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THE RESOURCE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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Our Brain Speaks Fluent Breath Beyond The Couch Affecting our Teens & Young Adults

Tug of War The Draw

Building Hope and Resilience through Connection The Word

Now We’re Talking The Real

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STORY 06 FEATURE Exploring the Mental Health

Crisis Affecting our Teens and Young Adults

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THE FOUNTAIN

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Get Your Green On: How It Started vs. How It’s Going

Behavioral Health Professions Shortage Solution Gets an A+

26 WORD 24 THE Building Hope and Resilience

through Connection

DEPTH 26 THE True Happiness, the Incredible

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THE DRAW

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THE SOURCE

Tug of War

Getting Your Questions Answered:

REAL 20 THE Now We’re Talking

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Pursuit, and Being

RESERVOIR 28 THE ABCD THE COUCH 30 BEYOND Our Brain Speaks Fluent

Breath

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Letter From The Editor Hello! It is so exciting learning new things together. With every article submitted, I see things from a new perspective. As individuals or communities, growth requires us to push beyond our limits. Knowledge is a beautiful way to grow as a community, and we hope that this publication encourages us all to grow, share, and learn from one another-together. Anyone and everyone is welcome to write for The Well of PBC. You don’t need to be a professional writer or have written anything before to submit an article. At the bottom of every page, you’ll see a call to action and more information on how to participate. Please follow us on social media to see the latest calls for contributors, or just send us an email. We cover a wide variety of subjects such as culture, youth, spirituality, opinion, expert and lived-experience expert, art columns, and more. The focus of this edition theme is mental health and trauma-informed care. We celebrates Get Your Green On– the campaign created to raise awareness by creating visible support and fostering safe spaces to talk openly about mental health and trauma. You’ll hear from one of the teen founders, now a young man, about how the campaign has grown. Readers will also listen to what people are saying about community healing, learn how a Palm Beach County resident uses ice baths to center her focus, learn about another man’s thoughts on combining two cultures, and so much more. The Well of PBC wishes to honor the legacy of Mrs. Harris by continuing our vision:

To be the primary resource for behavioral health and wellness for Palm Beach County; a safe exchange space for community and an outlet for our neighbors and stakeholders to transform the behavioral health landscape.

We want to extend our gratitude to The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund for being our first direct financial support for our publication. The Fund was established in honor of Mrs. Paula Harris, who passed away in 2020 after a lifetime of supporting Palm Beach County health. To share feedback, obtain advertising information, or contribute, please reach us at thewell@bewellpbc.org.

Julie Khanna, Editor-in-Chief thewell@bewellpbc.org MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR INVESTED PARTNERS

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The Mission The Well of PBC is an online publication that strives to be the primary resource for behavioral health and wellness for Palm Beach County, a safe exchange space for the community, and an outlet for our neighbors and stakeholders to transform the behavioral health landscape. So, what does that mean to you? It means we not only want to be your go-to place for all things behavioral health topics, but we want to tell your stories too! We are looking for freelance photographers (willing to barter) and writers to contribute to our art, ask the experts, students, self-care, cultural, spiritual, and provider columns. Email us for our contributor guidelines, editorial calendar, or if you’d like to share an event or position you’re hiring for. E: thewell@bewellpbc.org | Follow along at @thewellofpbc

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Our Team BeWellPBC Creative Team:

PUBLISHER

PROJECT MANAGER

BeWellPBC wants to give a special thank you to additional creative team members: Vanessa Moss, Alexa Lee and Lety Gonzalez who were instrumental in the vision and implementation of this publication. We are here with the help of their desire for tangible solutions for community needs.

Lauren is the Executive Director for the countywide initiative, BeWellPBC, advancing behavioral health and wellness for all residents in Palm Beach County. The Well of PBC is a passion project for Lauren to increase behavioral health awareness, engage diverse perspectives across the county, and promote solutions to address our county’s most complex challenges.

Alita Faber is the Networks & Special Projects Manager at BeWellPBC. Through her work, she wishes to help the field of behavioral health to become more equitable for the entire community, including those seeking services and those looking to work in the field.

VANESSA MOSS

LAUREN ZUCHMAN

ALITA FABER

ALEXA LEE

JULIE KHANNA

SUREJ KALATHIL AKA SUNMAN

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Julie, CEO of Khanna Connections, enjoys using her creativity to help health and wellness industries communicate with their audiences.

Surej, founder of Photography & Design by Sunman, is the creative visionary that brings life into each page, concept, visual and digital design of The Well of PBC publication.

KATRINA BLACKMON

MELANIE OTERO

AD SALES

CONTRIBUTOR

Katrina, founder & CEO of Unity3 Palm Beach, brings her executive advertising background combined with her love of faith, family, and this vibrant multicultural community to The Well of PBC and BeWellPBC.

Melanie, president of Otero Communications, provides consulting services for some of Palm Beach County’s leading nonprofit organizations. With a special interest in behavioral health, she has assisted with the launch of The Well of PBC and serves as a contributing writer.

LETY GONZALEZ

The information in this issue of The Well of PBC is for information purposes only. The Well of PBC assumes no liability or responsibility for any inaccurate, delayed or incomplete information, nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon. The information contained about each individual, company, product or organization has been provided by such individual, company, product or organization without verification by us. The opinion expressed in each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Well of PBC. Therefore, The Well of PBC carries no responsibility for the opinion expressed therein. Any form of reproduction of any content in this magazine without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. © 2022 The Well of PBC All rights reserved.

