Hoping you had a happy Thanksgiving!
We’ve all heard that gratitude makes a difference in our lives. Turns out, gratitude actually changes our biology, and that’s a great benefit of something we can tangibly do each and every day. Take a look at the 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About. I am grateful to each and every one of you.
December 1st is Giving Tuesday
Consider a donation to Davidson LifeLine on December 1st—Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The movement started in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in response to the commercialism and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.
There are so many great organizations that need our donations for their great work. I’d like to throw Davidson LifeLine into the ring as another option. In 2015, Davidson LifeLine:
- Provided QPR (Question Persuade Refer) to over 700 community members
- Provided 3 Mental Health First Aid classes
- Held 4 Community Conversations about suicide prevention and mental health awareness
- Brought Kevin Hines to Davidson. Kevin and his wife, Margaret, reached over 500 community members during their 3 day visit.
- Worked with Davidson College Presbyterian Church to create and offer a 5-part series on mental health awareness.
We continue to build on our work and touch more lives, helping community members know that we must talk about mental illness, just as we discuss physical illness. Talking about it makes it easier to get the help needed; it removes stigma and connects us.
Mental Health First Aid and Question-Persuade-Refer
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an eight-hour course designed for community members interested in learning how to properly respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis
Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) is a 90-minute training, created by the QPR Institute for Suicide Prevention, to assist with suicide prevention education. QPR training provides three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help
MHFA and QPR Upcoming Events (attached)
Silicon Valley Suicides
Palo Alto, CA, is a town that’s experienced a much higher than average rate of adolescent suicide. Their response to this agonizing crisis was one that Davidson LifeLine used it as a model as we struggled with where to start. The Silicon Valley Suicides ran in The Atlantic this month. It’s an honest snapshot of a community in crisis, trying to do what they can to stem the crisis of mental illness and suicide.
Community Conversation to Discuss Mental Health Issues and Veterans Was Fantastic!
We want to give a huge thank you to Shawn Caldwell, Kris Batchelor and Dr. Marc Castellani (the Health Behavior Coordinator at Veterans Health in Salisbury). Shawn talked about his experiences as a veteran, his battles with addiction, and his healthy recovery. Kris Batchelor, of Triple Play Farm, spoke about their effective equine therapy program. Dr Castellani asked the questions: What will it take for you to thrive? What’s your destination? He encourages Veterans and their families to consider:
1. It’s about you—feeling better, getting better, recovery—it’s about you
2. Because it’s about you, you have the power to choose your path.
3. You’re not alone. Whether it’s peer support, therapists, family & friends, or horses, others want to help you.
4. Change is possible. It’s non-linear so it doesn’t always feel good. Stick with it.
5. Connection is key.