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Batavia Counselors' Collaboration Launches #togetherWECAN Campaign


 A simple desire to help the community weather the COVID-19 pandemic has morphed into a much bigger and valuable collaboration.

Maria Kuhn of Kuhn Counseling Center expressed her idea about collaborating with other counselors to a Batavia Chamber of Commerce staffer during a phone call last spring. Once connections and conversations were made by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, this idea took off.

By the beginning of May, six Batavia counselors, along with Margaret Perreault, CEO and President of Batavia Chamber of Commerce; and Jen Brens, executive director of BATV; were meeting every Friday via Zoom.  Together they formed the Batavia Counselors’ Collaboration. The group’s main goal is to provide resources and guidance to individuals and agencies that are overwhelmed, over-stressed, and not sure how to manage life during these uncertain times.

 During these meetings, the group chose to post informational videos and distribute resources to the community. A Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BataviaCounselorsCollaboration/, was started, videos were recorded and resources gathered. The informational videos and other resources offer tools to help individuals cope with anxiety and are available on the Facebook page.

 One important discovery was that no one organization had a substantial list of area resources, especially where to find mental health services. Thus, the Kane County Area Resources Guide was put together. The downloadable PDF is available via this Google Docs link. The guide is available via mail, too.  If anyone has other suggestions for the guide, contact Mary Anne Callahan at mcallahan@kuhncounselingcenter.com.

 “I am impressed by all the resources that these compassionate and thoughtful counselors are giving to the community,” commented Margaret Perreault of Batavia Chamber of Commerce. “By launching the #togetherWECAN campaign, we hope mindsets shift to the positive, an important step to relieve anxiety and successfully cope with challenges.

“The simple fact that these counselors are so concerned about their fellow community members to extensively invest their expertise and time in this endeavor is heartening,” she summed.

Members of the Batavia Counselors’ Collaboration are available to meet with and/or present to area leaders and groups. These members include Cheryl Denz, Riverview Counseling Services Ltd; Matthew Goles, Prairie Wellness Counseling Center, PC; Brent Horlock, Horlock Therapeutic Counseling; Jamie Kruse, Jkruse Therapy Services; Maria E. J. Kuhn, Kuhn Counseling Center, PC; Mary Anne Callahan, Kuhn Counseling Center, PC; Margaret Perreault, Batavia Chamber of Commerce; and Jen Brens, BATV.

 

About Batavia Counselors Collaboration:

 Batavia Counselors’ Collaboration resulted from a desire to help the community during the pandemic, particularly with stress and mental health. A “#togetherWECAN” campaign launched in August and will always be available on Facebook to bring awareness to the importance of mental health during this pandemic and just how to look for help.

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/BataviaCounselorsCollaboration/ on Facebook or email Mary Anne Callahan at mcallahan@kuhncounselingcenter.com.

 About Batavia Chamber of Commerce:

 A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events, including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, and much more. The president and CEO is Margaret Perreault. Membership and information about upcoming Chamber and community events are available online at bataviachamber.org or by calling (630) 879-7134.