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Suicide Prevention Week Activities Sept. 7-11
The month of September focuses on Suicide Prevention so we can decrease the stigma related to the topic of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention. The month of September also recognizes National Recovery Month – to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate recovery. Starting conversations that encourage help-seeking can build resiliency in communities.
ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
Music is an outlet that has been found to improve mood. In fact, research has found that people listen to music to achieve self-awareness, social relatedness, and arousal and mood regulation. Check out this uplifting playlist or create your own and share with others!
The act of coloring is more than just a fun break from the stress of daily life, it can be very beneficial for your mental and emotional health.
Take time to reach out to others in your life and let them know you care and are thinking about them by sending them a Care Card.
Grab the popcorn and check out the amazing videos created by Riverside County youth in this statewide film contest. These short videos feature Public Service Announcements on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Find them all at Directing Change CA Films. Click on the image below to see a Directing Change Video created by MVHS students.
There have been multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and can reduce depression. By working at shifting our mindset to one of gratitude, we can improve our well-being. Start a gratitude jar! Write down messages of hope and what you are grateful for.