Easton Businesses Support For All Seasons and No Matter What. . . You Matter Suicide Prevention Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-OCTOBER 22, 2018)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

Easton Businesses Support For All Seasons and No Matter What. . . You Matter Suicide Prevention Campaign

For All Seasons hosted its 2nd Annual NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign with a kick-off event in Easton at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street. The free event included refreshments provided by Hair of the Dog and Piazza Italian Market and live music by Black Dog Alley. A weeklong Shop & Dine event was held from October 5-13 in Easton. The campaign’s goals were to provide some of the warning signs of suicide and tips for how to help prevent suicide, while raising funds for For All Season Suicide Prevention services.

The following Easton businesses participated in the weeklong event, donating a portion of the proceeds from their sales to For All Season: Bon Mojo, Crackerjack, Doc’s Downtown Grille, Dragonfly Boutique, Easton Acupuncture – Jen Coleman, Ebbtide Wellness, Frugalicious, Hill’s Café & Juice Bar, Krave, La De Da, Lizzy Dee, Marc|Randall,  Out of the Fire, Piazza Italian Market, Salisbury Gift & Garden, Shearer the Jeweler, Sonny’s of NY Pizza, Trade Whims, and Vintage Books and Fine Art.

Sponsors of this year’s event included A Time to Heal Physical Therapy, Ashley Insurance, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett Pear Inn, Bay Pilates, Berrier, Ltd, Chuck Mangold Jr. of  Benson & Mangold, Computers of Easton, Curlicue, Fitness Rx, Hair o’ the Dog, Hill’s Drug Store, Kevertin Pet Resort, Kiln Born Creations, Laser Letters, Massage Plus, Mid-Shore Community  Foundation, Near & Far Media, Rise Up Coffee Roasters, Shore United Bank, Studio 2 Salon, The Trippe Gallery, Troika Gallery, West Wing Salon, and YMCA of Chesapeake. Special thanks go to Easton Business Alliance.

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 provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry; and Crisis and Advocacy Services for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape and Trauma. For a same-day crisis appointment, call 410-822-1018.

Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, and mental health needs.

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Monika Mraz at 410-822-1018, email mmraz@forallseasonsinc.org or visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.

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Pictured left to right are Senator Addie Eckardt, Allie Prell, For All Seasons NMWYM Committee Member; Katie Pittsinger, For All Seasons employee; Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director, For All Seasons; and Diane Flagler, Member of For All Seasons Board of Directors.

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For All Seasons Presents Conversation to End Sexual Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-NOVEMBER 1, 2018)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons Presents Conversation

to End Sexual Violence

On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m., For All Seasons will offer a conversation to end sexual violence with speaker Don McPherson, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, activist and feminist. McPherson’s topic, “You Throw Like a Girl: A Conversation to End Sexual Violence,” will discuss one of the issues of our time – men’s violence against women.

For more than 34 years, McPherson has used the power and appeal of sports to address complex social justice issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America.

He comments, “Women have always been in this conversation about sexual violence. Now it’s time to bring the conversation together with men and women. This discussion is directed primarily at men and focuses on language such as ‘you throw like a girl’ that sets a standard on the narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing an understanding that girls and women are ‘less than” men.’”

He adds, “The ‘Me Too’ movement provides an opportunity for men to not just stand in solidarity with women but make real change in the root causes of sexual violence.  My presentation focuses on nurturing positive language and a healthy understanding of masculinity.”

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Season, people are just trying to figure out where we go from here and what we do now that this issue is front and center in the media. She states, “Not talking about it is not an option. We need to have conversations that are pro-social and protect our families and individuals. We have to find age appropriate ways to have the conversation and by having Don here, we can start that conversation in our community.”

As an athlete, McPherson was a unanimous All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. Since 1984 McPherson has delivered school and community-based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring.  Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, as National Director of Athletes in Service to America.  In 1995, McPherson turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program and emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.  He has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 300 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations.  His programs and lectures have reached more than one million people.

