No Matter What…You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt, depression being one of the lead reasons. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
This fall, to help create awareness about this community mental health issue, For All Seasons kicks off its 3rd Annual NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign the week of October 4 through 12, 2019. The Campaign kicks off on Friday, October 4, 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, 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. Local artist Josepha Price will create chalk art on Harrison Street as part of the international “Let’s chalk about mental health movement (#letschalkaboutmentalhealth),” which aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention and reduce stigma by encouraging the public to write messages of hope in chalk to let others know they are not alone.

In 2018, the campaign raised $20,000 from 21 participating Easton businesses which helped to support same-day mental health crisis appointments offered by the agency. This year, 24 Easton businesses are participating in the weeklong event, donating a portion of sales on specific dates during the campaign week, along with 26 business sponsors. Participating businesses include Shabby Chic Salon (30% of hair products everyday), Frugalicious (10% everyday), La De Da (10% on 10/5), Justamere Trading Post (10% on 10/7), Hot off the Coals (10% on 10/7), Dragonfly Boutique (10% on 10/8), Crackerjacks (10% on 10/8), Ebbtide Wellness (50% on 10/8), Levity (10% on 10/8), BBQ Joint (10% on 10/8), Krave Courtyard (10% on 10/9), Shearer the Jeweler (10% on 10/9), Hills Café and Juice Bar (10% on 10/9), Mama Italia (10% on 10/9), Lizzy Dee (10% on 10/9), Curlique (10% on 10/9), Prim Salon(10% on 10/10), Dairy Queen (10% on 10/10), Doc’s Downtown Grille (15% on 10/10 from 5 to 8 with For All Seasons Guest Bartenders), Marc │ Randall (10% on 10/10), Vintage Books and Fine Art (10% on 10/11), Trade Whims (10 % on 10/12), Piazza Italian Market (10% on 10/12), and Foremost Massage and Spa (10% on 10/5, 10/7, 10/10, and 10/12). This year there are 26 business sponsors of the Suicide Prevention Campaign, including A Time to Heal Physical Therapy, Allison Szczukowski, Ashley Insurance, Avalon Foundation, Avery Hall Insurance Group, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett Pear, Bay Imprint, Berrier Limited, Chesapeake Culinary Center, Chuck Mangold Jr. Associate Broker, Computers of Easton , Diane Flagler, Discover Easton, Easton Eye Care, Fitness Rx, Hill’s Drug Store, In Memory of Julius H. George, Jr., Kevertin Pet Resort, Lorri Wilson Clarke, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Old Mill Deli, Rise Up Coffee, Talbot County Free Library, The BBQ Joint, The Trippe Gallery, The Star Democrat, and WCEI and WINX Radio.
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 engage the community in ways that it can help with suicide prevention. This year, our campaign coincides with a new community offering by our staff – our Mental Health First Aid training. This community training prepares individuals to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis.”Starting October 1, For All Seasons staff will provide an eight-hour training course which provides the tools for members of the community to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and connect them with the appropriate care. The training is available to churches, businesses, coaches, and civic organizations.
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. A 5-step action plan guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. In just 10 years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States – more than one million people are certified Mental Health First Aides.
Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, human trafficking, and mental health needs. To find out how to get involved with the NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign contact Denae Spiering at 410-822-1018, email dspiering@forallseasonsinc.org. To request Mental Health First Aid training through the For All Seasons Center for Learning, contact Katie Pittsinger at 410-822-1018, email kpittsinger@forallseasonsinc.org. For further information about participating businesses in the Shop and Dine event, visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

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For All Seasons Draws 350 People to First Neighborhood Block Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – AUGUST 29, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons Draws 350 People to First Neighborhood Block Party

For All Seasons in Easton, MD, hosted its first Neighborhood Block Party with over 350 people in attendance enjoying picnic food, information, games, and free school supplies. (Photos courtesy of Joe James of J. J. Photography)

For All Seasons staff member Lynda Koppelman, Building Receptionist, helps with the face painting station.

Neighborhood friend and volunteer, Bates Nittle gets dunked by the block party guests.

Wooden Ships Band entertains guests at the Block Party.

For All Seasons staff member Mayra Torres, Bilingual Victim Advocate, shares school supplies at the Block Party.

Block Party guests have fun at the photo booth.

Neighbors enjoy an afternoon of fun.

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

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For All Seasons Has Large Turnout for First Community Denim Day

For All Seasons Has Large Turnout for First Community Denim Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 30, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons hosted its first community Denim Day event at the Talbot County Court House in Easton, MD. Denim Day was created 20 years ago after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Participants wore denim with a purpose on this day to show their support in ending sexual violence and to protest the misconceptions and victim-blaming around sexual violence.

Proclamations were read by Senator Addie Eckardt and Mayor Bob Willey for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They are pictured with For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center and Hotline staff.  Pictured back row left to right are Katharine Petzold, Alberto Ardaya, Melissa Cardoso, Royshonda Boulden, and Lauren Kirby. Pictured front row left to right are Dawn Wilson, Fabiola Marquez, Michely Valentin, Yeslee Olivo-Martinez, Senator Addie Eckardt, Beth Anne Langrell, Ivy Garcia, Stella Lee Coulbourne, and Mayor Bob Willey. (Photo courtesy of Amy Blades Steward)

Senator Addie Eckardt and Mayor Bob Willey presented proclamations and Don McPherson, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, activist and feminist spoke about the importance of ending sexual violence.  “Today we have the opportunity to start a conversation that is essential to the community.  Denim Day isn’t just about a day, it’s about bringing awareness to an issue and using that awareness to make the commitment to continue the conversation and to join For All Seasons and its partners in ending sexual violence.”  For All Seasons’ 2019 sexual assault campaign focuses on the message “#metoo. We believe you.” The campaign is targeted at helping both men and women talk about this issue and to not be afraid to tell their stories about sexual assault. 

