suicide prevention week.
September 5-11, 2021
Emily Sterk, LCMFT
Healing Towards Wellness Founder
a week of wellness.
For Suicide Prevention Week 2021, we are partnering with Healing Towards Wellness (HTW) to share mental health resources with you!
Licensed clinical marriage and family therapist Emily Sterk founded HTW with a vision to make mental healthcare accessible in her community. Today, HTW is a blossoming mental wellness center and registered 501.c3 non-profit in Downtown Overland Park. Their non-profit status allows them to operate with a sliding scale payment structure, so that costs of services is never an obstacle for clients.
Our partnership this week will include: sharing mental health resources on our social media, donating 100% of our tips, including mental health "self-check" cards in every to-go bag, sharing personal stories, and more.
Donations from individuals like you make mental wellness a reality for our community.
this week, 100% of our tips will go to
healing towards wellness.
the empty seat at my table
a letter from our owner to you
When I was 14, my mom died by suicide. It's not something I talk about, because it still hurts,...and I am an ugly crier. I will always have a void where she should have been: celebrating my high school graduation, sending me to college, meeting my husband, attending our wedding, holding my babies...Those are experiences I've longed to have. Some days I'm okay and some days I'm not - 20 years later, I've learned that grief is a journey that never ends.
Losing my mom at such a young age taught me that we only have one short life to live. That's why I took a leap of faith and left engineering to open Engineered Edibles Catering Co. and, subsequently, The Table. It's not that I didn't love designing electrical systems for buildings...but, I love helping create lasting memories more. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are centered around family gatherings and food. One whiff of certain dishes takes me back in time. For instance, we called my mom The Gravy Queen - she could make gravy out of anything. My biscuits and gravy recipe is an homage to my mom (and my dad, who carried on her legacy once she passed).
When you eat at The Table, you are taking a seat at my table, where everyone is welcome. Where I can show my love and appreciation for you via food. We take pride in mixing the familiar with the unexpected and sharing experiences from our lives with you. Furthermore, when you allow Engineered Edibles Catering Co. to be a part of your small event or big day, know that we understand the importance of executing food perfectly and helping to create a memory that your guests won't soon forget.
When Emily with Healing Towards Wellness approached us about collaborating with us this fall, I knew it was what I was supposed to do. An opportunity to be vulnerable; to poke a hole in the wall that I've built. I've attended therapy sessions on occasion over the past 20 years, but I haven't made it a priority of late. I'm at the point where I need to go back. I've had my second child, catering hasn't exactly been an essential service during the pandemic, and I'm struggling to find balance between raising my kids and navigating my business' return. I'm keeping the faith, though, that it will work out how it's supposed to.
If you or someone you know is suffering in silence, just know that you're not alone. There are resources out there to help you. You are not a burden. You are loved.
You are worthy of living your life,
Ellen Beier, PE