McPherson has received several honors in recognition of his service, including the Frederick Douglas Men of Strength Award, given by Men Can Stop Rape; Champions for Change, presented by Lifetime Television; The Creative Vision for Women’s Justice, presented by the Pace University Women’s Justice Center; and a Leadership Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime.  He has served as a board member, consultant and advisor for several national organizations including the Ms Foundation for Women and the National Football Foundation and the US National Committee for UN Women.  McPherson recently joined the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University.

The For All Seasons event, to be held in the Gold Room at the Tidewater Inn at 101 E. Dover Street, is free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, visit donmcpherson.eventbrite.com or call 443-258-2130.

Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, and mental health needs. For All Seasons provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry; and Crisis and Advocacy Services for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape and Trauma. For a same-day crisis appointment, call 410-822-1018.

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Monika Mraz at 410-822-1018, email mmraz@forallseasonsinc.org or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

 

Caption: Don McPherson, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, activist, and feminist will speak on, “You Throw Like a Girl: A Conversation to End Sexual Violence,” discussing one of the most important issues of our time – men’s violence against women. The free event, sponsored by For All Seasons, will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

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No Matter What…You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

The kick-off event around For All Seasons suicide prevention campaign, No Matter What . . .  You Matter, will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-SEPTEMBER 10, 2018)
CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide and for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. This fall, to help create awareness about this community mental health issue, For All Seasons kicks off its 2nd Annual NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign the week of October 5 through 13, 2018.

The Campaign kicks off on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton. The free event will include champagne and hors d’oeuvres and live music. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops in Easton and provides the opportunity to learn more about what For All Seasons is doing to help those in crisis. The Campaign is being organized by For All Seasons Committee Members Diane Flagler, Allie Prell, and Amy Steward. All are welcome.

In 2017, the campaign raised $20,000 from 26 participating Easton businesses. Again this year, a number of Easton businesses are participating in the weeklong event, donating a portion of sales on specific dates during the campaign week to For All Seasons’ suicide prevention work. To date, these businesses include: Bon Mojo (October 6), Crackerjacks (October 10), Doc’s Downtown Grille (October 8, 5–10 p.m.), Dragonfly Boutique (October 12), Easton Acupuncture (October 10), Ebbtide Wellness (October 9), Frugalicious (October 7), Hill’s Café & Juice Bar (October 12), Krave (October 12), La De Da! (October 6), Lizzy Dee (October 10), Marc Randall (October 12), Out of the Fire, (To Be Announced), Piazza Italian Market (To Be Announced), Salisbury Gift & Garden (October 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13), Shearer the Jeweler (October 10), Sonny’s of NY Pizza (To Be Announced), Trade Whims (October 12), and Vintage Books and Fine Art (October 12).

Sponsors of this year’s event include A Time to Heal Physical Therapy, Ashley Insurance, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett Pear Inn, Bay Pilates, Berrier, Ltd, Chuck Mangold Jr. of  Benson & Mangold, Computers of Easton, Curlicue, Fitness Rx, Hair o’ the Dog, Hill’s Drug Store, Kevertin Pet Resort, Kiln Born Creations, Laser Letters, Mid-Shore Community  Foundation, Near & Far Media, Rise Up Coffee Roasters, Shore United Bank, Studio 2 Salon, The Trippe Gallery, Troika Gallery, West Wing Salon, and YMCA of Chesapeake. Special thanks goes to Easton Business Alliance.

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.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. 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:

1)            Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.

2)            Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.

3)            Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or a therapist at For All Seasons.

Beth Anne Langrell, Director of For All Seasons, comments, “For All Seasons hopes through this campaign to create an ongoing dialogue with agencies about this growing issue in our communities.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  We want people to know that no matter what, they do matter.”

For All Seasons provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry; and Crisis and Advocacy Services for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape and Trauma. For a same-day crisis appointment, call 410-822-1018.

Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, and mental health needs.

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Monika Mraz at 410-822-1018, email mmraz@forallseasonsinc.org or visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.

