Growing up in Wisconsin and living in Minnesota, I loved winter. I love skiing and sledding, the crunch of snow, the crisp feeling of cold… but I hated February. By then I was done; I hated the crunch of the snow, sledding felt like too much work with kids and snow pants and boots; making more mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows made me want to scream. Since moving to NC more than 10 years ago, though, I love February. It’s become my favorite month of the year. The days get longer, the sun warmer, the sky a true “Carolina blue”.
I recognize that you may not share my new-found love for February. For you or someone you care about, this time of year may mean symptoms of depression which could point to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Here’s a good overview of SAD, from the Mayo Clinic.
Announcing an Exciting Partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Davidson LifeLIne is excited to partner with CMS on some initiatives that focus on serving the whole child in the school setting. One of those initiatives is called Making It Better. According to the website, “The Making it Better initiative is a district-wide effort to eradicate bullying and improve school culture in every Charlotte-Mecklenburg school.” In each Davidson LifeLine blog entry, we will introduce a piece of Making It Better. Here is a link to the Making It Better Newsletter. To become a member of the site, simply follow the prompts. The organization code is ENGAGE. Thanks to John Concelman, who is in charge of the character development and bully prevention programs in CMS.
Text Talk Act
Davidson LifeLine’s student leadership team is working with Creating Community Solutions on a very inspiring project for our high schools this spring, entitled Text Talk Act. Susan McCormack, Community Liaison for Creating Community Solutions, is working with us on this project. Check out Susan McCormack’s blog and a short video about Text Talk Act!
Just a few spots left! Ordinary People: a Collaboration
Davidson Learns, Davidson LifeLine, and Carolinas Healthcare System Behavioral Health-Davidson are offering a 5-week class that explores mental health themes from Judith Guest’s book, Ordinary People. Davidson Community Players is offering their version of Ordinary People February 18-March 15. The class will attend a performance together. Find more information at Davidson Learns
Finding ways to bring up tough topics with our kids can be challenging. Our student leadership team is taking the lead on offering Conversation Starters as one way to help.Thanks to Ellie Wilson, Senior at Lake Norman Charter School, for this idea: Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders Among Youth.
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Training Opportunities—QPR (Question Persuade-Refer)
QPR training provides three simple steps that 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. The next session of QPR is scheduled for March 12, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Parks and Rec center.
Sign up! For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the training, This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
Also… Last week was National High School Counselors week. Thank a high school counselor today for their dedication to our youth!
……We’ve been asked how to make a donation to Davidson LifeLine
If you would like to make a donation to Davidson LifeLine to support our work for 2015, you can send a check to:
Davidson LifeLIne PO Box 1329 Davidson, NC 28036
We will provide a receipt to document your donation.
704-444-2400 Carolinas HealthCare System 24-Hour Help Line
The help line, staffed by masters-level mental health professionals and registered nurses, offers crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The staff can also provide assessments for psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, make referrals to behavioral health specialists and offer information on community behavioral health resources. Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, there is someone to help just a phone call away.