Mental Health Awareness
Mental Wellness Month
Mental Wellness Tip #1 is to take time to do things you enjoy- especially in nature. Being outside, breathing fresh air, reduces stress.
Mental Wellness Tip #2– Take care of your spirit. This can mean many things depending on the individual.
Care for your spirit by connecting to what you consider meaningful/holy. You may find this connection in God, in yourself, in other people, in nature, or art. This focus offers many possible benefits, including better mood, less anxiety and depression and even fewer illnesses.
Mental Wellness Tip #3– Take some me time. Making time for ourselves is important. It doesn’t hurt if you have a four legged friend tag along!
Mental Wellness Tip #4– Physical Activity.
Exercise is an effective way to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profound impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood.
Mental Wellness Tip #5– Connect with others & create joy!
Having connections with others is a crucial element in protecting our mental health. Someone to share with, someone to laugh with, can keep us grounded and can help us gain perspective.
National Mentoring Month
January is best known for National Mentoring Month and giving your time back to those who help you.
Mentoring amplified change, one relationship at a time. Raise your voice and make the world a place of opportunity for all!Did you know... 1 in 3 young people grow up without a mentor?You have the power to change this — the first step is showing up!Human Trafficking Awareness Day - January 11, 2021
FAST FACTS from U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking:
Worldwide, there are 40.3 million victims, with 75% women and girls and 25% children, according to The International Labour Organization
4.8 million people are involved in forced sexual exploitation worldwide, with more than 1 million of those victims being children under the age of 18 years. [According to the International Labour Organization
Sex trafficking occurs when force, fraud, or coercion is used to cause a commercial sex act with an adult. Force, fraud or coercion need not be present for sex trafficking to occur with a child under the age of 18. When a commercial sex act occurs with a child under the age of 18, it is by definition sex trafficking. [According to the U.S. Department of State ]
While statistics vary on the number of children in the U.S. who are trafficked, we firmly believe the number is by far in excess of 100,000, based upon our experience and estimates in communities across the country.
It is projected that between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system. [According to a FBI Investigation in 2013]
An estimated 1 in 7 runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2017]
LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to being sex-trafficked because they have higher runaway rates, as a result of more discrimination, violence and economic problems than their non-LGBTQ peers. [According to the U.S. Department of State and Polaris]
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age a child first becomes a victim of sex trafficking is between 12-14.No Name Calling Week - January 18-22, 2021GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, (NNCW) is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools.