Virtual Guiding Good Choices Class

Virtual Guiding Good Choices Class

Register today for Virtual Guiding Good Choices Class (series of 5 parenting classes). Parents/Guardians must register before registration closes to receive zoom link for free online classes!

Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides families with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors.

This series of 5 Zoom classes is for parents/guardians of youth ages 9 – 15 years. *Parent/guardian or child must live in Howard County.

Class Dates: Fridays August 19 & 26, September 2, 9 & 23 (*No class on September 16)

*Parents/guardians are expected to attend all 5 sessions, youth will attend one session.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGC_Reg

For more information: Email toyin@toyinfasosin.com

Sponsored by Howard County Health Department.

Mental Health & COVID-19

Mental Health & COVID-19

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, you must monitor your own physical and mental health.

Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress and know when to get help. Together we can create a culture that’s smart about mental health. We’ll save lives, and vastly improve the lives of many more.

#covid-19 #covid19 #quarantine2020 #morethanaphase #mentalhealthawareness #bemindful #stress

Mental Health & COVID-19

Mental Health & COVID-19

Join me on YouTube live at 10:30am, tomorrow Sun March 29, 2020. https://youtu.be/jnk4UheOlMc

In the midst of covid-19 pandemic and social distancing, you need to monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones, how to relieve stress and when to get help.

Together we can create a culture that’s smart about mental health. We’ll save lives, and vastly improve the lives of many more.

#morethanaphase #Covid_19 #covid #mentalhealth #bemindful #stress

Love & Faith in Action for Mental Health

Love & Faith in Action for Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 U.S. adults, and 1 in 6 youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. This implies that a large percentage of the population is either directly or indirectly impacted; either as the one experiencing the disorder, a family member, caregiver, friend, co-worker, or health care professional.

Love & Faith in Action for Mental Health looks at ways to eradicate Stigma.

One of the definitions of stigma is a mark of shame or discredit. In ancient Greece it originally described a mark made through branding to designate a person of undesirable moral character. There is no stigma in the God kind of love.

Love doesn’t discriminate and Faith is a verb (a “doing” word) fueled by it. We must actively engage both in our bid to eradicate stigma against mental illness.

Some of the ways to eradicate stigma are:

  • Education: Learn facts about mental illness, get trained in mental health first aid.
  • Attitude: be conscious of your attitudes and behavior. Be patient and kind. Be gracious.
  • Speech: be intentional with your words, avoid labeling. Engage in people first words, “an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia: NOT “a schizophrenic.” Eliminate tags such as “mental,” “psycho,” etc.
  • Awareness: educate others on mental illness and the need to eradicate stigma.
  • Support: this cannot be overemphasized! I once heard someone refer to mental illness as the non-casserole disease. When someone either receives a negative medical prognosis or is recovering from surgery, there is generally an outpouring of love and support. People show up with various casseroles and offers of help, this is rarely the case when it comes to mental illness. Support is crucial because mental illness can be isolating and draining, both for the person involved and family.
  • Inclusion: don’t exclude others, make accommodations, go beyond inclusion and foster a sense of belonging.

We must become intentional about expressing our love and faith to those experiencing a mental illness. Let’s be there for them, believe with them, and believe in them.

Romans 10:13 states “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” not only those of a certain class, race, gender, educational level, income bracket, mental ability, or socially acceptable behavior.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day & National Depression Screening Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day & National Depression Screening Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day (Theme: Suicide Prevention) and National Depression Screening Day.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide, while depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Every year close to 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.

Suicide occurs throughout life and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally.

9 out of 10 people that die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, screening can help catch mental health problems early. Learn more: http://[mhanational.org/miaw]

Find a free depression screening location at http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org