Newsletter from Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Dear NCH2 Community,
We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. Please submit materials for the next newsletter by April 9th, 2021 so we can make sure to include them. Submit items by emailing NCH2.Chicago@gmail.com.
March 25th, 2021 Coffee & Discussion
This Coffee & Discussion was devoted to planning for May is Mental Health Month. A summary of that meeting is provided in the attached PDF.
Nature, Race, and Relational Trauma: Presentation by Beth Collier
Date: April 16th, 11 AM - 12 PM CDT.
Join Nature Rx@UMD for a special talk on Nature, Race and Relational Trauma by Beth Collier, a "nature allied" psychotherapist and ethnographer who teaches woodland living skills and natural history.
Click here to read more.
Beth Collier, the speaker at the event.
May is Mental Health Month
While engaging with nature has demonstrable benefits to mental health, evidence is also emerging that concern for our changing environment and the health of the planet contribute to people’s anxiety. Thus, we need to consider how engaging with nature can help us thrive, but also how we can engage to help nature thrive. The May coffee will feature three speakers in an extended format to discuss these issues. A nature-based mindfulness activity will take place between the presentations.
1. Dr. Elena Grossman and Masani Landfair who are contributors to the exhibit “Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate”
2. Dr. Louise Chawla, University of Colorado Boulder (emireta). Dr. Chawla’s work documents the importance of engagement with nature in child development, but also describes the anxiety youth feel as they contemplate our changing environment. She discusses ways to help youth cope and take constructive action.
We will be setting up a webpage on the NCH2 website which will contain links to events and resources offered by other organizations that align with the theme of Thriving Outside.
Please submit items to be included on the webpage by using this google form: https://forms.gle/HuvHWH6BxN8316Sv5
This is what you will see if you open the Google Form link!
Social Media Update
We will be setting up Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for NCH2. These accounts will send out daily tips and activities to encourage people to get outside during the month of May (#Take5Outside2Thrive and #CultivateWellbeing).
Be on the lookout for our social media handles!