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FEATURE STORY

College Culture

Inside the Mental Health Crisis BY : ROBIN BRADLEY HANSEL AND MELANIE OTERO

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If we seize this moment, step up for our children and their families in their moment of need, and lead with inclusion, kindness, and respect, we can lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient, and more fulfilled nation. ~ U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

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ollege students are no strangers to stress. Many balance the emotional challenges of living away from home for the first time with the pressure of making good grades. Others must work and juggle family demands while simultaneously trying to study. The onset of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 forced many college students to leave their on-campus residence halls and transition to online learning. For those whose mental health was already fragile, isolation from friends and lack of routine took a toll. MORE THAN FRESHMAN JITTERS In the fall of 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, “Protecting Youth Mental Health,” revealed that even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade. From 2009 to 2019, the share of high school students who

reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased by 40%, to more than 1 in 3 students. Suicidal behaviors among high school students showed a 44% increase. What’s more, as students searched for emotional support and connection, the length of time teenagers spent in front of screens for activities unrelated to school more than doubled, from 3.8 to 7.7 hours per day according to the advisory. In 2020, 81% of 14- to 22-year-olds said they used social media either “daily” or “almost constantly,” which is also problematic for youth as some research has linked social media use and mental health challenges. Mary Claire Mucenic, Ph.D., director of Behavioral and Mental Health for the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) and a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist has heard youth’s apprehensions. She says many

college-bound high school students are voicing specific concerns to their guidance counselors regarding the pandemic. “High school seniors are expressing anxiety and worry related to their first year in college, particularly the astronomical cost of post-secondary education. They are also concerned that they may not be academically ready for their first year in college if they had missed instructional time,” says Dr. Mucenic. RESPONDING AS EDUCATORS The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling on all of society to change how we view and prioritize mental health to help youth navigate the road ahead. “If we seize this moment, step up for our children and their families in their

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FINDING A BALANCE Dr. Mucenic says adults in students’ lives and the media are influences. More positive messages and perspectives help students feel more hopeful and resilient during these challenging times versus the effects on those who hear more negative messaging. And while college graduation rates have held steady during the pandemic, Dr. Luna says FAU students’ requests to transition from full to part-time have increased. She notes there are changes in what students now need to continue their professional careers. Extra support from academic advisors, instructor flexibility, laptop lending, and more online class options can help. “We’ve all had to shift as we adjust. We encourage students to talk directly to their instructors and ask for assistance such as flexible due dates or the opportunity to do an in-person presentation via Zoom if they are feeling extra pressure,” says Dr. Thompson.

moment of need, and lead with inclusion, kindness, and respect, we can lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient, and more fulfilled nation,” he wrote. Palm Beach County college educators are heeding the call, ready to help students get the help they need. Naelys Luna, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. Heather Thompson, Ph.D., is the Director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the college. Both FAU leaders understand mental health from a first-hand perspective. Dr. Luna holds a master’s in social work, and Dr. Thompson is a licensed clinical social worker. They are especially aware of effects on mental health among various student populations.

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“Problems that typical college students face may be exacerbated ten-fold for first-generation students, minority students, and students who are LGBTQ. Our immigrant students, low-income students, and students without adequate health insurance also face additional risks to their mental health,” says Dr. Luna. In addition to increased anxiety, depression, and substance use rates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, college students studying for caring professions may feel hopeless and helpless in the face of the disruption in their education and work lives. “We’ve witnessed an increase in mental health struggles in the past two years. Our social work students are on the front lines of care -- working in clinical settings, treatment centers, and eldercare settings,” says Dr. Thompson.

Daily structure is also helpful. FAU students are encouraged to get themselves into a routine. Waking at the same time each day, eating breakfast, and then moving to a designated area for study, even if classes online help create systems for success. LEARNING HOW TO HELP Parents can do several things to support their teen’s mental wellness as they prepare for the college transition. At the top of the list is keeping communication lines open. “Listen to your child’s apprehensions and concerns with an open mind and without judgment. Try not to compare your post-secondary or college experience to what they may be going through, as this group of teenagers have unique experiences and challenges. It is always better to ask questions to better understand their perspective than assume you know how they feel,” says Dr. Mucenic.


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We’ve all had to shift as we adjust. We encourage students to talk directly to their instructors and ask for assistance such as flexible due dates or the opportunity to do an in-person presentation via Zoom if they are feeling extra pressure

The school district offers programs and workshops to graduating seniors to help prepare them emotionally for college. Examples included tools for healthy coping skills for teens, understanding and practicing self-regulation, stress management, and how to access resources if they or someone they know is having a mental health challenge. LOOKING FORWARD Ongoing support and consistency are keys for helping college students succeed, says Dr. Luna. Students can take an active role by recognizing stress triggers and seeking counseling as soon as possible. Doing so can result in healthy, more positive outcomes. The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Enhancement at FAU offers programs to enrich and nurture students, faculty, staff, and community members’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Dr. Thompson says workshops are available on several topics, including nutrition, meditation, financial management, and more. Dr. Mucenic reminds concerned parents that children are very resilient. She notes there are many positive traits and skills graduating seniors who have navigated the last few years of the pandemic are demonstrating.

“This generation of teens has a willingness to be involved in social justice causes and service to others. They have compassion for their peers, especially those who have experienced social isolation and particular hardships from the pandemic. They tend to seek first to understand someone rather than judge,” says Dr. Mucenic. It’s a willingness that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy would be encouraged to see as youth themselves lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient, and more fulfilled nation.

THE US SURGEON GENERAL ADVISORY Read the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, “Protecting Youth Mental Health,” which calls for a whole-of-society effort to mitigate the mental health impacts of the pandemic, to address longstanding challenges, and to prevent future mental health challenges.

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THE FOUNTAIN

Get Your Your Green Green On: On: Get How It It Started Started vs. vs. How How It’s It’s Going Going How BY: CLAUDE LAMARRE PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM KEOKI @SAM_KEOKI_PHOTO

In honor of Get Your Green On Month, the campaign aimed to raise awareness by creating visible support and fostering safe spaces to talk openly about mental health and trauma, we spoke to one of the campaign’s founders to learn more about where it started and where it is today. Claude Lamarre was just a teenager when he joined the mental health club, and now the young man reflects on how far beyond the four walls of his high school it’s gone.

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ix years ago, my high school classmate, community leader, and now author, Jesula Jeannot reached out to me about a mental health club that was part of a new initiative sponsored by Healthier Delray Beach (HDB). Walking into this, I didn’t know much about mental health. With all the stigma surrounding it, it felt too taboo to talk about.