Pictured left to right are Stella Lee Coulbourne, Beth Anne Langrell, Don McPherson, Ivy Garcia, Michely Valentin, Alberto Ardaya, and Yeslee Olivo-Martinez. (Photo courtesy of Randy Bachand Photography)

Participants enjoyed a special teal-colored ice for Sexual Assault Awareness Month provided by Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard in Easton as they signed denim quilts to be given to victims of sexual assault.

Pictured are participants signing denim quilts which will be given to sexual assault survivors. (Photo courtesy of Randy Bachand Photography)

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-61#

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For All Seasons Holds Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For All Seasons Holds Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 1, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons, which is the only Rape Crisis Center on the Mid Shore, is holding several events in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence happens in all communities. The month-long awareness activities will include exhibits and proclamations in all five counties on the Mid Shore and a community-wide Denim Day event on April 24.

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons will be hosting exhibits at the following locations which will include information about how to responds to sexual assault and how the public can support rape survivors in our community through their project, “Comfort Kits.” The exhibits will be on display at the MRDC Head Start/Caroline County Library in Denton, Dorchester Public Library in Cambridge, Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Washington College in Chestertown, the Kent Family Support Center in Chestertown, Haven Ministries in Centreville, Queen Anne County Public Schools/Judy Center in Centreville, and the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

“Comfort Kits,” a project of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center, is a way for For All Seasons Victim Advocates to bring comfort on every call to the hospital to support a victim of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience. Because a victim’s clothing often needs to be left behind as evidence, each “Comfort Kit” includes a nice travel bag, basic clothing, footwear, and undergarments, personal hygiene items, a journal, and other items to return dignity, provide comfort and let them know someone cares. A special addition to the “Comfort Kits” is a sterling silver Hope Heart necklace, provided by Thomas’s Fine Jewelry in Cambridge, MD. Trade Whims in Easton is partnering with For All Seasons to provide the travel bags for the “Comfort Kits.” Any business that wishes to support the “Comfort Kits” should contact Stella Lee Coulbourne, For All Seasons Director of Sexual Assault Programming, at 410-822-1018.

Coulbourne comments, “Without this kit, the victim of a sexual assault would leave in a hospital gown. Our staff decided to prepare these kits to help return dignity, provide comfort, and let survivors know that someone cares.”

On Wednesday, April 24, at 12 noon at the Talbot County Court House Green, on Washington Street in Easton, For All Seasons will host its first community Denim Day event. Participants are encouraged to wear denim with a purpose on this day to show their support in ending sexual violence. Denim Day is an international day created 20 years ago after an Italian court overruled a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Wearing denim with a purpose on this day is way to protest the misconceptions and victim-blaming around sexual violence. A special treat from Rita’s will be served and a group photo taken. To register for this event, call 443-258-2130, visit forallseasonsinc.org or register at https://denimday2019-forallseasons.eventbrite.com.

For All Seasons’ 2019 sexual assault campaign focuses on the message “#metoo. We believe you.” The campaign is targeted at helping both men and women talk about this issue and to not be afraid to tell their stories about sexual assault.  For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

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 or make a donation, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

Caption: Pictured is For All Seasons “Comfort Kits” is a project of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center to bring comfort on every call to the hospital to support a victim of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience.

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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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No Matter What… 2018 Campaign Kick Off Events

For All Seasons’ NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign was inspired by the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” which increased awareness about how prevalent suicide is in our nation.

Last fall, this campaign debuted in Easton in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week and as part of Easton’s First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops, partnering with Easton Business Alliance.  This year, For All Seasons is bringing this campaign back, as well as bringing it to Chestertown, partnering with its business community there and with Washington College to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.

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.  She adds, “We want people to know that no matter what, they do matter.”

EASTON
Friday, October 5, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bartlett Pear Inn
28 S Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601

CHESTERTOWN
Saturday, September 29, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ortiz Studios
207 S Cross Street, #103
Chestertown, MD 21620

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 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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Heart & Music 2018

Save the Date Heart & Music

For All Seasons, The Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center brings you the swinging sounds of the big band era for year eight of “Heart & Music”,  on March 8, 9, 10, & 11 2018 at the Oxford Community Center.

Big Bands flourished in popular culture during their heyday in the Swing era during WWII. They have been a part of jazz music since they began in the 1920s when concert bands adopted the rhythms and musical forms of small African -American jazz combos. Big Bands evolved with the times and continue to entertain today.

This year Director Ed Langrell brings the swinging sounds of a great era to perform Broadway music, classic songs, and songs from today, Big Band style.  The talented cast of “Heart & Music” meets the delicious arrangement of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section from the  Annapolis Junction Big Band. Founded in 1991 by trumpet player Jim Tavener, the Annapolis Junction Big Band has been delighting audiences in the Baltimore/Annapolis area for over 20 years.

Join the cast and crew for a show packed with fun, talent, and entertainment when “Heart and Music” opens with the Gala Celebration, Thursday March 8, co-starring a delectable dinner catered by Occasion Catering, culminating in the rhythms of Big Band.  Tickets for the Gala are $125.  Show only performances are $25 for adults and $10 for Students K-12, are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 8pm and at 2pm on Sunday, March 11.

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