Mental Health Spots
 
A compilation of the weekly spots from the Mental Health Wellness team on social media and in the enews.
 
March 2021

Quote: “Grief is cyclical, especially around anniversary dates” – Hope Edelman in The Washington Post.

Two excellent webinars:

March 11th   Talk on Having Meaningful Conversations About Difficult Topics:   Today’s parents are tasked with topics many have never discussed themselves making it all the more difficult to talk with their teens.  In this workshop we will focus on strategies to use when talking about COVID, sexuality, race relations, politics and more!  Featuring educator and clinical social worker, Jen Cort.  Presented by the Sycamore School on March 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. $10

March 17th   Free Workshop: Coping with our stress and emotional needs during the pandemic. In this session, you will be introduced to skills which are useful when dealing with anxiety, loss, and grief. Come and learn techniques to support yourself and to be better able to support others during COVID-19. Presented by Arlington County. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coping-with-stress-and-emotional-needs-during-pandemic-tickets-142252977485

 
February 2021
 
 

Mental Health Spot:

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Fact: Despite overall improvements on most mental health indicators from December 2020 to January 2021, the Mental Health Index showed that, in January, 2021, 

  • Risk of depression is 71% higher than before Covid-19.
  • Risk of PTSD is 33% higher than before Covid-19.
  • Sustained attention is 27% worse than before Covid-19

– source: TotalBrain.Com 

If you need help: Trinity Mental Health Wellness Team’s (updated for COVID) Mental Health Resources page

 


January 2021
 
 

Mental Health Workshop on Family Communication

CaringMatters is offering a no-cost virtual family workshop themed around Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 4th from 6-7:30pmAdvanced registration is required. The workshop is facilitated by a social worker and art therapist with the aim of helping families express their grief, increase healthy communication, and honor their deceased loved one. Appropriate for school aged children. For more details, or contact here.
 
Mental Health Article on Families and Politics
The mental health wellness team would like to share this timely article on How to Prevent Politics from Destroying Your Family.
 

Mental Health Spot: Coping Strategies
“Coping Now and Later: Building Resilience that will Last a Lifetime”
Thursday, January 28th at 9am
Melinda Wenner Moyer, host Yes, we are in a pandemic. But this NY Times contributor tells us we can turn the skills we are developing into resilience for life.
1. Evidenced-based strategies for coping
2. How to support yourself and your family in ways that build resilience
3. The best way to manage feelings and behaviors (for yourself and your children) throughout it all. Melinda will share the research and strategies from her numerous articlesparenting newsletter, and upcoming bookRegister here.


Mental Health Reset:
Click here for the article.

December 2020
 “When someone judges too harshly, they give themselves little room to enjoy life.” Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Article: How Life Changes When You Become Less Judgmental: https://madamenoire.com/…/how-life-changes-when-you…/

The Safe Community Coalition of McLean, a mental health wellness organization, has created a series of videos for parents and teens called “Managing the Moments.” Their most recent videos are Your Daily Prescription to Cope with Covid-19 and Coping Through the Holidays.

http://mcleanscc.org/portfolio-items/mtm-2/

“Everyday, you need to be doing one thing to take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Literally, you should be checking a box off everyday to make sure you’ve done something in one of those areas to take care of yourself. And you have to be very intentional about it.” – Stephanie K. Starks, LICSW



November 2020

 

Hey teens and parent of teens…check out this resource from the NIH on Teens and Depression.
 
 
October 2020
Our Mental Health Wellness team also recommends this article: “Seven Things Therapists are Telling Clients Feeling Terrified about the Election.” https://www.self.com/story/election-fear-tips