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Seeing so many people, especially young people talk so proudly on social media about mental health, hearing so many people talk so openly about going to therapy, shows the progress we are making as a society to destigmatize mental health.


THE FOUNTAIN As my classmates and I came together to create and organize this club that we called Teen Life in HDB, it was a learning experience for us as much as it was a teaching one. Each new topic we learned about in the club pushed us to be more determined to spread awareness about why mental health is so important. With the help of our wonderful Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Teacher Ms. Nicki Loulis, and Healthier Delray Beach, we started the first Get Your Green On campaign on May 19, 2016. With our green shirts, flyers, and multiple game stations, we attracted a crowd of students and together we celebrated and raised awareness about mental health. Back then I didn’t think much of it, but today it has transcended beyond the walls of Atlantic Community High School. Even past the streets of Delray Beach as it is now celebrated across Palm Beach County. Looking back now, I can wholeheartedly say it was a privilege being one of the founding members of Teen Life in HDB. The entire experience made me care more about mental health advocacy, and most importantly, my own mental health. The impact that this one decision I made six years ago has had on my life is immeasurable. To be a part of mental health dialogue and see how more and more people in our society are openly talking about mental health brings me so much joy. Being with my male friends and seeing how openly many of us talk about our mental health is truly a beautiful thing to experience. Seeing so many people, especially young people talk so proudly on social media about mental health, hearing so many people talk so openly about going to therapy, shows the progress we are making as a society to destigmatize mental health. The move toward young parents making sure that they and their child are mentally healthy shows that more people are breaking the generational trauma cycle. I wouldn’t take my mental health as seriously as I’m taking it now if it wasn’t for that conversation that Jesula and I had six years ago, while waiting in line to get some fries at Checkers. It’s an honor being able to contribute to this movement and witnessing Teen Life in HDB and Get Your Green On becoming bigger than it was 6 years ago. It makes me very hopeful for the future of society. The Kids Are Alright.

Trauma informed care benefits everyone because these practices ensure safety, confidentiality, choice, professional boundaries, trust, decision making, and empowerment. School-wide trauma-informed practices, procedures, and protocols minimize re-traumatization and help strengthen academic performance and social emotional development. When schools, families, students, and communities work together and provide equitable trauma-informed care, students receive the support and resources needed to excel in school and throughout their lives. The Department of Behavioral and Mental Health at The School District of Palm Beach County provides trauma-informed services to school staff, families, and students throughout the District. Who is on the school campus? • • • •

School Behavioral Health Professionals. School Counselors. School Psychologists. Co-located Mental Health Professionals.

What do they do? • • •

Provide on campus counseling and support at no cost to families. Connect young people and their families through a mental health referral. Remove obstacles to mental health support.

It’s OK to be OK. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to ask for help. If your child is in need of help, please contact your school and ask for one of the school-based mental health professionals.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Behavioral Health Professions Shortage Solution Gets an A+ The Florida State Board of Education approval of a new behavioral health high school curriculum will create pathways to the profession and a long-term solution to the state’s hiring needs. BY MELANIE OTERO

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wo years ago, the School District of Palm Beach County’s Choice and Career Options and Behavioral and Mental Health Departments and BeWellPBC created the Behavioral Health-Focused School Project Team with Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, CareerSource Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, and several other partners. The goal they set for themselves was ambitious— grow and meet Palm Beach County’s workforce needs now, and in the future. It was a tall order in a state where Health Professional Shortage Areas meet only 19% of the state’s mental health needs according to data from Kaiser Family Foundation. In March 2022, the project team learned that a major component of their work, a Behavioral Health Technician curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, had been approved with flying colors by the Florida State Board of Education, not only for Palm Beach County, but the entire state. The new Behavioral Health Technician Program is a first-of-its-kind secondary curriculum created and designed by the School District of Palm Beach County to prepare high school students for employment immediately after graduation and set them on a path to lifelong careers. Long-term, the program aims to create a diverse and inclusive workforce pipeline and address the critical behavioral health professional shortage. 12

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A COMMUNITY-CENTRIC APPROACH Before creating the final curriculum, School District of Palm Beach County medical administrator Dr. Miguel Benavente and the project team conducted a two-year pilot from 2019-2021 comprised of 350 juniors and seniors from five high schools with high diversity and inclusion populations. With feedback from students and teachers in the pilot, Dr. Benavente and colleagues wrote the curriculum with funding from Quantum Foundation and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. The state-approved course is designed for high school medical academies where juniors and seniors can choose to take the


THE PROVIDERS specialized curriculum once they have completed their general medical prerequisites. The course provides an integrated cross-trained foundation and practical experience in behavioral and social sciences with content including basic psychopharmacology, patient teaching and education, diseases and disorders, suicide prevention, and much more. What makes the rigorous curriculum unique is the inclusion of societal issues affecting behavioral health that can be customized to a school’s surrounding environment. “Students learn about diseases and disorders, and they also learn about social impacts, including the opioid crisis, human trafficking, and trauma resiliency,” said Dr. Benavente. “Schools and teachers can tailor the curriculum to their students, communities, and those who need help locally.” Overlaying the comprehensive curriculum is health equity, prevention, and teaching students about their own self-care, an important component given high burnout in the field. “We’re teaching students how to promote others’ mental wellness and their own,” said Dr. Benavente. THE PATHWAY TO A CAREER The curriculum was designed to provide the learning and experience necessary to pass the Behavioral Health Technician Certification by the Florida Certification Board. Before graduating high school, students will have completed the coursework, taken the certification exam, and begun working toward the required 1,500 field hours for the certification. A provisional certification upon graduating will be granted so that students can work in an entry level position immediately. They will receive the full Behavioral Health Technician certification once they are 18 years old and complete their field hours.

