2015 Will Be a Great Year for Davidson LifeLine
Many wonderful things happened for Davidson LifeLine in 2014. We hosted 6 Community Conversations on topics ranging from Robin Williams to self-harm. Our student leadership group presented, “Join Us in Our Virtual World,” an introduction to social media and digital citizenship for adults. We distributed, “Be4Me: a Parent’s Guide to the Teen World of Social Media ”. We trained more than 200 people in QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer), available free of charge through the Town of Davidson or on-site for your organization.
A huge step for us in 2014 was earning our non-profit, 501(c)(3) status. It’s a critical step in our evolution as an organization because it gives us the ability to 1) fundraise; 2) apply for grants; and, 3) accept donations. It took time to strategize how we would responsibly use money raised for Davidson LifeLine ; in fact, we spent much of our time in 2014 working on this piece. After much thought, much discussion with each other and with people who know way more about running a non-profit, we are clear about at least a few ways we’d use funds:
- Quarterly Community Conversations with speakers, catered dinner by a local restaurant, and time for small group, facilitated discussion. Much larger in scope than last year, we plan to bring in well know speakers to lead Community Conversations about issues like mental health illness and recovery, how alcohol and drugs in our community affect mental health, and veterans and the challenges veterans, their families, and their communities face and how we can create a healthier environment.
- Davidson LifeLIne offers QPR and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) at no cost to participants. To date, certified facilitators have volunteered their time to offer these important trainings. In 2015, we would like to pay our trainers for their time. There is also a materials cost for both trainings.
- Student Leadership group retreat costs—Davidson LifeLine’s student leadership group is presently comprised of high school students from Hough High, Cannon School, Lake Norman Charter School, and the Community School of Davidson. Their work is crucial to reaching adolescents in our community. We will continue to cast a net to all area high schools for participating youth.
- Program Costs, such as printing, training, and other miscellaneous costs
……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:
18658 Shearer Rd
Davidson, NC 28036
We will provide a receipt to document your donation.
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 26-March 15. The class will attend a performance together. Find more information at Davidson Learns
Generation Z: A World Gone Cyber Generation Z is made up of those born in the mid or late 1990s or 2000’s. This article, by Lauren Galley of the Huffington Post, is a great look into the social media world of teens and how we as adults in children’s lives, can help them navigate what we don’t know. Um, just curious about something—what comes after Generation Z? Does the world end? Do we have to add letters to the alphabet?
This is just very cool…
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) does a lot of great work. One exceptional thing, I think, is this link on their website called, You Are Not Alone. It’s wonderful. On this site, you can read stories of others who have struggled and/or struggled with mental illness. There are countless stories, written by Vince and Robert and Heather. Be inspired yourself; pass it on to anyone you know who may be feeling alone this week.
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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. QPR is offered the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00. The next class will be held on January 19,6:30-8:00 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. This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
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.