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MCPS Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Month

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Please join us at the MCPS Mental Health Fair on October 27th from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at Julius West Middle School. Learn about community and school resources that support students' physical, social, and psychological well-being.

MCPS Mental Health & Wellness Month Mental Wellness Tips for Announcements

 

Tuesday 10/16/18

In recognition of MCPS mental health awareness month we will be sharing daily mental wellness tips. Today’s tip is...use healthy coping skills to help overcome challenges. Coping strategies can include breathing exercises, visualization, and mindfulness activities, creative outlets such as music, drawing or writing, movement including yoga and dance, spending time outdoors, and reaching out to trusted friends and mentors. Hope to see you at the MCPS Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Wednesday 10/17/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...practice mind-body wellness. By taking care of ourselves physically you are more likely to be mentally healthy. For example, try to get enough rest, sleeping 8-10 hours daily, limit screen time with a “technology curfew” and exercise and eat a balanced diet. Listen in tomorrow for more mental wellness tips.  Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Thursday 10/18/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...have open and positive communication for social well-being. Talk about what is troubling you with a trusted adult and know how to seek assistance when you are struggling or confused and unsure. Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Friday 10/19/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...identify and understand your feelings for psychological well-being. When you are feeling angry, worried or troubled, discuss your feelings with a parent, another trusted adult, or a trusted friend. Teachers, counselors and coaches are examples of adults who can help. Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Monday 10/22/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...set goals for physical, social, and psychological well-being. Develop goals for the future to help you stay focused on things that really matter. This can help you put day-to-day problems into perspective. Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Tuesday 10/23/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get involved in your school and community for social well-being. Inquire about a club, group, or sports team that your school sponsors that you could join and be a part of. Or find out how you can volunteer in your community. Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Wednesday 10/24/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Make positive and healthy decisions. Be able to problem solve using the healthy decision making model and resolve any conflicts. Understand the consequences of your actions and be able to reflect on decisions made. Hope to see you at the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Thursday 10/25/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is... Know where and who you can go to for support. Be familiar with support staff at your school, and know how to access information on the resources in your community. Identify trusted adults at home and at school that you can seek guidance and support from. Hope to see you at the MCPS Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair at Julius West Middle School on October 27, 2018.

Friday 10/26/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Be Kind. Promote positive behaviors such as respect, responsibility, and kindness around you in common areas, such as hallways, cafeterias, locker rooms, and playgrounds. Prevent negative behaviors such as bullying and harassment.  Work together with peers to stand up to a bully, encourage them to reach out to lonely or excluded peers, promote acts of kindness, and seek the availability of adult support. Hope to see you at the MCPS Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair this weekend at Julius West Middle School.

Monday 10/29/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Express love and gratitude to others. Praise should always occur more frequently than criticism. Positive emotions help to buffer students from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Telling a friend that you care and one positive thing about them can make someone’s day!

Tuesday 10/30/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get to know your school counselor. Do you know who your school counselor is?  Find time to say hello and get to know who he/she is. Do you like helping people? Maybe school counseling could be a career for you! Get to know what school counselors do.

Wednesday 10/31/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Learn how to do something well. Becoming good at a task can help build positive self-esteem. Anyone can become good with at least one activity.  It could be learning an instrument, doing well in school, playing a sport, and/or helping others. Each of us has hidden talents. Find out what you can excel in!

Thursday 11/1/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get to know your building pupil personnel worker (PPW) and what he/she does in your building. A PPW serves as an advocate for all students and as a consultant to school staff and parents on a variety of issues such as attendance, discipline, counseling, residency, homelessness and crisis support. Do you know who your PPW is? Find time to say hello and get to know who she is.

Friday 11/2/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get Connected! Build positive relationships with those around you. Avoid people who bring you down. Seek support and guidance from those you trust and feel valued by.

Monday 11/5/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Be Optimistic in the face of difficulty! Seek help if you need it. Work together to solve problems Avoid the blame-game; it interferes with problem-solving. Work with people’s strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses

Wednesday 11/7/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get fit. Good physical health prepares the body and mind to be more resilient. Healthy eating habits, regular exercise and adequate sleep protect kids against the stress of tough situations. Regular exercise also decreases negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression.

Thursday 11/8/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Think positive! Modeling positive attitudes and positive emotions is very important. Children need to hear parents thinking out loud positively and being determined to persist until a goal is achieved. Using a “can do” problem-solving approach to problems teaches children a sense of power and promise.

Friday 11/9/18

Today’s mental wellness tip is...Encourage helping others. Children need to know that they can make a difference. Prosocial behaviors build self-esteem, foster connectedness, reinforce personal responsibility, and present opportunities for positive recognition. Helping others and getting involved in reinforces being part of the community.

Monday 11/12/18

It is school psychologist awareness week. Today’s mental wellness tip is...Get to know your building school psychologist and what she does in your building. Do you know who your school psychologist is?  Find time to say hello and get to know who she is. Do you like helping people?  Maybe school psychology could be a career for you!  Get to know what school psychologists do.

Tuesday 11/13/18

It is school psychologist awareness week. Today’s mental wellness tip is...Express gratitude to others. Emotions are contagious. Express thanks to your families, friends,neighbors, and strangers, and ensure that your children see you behaving gratefully. Say thank you when someone helps or does something nice for you. Share with others something for which you are grateful.

Wednesday 11/14/18

It is school psychologist awareness week. Today’s mental wellness tip is...Express gratitude to  yourself. Keep a “Good Stuff” journal - write down positive things that happen and share ...Why this good thing happened; What this good thing means to you; What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing; What you learned from taking the time to name this good thing; and What ways you or others contribute to this good thing.

Thursday 11/15/18

It is school psychologist awareness week. Today’s mental wellness tip is..Unlock Potential. Find Your Password! Set goals, Identify action steps, Communicate needs, and Engage in discussions to help create the connections

Friday 11/16/18

Remember that mental wellness is something we have to focus on every day. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and socially. You have resources available to you at school including your school counselor, PPW, and school psychologist. Engage in conversations about mental wellness with friends and trusted adults.