46 years old and I’ve said the words “anxiety”, “depression” and “suicide” more this past year than all of my other years combined.
As a physical therapist, I get physical health, but the behavioral and mental health world is brand new to me.
Learning is a systems change strategy.
I have so much to learn. And that’s what I’ve spent this past year doing with the Good Works Lab — learning.
Know science = no stigma.
By boosting community knowledge regarding neuroscience, psychology and best practice research, we can shift attitudes, decrease stigma and build support for a Northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health.
How can you learn more about the science of mental health in 2023?
– Commit: Get trained in ASIST, safeTALK, QPR, or Mental Health First Aid. Email me if you’re interested.
– Sign up: Attend Elevate Northern Michigan #3 on February 7th at Northwestern Michigan College.
– Read: Go to the library and ask the librarian what’s good. They’re smart. Check out this beauty of a newsletter by one of my favorite librarians, Ms. VanderZee, at Traverse City Central High School.
– Connect: Join We Fight and learn by plugging into this self-organizing community.
– Act: Learning as you go while taking action is a great way to learn. Pick something from the Surgeon General’s Youth Mental Health Advisory and start today.
Here’s to a 2023 full of learning, together.
We’re counting on you.