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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VOCA Grant Expands For All Seasons Staff

VOCA Grant Expands For All Seasons Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – MARCH 25, 2019)
CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons has received a significant grant from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to provide support, advocacy, and mental health services to primary and secondary victims of violent crime at no charge. This includes victims of rape, sexual assault, adults molested as children, child and adult victims of domestic violence and child victims of physical abuse and neglect. The grant will enable For All Seasons to provide timely response to the emotional needs of victims;  provide primary and secondary victim assistance to bring stability and safety to their immediate circumstances; educate victims about their rights under the criminal justice system; provide access to mental health treatment for victims and their families as appropriate and ensure that all victims wanting civil legal assistance get an attorney through partnership through Mid-Shore Pro Bono.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director, “The VOCA grant will enable our agency to expand our services and have a greater presence in the Mid Shore counties we serve.  By providing professional development for our staff and trauma certifying all staff who work with clients and victims of trauma, we can tailor these services to meet specific mental health needs.” She adds that the grant will also provide for trainings for community members, expanded mental health and rape crisis services, and allow the agency to bring awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the schools.

Several staff positions have been added through the grant, including Director of Education and Community Programs which has been filled by For All Seasons staff member Katie Pittsinger of Easton.  Previously, Pittsinger was Assistant Clinical Director at For All Seasons. Prior to working at For All Seasons, she was a Social Worker, Advanced Criminal Justice with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services in Easton. She completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College of Health and Human Performance at College Park. She holds The Ferentz Institute Trauma Certificate Level I and is a Certified Instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid. In her new position, Pittsinger will be working on developing For All Seasons’ Training Academy, including training for school systems on Trauma-Informed Schools and providing consultation to school systems on becoming trauma-informed.  Pittsinger will be working on bringing continuing education to the community and mental health professionals to the Eastern Shore and will work to ensure that people throughout the five-county region have an awareness and understanding of services provided by For All Seasons.

Katie Pittsinger of Easton was appointed as For All Seasons Director of Education and Community Programs.

In response to the growth of the Rape Crisis Program at For All Seasons, which has tripled in three years, two additional staff members have been hired to new positions in the Rape Crisis Center. Stella Lee Coulbourne of Preston was recently hired as the For All Seasons Director of Rape Crisis Programs and Katharine Petzold of Easton was recently hired as For All Seasons Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator.

Stella Lee Coulbourne of Preston was recently hired as the For All Seasons Director of Rape Crisis Programs.

Coulbourne previously worked as Deputy Director of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Program Administrator for Early Head Start, and Site Coordinator for the Federalsburg Judy Center. She holds a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She also completed an Associate’s of Arts in Liberal Studies and Business Management from Chesapeake College and an Early Childhood Mental Health Certification from John Hopkin’s University. She serves as a Maryland State Department of Education State Validator to Accredit Early Childhood Programs. In her new role, Coulbourne will work as a team member with other staff members and volunteers in order to achieve the mission of the Center, including providing direct client services, community outreach programs and/or professional training when needed. She will also develop, implement and monitor short-and long-term goals through a strategic planning process, including Anti-Human Trafficking.

Katharine Petzold of Easton was recently hired as For All Seasons Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator

In addition to her role as Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, Petzold also works as a psychotherapist for For All Seasons. She has worked at the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools in Baltimore and at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in Washington, DC. She was a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates Association in Caroline County and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Previously, she worked on the Human Trafficking Resource Project and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking both in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theater from Northwestern University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work. In her role as Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, Katharine will be expanding For All Seasons’ anti-trafficking programs which provide services to survivors and outreach and education to our Eastern Shore community.

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.

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For All Seasons Wraps Up Successful 9th Annual Heart & Music

For All Seasons Wraps Up Successful 9th Annual Heart & Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – MARCH 15, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons recently presented its 9th Annual Heart & Music at the Oxford Community Center to large crowds for its Gala and all three show performances.  This year, Director Ed Langrell and Music Director Ellen Barry Grunden returned with “Songs from the Stage” from Broadway and Beyond with selections by Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as special guests from Crashbox Theatre Troupe. Producers for the show were Beth Anne Langrell and Lisa Roth.

This year’s Heart & Music cast included Gail Aveson, Jane Copple, Matt Folker, Marcia Gilliam, Bill Gross, Malley Hester, Beth Anne Langrell, Ed Langrell, Lisa Roth, Zack Schlag, Heather Scott, Mike Sousa, Shelby Swann, Joe Tyler, Becca Van Aken, and Richard Vitanovec.  Crashbox Theatre Troupe members included Sarah Anthony, Sara Chapple, Logan Herron, Aiden Loeser, Sophie McGee, Jaylen Nixon, and Seth Wagner.

A special thank you to the Heart & Music Angels, Dock Street Foundation, Laurie and Michael Frame, Price Rentals and Events, and What’s Up Media.

Heart & Music benefits For All Seasons, the only non-profit Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center serving the five counties of Maryland’s Mid-Shore.  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.