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For All Seasons Announces New Officers of Board of Directors

For All Seasons Announces New Officers of Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-SEPTEMBER 10, 2018)
CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons has recently announced the appointment of three new officers to its Board of Directors, John Malin of Easton, Robert Miller, MS, CPA, MST of Chestertown, and Marie DiDaniels of Easton. Malin, who has been elected President of the Board of Directors, has a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition, was born in the United Kingdom. He worked in the food industry for 30 years for Crown Cork and Seal, Unilever and retired as Chief Scientist of Mars Incorporated in 2005. His areas of specialty include food preservation, prion diseases, small animal nutrition and R&D management. He is a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, has consulted with the US Government on food terrorism and was elected to the Cosmos Club in Washington DC in 2009 for his contribution to research in food and nutrition. Since retirement, John has worked as a Chairman of the Ambassadors Board of Johns Hopkins Project Restore fundraising for research for multiple sclerosis and is currently a board member of the Marshall Sherfield Foundation funding US post-doctoral fellows to study in the UK. He plays piano, guitar, a 1958 Hammond B3 organ and has been studying the Great Highland Bagpipes for several years. In his free time, he is a Talbot Hospice volunteer musician, performing regularly for patients.  Other local interests include the annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, the Holy Trinity Church, Oxford concert series and the Tred Avon Yacht Club. 

Miller, who has been elected as Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Financial Manager with over 25 years of progressive financial, accounting, and operations management experience.  He is currently operating RB Miller Consulting, LLC. Prior to opening his own business, he was CFO and Treasurer of Search for Common Ground in Washington, DC. He excels in building consensus and driving cooperative relationships with program staff, Boards of Directors, government agencies, clients and key stakeholders. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and his Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Taxation from American University. He is a General Aviation Advanced Ground School Instructor (AGI) and a private pilot with instrument rating.

Marie DiDaniels of Easton, who has been elected Secretary, 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. 

Malin, Miller, DiDaniels join Pam Ortiz, Esq. who continues to serve as Vice President. Andrea Lange, PhD, who served as Board President for one and a half years and will stay on as a board member. According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “Andrea has been a strong president as the agency has continued to grow to serve the needs of our community. We thank her for her dedication and insights during the past few years and look forward to many more to come.”

Other board members on the For All Seasons Board of Directors include Stuart “Mickey” Elsberg, Diane Flagler, Leslie Sea, Emily Sparks, and Deborah H. Walsworth.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples’ counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

Pictured above is John Malin of Easton, new Board President of For All Seasons Board of Directors.

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For All Seasons Staff Participate in Community Interpreter International Program

Mayra Torres, Bilingual Victim Advocate, and Michely Valentin, Bilingual Intake Specialist, with Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center.

For All Seasons Staff Participate in Community Interpreter International Program

Two For All Seasons employees, Michely Valentin, Bilingual Intake Specialist, and Mayra Torres, Bilingual Victim Advocate, participated in a 40-hour Community Interpreter International program from June 11 to 15 at Chesapeake College, organized by the Talbot Language and Cultural Competence Committee.  The Talbot Language and Cultural Competence Committee is a multi-agency collaborative endeavor integrated by agencies such as the Talbot County Department of Social Services, Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Public Schools, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Department of Emergency Services, Choptank Community Health System, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Easton Utilities, Chesapeake College and Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC). ChesMRC is a key partner of the Talbot Language and Cultural Competence Committee and is responsible for the project’s initiatives in the areas of interpreting and increasing cultural competence. Since the Hispanic community in the Mid-Shore is a growing section of many agencies’ clientele, the agencies wish to better serve and understand the population and its needs. Improving capacity for bilingual communication is one of the main objectives of the committee.

Participants complete the 40-hour Community Interpreter International Program organized by the Talbot Language and Cultural Competence Committee.

 

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For All Seasons Awarded CareFirst Grant for EHR

For All Seasons Awarded CareFirst Foundation Grant to Help Upgrade to Electronic Health Records

During the past three years, For All Seasons has focused on implementing major technology upgrades federally mandated for all mental health agencies by January 1, 2019. The upgrades have included new computers for all staff members, a new server, a new phone system, cyber insurance and new firewall security for agency offices. These upgrades have positioned the agency to be ready to purchase Credible, an electronic health record system which will enable the agency to comply with the federal mandate requiring all mental health agencies to use fully certified electronic health records by January 1, 2019.

