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May 2022

Method to the Madness: Mental Health Awareness Made Manageable

Calling all companies, businesses, and organizations! We wanted to personally invite you to our upcoming webinar, Method to The Madness: Mental Health Awareness Made Manageable, May 26, 2022 @ 10 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST. We are passionate about helping organizations manage the emotional and mental health needs of employees in the workforce. We know businesses are struggling to mitigate the effects of mental health and social and civil justice issues we are facing. As mental health...

Coaching for Community Connection because Relationships are the Agents of Change

What are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, our relationships and our goals, dreams and aspirations? What story are we telling ourselves about the future of the world? Often it is a story from the past. Cause that is all we “know”. We only know what we have experienced. We don’t know what will happen in the future. We think we do… but we really don’t know.

One Year Summary of AAP COVID-19 Survey Responses [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By Loren McCullough, 5/19/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a year one report “Caregiving in the Context of COVID-19.” Looking at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over two years ago, and how families and children have been affected in many ways. Closing schools and community resources made an impact on childcare routines. Changes to work life and government support systems also impacted how parents were able to provide...

At a ‘Community School,’ This Educator Ensures All Kids Feel Known, Seen & Heard [the74million.org]

By Linda Jacobson, Image: Courtesy of Staci Boehlke, The 74, May 16, 2022 O n a rainy Monday before winter break, the hallways at Fruit Valley Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington, were unusually quiet. The pandemic had cut enrollment nearly in half, but that didn’t deter Staci Boehlke, who runs the school’s resource center. She welcomed police officers into the colorful, light-filled space as they dropped off bags of donated toys. She spoke with a parent whose landlord sent a warning...

Amid Protest, L.A. County Looks to Early Legal Representation for Parents to Avoid Foster Care Removals [imprintnews.org]

By Jeremy Loudenback, Photo: Jeremy Loudenback, The Imprint, May 17, 2022 H oisting signs that read “Fund Families, Not Systems” and “Poverty Is Not Neglect,” protesters in downtown Los Angeles today chanted “Black Families Matter!” and shared their wrenching experiences of family separation through the foster care system. “If you are outraged that the Supreme Court may soon allow the government to reach into your womb and control whether you have children, you should be deeply outraged that...

Taking a One-Week Break from Social Media Improves Well-Being, Depression, and Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial [liebertpub.com]

By Jeffrey Lambert, George Barnstable, Eleanor Minter, et al., Photo: Unsplash, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, May 10, 2022 Abstract The present study aimed to understand the effects of a 1-week break from social media (SM) (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok) on well-being, depression, and anxiety compared with using SM as usual. We also aimed to understand whether time spent on different SM platforms mediates the relationship between SM cessation and well-being, depression, and...

Giving Cash Directly to People in Need Is a Growing Trend, as Evidence Shows It Works [philanthropy.com]

By Kristen Griffith, Photo: GiveDirectly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 16, 2022 Charitable efforts that give cash directly to people in need so they can do whatever they want with the money are sweeping across the United States, fueled by infusions of donations from foundations and individuals and growing evidence that the approach is more effective than traditional social-service programs. Nonprofits that give people cash instead of offering them services was “one of the most...

Training OpSAFE in Poland

I just finished our second training in Poland and will fly out soon to Romania. This training was all in Ukrainian. Let me tell you about the inspiring trainees that attended. Some came from refugee centers in Poland, others traveled from Ukraine to receive the training. Many of them were from areas that are now destroyed or under Russian control They all regularly work with children and are doing their best to help them in the midst of very uncertain times. They have now earned their...

DOWNLOAD: THE RESILIENCE TREE

Community resilience is much more than the absence of adversity. As we have demonstrated in our work at the Center for Community Resilience-- equitable access to trauma-informed systems and supports that help children and families prevent adversity, heal from trauma and most importantly provide a foundation from which a community thrive is what resilience looks like! As an 'antidote' to our Pair of ACEs tree, we unveiled our latest resource The Resilience Tree. Much like the Pair of ACEs...

Cheney says GOP has ‘enabled’ racism. Here’s what she’s talking about. [washingtonpost.com]

By Aaron Blake, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, May 17, 2022 After a mass shooting apparently driven by racism in Buffalo this weekend, a former member of House GOP leadership didn’t mince words. “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) tweeted Monday morning. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and...

Resources For Educators, Families to Discuss Mass Shootings [sdcoe.net]

From San Diego County Office of Education, May 16, 2022 There was a series of horrific mass shootings across our country this weekend that our young people may be talking, wondering, and worrying about. The tragic shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, is sadly the latest in a number of horrifying murders. In this case, the shooter targeted the Black community after posting a racist and antisemitic manifesto. Our students want and need to talk about what they see, remember, and...

How a New Foundation Utilized Community Voice in their Strategy Formation [fsg.org]

By Abigail Ridgway, Allison Kaika, and Gabriella Cova, Illustration: lightwise/123RF, FSG, May 12, 2022 In 2021, FSG partnered with Natrona Collective Health Trust (NCHT), a new health conversion foundation in Casper, Wyoming, to develop its strategy to improve community health, and to do so in partnership with community members. Place-based foundations have a unique opportunity to co-create strategies with the people they aim to serve. Community members must play an integral role in helping...

Did Warming Play a Role in Deadly South African Floods? Yes, a Study Says. [nytimes.com]

By Henry Fountain, Photo: Joao Silva/The New York Times, The New York Times, May 13, 2022 The heavy rains that caused catastrophic flooding in South Africa in mid-April were made twice as likely to occur by climate change, scientists said Friday. An analysis of the flooding, which killed more than 400 people in Durban and surrounding areas in the eastern part of the country, found that the intense two-day storm that caused it had a 1-in-20 chance of occurring in any given year. If the world...

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