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Pictured are attendees at this year’s 9th Annual Heart & Music Gala. (Photos by Randy Bachand)

Pictured left to right are Delia Denny, Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, and Diane Flagler, Heart & Music Committee Chair.
Pictured left to right are Jenny Stanley, Tom and Cathy Hill, and Crashbox Theatre Troupe members Jaylen Nixon, Sophie McGee, and Sarah Anthony.
Pictured left to right are Ted and Annette Bautz and Jim and Cindy Reed.
Pictured left to right are Tim and Sally Kagan and Sue and Mike Newnam
Pictured left to right are Christina Morris, Nancy James, Bonnie Thomas, Cathy Mendenhall, Tom Mendenhall, and Beth Anne Langrell.
Pictured left to right are Liz LaCorte, John Marrah, Robin Marrah, and Beth Anne Langrell.
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For All Seasons Staff Present on Trauma Sensitive Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – MARCH 11, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons Staff Present on Trauma Sensitive Schools

For All Seasons recently presented two sessions of “Trauma Sensitive Schools” to staff from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.  The trainings focused on bringing awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), specifically, the impact ACEs may have on learning and education.  Lesa Lee, LCSW-C, Clinical Director, and Katie Pittsinger, LCSW-C, Director of Education and Community Programs, both of For All Seasons, Inc., made the presentations.

ACEs are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan.

According to Lee, “The training provided staff with psychoeducation and strategies they can use when they are dealing with students who may have experienced traumatic events.  The discussion also addressed the behaviors, thoughts and feelings children may present within school and why it is important for school staff to have knowledge about working with students exposed to trauma.”

Pittsinger adds, “The goal of the sessions was to work on shifting the mindset for staff to inquire and be curious about what the behaviors are trying to tell them and asking the question: ‘what has happened to you’ versus ‘what is wrong with you.’”

This approach is a cultural shift for the schools that involves the entire school system, including administration, teachers, bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria staff.  As a team, school staff can all wrap around students and educators to help provide a safe environment where they can learn and connect.   For further information about having a presentation on “Trauma Sensitive Schools,” contact Katie Pittsinger, LCSW-C, Director of Education and Community Programs at For All Seasons, at 410-822-1018.

For All Seasons is the only non-profit Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center serving the five counties of Maryland’s Mid-Shore.  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: For All Seasons recently presented two sessions of “Trauma Sensitive Schools” to staff from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Pictured front row, left to right, are Megan Shockley, Leslie Follum, Lesa Lee, and Katie Pittsinger. Pictured middle row, left to right, are Matt Evans, Kelly Moore, Melissa Osborn, Kaylene Kovach, and Rondell Bryant. Pictured back row, left to right, are Kevin Kintop, Brad Engel, and Robert Willis.

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For All Seasons Receives 2018 Outstanding Rural Community Development Award

For All Seasons Receives 2018 Outstanding Rural Community Development Award

For All Seasons was nominated and selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Rural Community Development Award by the Rural Maryland Council for its work that substantially improves the quality of life for rural Maryland communities. The award recognized the program, project or organization that substantially improves the quality of life in at least one rural community. The award criteria evaluated dedication and creativity in providing community-oriented service(s), evidence of collaboration with relevant stakeholders to resolve social problem(s), and the use of partnerships or leveraged resources to realize community-achievement goals.

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

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 (EHR) 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.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “This rounds out a five-year technology upgrade plan and we are grateful to the CareFirst Foundation who are helping us implement this transition.”

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, left to right are Matt Dorman, CEO of Credible and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons.  For All Seasons was recently awarded a grant from CareFirst Foundation which has enabled the purchase of Credible, an electronic health record system.

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Tips for Emotional and Relationship Wellness for the New Year

Tips for Emotional and Relationship Wellness

for the New Year

By Lesa Lee, LCSW-C, Clinical Director, For All Seasons, Inc.

Life has taught me many things. One thing that I’ve learned is that I try to live a balanced life. Looking toward the new year, I am reminded as a mother, a professional, a daughter, and a wife that the coming days will be challenging at times. There may be days when I am overwhelmed. There might be days when I have tensions with my family and friends. There may be days when I replay the tapes of my childhood – questioning my own self-worth. There may be days when I feel like there is nothing going right in my life.

For me stress doesn’t show up as a thought or even a feeling. It’s when I get a stabbing pain in the back of my neck that I realize something is going on and that my life is out of balance. For a lot of my life, I just ignored this symptom and what it was saying about the imbalance that was occurring. Now, I listen to the symptoms and am more mindful of the physical and emotional changes in my body – understanding that it’s just a part of me that is stressed or overwhelmed. It is then that I ask myself, “What do I need?” Part of living a balanced life is recognizing when things are going well and when things aren’t going well. Trying to figure out how to dive into my own vulnerability and let people know that I need help is not always easy.


How do we manage the stuff in our life? Here are some tips that help me when I am facing imbalance in my life:

  • Treat others with respect. Pay it forward by being kind to a stranger.
  • Know who I am. Surround myself with different people who help me recognize my strengths and weaknesses.
  • Live the life I want to be living. Be genuine with myself.
  • Be flexible in my thinking. Set boundaries and expectations with others.
  • Be grateful. Focus on the positive before the negative.
  • Find balance and purpose in my life. I am responsible for myself and my circle.
  • Value my experiences, not my possessions.

Sometimes, it helps to talk with someone when we have imbalance in our lives as they may cause anxieties which don’t go away or our symptoms interrupt school or work. 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 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

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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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