It’s the festive season and we are inundated with images of cheer, warmth, fun, love, and companionship. Yet for some of us it’s the most awful time of the year, with the loss of loved ones by death, divorce, and estrangement, loneliness, anxiety (especially social), depression, food and money insufficiency, homelessness, job loss, fear etc.
How do we navigate these deep waters without drowning? And if we are already submerged, how do we resurface?
Pause, inhale slowly-hold it for 2 seconds-exhale slowly (repeat until you feel relaxed).
Acknowledge your pain, don’t deny or ignore it.
Choose to find something to appreciate in yourself and around you.
Express your need for help to those around you and when necessary, seek professional help.
Share your resources with others, this includes your time, talent and treasure.
May you find the strength to navigate this season with grace, and to rekindle your joy.
Do you have a child or adolescent in your life? How aware are you of what they are experiencing emotionally and mentally? Do you know how to support them?
The US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy reported in 2021 that “Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide” and “the COVID-19 pandemic further altered their experiences at home, school, and in the community, and the effect on their mental health has been devastating. The future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation.”
Supporting your Child’s Emotional & Mental Well-being is an interactive virtual workshop for parents, guardians, grandparents and caregivers of children and adolescents. The session includes emotional and mental well-being checklists, common mental health conditions and their accompanying signs and symptoms, and ways to nurture and support youth emotionally and mentally. There will also be collaborative breakout sessions to discuss case studies.
Date: Thursday October 13, 2022
Time: 8:00PM ET
Register now at https://SYCEMWellbeing.eventbrite.com
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 [email protected]
Sponsored by Howard County Health Department.