“CareerSource PBC is proud to support the school district in its efforts to enrich their curriculum offerings to include the Behavioral Health Technician,” said Julia Dattolo, president and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County. “Partnerships like this allow for rapid response to our healthcare community with trained and work ready professionals. Once again, the district is at the forefront of responding to community need and we are proud to partner with them.” Palm Beach County Youth Services Department has already agreed to accept Behavioral Health Technician interns. “Hosting interns allows for the development of a needed workforce pipeline and creates career readiness for our youth,” said Tammy Fields, director of Palm Beach County Youth Services. A PIPELINE FOR THE FUTURE While the curriculum is available to all districts across the state, the School District of Palm Beach County estimates the program could benefit up to 6,000 students in 20 high school medical academy programs in their community when it is launched in August 2022. Beyond local impact on the workforce in the near future, the program provides a pipeline to university programs for advanced degrees, helping to overcome industry shortages for higher level positions.

“The most exciting thing is that this is a long-term solution,” said Lauren Zuchman, executive director of BeWellPBC. “Two years from now we will have a pool of people who can get jobs right away and are on the pathway to a lifelong career. Our task force was determined to build and fill the pipeline with diverse behavioral health professions we so desperately need locally and across the state. This program is the starting point for communities to develop their own professionals for generations to come.” CareerSource of Palm Beach County has been an important partner for identifying internships where students can be placed for field work while in high school and full-time entry level positions upon graduation. Students will be prepared to support facilities such as group care homes and residential treatment centers, acting as floor staff, co-facilitating groups, and gaining meaningful experience as they explore the many job opportunities available in the field.

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THE DRAW

Tug of War SPOKEN WORK DIRECTED BY: THOMPSON AUGUSTE

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THE DRAW

“ Having a tug of war match

with the stereotypes of the world, Kevin has to make a decision if he is going to let the stereotypes of the world define him or follow Christ.

The Draw is a space for creatives to share their art, poetry, spoken word, etc. and/or how their art helps themselves and others. To contribute, send your article ideas to thewell@bewellpbc.org with “The Draw” in the subject line.

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THE SOURCE

The Source is a place for Palm Beach County residents and experts to connect and exchange information.

Q How do we, as adults, come to terms with our parents’ aging and decline in health? -M.L., Boynton Beach

A “One person said, “Live the best of

your life now because you only get one life, and no one makes it out alive anyways.” While this may be a harsh truth, we must make the rest of our days the blessed of our days, for both ourselves and our aging parents. By honoring last day wishes, personal goals and bringing aging parents to places where they desire to go, we form memories that will last a lifetime. Create more memories in the midst of aging and declining health. You will thank yourself later.“ - Caleb Wesco “Get wisdom, get understanding, but wisdom is the principal thing.” Proverbs 4:5-9 KJV – As we learn, develop, and mature in this life, most of humanity will typically gain a keen awareness during their formative years as it relates to how we progressively evolve into an aged version of ourselves, and that we will ultimately transition to the great beyond…ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Therefore, it is of critical importance that we live our lives vibrantly and to the fullest in the dash between the time

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we are born and the time that we transition on. Whether by interacting with a beloved senior close to us, or attending a funeral of the same, the understanding is cemented that we are mere mortals having an earthly experience; therefore, we will not be the same or be here on this earth forever. My encouragement would be to explore and unearth what is uniquely specific to your mind, body and spirit, understand how you are wired, and do what is within your span to live OUT LOUD in a healthy and whole manner through the dash. Take it one day and one life lesson at a time, be intentional regarding your mental health and wellness, and walk in gratitude without fail. I also recommend the following self-help resource by Dr. James Hollis “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up” which teaches us to trust the maturation and aging process by being fully aware, present and invested in the BEST US POSSIBLE from the first breath that we inhale to the last that we exhale. - Sabrina Harris, MS, MLD, LMHC, EdD Candidate

Q Any advice on how to get my

comfortably antisocial kid more social in today’s world?-A.F., Lake Worth

A Consider what types of activities

they enjoy and start by participating together. Then try to see if they want to invite a friend or small group to join in on the fun. If your kid is interested in nature, you may enjoy participating in a fun outdoor excursion. I have enjoyed participating in the events offered through PBC Environmental Resources Management. These events are free, educational, and allow you to socialize with others. https://discover.pbcgov.org/erm. Volunteering can be a fun activity for the whole family that helps you connect to the community and other families. NAMI offers a lot of great tips on supporting your teens, check out https://nami.org/Your-Journey/ Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/Teens -Katherine Murphy

A Your antisocial kid isn’t antisocial

believe it or not. We as adults have to do something that we don’t like to do because we are set in our ways. What is that new thing we must do? Learn something NEW with your children. That antisocial child just wants you to learn the next TikTok dance, become great at Fortnite or just listen to some music that may not be to your taste. There’s a quote that says, “It may be difficult at first. But everything is difficult at first.”


THE SOURCE Be willing to be embarrassed or be terrible at what they love, and they will love you more for it. -Caleb Wesco

Q As a hairdresser, clients tend to dump their issues or problems in my lap as if I am a psychiatrist. What would be a good way to reset before my next client and not carry that over to their appointment? -J.B., Loxahatchee

A Our mental health, wellness, self-

care and spiritual connectivity are the highest priorities that we can attend to in this lifetime; therefore, it is of critical importance that any measures undertaken to attend are strategically executed within the proper confines to include a professional setting with a credentialed professional. There will be times when individuals will choose us to unpack their life baggage per se, and we must be prepared to the best of our ability especially in the business arena of that should happen. Establish healthy boundaries from the beginning as to how you would like the client-professional relationship to flow, clearly define any non-negotiable considerations, have a list on hand of local mental health agencies and crisis intervention teams as referral points, in addition to adopting proven calming and coping strategies that afford the opportunity to exhale and release such as: (a). Deep Breathing Exercises (b). Music

(c). Calming Apps (d). Take a Break (e). Listen to an Inspirational Video (f). Take a Brisk Walk (g). Establish a Buddy System (with an individual that you can contact to purge and release in a healthy way). - Sabrina Harris, MS, MLD, LMHC, EdD Candidate focus on your breathing. Extending your exhale can have a calming effect and help you to reset.

