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

My Red Said is a public awareness campaign designed to encourage conversations about mental health.

With generous financial support by the Northbrook Civic Foundation, CATCH placed My Red Said stations at a number of businesses in the downtown area along with the Northbrook Public Library throughout the month of September, 2021.

Everyone was invited to stop by and write a note of hope, encouragement, or personal struggle on a heart that was then displayed on red ribbons at each location.

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

Click below to find a list of local mental health providers.  Help is available.

Local Mental Health Providers

Thank you to our station hosts!

We appreciate our partners in the community who supported mental health by hosting a My Red Said 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 Lane. 
Oliverii, 1358 Shermer Rd.

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 participate.

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

Thank you for participating in My Red Said!

Red Out Week 

September 13-17, 2021

During Red Out Week, we invited everyone to help spread the word about the importance of mental health via social media.  You are welcome to continue the effort.

Click on the red image to the left to save it, then share it on your social media, and write a message of hope, inspiration, or your personal struggle.

Let's get the conversation started.  Talking about our mental health strengthens it, and let's others know they are not alone in whatever challenges they are facing.


Community Partners

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 providing 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.