. This has been a healthy partnership between the Tilghman community and our agency. We hope to see it grow even more.”

TUMC and Tilghman Island residents have supported the efforts there, donating $25,000 to the church to help start programs and pay for the services for those who do not have insurance or a means to pay. For All Seasons’ recent Heart & Music fundraiser also raised funds. To support For All Seasons work on Tilghman Island, contact Executive Director Beth Anne Langrell at 410-822-1018.

In the future, “Healthy Tilghman” will be partnering with the school and with Project Purple, a substance abuse awareness program to engage our community and youth to stand up against substance abuse.

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Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, an event to celebrate children, community, and literacy was held June 17 at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

The day offered music, crafts and make-a-book, book sales, and games, prizes and art exhibits. The festival brought together over 30 children’s book authors and illustrators for this second annual event. Visitors had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite authors, listen to readings, and purchase signed books at a discount, courtesy of Eventful Giving, a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and the numerous sponsors which include For All Seasons.

For All Seasons, Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell met several authors throughout the day, receiving over 25 autographed books that will be available for the children to enjoy in the waiting rooms of For All Seasons.

Founding Chair, Marie U′Ren relates “the sponsors enabled the Festival to purchase more than 800 books that were autographed by the authors and then given away to the 354 children in attendance who signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading program or sold as a discount to Festival attendees.”

After the festival, copies of the 104 signed books not sold during the event were given to libraries or area nonprofits including For All Seasons, Talbot Mentors, the YMCA in Easton & St Michaels, Neighborhood Service Center, Critchlow Atkins Children’s Center,  the Multicultural Center, Tilghman Island Youth Associations, St. Luke’s in St. Michaels, and Toys for Tots.

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Women Helping Women

For 12 years Women helping women has entertained for a fabulous cause. The event was originally created to assist in funding a free medical clinic for migrant workers in Marydel that was established by Chestertown’s Dr. Maria Boria. Each year, this event brings together musicians, comedians, and singers to raise funds, Women helping women. Year 12, For All Seasons received a portion of the funds raised to support services for the community assisted by For All Seasons.

Lisa Roth states, “This was my first time attending this concert. As I listened to and watched the amazing talent on stage, I was disappointed that I missed the first 11. The show offered laughs, beautiful voices, and fabulous musicians. It was moving.”

2017 featured the talents of Sydney Berna, Maddie Berna, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Nevin Dawson, Barbara Ferris, Sylvia Frazier, Jen Friedman, Rebekah Hardy Hock, Joe Holt, Beth Anne Langrell, Jodie Littleton, Sue Matthews,  Beth McDonald, Melissa McGlynn, Tom McHugh, Bob Ortiz, Pam Ortiz, Barbara Parker, Caitlin Patton, Mary Phelps, John Schratwieser, Nina Sharp, and Mary Simmons.

Carla Massoni,  the owner of Massoni Gallery and producer of Women helping women presents For All Seasons Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell with a check for half the proceeds from the 2017 concert.

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Youth-supporting local institutions work together to build a wider network to support youth in the region.

Forty local educators, social workers, nonprofit leaders and others serving youth recently visited New York City to see the award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway.

The musical tells the story of a teenage social group’s unraveling after the suicide of one of its members. The daylong event brought together adults from many youth-supporting local institutions to build a wider network to support youth in the region.

Participants included representatives from Talbot County Public Schools, the YMCA, Talbot Mentors, For All Seasons Inc., The Country School, Sts. Peter and Paul School, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Channel Marker, Chesapeake College, Eastern Shore Psychological Services, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Talbot County deputy state’s attorney. Dock Street Foundation sponsored the trip.

“Sometimes it’s not as easy as ‘it’s OK, things will get better.’ This musical reminds us from start to finish that everyone feels alone at some point, that we all struggle from time to time,” said Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons, a behavioral health and rape crisis center. “‘Dear Evan Hansen’ reminds us that our words, actions and who we are to each other can make a difference.

“This musical intersects every aspect of our culture, social media, peer pressure, depression, anxiety and the reality that relationships are hard work. It also reminds us that lies have consequences.”

Participants said the musical drove home the powerful impact one person can have on the life of a troubled teenager. Traveling together for the day allowed for discussions about how to address youth mental health and suicide in Talbot County comprehensively.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with 144,793 Americans dying by suicide each year. And for every suicide, 25 attempts are made.

Suicide prevention efforts have increased in recent years across Maryland and across the Mid-Shore. In the five counties of the Mid-Shore (Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline) in 2014, almost 15 percent of middle school students and 13 percent of high school students reported they seriously considered suicide at some point during the school year. Thirteen percent of those high school students went so far as to make a plan to kill themselves. The highest numbers of students reporting feeling suicidal are students who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

“Having a chance to increase community awareness and to increase agency collaboration related to child and adolescent mental health needs and resources in Talbot County offers an opportunity to possibly change the trajectory of a young life,” said Robert Schmidt, behavior specialist at Talbot County Public Schools and a nationally known youth suicide expert. “This was an opportunity for community partners working with youth to increase skill development and understanding of the turbulent times of adolescence.”

Since the show, several of the organizations have been working together to build a community-wide campaign to address the needs of parents and youth surrounding stress and pressures of social media, depression, anxiety and suicide prevention. The new campaign will be launched before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

For more information about this production and read the lyrics, visit

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Community members working together benefit future successes.

When arriving at For All Seasons, you are greeted by a new look in the reception area. Sean Wilson from Boy Scout Troop 532 completed his Eagle project at For all Seasons main office on 300 Talbot Street in Easton.

The new flooring, paint, cabinets and counter are a stylish and friendly greeting to visitors in addition to being met by the friendly smile of the building receptionist, Lynda Koppelman.  “I am so very proud of my beautiful reception area and the work Sean put in to creating this space for our staff,”  Koppelman comments.

Sean attends the University of Maryland: Baltimore County, and is on scholarship with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp. This is the first year NROTC is on the UMBC Campus and in 2020 Sean will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Russian Language and Linguistics, and be one of the first Marine Officers to commission from the University.

“I managed my entire Eagle Scout Project from start to finish including, planning, fundraising, and execution,” Wilson states. “Most of the money was raised from donations and a letter writing campaign. The entire project took over four months and would not have been possible without the help of Kitchen Creations, and Solid Tops countertop fabrication company. I recruited some volunteers from other scouts, personal and family friends. The project was finished in late March of 2016, then I received my Eagle Scout award and rank in June.”

For All Seasons Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell declares, “As a community agency, we were overjoyed that when given the choice of many projects, Sean chose For All Seasons as his Eagle Scout Project. Not only did Sean provide a wonderful and functional work space for our staff, he also created a welcoming environment for the 2,500 clients that we serve. It’s service such as Sean’s that leaves a lasting impression and on our community. We are very proud of Sean’s accomplishments as he has moved on to UMBC and we are grateful for all that he’s provided to For All Seasons.”

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