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May 2019

#b4stage4chat Twitter Chat Recap: Discussing Health & Wellness for Mental Health Month

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The pros and cons of social media and technology often depend on how we use it.  To bring awareness to Mental Health Month in May, The Steve Fund co-hosted a Twitter chat with Mental Health America to unite our online communities in conversation around how our lifestyles impact our physical and mental health.

We were joined by nearly 150 participants and mental health advocates including our guests Dr. Anthony Jack (@tony_jack), assistant professor at Harvard in Cambridge, Jay Wang (@JayWang36), co-chair for the Steve Fund’s Youth Advisory Board, and Dannie Bell, high school senior and Steve Fund volunteer.

If you weren’t able to join the #b4stageb4chat conversation, here’s a recap:

On ways to take care of our mental health daily:

 


 

On how we can support others who open up about their struggles:

 


 

We discussed how pets and service animals can make a world of difference for individuals with chronic physical and #mentalhealth conditions, and how those without a pet/service animal can incorporate animal companions in their lives:

 


 

On taking care of physical and mental health while at work:

 


 

On how faith, religion, or spirituality contribute positively to #mentalhealth:

 


 

On racial discrimination and microaggressions. What can people do to protect their mental health if they encounter these challenges?

 


 

On what mental health professionals can do to remove this barrier in cross-cultural mental health care relationships:

 


 

On how the use of social media can lead to isolation and exposure to cyberbullying. What are some of the ways that social media can be used as a tool to raise mental health awareness?

 


 

On how technology is being used to support mental health and well-being. What are some examples of technology resources currently in use to help people deal with mental health crises and to maintain emotional balance?

 


 

On other campaigns or resources for #MentalHealthMonth:

 


 

Thank you for reading our recap of the #b4stage4chat Twitter chat. If you’re interested and want to participate in our next event, subscribe to updates here. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

A Guide to Seeking Work-Life Balance

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Seeking A Work-Life Balance

A Guide From Our Executive Director

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Seeking A Work-Life Balance
by Anuja Khemka, Executive Director

To achieve the mental and emotional wellness we all deserve, we must start by tackling a trend in today’s world: the imbalance between personal life and work and school commitments.

People who strike better balance between work and life report remarkable benefits. Surveys show that feeling engaged at work improves the likelihood of overall well-being (1). At the same time, having more control over your hours and schedule correlate to better mental and physical health (2), as well as better job performance and greater satisfaction (3).

At some point or another, most of us run the risk of letting work and school commitments take on too great a role in our lives, and suffer the consequences. This guide is intended to provide you with both inspiration and techniques that you can use to achieve more balance in your life.

Work-life equilibrium is a worthy goal to pursue to enhance well-being, so try small changes like the ones described here so that you can care for yourself and achieve both your personal and professional goals.

References:

  • 1. McGregor, Jean. “The Average Work Week Is Now 47 Hours.” The Washington Post, September 2, 2014. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2014/09/02/the-average-work-week-is-now-47-hours/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.550fb9fb6661.
  • 2. