Health & Wellness Newsletter – Prioritizing Health this Season
November 22, 2022
Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness newsletter! As we enter this holiday season, it is important to prioritize all aspects of your health: physical, mental, and emotional.
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, check in with your community. Seasonal depression, or it’s clinical term: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs with the changing of the seasons that affects up to 10% of the United States population.
Consider these options on how you can take care of yourself during these colder months:
- 14 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression via EverydayHealth
- 75 Teacher Self Care Ideas via LittleLearningCorner
November is also Native American Heritage Month. Native American and Indigenous populations have disproportionally been affected by lack of mental health care within their communities. Explore these resources on how you can support whole well-being Native and Indigenous peoples in your community:
Screen4Success is a mobile app that asks questions about substance use, mental and physical health, general wellbeing, and family life. It provides an easy way for parents and caregivers to identify areas where their children may benefit from additional support.
Biden-Harris Administration Announces Millions in New Funds for States to Tackle Mental Health Crisis
In October, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a new funding opportunity for states to develop and transform Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to address the country’s mental health crisis. CCBHCs provide crisis services that are available 24 hours a day, 7
The UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent has compiled resources on how to support the cognitive and social wellbeing of adolescents.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has published a guide that explores a collection of key policies for the evidence-based prevention of alcohol misuse. Alcohol misuse focuses on binging and heavy drinking patterns within a community or at the population level.
While the current risk of monkeypox is low for children and teens, CDC has published a new monkeypox toolkit for early care and education programs to avoid stigma and protect youth from all types of infectious diseases.
Stay safer from severe illness this season by getting your flu vaccine and the COVID-19 updated booster!
The updated, more protective booster is now available for everyone ages 5 and up who has completed their initial vaccine series. Even more of our family members can now be protected with this booster, keeping them safer from the worst outcomes of COVID-19 such as hospitalization, long COVID, and death.
Getting your family boosted now will make the coming holiday gatherings safer for all!
Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to find a vaccine location near you.