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April 2019

Self-Care for April 2019: Empowering Yourself Out Of Loneliness

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
— Alice Walker

April marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. Temperatures begin to rise, and flowers and trees bloom along with refreshed perspectives. Despite the pleasant weather, many young people may be struggling with feelings of loneliness—dissatisfied by social networks and connections, the people we rely on, and even our sense of belonging (or lack thereof).

Young people, in particular, are far more likely to experience feelings of loneliness (BBC Loneliness Experiment). For young people of color, rates may be higher due to racial discrimination and cultural isolation on campuses, and exclusion in the workplace (2016 study). At the same time, loneliness is complex and carries health risks of depression (2017 study) and cardiovascular problems (2015 study).

If you’re feeling like you have no one to turn to at work, no one to talk to on campus, or simply lonely in what you’re experiencing right now, here are some tips to help you find your way:

Build Your Network. Look for groups of people with which you share an experience, for example, or a cultural connection. Professional associations, alumni, school and cultural groups, and networking events are all great options for connecting with others.

Connect Virtually. The virtual space provides a wide array of options to build relationships with individuals who may be going through the same challenges as you. Check out the virtual support system we built with 7cups.

Reach Out to a Mentor. During challenging, alienating, or new situations, mentors are great sources of strength. Be frank with them about any isolation you are experiencing so they can support you.

And, finally, don’t forget that The Steve Fund is here for you. We hope that these tips help you feel empowered to take on the second half of 2019 and achieve your goals.

Be well,


Anuja Khemka
Executive Director

New Resource! The Equity in Mental Health Framework Toolkit

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The Steve Fund, a nonprofit created to address the mental health needs of young people of color, and The Jed Foundation (JED), a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults are pleased to announce the availability of a new resource that supports students of color— Equity in Mental Health Framework Toolkit.

The new Toolkit provides additional support in applying the recommendations in the EMH Framework that was launched just over a year ago. It includes implementation strategies to support campus-based efforts to reduce shame and prejudice around mental illness, increase responsiveness, improve campus climate, and provide system-wide opportunities to help all students thrive.

Additional support for these activities can be provided by JED and The Steve Fund.

We encourage your participation in this effort to reach and support students of color, and to help ensure that everyone has access to mental health resources. We hope the EMH Framework and Toolkit will help guide you in this important work.

Click here to download. 

3 Tips to Overcome Anxiety & Spring Forward

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Be brave.
—Lao Tzu
 
Beginning a new venture—whether it’s heading back to school or beginning a new career—often comes with mixed emotions. You might feel excited—and ready—to begin anew and to make new connections; while you might also feel anxious about encountering new and unfamiliar challenges. No matter what’s on your mind, you deserve a clean slate as you embark on change. It’s common for people to experience fears and anxieties, negative feelings and emotions, and to feel overwhelmed and stressed, but don’t fret, you can tackle these feelings head on. Here are three tips to help:
 
  • Take action. Stressful situations affect all of us from time to time, yet these challenges do not need to hold us back. Choose to start your new endeavor by bravely taking action and confronting stressors directly as they arise.

  • Find your unique strengths. Being conscious of who you are, being true to yourself, and acknowledging your assets and abilities takes a lot of the uncertainty out of life. Harness your own personal power to wrestle with whatever stressors are getting in the way of your progress.

  • Give yourself a thumbs-up daily. Deliberately choose to be brave in confronting challenges every day. Give yourself a mental thumbs-up every time you do!


And don’t forget, there are supports out there, ready to help you—the Steve Fund is one of them—if any of the challenges you are confronting seem too big to face alone.

We wish you a happy Spring 2019, and encourage you to get excited about setting some goals that matter to you. And don’t be surprised if you exceed your own expectations throughout the year!

Be well,

Anuja Khemka
Executive Director

Self-Care Blog Series: A version of this blog post originally appeared in our January 2019 newsletter edition. 

You’re invited: Young, Gifted & Well 2019 at Harvard University

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How can we better support wellness through policy and practice as a community? The Steve Fund is excited to partner with Harvard University on a day-long convening—April 16, 2019, with leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty and students who will come together to understand mental and emotional health experiences of young people of color within Harvard University. This community event is hosted by The Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Office of the President and Provost and The Steve Fund.

The day will also feature a #ConsciousHarvard traveling board—an interactive board for public spaces to create action-focused dialogue about diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging at Harvard, as well as a Self-Care Room featuring coloring sheets, drop-in meditation, mats and pillows for quiet respite, recommended Mindset apps and podcasts, stress balls, and more.

REGISTER TODAY:
To learn more and to register, click here.

GET ENGAGED:
Additionally, we invite participants to get engaged in the discussion using hashtag #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard via Twitter.

The Steve Fund Receives Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

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NEW YORK, NY — The Steve Fund has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to The Steve Fund was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to the empowerment of individuals.

With minorities forming the majority of Americans by 2044 (and for children already by 2020), the future success of our nation will depend on the mental health and emotional well-being of all student populations, and on colleges and universities to provide support appropriately.

The Steve Fund partners with colleges, universities and nonprofits institutions on practical strategies led by multicultural mental health research and practice experts that promote mental health and emotional well-being, reduce stigma around mental illness, and increase access to programs and services for diverse students.

Newman’s Own Foundation uses all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $500 million to thousands of charities around the world.

Learn more about the Fund at www.stevefund.org and about its programs and services at www.stevefund.org/programs.