Katherine Murphy Katherine Murphy is Director of Programs at NAMI PBC. She oversees all NAMI PBC programs, including the NAMI National Signature programs and those created locally.

Quick stretches. Get the blood moving and release the tension in your neck and shoulders with a few shoulder lifts and rolls. In addition to releasing tension, a few moments of stretching can help with muscle tightness on long days.

Katherine serves as a member of the NAMI Florida Education Committee. She is co-chair of the countywide “Get Your Green On” Mental Health Awareness Month campaign. In addition, she is a member of the Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures Trauma-Informed Action Committee and the Student Health Advisory Committee-Mental Health Subcommittee. Learn more at namipbc.org

“5-4-3-2-1”. This activity requires you to focus on different parts of the space you are in using your senses to act as an anchor, bringing you back to feeling in control and calm. You can do this briefly and quietly if you have a few minutes between clients.

Sabrina Harris Sabrina Harris MS, MLD, LMHC, EdD Candidate, CTP is the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director & Advocacy Strategist of the House of Loveillionaires Inc. ™, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization utilizing psychoeducation, activism, advocacy and community engagement to primarily educate and motivate mature women, young adult women, and young ladies in their teens to positively gain (or regain) and maintain control of their lives in a healthy and functional manner after traumatic experiences. Instagram – @houseofloveillionaires Facebook @houseofloveillionaires

A Long exhales. Try to take a minute to

List: FIVE things you SEE around you, FOUR things you can TOUCH around you, THREE things you HEAR around you, TWO things you can SMELL, and ONE thing you can TASTE. I must say that I am extremely grateful for my hairdresser and all of the support she gives me! -Katherine Murphy

Caleb Wesco Caleb Wesco is a local motivational speaker whose motto is “Let’s Get Motivated.” He can be found on YouTube and Instagram @ CalebWesco

The information presented is for the purpose of educating people. Nothing contained in this publication should be construed nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider. Should you have any health care related questions, please call or see your physician or other qualified healthcare provider promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this publication.

The Source asks YOUR questions to 3 experts: one professional, one community expert (i.e. spiritual leader), and one with lived experience. To ask a question, or to contribute as an expert, email thewell@ bewellpbc.org with “The Source” in the subject line.

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IN MEMORIAM

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IN MEMORIAM

Thank you The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund at Palm Health Foundation.

The Well of PBC is very grateful for the generosity of The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund at Palm Health Foundation. The Fund was established in honor of Mrs. Paula Harris, who passed away in 2020 after a lifetime of supporting Palm Beach County health. With more than $1 million granted to community health initiatives since 2004, The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund has supported healthcare organizations such as Caridad Center, MyClinic, and Kramer Senior Services, provided nursing scholarships to students at FAU, NOVA, and other local colleges/universities, and helped to advance brain health through the Brain Health Campaign in 2018. Mrs. Harris’s legacy of generosity and caring for her community lives on through the support of The Well of PBC, providing a safe exchange space for Palm Beach County and outlet for neighbors and stakeholders to transform the behavioral health landscape by sharing resources, perspective, and understanding. Thank you to The B.J. and Paula Harris Fund at Palm Health Foundation in memory of Mrs. Harris. With your support, The Well of PBC can achieve its goal of becoming the primary resource for behavioral health and wellness for Palm Beach County.

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he Get Your Green On campaign began in May 2016 when Healthier Delray Beach and students at Atlantic Community High School wanted to encourage the community to give attention to their mental health and wellness. The collaborative encouraged individuals to wear green and post pictures on social media as a way to show their support and commitment to their mental health and wellness.

In 2017, Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures (an alliance of Palm Beach County community providers and champions) partnered with Healthier Delray Beach to take the campaign countywide. Now in its 7th year, The Get Your Green On campaign, is celebrated in neighborhoods, schools, businesses, government agencies, media outlets, and cities across Palm Beach County with proclamations, mental health events and activities, and thousands of individuals wearing green and posting pictures on social media.

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THE REAL

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BEWELLPBC NEWS

Congratulations to our 2022 Be Well Do Well Mini-Grant Awardees! We look forward to seeing all the innovative ideas you will bring to our county this year.

2022 MINI-GRANTS NAVIGATOR

Deon C. Jefferson

2022 COMMUNITY PANELISTS

We would like to Thank Our Community Panelists for selecting our 2022 Be Well Do Well Mini-Grant Awardees

THE BE WELL DO WELL 2022 MINI-GRANT AWARDEES

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Self-Care Retreat Experience for SelfProfessed Haitian Women

Second Job Family Affair

You Are Flawless Wellness Workshops

Carine Emile Joseph

William Freeman

Janine Francolini

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BEWELLPBC NEWS

Promotores de Salud Children’s Mental Health Campaign

An Online Chair Yoga Program for Improving Brain Health for Older Adults

Teamwork 4 Wellness

Suzanne Cordero

Bettye Lawson

Deborah Feinsinger

Mental Health & The Church Conference

TRUE Brotherhood

Ability Garden at JARC

Debbie Manigat

Jashua Sa-Ra

Kimberli Swann

THE BE WELL DO WELL PODCAST MINI-GRANT AWARDEES:

SPARC Up

She Is Me & I am Her

Unity3 Palm Beach

Angel Wilson

Tracey Graham

Katrina Blackmon

JOIN US! We welcome you to join our Palm Beach County-wide movement towards health. Check out our website, social media, and YouTube channel for podcasts, resource videos, events, and ways to get involved. The Brie Hive

Helping the Helpers: Self-Care for the Health Professional

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THE WORD

Building Hope and Resilience through Connection

BY RENÉE E. LAYMAN, LMHC

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very child is filled with tremendous promise – and, as a community, we have a shared obligation to foster that potential.

