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Highlights of the Week

This week, people from around the county have continued their good, positive work. Some highlights include:

  • The “Restaurants for the People” initiative is helping restaurants by paying them to feed people struggling during the COVID-19 crisis - Read about it here.
  • A 10-year-old from Connecticut has given away 1,500 art kits to kids in foster care and homeless shelters during quarantine - Learn about it here.
  • An organization called Love Beyond Walls brings portable sinks to people experiencing homelessness to help curb coronavirus - Watch the story here.

More good news can be found at the Good News Network, Upworthy, and Good News from Today.

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Practicing Mindfulness

In the past few weeks, we have discussed many ways to take care of yourself – including physical health, keeping your brain stimulated, gratitude journaling, and mindfulness. Reinforcing the benefits of mindfulness, we wanted to share some resources from YouTube with you.

A 5 minute meditation you can do anywhere - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4MKVLM

A 10 minute mindfulness meditation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZToicYcHIOU

A TED talk about how living in the present moment has a transformative power - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ

Another TED talk about how mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CBfCW67xT8

A cute animation why mindfulness is a superpower - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

We hope resources like these are helping you to stay positive and healthy!

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Virtual Tours Around the World

As we enter summer, we recognize that many summer vacations and family trips are being cancelled. Travel and Leisure has made a list of 100+ things to do at home during quarantine that can try to make up for not being able to go this year. From this list, you can go on virtual tours and go sightseeing around the world with these virtual destinations. Some highlights from the list were tours of Europe’s famous castles, virtual train rides from around the world, visuals of Aruba or Saint Lucia to enjoy island life, and some hotels are even live streaming to make you feel like you’re on vacation. Fortunately, you can also explore museums, art, theater, and culture at home, too! When else can you explore Machu Picchu and then immediately see the inside of the Louvre?

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Highlights of The Week

Hi all! Here are some highlights from this week.

  • National Prevention week has brought more awareness to mental health and/or substance use disorders. Learn more on SAMHSA.gov.
  • A community Facebook page was created to celebrate San Diego’s graduating seniors. Here, family members can post their grad and some of their accomplishments. Then, individuals interested in "adopting" a senior can contact their parents for more information to send the student a sweet gift. Read about it here.
  • Today, the U.S. Air Force Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will fly over San Diego to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read here and see their flight path.

Have a nice weekend!

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National Prevention Week

In addition to May being Mental Health Monday, this week is National Prevention Week! This is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.

According to SAMHSA, the three primary goals of National Prevention Week (NPW) are to:

  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.

 

NPW is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

Find out more at https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week and follow along with the daily themes on Twitter with the hashtags #NationalPreventionWeek and #PreventionHappensHere.

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