The agency was recently awarded a grant from CareFirst Foundation which will enable the purchase of Credible. This electronic health record system will help For All Seasons ensure better care to patients by providing such things as accurate, up-to-date and complete information about patients at the point of care; enabling quick access to patient records for more coordinated and efficient care; securely sharing electronic information with patients and other clinicians; and helping providers more effectively diagnose patients, reduce medical errors and provide safer care. By adopting Credible as an EHR system, For All Seasons hopes to create a more efficient billing process overall, enabling the agency to save money and at the same time, serve more people.

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For All Seasons Announces New Board Members

For All Seasons Announces New Board Members

For All Seasons has recently announced the appointment of two new board members, John Malin of Easton, and Robert Miller of Chestertown.

John Malin, who has a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition, was born in the United Kingdom. He worked in the food industry for 30 years for Crown Cork and Seal, Unilever and retired as Chief Scientist of Mars Incorporated in 2005. His areas of specialism include food preservation, prion diseases, small animal nutrition and R&D management. He is a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, has consulted with the US Government on food terrorism and was elected to the Cosmos Club in Washington DC in 2009 for his contribution to research in food and nutrition. Since retirement, John has worked as a Chairman of the Ambassadors Board of Johns Hopkins Project Restore fundraising for research for multiple Sclerosis and is currently a board member of the Marshall Sherfield Foundation funding US post-doctoral fellows to study in the UK. He plays piano, guitar, a 1958 Hammond B3 organ and has been studying the Great Highland Bagpipes for several years. In his free time, he is a Talbot Hospice volunteer musician, performing regularly for patients.  Other local interests include the annual Easton Monty Alexander Festival, the Holy Trinity Church, Oxford concert series and the Tred Avon Sailing Club.

Robert Miller, MS, CPA, MST, is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Financial Manager with over 25 years of progressive financial, accounting, and operations management experience.  He is currently operating RB Miller Consulting, LLC. Prior to opening his own business, he was CFO and Treasurer of Search for Common Ground in Washington, DC. He excels in building consensus and driving cooperative relationships with program staff, Boards of Directors, government agencies, clients and key stakeholders. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and his Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Taxation from American University. He is a General Aviation Advanced Ground School Instructor (AGI) and a private pilot with instrument rating.

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Connecting Our Physical Health with Our Mental Health

Connecting Our Physical Health with Our Mental Health

Did you know our body and our mind are linked when it comes to taking care of mental health?  Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation can all play a hand in the status of our mental health.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH), stress can affect our health. It is important to pay attention to how we deal with minor and major stress events so that we know when to seek help. Routine stress can be related to the pressures of work, school, family and other daily responsibilities. It can also be brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness. Traumatic stress can be experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster. The effects of stress can build up over time. It is important to recognize the signs of our body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy. If these occur, it may be necessary to talk to a doctor or health care provider.

Getting regular exercise can help with stress management. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress. NIMH also reports that exercise is known to be a possible antidepressant and it also increases adult neurogenesis – the genesis of new neurons in the brain. In addition to exercise, relaxing activities like meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gentle exercises can help with stress reduction.

Diet is another factor that can affect our mental health. According to Mental Health America, eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, olive oil, and other healthy foods, while eating less unhealthy junk and processed foods, can be an effective treatment strategy for depression. The organization also reports that there is also a strong relationship between having mental health problems and having gastrointestinal symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Inflammation in the gut can affect the brain and cause symptoms that look like Parkinson’s disease, autism, anxiety and depression.

Finally, physical and emotional health depend so much on how rested we are. Sleep is fundamental to a healthy mind and body – getting a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in your overall health.

For further information, visit nimh.gov or mentalhealthamerica.net.

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Kent County School-Based Mental Health Services Making a Difference

Kent County School-Based Mental Health Services Making a Difference

For All Seasons has had a presence in Kent County for 15 years. In addition to its office currently located at 516 Washington Avenue in Chestertown, For All Seasons has provided school-based mental health services in Kent County since 2009.  The United Way of Kent County has supported school-based mental health services in Kent County through For All Seasons since 2015, funding those children that are un- or underinsured and would not be able to receive these services without the support of the United Way.

