May is Mental Health Month across the nation, National Today discusses the history of Mental Health Awareness Month as well as the stigma and biases around mental health. In the challenging work we do with children and families it is even more important to be aware of our own mental well-being to minimize burnout and to be able to effectively serve families. If we are not taking care of ourselves we cannot be fully available for others. What we do and how we show up today may impact generations to come. The Tribal STAR team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders, partners and community for all of the challenging work that you do to show up and be present for our Native American children and families on a daily basis. The work you do is essential to our future. Have a wonderful May and take care of yourselves.
“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’, illness becomes Wellness.”-Shannon L. Alder’
Eyaay ahun, ( My heart is well)
Assistant Program Coordinator
Wellness Tip: With so much going on in the world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, sad or anxious and these feelings can have a negative impact on you if you are already managing mental illness or caring for someone who is. Here are some tips to support your emotional and mental wellbeing: 1) Stay connected to your social network and community. Make sure you are getting one-on-one time with people who support you. 2) Go outside and engage in whatever physical activity you are able to do. 3) Make sure you are getting enough sleep. 4) Limit social media; and 5) Practice gratitude.
Learning ICWA: ICWA is a remedial statute. Its purpose is not only to ensure that the harms of past child welfare practices do not occur again, but also to rebuild trust in child welfare agencies.
Breaking Down Barriers is an outreach and education program that works with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and the LGBTQIA+ community to talk about mental wellness. Through educational workshops and events, we discuss the stigma of mental health and connect participants to helpful resources. We also provide cultural humility/cultural competency training to community members and providers who work with these populations. We want to normalize conversations about mental wellness so everyone can thrive.
Call the JFS Access Line
Confidential helpline for JFS programs and services
Mon-Thurs: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus
Turk Family Center
Community Services Building
8804 & 8788 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
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