…for their work planning and implementing the program, Text Talk Act, in their respective schools. In April, over 1000 students from Cannon School, the Community School of Davidson, and Lake Norman Charter School participated in Creating Community Solutions, Text Talk Act. Through text messaging, small groups receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health. In a May event, Creating Community Solutions, creator of Text Talk Act, challenged non profit organizations, middle schools, high schools, and colleges to participate. Davidson LifeLine’s Student Leadership Group won $1000! Check this out! I am incredibly proud of the work of the students from Cannon, CSD, LNCS, and Hough High this year. They’ve shown tremendous poise, grace, and leadership. PLUS, lifelong friendships were formed between many of them. Congratulations to our 5 graduating seniors: Ariana Forouzad (Cannon), Matt Borst (Cannon), Cassie Burk (Hough High), Ellie Wilson (LNCS) and Carlos Sanchez (LNCS). They will be truly missed.
Thank you to Hough High Principal Dr Laura Rosenbach and Cyndi Shaw, CMS Psychology, for inviting Davidson LifeLine to help provide QPR training to their second semester health students – that’s 600 + students! More than 95% of the students said that their willingness to act to prevent suicide increased as a result of this training!
Wake up to Wellness—Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas
Davidson LifeLine thanks Ellis Fields and her colleagues at Mental Health America of Central Carolinas for all of their help in creating who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. MHA is an incredible community partner to Davidson LifeLine, They helped us organize and provided training for 7 people in Davidson to be certified to teach QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer), a 90 minute suicide prevention program. When Ellis and her team asked Davidson LifeLine to be part of their Wakeup for Wellness Breakfast to draw a spotlight to their role in our evolution for their fundraising event, we were delighted. Take a look at this amazing video Amy Campbell of Flatbread Media created for the breakfast. Davidson’s own Detective Vernon Siders of the Davidson Police Department spoke at the breakfast, bringing the group of about 300 to their feet. What a moving experience. Also, take a look at the important work that Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas does every day.
What is Stigma, Anyway?
On May 28, Carolinas HealthCare System offered a great panel discussion in Davidson about stigma. Candid conversation about the state of mental health, the vision of CHS, and the relationship between Carolinas HealthCare System and the Town of Davidson were highlights. Check out this CHS-Davidson Relationship piece written by Carolinas HealthCare System ….so cool.
In The News
The American College Health Association created a National College Health Assessment designed to provide a snapshot of college students habits, behaviors, and perceptions about prevalent health topics leading up to Spring 2013.
According to the results, more than half of college students nationally said they have experienced “overwhelming anxiety,” and 31 percent reported that they had felt “so depressed it was difficult to function.” Approximately seven percent reported that they had seriously considered suicide. Here’s what Duke is doing about it. Davidson LifeLine is committed to providing information to our community about coping skills, managing stress and anxiety. If you have ideas, please let us know.
Here’s a great reminder about the importance of Staying Positive and practicing gratitude. I know these suggestions can be smarmy or so painfully obvious it doesn’t seem worth mentioning (again). But reading them, considering them, and implementing them are good for your nervous system and good for you.
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