The stress of the past two years has been unprecedented. The current state of the world has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, well-being, and even sense of hope for the future. Our families and communities are struggling with overwhelming grief and loss arising from the pandemic. Economic insecurity, racism and discrimination, political unrest – and now a war are additional threats to our sense of safety. These experiences are potentially traumatic, and if unbuffered, may have long-term health consequences. Anxiety, depression, and suicide rates in teenagers were increasing and at an all-time high before the pandemic. The cumulative impact of social isolation, loss, and stress have amplified mental health concerns. As mental health providers, we simply can’t address these issues alone. MOLTING BY ELIZEBATH

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THE WORD How do we build hope and resilience when it feels like our world is burning down? Last month, Benjamin Perks was the keynote speaker at Center for Child Counseling’s (CFCC) Lead the Fight event. In his address, he explained the importance of connection, not as a luxury but part of our evolutionary biology. “We depend on adults for three things–for love, for nurture, and for protection. We have a biological need to be loved…it’s there from day one.” WATCH THE FULL EVENT HERE

of this in action, Juleus Ghunta, author of “Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows: A Story about ACEs and Hope” talks about his life and experiences as a survivor of about 18 adverse childhood experiences. As a community, it is up to all of us to build hope and resilience for the future. At the Center for Child Counseling, we focus on a public health approach to building awareness and action around addressing childhood adversity and trauma. The science of prevention shows that we don’t have to wait for a child to fall apart emotionally before we do something, so building the capacity of caregivers and our entire community is essential. Collective efforts such as Birth to 22 and BeWellPBC are working toward creating an equitable community where all children have the opportunity to grow up feeling safe and loved. The leadership and passion that drives this work provides us all with hope for the future.

centerforchildcounseling Anyone who has looked into the eyes of a newborn baby knows from infancy, humans seek connection. We carry this need for connection throughout our lifetime, and from birth it provides the foundation for all relationships. Studies show that connection can build resilience in individuals exposed to adversity and trauma. Newer research is looking at how isolation impacts adults struggling with mental illness and the importance of creating networks of support as a part of the treatment process. At varying levels, we all felt the impact of social isolation during the pandemic. Building hope and resilience for the future means building a community where all children and families feel loved, protected, nurtured – and connected. As we continue to emerge in the aftermath of COVID-19, we need to actively work on developing positive social connections and relationships, particularly for children, families, and communities who have experienced an overabundance of adversity, stress, and trauma. How do we go about building resilience for those who have experienced ongoing adversity and trauma? First, we must shift our concept of resilience, which is often conceptualized as an individual trait, which means it is up to the individual to fix themselves, rather than looking at systemic issues that may keep adversity and trauma firmly in place. Shifting our mindsets to view resilience as a community trait and putting our efforts into creating communities where we care for EVERY child and family must be at the forefront. Creating opportunities for Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) through buffering relationships is the antidote to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Every one of us has the opportunity to make a difference for a child facing adversity, whether as a teacher, coach, mentor, or attorney. For a powerful example

ACEs Toolkit A Way of Being with Children Fighting ACEs White Paper Training

The Word is a broad topic space for contributing writers (a.k.a the community) to share your stories of behavioral health or anything selfcare related i.e. fitness, health, educational, parenting, hobbies, wellness, etc. To contribute, send your article ideas to thewell@bewellpbc.org with “The Word” in the subject line.

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THE DEPTH

True Happiness, the Incredible Pursuit, & Being BY: DR. FAROKH JIVEH

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these two influences; but all the sorrow and the grief that exist come from the world of matter—the spiritual world bestows only the joy!” So … how do you get to that state? How do you become happy? Thousands of books and billions of dollars later, people are still searching to be happy. But why? Could it be that we have to understand our true nature as human beings? The fact that so many people are searching for it, proves we really don’t know who we are!

he Bahá’i Faith is an incredible global religion and a life-journey to heighten our soul and virtues, be our best individually, and create a loving family, community, and a unified world. Bahá’ís all over the world strive to bring about a world filled with peace, love, and unity. In thinking about writing about my Faith, The Bahá’i Faith, I thought to get specific on a particular subject that people of all faiths struggle with- Happiness.

Wow! Read that again.

Happiness is a state of being so incredibly high that it will not only elevate ourselves in everything we do but a contagious status that will bring others around us feeling uplifted and joyous! So what is it when you stand next to certain people, you can authentically feel their incredible happy energy? Is it the car they drive, the house they have, the job? Or could it be something else? Could the core of our happiness be something so beyond anything material?

LET’S LOOK AT THE TWO PHASES THAT HUMANS CONSTANTLY BATTLE WITH.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE?

Written in the Bahá’i Reference Library, “Joy gives us wings! In times of joy, our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.

STEP 1. Service

Here is a powerful and profound quote from the Baha’i faith: “HUMAN HAPPINESS IS FOUNDED UPON SPIRITUAL BEHAVIOR.”

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I don’t believe materialistic things, a big house, a nice car, don’t bring about happiness but they are temporary. It will fade. The thrill will be gone. But continued nourishment to an elevated soul will never fade. It is an eternal high that will uplift you and those around you like nothing else. It is a state of “being” that would be difficult to suppress. You will show up “present” and solid every single day!

But when sadness visits us, we become weak, our strength leaves us, our comprehension is dim and our intelligence veiled. The actualities of life seem to elude our grasp, the eyes of our spirits fail to discover the sacred mysteries, and we become even as dead beings. There is no human being untouched by

to others. We must get comfortable with the fact that to know ourselves, we need to stop focusing on ourselves. The more we focus on helping others, the more we find ourselves. I recently visited a men’s shelter volunteering. I got to speak to some and realized how much alike we are, how I was one unlucky event away from being there. I realized how our true nature is the same and how we can uplift each other. At the same time, I learned so much about myself and the unbound potential we each have.


THE DEPTH

I don’t believe materialistic things, a big house, a nice car, don’t bring about happiness but they are temporary. It will fade. The thrill will be gone. But continued nourishment to an elevated soul will never fade.

