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Emotional / Mental

Having an awareness of your emotions and the skills to navigate your emotional experiences with resiliency.

o    Am I able to understand and manage my emotions?

o    Do I understand where my emotions are coming from and what may have triggered them in the first place or do I tend to deny, suppress or allow them to control me?

o    Do I feel and show empathy for myself and others?

o    Am I able to recognize negative thought patterns and reframe them or do I tend to dissociate?

If you're experiencing feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, disordered eating or sleeping, or persistent anxiety and depression, you don't have to face it alone.

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This month 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is raising awareness and bringing attention to suicide prevention, as they believe deaths from suicide can be reduced when the appropriate actions are taken. The #BeThe1To five-step action plan is an important tool that can help communicate with someone who may be suicidal. The five-step action plan includes the following steps:

Ask: If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and #BeThe1To ask. Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

Be There: Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen without judgment and with compassion and empathy. 
Keep Them Safe:  Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves
Help Them Connect: Help them build a support system, including the @988Lifeline, family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists.
Follow Up: Make sure to follow-up with them to see how they’re doing. This can make all the difference.

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Wellness Exercises
For Educators

The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) Office of Disaster Services recently launched TeachWell, a micro-learning wellness program designed to help educators take care of their mental health and wellbeing. By providing short, two-week courses on topics such as burnout prevention, self-care, anxiety management, and team care, TeachWell helps educators create a more positive learning environment for their students.

For more information, visit the DMH website HERE

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