My Red Said

Talking about Mental Health Matters

Let's discuss our emotions, name our fears and our feelings, and connect as a community.

Write a Message, Show Support

For three years in a row, CATCH has hosted My Red Said, a public awareness campaign designed to encourage conversations about mental health. 

In 2023, My Red Said stations opened at the following schools, inviting students and staff to write a note of hope or compassion on a heart that will hang on a red ribbon.

• Glenbrook North H.S.
• Glenbrook South H.S.
• Attea Middle Schol
• Field Middle School
• Maple School
• Northbrook Junior High
• Springman Junior High
• Wood Oaks Junior High

The Northbrook Public Library also hosted a My Red Said station.

We hope the display of hearts provided a starting point to talk about mental health, encouraging people to ask one another: What does your red say?

This project is possible thanks to a generous grant from Northfield Township.

Scroll down to see My Red Said displays from past years, and if you are seeking support, click on the link below to view a list of local mental health providers.

Help is available.

Local Mental Health Providers

My Red Said, 2022

Thank you to our community partners for supporting our mental health and participating in My Red Said, 2022.

• Basu Coffee Bar & Vietnamese Eatery, 1361 Shermer Rd.
 The Book Bin, 1151 Church St.
 Family Service Center, 191 Waukegan Rd.
 The Landmark Inn, 1352 Shermer Rd.
 Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln.
 Northbrook Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Ln.
 North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd.
 Swanson's Blossom Shop, 814 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
 Trattoria Oliverii, 1358 Shermer Rd.

Stations also opened at the following schools:

• Field School
• Glenbrook South High School
• Glenbrook North High School
• Maple School
• Northbrook Junior High
• Wood Oaks Junior High

Wood Oaks Junior High

Wood Oaks Junior High


Basu Coffee Bar & Vietnamese Eatery

My Red Said, 2021

With generous financial support from the Northbrook Civic Foundation, CATCH placed My Red Said stations at businesses in the downtown area along with the Northbrook Public Library and local junior highs throughout the month of September 2021.

We appreciate our partners in the community who supported mental health by hosting a station.

Basu Coffee Bar & Vietnamese Eatery
, 1361 Shermer Rd.
Eataco, 1350 Shermer Rd.
The Landmark Inn, 1352 Shermer Rd.
Little Louie's, 1342 Shermer Rd.
Leonidas Chocolate Cafe, 1348 Shermer Rd.
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln.
Trattoria Oliverii, 1358 Shermer Rd.

Keep reading to see highlights from MY RED SAID 2021.

Stations for Junior High Students & Staff

My Red Said stations also opened at Northbrook Junior High, Field Middle School, Maple Junior High, and Wood Oaks Junior High where students and staff participated.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your beautiful and heartfelt messages.

Thank you for participating in My Red Said, 2021!

Community Partners in 2021

Thank you for your support!

Local school districts 27, 28, 30, and 31, the Village of Northbrook, the Northbrook Public Library, the Northbrook Park District, the North Suburban YMCA, and Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook are provided promotional support for My Red Said.

About My Red Said

Barrington therapist, Jessica Hutchison, launched My Red Said in response to the isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CATCH Podcast

Featuring Jessica Hutchison, My Red Said Founder

Parenting the Mental Health Generation is the conversation you aren't having with your doctor because there isn't time or with your friends because they don't get it. 

In this first episode of our new podcast, you'll learn more about My Red Said, the trauma we are all experiencing due to the pandemic, and how to talk to get your kids talking about their feelings.