Two school-based counselors see almost 100 children in Kent County throughout the school year. Many of the children receive follow-up therapy in the summer through the Horizon Summer School and Kent County Parks and Recreation Summer Program, providing a continuum of care throughout the year. Issues that these school-based counselors address in Kent County are ADHD, mood disorders, oppositional behavior, anxiety, anger management, trauma, bullying, cyber bullying, family issues related to divorce, drug abuse, and financial loss. Both counselors are trauma-certified. The counselors provide cognitive behavioral therapy, grief therapy, and trauma therapy. The numbers of students being supported by the program have been steadily increasing over the years. Individual, group and family counseling are provided through school-based services.

According to Beth Everett, Executive Director of United Way of Kent County, “From the anecdotal information that I hear, it seems that children who receive services are better behaved in class, get more out of the lessons their teachers are trying to provide, get along much better with their peers, and are generally happier children.” She adds, “I also hear that, because of these school interventions, the families involved can also receive services, which may get at the root of the problem, so it doesn’t reach the school.”

Some of the other benefits of school-based mental health services are:

  • There is a team approach that involves the school and the family, as well as the primary care provider.
  • Information is shared with the team as issues develop.
  • School-based counselors are available to school officials as issues develop.
  • There is more continuity and convenience to having services located at the school. Students don’t often miss their appointments.
  • These services improve students’ academic performance and interpersonal skills.
  • A variety of insurances are accepted, but not required to receive services.

Jane Feigleson, MSW, LCSW-C, School-Based Counselor and Therapist, has been with For All Seasons for nine years and serves in all the Kent County schools. She states, “This is a voluntary program, but referrals come to the school-based counselors from guidance counselors, school social workers, principals, family members, and churches. The school social workers have been very successful in connecting kids to For All Seasons when necessary for more intensive services. There is no waiting list for the services and no one is ever turned away.”  Jane is also certified in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

She adds, “We are a helper – we help students be more successful in school and in the community. It is so rewarding.”

Michelle Priddy, LGPC, School-Based Counselor and Therapist at For All Seasons, works in Rock Hall Elementary, Garnett Elementary in Chestertown, and Chestertown Middle School and treats adults and children, as well as provides family counseling and couples therapy in For All Seasons’ office in Chestertown. She adds, “Parents decide where their children will be seen – either in the school setting or in For All Seasons’ office off-site. Most trauma-based therapy is done in our office to provide additional privacy.”

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 24, 2018)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons is going to be bringing the campaign, NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER, to Chestertown, partnering with its business community and with Washington College to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. Last fall, the Campaign debuted in Easton in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week and was part of Easton’s First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops, partnering with Easton Business Alliance.

The Suicide Prevention Campaign was inspired by the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “The musical has created increased awareness about how prevalent suicide is in our nation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide and for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made.”

For All Seasons hopes through this campaign to create an ongoing dialogue with agencies and educators in Chestertown about this growing issue in our communities.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  She adds, “We want people to know that no matter what, they matter.”

For All Seasons regularly partners with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kent and Queen Anne’s to provide services and training on mental health issues. Lainie Surette, NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s Steering Committee Chair, comments, “NAMI Kent & Queen Anne’s is eager to work with For All Seasons and Washington College to address the prevalence of mental health challenges facing college students today. Providing education, support and needed services can reduce the stigma and encourage students to reach out for help. Suicide is not the answer. No one should feel alone.”

Sarah Feyerherm, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Washington College, adds, “Partnering with For All Seasons is just one more step we can take to support the mental health of our students and specifically to raise awareness about suicide. When we pool our resources we further a community of care on the Eastern Shore and bring about change in ways we could never do alone. As we continue to add programs and initiatives on our campus, we’re excited to work hand in hand with For All Seasons on such a critical issue that impacts everyone.”

Individuals seek therapy for many different reasons. For All Seasons provides individual and group counseling to those struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, etc. and those who may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope.  For All Seasons has six offices across the Eastern Shore, including an office in Chestertown. To make an appointment at any of For All Seasons offices, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org. For further information about the NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign or becoming a partner in Chestertown, call Beth Anne Langrell at 410-822-1018.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273. 

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