Mental Health Awareness Month! May 2021
May is here which means it’s mental health awareness month! Follow along this month by using the hashtag #NoStigmaNorthland on social media.
Wear Green Day – May 12th
Want to show your support for mental health and be entered into a raffle prize drawing?
On Wednesday, May 12th:
1) Post a selfie or screenshot with your colleagues wearing green
2) Tag and Like Northland Healthy Minds on Facebook
3) Use the hashtag #NoStigmaNorthland
Don’t have Facebook? No worries!
- Use the #NoStigmaNorthland hashtag on Instagram
- Email the photo to Michaela at HealthyNorthlandAmeriCorps@gmail.com
(If you do not want your picture to be posted to social media, please let us know in your email)
One individual and one group of employees will win a gift card to local restaurants!
Employees at Generations Health Care Initiatives at a past Wear Green Day
Wear Green Day! Wednesday, May 12th
Connecting employers: Mental Health Resources: Wednesday, May 12th, 12-1pm Register on Zoom here
The Arrowhead Regional Public Health and Tribal Health Departments are challenging community members to share what they are grateful for, beginning May 1. People are encouraged to share what they are grateful for on social media with the #GratitudeAttitudeMN. Schools and businesses are also urged to participate with gratitude challenges for their students or staff.
Mental well-being has been a top priority throughout the pandemic. To highlight available resources and increase well-being in the region, the group chose to emphasize the practice of gratitude.
According to Dr. Laurie Santos, a Yale psychology professor, up to 40 percent of our happiness is under our conscious control. Regular gratitude practice is one of the tools Dr. Santos teaches to increase happiness in her course, The Science of Well-Being. Research over the past 15 years shows that gratitude has an incredible impact on health. The benefits for those that practice gratitude include increasing happiness, reducing anxiety and depression, strengthening the immune system, and sleeping better, among a host of other advantages.
Gratitude is a powerful practice, but many individuals in our community may need more mental health assistance. Text “MN” to 741-741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor or call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Northland Healthy Minds Resource Cards.
The Arrowhead Regional Public Health and Tribal Health Departments group consists of staff from Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis County Public Health and Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Health. They have been working together on regional messaging related to COVID-19 for the past six months.
More Resources for Mental Health Month
ADA 31st Anniversary: Celebrating Resilience!
July 26, 2021
Mark your calendars and save the date for a virtual ADA 31st Anniversary Event
Celebration and inspiration rule the day as we mark the 31st Anniversary of the ADA. This free, online event will feature an afternoon of informative, engaging, and entertaining speakers and performances from across our state. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will welcome attendees and share ways the Zenith City of the north is working to ensure greater accessibility for all its residents and visitors. NAMI Minnesota’s Executive Director Sue Abderholden will reflect on ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with disabilities and the resilience shown by so many in these challenging times. Peter Berg, Project Manager with the Great Lakes ADA Center, will discuss the transformation to teleworking as a vital accessibility accommodation during the pandemic. And the BOLD-choice Theater Company will share a message of acceptance, diversity, and personal pride through a poignant theatrical performance.
This virtual event is free, open to the public, and will offer audio descriptions, ASL, and CART and provide other accommodations as requested.
Additional presenters to be announced shortly. For updates and more details, visit CelebrateADAMN.com and the Event Facebook Page.
Thank you to the ADA 31st Anniversary Planning Committee members for their work and dedication in making this event possible.
Arc Northland’s 70th Anniversary
Can you believe it? Arc Northland will turn 70 years old in 2021. On March 9, 1951 the first meeting of the Friends of Arc was held. Arc Northland was officially incorporated in November of 1952.
We have been and continue to be committed in our work of supporting people with disabilities of all ages, family members and other supporters. We will be celebrating our multi-decade, tireless work of Arc Northland as soon as it is safe to do so.
Our hope-filled sights are Fall of 2021.
Please stay tuned to this page – we’ll keep you updated with information about the 70th Anniversary as plans come together!