Health & Wellness Newsletter – Suicide Awareness Month
September 26, 2023

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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As September comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the significance of Suicide Awareness Month and the impact it has had on our collective understanding of mental health. Suicide affects individuals, families, and communities in profound ways. It’s a complex issue that thrives in silence but dwindles in the presence of understanding, empathy, and open dialogue. Suicide Awareness Month serves as an important reminder of the urgency to break the stigma, offer support, and save lives.

Throughout this newsletter, we will be highlighting resources on the importance of suicide awareness and mental wellness. By raising awareness and fostering empathy, we can contribute to a world where mental health is prioritized, and no one feels alone in their struggle.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or harm, help is available. Call or text 988.

In This Newsletter:

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Subsistence Practices Support Indigenous Child and Family Well-being

In 2020, over 11 million Indigenous people resided in the United States and its territories. Colonization’s historical impacts, including war, slavery, boarding schools, land theft, diseases, and racism, have caused lasting traumas. Today, colonization persists through land and water management practices that prioritize economic interests, harming Indigenous lands and food security. Non-Indigenous land management contributes to species and ecosystem decline, threatening Indigenous well-being and limiting subsistence and food security. ChildTrends’s article explores 5 ways that subsistence practices support Indigenous child and family well-being. Indigenous Peoples cherish subsistence as a sacred, holistic way of life, embracing spirituality, ancestral connections, and environmental stewardship for their overall well-being. 

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#SaveOurWater Campaign

Let’s remain mindful of our water usage! The potential impact of extreme weather on our state’s water supply is a 10% reduction by 2040. It’s crucial that we unite to reshape our perspective on water usage. Implementing small steps today can make a significant difference in conserving water. Check out the #SaveOurWater campaign’s toolkit, packed with valuable resources and activities that can inspire a change in your water consumption habits.

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People Can Change: Recognizing Our Potential for Growth

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has created a lesson plan on fostering growth mindsets in students. If students embrace the idea that everyone, including themselves, possesses the capacity to grow and change, it becomes more likely that they will view social challenges like harassment, bullying, and exclusion as obstacles they can overcome. Adopting a more adaptable, growth-oriented mindset can help some of the anxieties and pressures students may face, enabling them to approach social problems as challenges to be resolved rather than threats to be feared.

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September is National Recovery Month
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Established in 1989, National Recovery Month is an annual nationwide event taking place throughout September. Its purpose is to advocate for and endorse emerging evidence-based treatment and recovery approaches, celebrate the resilient and proud recovery community across the nation, and recognize the unwavering commitment of service providers and communities that facilitate recovery in all the ways possible. Explore these resources from SAMHSA on National Recovery Month.