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Wellness as Life Practice: Select one action to start within 24 hours: decide whether your priority is in the home, community, or school and select an option.

Call to Action: Home  

Call to Action - HOME (2)

  1. Learn about New Parent workshops and encourage new parents to attend  (ex. www.williamjames.edu/community/freedman-center/workshops-and-classes-overview.cfm)
  2. Read chapter 5, ‘Fostering Emotional Wellness in All Students’ (see ISBN 978-0-393-70872-1) and practice its exercises with your son or daughter
  3. Exercise, sleep well and practice other coping skills – like playing!(http://www.adolescentwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Supplemental-Activities-for-Building-Coping-Skills-BFFD-4.pdfww.adolescentwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Supplemental-Activities-for-Building-Coping-Skills-BFFD-4.pdf)
  4. Practice the problem solving PIP Problems-Ideas-Plans exercise; both adults and youth can do this! (click for PIP worksheet)
  5. Practice the exercises within the Whyville.net virtual Wellness Center with your child / grandchild  (whyville-parent-participation-request)
  6. Invite conversations about feelings and wellness (e.g., a family meeting devoted to how each member is doing:
    ~  how is each person coping with something difficult in his/her life?
    ~  how can others help?)
  7. Plan individual time when you can play, to get to know each other better and what is happening in your lives.

Call to Action: Community


Call to Action - Community

  1. Contact a nearby Rotary club to volunteer with the District 7910 Mental Health and Wellness Promotion project   (www.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder)
  2. Visit the William James Interface website to learn more about mental health services and other resources in your community  (interface.williamjames.edu)
  3. If you volunteer or are involved in community events, see how the topics of mental health and wellness could be incorporated (Unleasing the Power of Prevention)
  4. Support other parents or community members in their efforts to find mental health resources
  5. Encourage any efforts to promote open conversations about mental health and wellness (e.g., through art projects, book discussions, ongoing social events)
  6. Introduce healthy coping coping skills earlier. By eighth grade, 10% of children have already considered suicide  (metrowest-adolescent-health-survey-middle-school-2015).
  7. …and 2% report having made a suicide attempt (graph)

Call to Action: School

Call To Action - SCHOOL (2)

  1. Teachers – set aside two minutes of each day for a visualization exercise or a deep breathing exercise (www.adolescentwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Supplemental-Activities-for-Building-Coping-Skills-BFFD-4.pdf)
  2. Teachers – grades k-5: read chapter 5, Fostering Emotional Wellness in All Students (see ISBN 978-0-393-70872-1)
  3. Teachers – grades 4-8: view the guide (Wellness Center teacher_tutorial ) and invite students to explore the virtual Wellness Center in Whyville (www.Whyville.net) and exercise its activities independently.
  4. Teachers – grades 8-12: attend Break Free From Depression train-the-trainer workshop (www.BreakFreeFromDepression.org)
  5. School personnel – ask your administrators how you can, as a system, pay attention more intentionally to student mental health and wellness
  6. School personnel – start a wellness initiative for staff (e.g., walking club, mentoring program)
  7. Parents – communicate with your child’s teacher about his/her emotional needs, not just academic needs:
    ~ What makes your child happy or feel successful?
    ~ What situations might make him/her feel worried or stressed?
    ~ How can you and the teacher work together around this?

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