Highlights of the Week

In the last week,

  • This sweet letter went viral. Read it here.
  • A 9-year old boy’s amazing handwashing invention earned him the Kenyan Presidential Order of Service Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award. Read about it here.
  • Locally, the City of San Diego began offering free lunches Tuesday for children in need. Learn more here.
  • The San Diego Humane Society continues to help foster thousands of animals and continue to get more animals adopted. See the news piece here.

Happy weekend!

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Webinars on Health and Human Rights

One in five Americans has experienced a mental health issue. Those from marginalized communities have compounded effects, as mental health illnesses are not uniformly treated. The goal of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights virtual series is to address key areas of disparity in mental health treatment.

Recorded webinars on various dimensions of health and human rights can be found at the following website:

Topics of webinars include the toll of white supremacy and trauma on mental health, states’ failing mental health parity laws, mental health among young people in marginalized communities, and trauma informed care relating to gender-based and intersectionality-based violence. Each webinar has a group of distinguished panelists from a variety of fields. You can find a list of resources relating to each issue as you watch the webinar, as well.


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Suicide Prevention Resource Center On-Line Course: Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

Effectively preventing suicide requires an understanding of who is attempting and dying by suicide, where the problem is most severe, and under what circumstances attempts and suicide deaths occur. The two-hour long online course “Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention” is available to anyone and presents a variety of data sources that are useful for finding information about suicide deaths, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation.

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define and understand the difference between suicide deaths, suicide attempts, suicide ideation, and risk and protective factors for suicide
  • Explain key terms essential to accurately interpreting data and making meaningful comparisons
  • Identify commonly used and readily accessible online national data sources, and the type of data that is available from each source
  • Identify alternative data sources that may be available in states and communities, the type of data available from these sources, and considerations when approaching organizations and agencies for these data
  • Think critically about the strengths and limitations of a given data source

Learn more and sign up for this course or similar courses at

Setting a Morning Routine

Many successful people say that having a morning routine has been key to their achievements. Having such a routine offers many benefits, such as increased productivity, reduced stress, more control of your day, and the opportunity to start your day well. This time, anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes first thing in the morning, looks different for everyone.

This article from LifeHack offers a “menu,” as the author puts it, of options that you might like incorporating into your morning routine. From a holistic view, there are four Integrative Wellness principles: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual. Some ideas are exercising or doing yoga, keeping a gratitude journal, being in nature, or finding ways to connect with your loved ones. By choosing a couple of these items in the morning, you can easily create a routine. Or, test out a couple combinations until you find what is right for you!

From Science of People, some famous examples to inspire us:

  • Jane Austen would wake up and immediately play the piano, make breakfast with her family, then write.
  • Former President Obama always does his cardio and weight routine, followed by breakfast with his daughters.
  • Arianna Huffington begins each day with yoga and meditation.
  • Steve Jobs would contemplate this philosophical question, “If today were my last day on earth what would I do differently?”

Now is a great time to set this healthy habit!