By serving others, we realize what needed qualities we have and what we can bring to others, and how uplifting it is! STEP 2. Gain

virtues. Gaining happiness is directly proportional to attaining the “virtues and perfections of the world of humanity.” It is very possible when you find your own virtues and strengths, you can use them higher than your own personal goals. In the path to cultivate our virtues, we elevate our own souls! When that happens, we are better equipped to face life’s challenges and anything negative that may come our way and are not affected deeply by life’s hardships. The key is that true happiness is constant work, effort in our path of service, effort in developing our character, letting go of our ego, and realizing our true spiritual nature. Also, realizing physical and spiritual happiness are two distinct states of “being,” and living in the life of the spirit is the key to our fulfilled life. Pursuing this incredible presence, serving others, and acquiring our spiritual growth will bring us happiness and bring about incredible other blessings in our lives! Learn more by visiting www.bahai.org

The Depth is a space for faith-based leaders and individuals to share their thoughts, guidance, encouragement, what they’re witnessing, and more. To contribute, send your article ideas to thewell@bewellpbc.org with “The Depth” in the subject line.

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THE RESERVOIR

BY: NEERAJ MENDIRATTA

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wenty-eight years back, I landed at a small airport in Virginia to study at Virginia Tech. It was my first time away from India. While I knew what the USA was about, I wondered if I would ever again enjoy and celebrate the same things as I did in India. A few days later, we celebrated India’s Independence Day, and I met several fellow Indian students and faculty. However, one thing was clearly missing – second and higher generation Indians – children of Indian parents that had immigrated to the USA before us.

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That is when the dilemma of an immigrant parent became apparent. Do I raise my kids with an American lifestyle or Indian lifestyle, or both? Will they be “confused” or “complete” if I miss something?


THE RESERVOIR

That is when I learned a few new words. We were FOBs (Fresh Off Boats), and they were ABCDs – American Born Confused Desi. Desi means from your own land - a word for immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. In one way, it explained their absence in that event, but why were they “confused”? A fellow student who had been in the USA for a couple of years explained that these kids didn’t know whether to be an American or an Indian. Their existence is filled with confusion between burger and biryani, Diwali and Christmas, Hollywood vs. Bollywood. How interesting, I thought! Over time as I met these so-called “ABCD”s and their parents, they were ABCDs, but more “complete” than “confused.” They had the best of both worlds –America and India – one of the best khichdi that could ever be. These ABCDs enjoyed celebrating Diwali and Holi as much as Christmas and Thanksgiving. They danced to the beats of garba and bhangra as much as they did to hip-hop and electronic music. Their daily meals were an eclectic mix of parathas and pizza, dosa and

pancakes. They donned kurta and sarees as beautifully as tuxedos and gowns. To me, there was less whiff of “confusion” but more sense of “completeness.” Fast forward a few more years, I had two of my own ABCDs. That is when the dilemma of an immigrant parent became apparent. Do I raise my kids with an American lifestyle or Indian lifestyle, or both? Will they be “confused” or “complete” if I miss something? Will they be alienated at school if they were more Indian than American, or would they never understand their roots if they were more American? However, I learned kids are like a sponge. They absorb everything – the language, the food, the holidays, the clothes, and the music. But as they grew a bit older, some of the conversations went like this: “How come you are Indians, and we are Americans?” “Wait a minute, you just told us we are Americans, and now you are telling us we are Hindus. What are we?” Well, neither of these conversations was easy, but it was necessary. It became more important to live and celebrate Indianness as much as being American in everyday life - raise a wholesome human who appreciates both values, cultures, and identities. We have been celebrating Christmas and Diwali as a family. They cheer for Indian Cricket teams just like they cheer for Denver Broncos, their favorite NFL team, and savor pizza and dosa equally. We enjoy watching Shah Rukh Khan charm Kajol just like Bruce Willis dropping “Hans Gruber” from the Nakatomi Plaza. They feel at home in America, but when they visit their extended families in India, they feel welcomed and also at home. To them, India is not a foreign land. It is simply another home away from their home in Florida. And that is the key – staying connected with the roots while expanding their wings here. The Reservoir is the cultural space for contributors to highlight customs, celebrations, holidays, rituals, recipes, and more. To contribute, send your article ideas to thewell@bewellpbc.org with “The Reservoir” in the subject line.

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BEYOND THE COUCH

Our Brain Speaks Fluent Breath BY: MAKI CRISCAUT @MAKICRISCAUT

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cold bath can take us to a place beyond our Ego. To a state of calm in which we can handle any stress. If you can consciously tap into this space, you become invincible.

It strips us from our story. It violently brings us back to our body, to here and now. At the same time, our mind will scream, convinced we are in a life-threatening situation. Our breath becomes short, fast, and shallow.

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Our body is an engineering marvel, and amongst its feats is the ability to adapt and regulate its temperature. This means you will not die of hypothermia by sitting, in a controlled environment, for 2 minutes in a tub filled with ice water at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Nevertheless, our brain might think we are in real danger and go full-blown into fight-flight mode.


BEYOND THE COUCH

It strips us from our story. It violently brings us back to our body, to here and now. At the same time, our mind will scream, convinced we are in a life-threatening situation.

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BEYOND THE COUCH

In evolution, the stress response was designed to help us survive, but that’s not always the case in today’s world. Our fight or flight response is now activated from psychological and mental stress. For example, some can activate it while experiencing turbulence on a plane or just by thinking about tomorrow. That’s when it gets tricky because these situations aren’t truly dangerous, but they’ve triggered our stress response, and our body is reacting as if they were. 32

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OUR BRAIN SPEAKS FLUENT BREATH.

We learn how to speak our body’s language through Pranayama. Pranayama is an integral part of yoga; it is a practice of breath regulation. “Prana” means life force in Sanskrit, and “Yama” means control.


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Pranayama can recalibrate our nervous system (the body’s main controlling, regulatory and communicating system) that’s activating the flight-fight response. It can spark creativity, help you dig into your subconscious mind, help you access lost memories, offer visions and deep insights. It can help you sleep better, cool down or heat up the body, and even take you on a psychedelic ride (getting high on your own supply). To get an idea of how our breath can calm us down, try changing the ratio of your inhales and exhales right now by inhaling through your nose for a count of 4 and exhaling through your nose for a count of 6. Now, notice what happens. OUR BREATH CAN SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE THE STATE OF OUR MINDS.

