CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Improving Adolescent Mental Health
May 24, 2022

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As we continue to live in the “new normal,” we have become aware of the unprecedented mental health crisis affecting our youth as well as adults. Use this month to learn about mental health and how to fight the stigma to help the ones in your community get the resources they deserve.

This month’s newsletter shares many resources on mental health: how to prioritize one’s mental health, resources for the classroom, and more. 

While the resources in our newsletter focus on the mental health of youth, please don’t forget to take care of yourself either. Explore these resources on how you can prioritize your own mental health as well as campaigns happening in the month of May to see how you can get involved in stopping the stigma surrounding mental health:

In addition to the above resources, we are continuing to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs.

In This Newsletter:

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FREE – COVID Testing Kits

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Vaccinate All 58 (VA58) Campaign is offering free over the counter (OTC) test kits for community based, faith based and grassroots organizations.

Their goal is to increase the number of people who have access to OTC test kits, especially those who need them most, including those who are uninsured and/or unable to get test kits covered through insurance.

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HEAT: Health Equity Action Time
Webinar Series: May 24 and June 28, 2022; 1:00 - 4:00 PM PST

UCSF has put together a three-part webinar series to call the community to foster learning and connection in order to strengthen the system of mental health care for children.

Register for the second and save the date for the third part of the series:

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Calling All Afterschool Artists! Lights on Afterschool Poster Contest
Extended Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Lights On Afterschool poster contest has been EXTENDED! This year they’re changing the theme to reflect how youth see themselves and their futures because of their afterschool program! The winning submission will be awarded $500 and will have their design printed on more than 50,000 posters and displayed at more than 8,000 Lights on Afterschool events across the nation.

To learn more about the content and how to submit your artwork, visit their website!