May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is coming up May 7, but it’s worth dedicating more than just a day to this cause because mental health matters. The entire month of May is an opportunity to change the hearts, minds and attitudes surrounding mental health.
Children and youth learn from their parents, caregivers, family members, teachers and other supportive adults in their lives. We impact how they think about and care for their own mental health and how they treat others who have mental health challenges. Ultimately our perception of mental health and learning to care for it begins in childhood.
Accordingly to MentalHealth.gov, “Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.”
RUSD staff and students will be taking part in various activities throughout the month related to mental health wellness. Mental Health Awareness signs will be posted at our middle and high schools thanks to some Horlick High School students who designed them as part of the Well-Connected Community Initiative. Students are also encouraged to wear green and show off their mental health pride Friday, May 7.
Also, consider checking out some of these events being offered throughout the community:
Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m (English) and 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. A film viewing and panel discussion on the impact of social media on our youth. This program will be held virtually. To register for this program please click on this link:
Friday, May 7 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
Educate yourself about children’s mental health by going to the RacineCountyFamilyResources.com to learn one fact about children’s mental health today!
Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Children’s Wisconsin will facilitate a 90-minute workshop on Balancing Work and Life. During this workshop you will learn about balancing work and family challenges, how to reduce stress at home, and preventing stress at work from affecting family life. Please use this link to register for this program: https://forms.gle/kTkwNJaN9arvic5n7
Thursday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Helping Children to Manage Strong Feelings - Children experience many strong emotions. Learn a technique to help children learn about and cope with feelings. Workshops will be held via Zoom. Registration required. Interpretation services are available upon request. Please contact Pam Wedig-Kirsch at 262-767-2918 or email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Children’s Wisconsin will facilitate a 90-minute workshop on Coping with Stress. During this workshop you will learn what is stress and how to recognize it, how stress affects parenting, and strategies to reduce and manage stress. Please use this link to register for this program: https://forms.gle/iZKPCUXgzhgbq6o28
Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.
NAMI Racine County Virtual Speakers Series, “What the Heck is Mental Wellness?” with presenters Luann Simpson, MSW, CPS, and Lynelle Saunders, CPS owners of Compassionate Peer Support and Training. To obtain the zoom link for this event: email Nicole Smart at NSmart@namiracine.org or Michelle Gehring at MGehring@namiracine.org.
Thursday, May 27 at 530 p.m.
Children’s Wisconsin will facilitate a 90-minute workshop on Self-Esteem. During this workshop you will learn the importance of self-esteem and strategies for encouraging healthy self-esteem and problem-solving. Please use this link to register for this program: https://forms.gle/iZKPCUXgzhgbq6o28