When we are born, the first thing we do is breathe, inhale, and at the end of our lives, the last thing we do is exhale… our last breath. Life is what happens between our first inhalation and our last exhalation. We take some 20,000 breaths a day, including while we are sleeping.

How many of those are you conscious of ? My quest to find peace within (connection) started with my first breath-work certification 25 years ago, which I was fortunate to attain after training personally under Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Fifteen years later, after a life-changing/humbling experience, I found Yoga-or Yoga found me? I completed my first teacher training, and I have attended every training, certification, and workshop I have been able to get my hands on since. In this rapid and overstimulated modern world, we seldom stop and smell the roses or take a conscious breath. As a result, we have detached from nature, community, and our own bodies. That is why I decided it was time for me to share tools, hold space and help my community reconnect with its true nature. I wanted to offer an experience that included practices that have improved my physical, mental, and emotional health, and changed my life; and so, “Ignite The Ultimate Wellness Ritual” was born: yoga, meditation, Pranayama, cold exposure, and nature. All this, in a safe space and with the support of an open-hearted tribe of like-minded humans. To me, the combination of all these practices creates a potent formula for anxiety, focus, clarity, empowerment, and inner peace. Building the mental muscle and the mindset needed to carry us calmly through stressful situations creates a foundation on which growth is possible. Change and stress are constant in life; having the tools and training to strengthen our ability to meet those challenges successfully, without losing our peace, perspective, or sense of humor, is key to living a happier life. If you own your breath, nothing can steal your peace.

Beyond The Couch highlights non-traditional mental health outlets and resources in Palm Beach County. To contribute, send your article ideas to thewell@bewellpbc.org with “Beyond the Couch” in the subject line.

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CORNER TALK

“How can we heal as a community?”

Community healing starts at home and begins with compassion, compassion for oneself, their neighbor and anyone they may meet. When we allow ourselves to grasp for a moment, our power to hurt or heal with every thought, word, and action coupled with the simplicity of oneness, one planet, one human organism, we ignite community healing.

I think community healing is important to have so you have others outside of the situation to lean on.

PAULA LEONARDIS GREENACRES @PAULA222

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CORNER TALK

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I believe community healing begins when we collectively heal together. We must see and hear each other’s pain but also our strength in our pain, without judgment and fear we may lose more by being seen and heard together. People have questions about pain and repair that a community can help answer.

It takes kindness and compassion to heal a community. It takes so little for kindness to spread around.This is called “moral elevation” and we all need more of that feeling in our lives. We need to have compassion, we don’t know what others are dealing with, we live in a culture of judgment and shame where people are afraid or embarrassed of asking for help. This must change, and this change starts at home, having open and honest conversations builds trust, and has a loving and supportive environment for your children because after all, community starts at home.

dividual to make it possiy to heal, and for that, we t address the core issues our own mental, physical ma, so we can underrocess of healing and help munity! From the time I was orld, I was always taught takes a village to raise a agree with it; however, nged, but humans have he same. So my urge to y community is just to take heal yourself, and maybe ght be the opposite, and it raise a village.

JACQUELYN GRANDA M.S., LMHC, NCC BOCA RATON WWW.SOLACEANDSTRENGTH.COM

CAROLINA KING

WELLINGTON HOME (ARTSFORSMILES.ORG) @ARTSFORSMILES

To have your voice heard from the corner of the neighborhood, send an email to thewell@ bewellpbc.org with “Corner Talk (and north, central, south, east or west” in the subject line.

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Birth to 22 Hosts 2022 Community Conversations The March 8th conversation focused on Achieving Success in Higher Education, Strengthening Out of School Time (OST), and Ensuring Safety & Justice. At this conversation, 56 community members attended, of which 23 students participated.

Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures is an alliance of Palm Beach County community partners that engages and aligns existing coalitions, networks, systems, and youth-serving organizations, as well as connecting families, community members, and most importantly, with local young people directly. The voices of youth and the adults who care about them are vital to implementing the Youth Master Plan and ensuring a difference is made in our community. Birth to 22 recently hosted a series of 2022 Community Conversations that were open to the public and structured to support community input while providing relevant data regarding children’s outcomes and services.

The April 4th conversation focused on Economic Access and Parenting & Role Models. At this conversation, 65 community members attended, of which 17 students participated.

The March 24th conversation focused on Trauma-Sensitive Communities and Health & Wellness. At this conversation, 42 community members attended, of which 12 students participated.

Each conversation posed questions to community members regarding specific issues they are concerned about regarding each action area and to suggest solutions to the group in the following categories:

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In surveying the room at all four community conversations, we learned that the biggest areas of concern was mental health, housing, education, and economic access. Learn more about the community conversation results at: http://pbcbirthto22.com/engagement/. The March 29th conversation focused on Education to Employment Pathways for Disconnected Youth and Social-Emotional Learning. At this conversation, 66 community members attended, of which 22 students participated.

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To stay connected with Birth to 22 and their upcoming events and initiatives, follow them on their Facebook and Instagram pages @Birthto22.


Events and Careers JOIN THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FIELD Families First of Palm Beach County Maternal Mental Health Training

Join us for a special presentation about mental health issues related to pregnancy and postpartum! This training will benefit students, physicians, nurses, pregnancy care providers, mental health professionals, case managers, and any other professionals who support perinatal women.

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In this training, you will learn about mental health disorders that commonly occur in pregnancy and postpartum. You will gain tools and information to enhance quality of care and improve healthcare outcomes for perinatal women who experience depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health concerns. Protective factors, risk factors, treatment options (including our Circle of Moms support groups), and resources are covered!

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Presenter: Elais Perez, Maternal Wellness Coordinator

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Please contact Elais Perez at eperez@hmhbpbc.org for any questions!

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