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Author Archive: January 2018

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Suicide is Preventable: How to Help with Mental Health First Aid

September 1, 2022
If you or someone you know is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, contact someone immediately! • If you feel unable to keep yourself safe, call 911. • Contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial or text 988, call 800-273-8255...
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5 Ways Employee Vacations Have Bottom-line Benefits

August 23, 2022
Taking time off from work has immense benefits for both our physical and mental wellbeing. According to the American Psychological Association, extended time off can increase life satisfaction, improve mental wellbeing, reduce heart disease risks and reduce anxiety and depression....
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Seven Self-care Tips for College Students

August 15, 2022
As summer comes to a close and you make your way back to your (online or in-person) campus, it can be challenging to refocus your energy and get back into the swing of academic life. College can be an incredibly...
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An Essential Education: Mental Health First Aid for Emerging Adults

August 12, 2022
As young adults carve out their place in the world, their new interests and pursuits often push them away from the scaffolding of the familiar – family and high school friend groups – leaving many feeling untethered as they transition...
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Thinking About Professional Help? Here’s Where to Start

August 10, 2022
Life can be challenging at times. Everyone experiences feelings like anxiety, sadness and stress now and then. While these feelings are common, it’s important to recognize when they may be interfering with your daily life. If you feel overwhelmed by...
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An Introduction to Mental Wellbeing

August 1, 2022
We’re bombarded with messages about our physical health. Commercials hawk the latest diet programs or supplements; magazines boast the best workout routines; and subway ads remind you to see your doctor for a physical. These messages usually ignore a very...
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Consider Culture When Communicating with Young People

July 26, 2022
According to the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) curriculum, culture shapes people’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviors when it comes to wellbeing, including mental health. For example, some people may want their family to be part of their mental health...
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MHFA Spotlight: National Association of Counties

July 22, 2022
In June, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing announced a new partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo serves nearly 40,000 elected officials and 3.6 million employees in America’s counties, and through the partnership, we’ll offer Mental Health...
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National Council for Mental Wellbeing Announces 2022 Mental Health First Aid USA Doctoral Student Grantees

July 19, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2022 Contact Sophia Majlessi 202-621-1631 One-time $5,000 awards support research to improve training and outcomes. WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2022) – The National Council for Mental Wellbeing awarded four $5,000 grants to outstanding doctoral...
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Why Employee Mental Health Should be Part of Your Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy

July 12, 2022
Many organizations are prioritizing the implementation of effective diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategies to better support employees of diverse cultures and backgrounds. One DEIB strategy that is often overlooked is employee mental health, a fundamental part of people’s...
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Incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging into Mental Health First Aid

July 6, 2022
Historically marginalized communities, such as communities of color, face disproportionate challenges around access to and quality of mental health and substance use care. That is why it is crucial to consider how we can continue incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion and...
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Trauma and PTSD: What Are They and How Can I Help?

June 27, 2022
Trauma and PTSD: What Are They and How Can I Help? *If you feel you or someone you know is in danger, call 911, a local mental health crisis hotline or one of the following national crisis resources for immediate...
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