Health & Wellness Newsletter – Spring into Self-Care!
April 23, 2024

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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As we move out of Winter and into the bloom of Spring, there’s a natural inclination to embrace renewal and rejuvenation. With longer days comes the opportunity and celebration of self-care in all of its different forms!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a perfect time to reflect on your well-being and how you can continue to support yourself and the people around you. 

May also celebrates National Prevention Week, a national campaign to showcase the work of communities and organizations across the country that are preventing substance use and promoting positive mental health. As part of our partnership with California Youth Opioid Response (YOR CA), we will continue to highlight tools and resources on the importance of Naloxone, destigmatizing substance use intervention, and the importance of positive youth development in prevention work.

Remember: self-care isn’t one-size-fits-all. Self-care is whatever you need to do to stay healthy and grounded. Remember to give yourself grace! 

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Words Matter Wednesdays: A Series on Advancing Equity Through Language
Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024; 12:00 PM PST

Join SAMHSA for their upcoming webinar series in May titled “Words Matter Wednesdays” that will explore equitable terminology that promotes social justice for populations where language has often been used to shame individuals, patronize, enforce prejudice, or limit visibility.

Each session will provide updated language that helps advance equity within their population of focus.

Register for sessions today!

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Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities
Tuesday, May 14, 2024; 12:00 PM PST

Interested in seeing prevention work in action? Join the upcoming learning session entitled “Celebrate the Possibilities of Prevention: Building Resilient Communities,” co-hosted by Communities Talk and the “Talk. They Hear You.”® campaign  as part of the SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week. Learn about each organization’s journey in prevention work over the last year and leave with resources you can start implementing in your community.

Register today!

Photo of three people looking to the left is a new resource that provides access to support for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol. Explore how to find care near you, learn about treatment options, support for coping with issues, and how you can help others around you. There is also live chat, call, and text for those that need immediate support.

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CAN at the LA84 Play Equity Summit!
April 17, 2024

Last week, our Equity & Quality team attended the LA84 Foundation Play Equity Summit in Los Angeles! With a theme of Building a Movement: From the Olympics To Play Equity, the Summit created generative dialogue on how to drive systemic change to ensure every child has the opportunity to play and thrive, as well as share best practices and cultivate partnerships.

The theme of this year’s LA84 Summit fits into the work that the Equity & Quality team is exploring as part of our Physical Health & Wellness Initiative. You can learn more about this initiative in this one-page infographic.

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How Schools Can Respond to Rainbow Fentanyl

More students across California and the U.S. are overdosing from fentanyl which is increasingly being distributed as pills understood to be a different substance, sometimes in colors and shapes that appeal to adolescents and young children. Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy.

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Positive Youth Development Approaches Can Inform Your Business Choices

With a new generation of people entering the workforce, positive youth development practices such as focusing on fostering positive relationships, skill building, community linkages, and creating safe environments to support young workers’ growth and engagement can help create a sense of belonging in the workplace. An article by the National Fund for Workplace Solutions compiles resources on how your organization can begin, or continue, to make that shift.