Mental Health Month May 2016

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., — Rebecca’s Dream celebrates May’s Mental Health Awareness month through public education, advocacy campaign, and a wellness card offering free and discounted classes, treatments, and healthy foods from 16 local businesses.

The four free programs designed to raise awareness and promote mental health will be offered to Highland Park and surrounding communities during May include:

May 2: Movie
Based on a true story starring Mark Ruffalo, is hospitalized after a manic breakdown. He becomes primary caregiver for his daughters and finds himself in over his head. Viewing and discussion of movie at the Highland Park Library at 7:00pm. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

May 10: Teens & Transitions
What is normal…what is not. A panel discussion led by professional experts will offer information for parents to help their teens transition to HPHS, at HPHS at 7:00pm. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

May 10: Yoga and Meditation Class
Open to current 8th grade and HPHS students, at HPHS at 7:00pm. Bring your friends. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

May 23: “Middle Years”
A discussion for parents on helping middle schoolers navigate their social and academic lives. At Edgewood Middle School at 1:00pm. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Gail Cutler, MA, LCPC
Gail Cutler is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, adolescent substance use and addictions counselor, former faculty member of The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and a co-founder and President of the Rebecca Lynn Cutler Legacy of Life Foundation ~~ Rebecca’s Dream. After their daughter, Rebecca, succumbed to depression and bipolar disease in 2004, Gail and Norm continued to foster Rebecca’s actual dream of a world where there is awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. They, along with a dedicated board of directors and devoted supporters, are succeeding in “changing the face of depression.”

Michelle Bagan Winterstein, LCSW
Michelle Bagan Winterstein is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Michelle received her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University and graduated with honors. Michelle has practiced in both hospital and outpatient therapy settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families with a variety of emotional challenges. Michelle loves working with parents and children, tackling behavioral problems, tantrums, separation anxiety, and other shorter-term presenting issues. She can even do school observations and home visits when appropriate. Michelle also has specialization in childhood obesity and is trained in both readiness to change and motivational interviewing. Clinical interests: Behavior therapy of young children; adjustment disorders; parenting and play therapy; anxiety; divorce; social challenges; death and loss.

Rebecca’s Dream “promotes awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.”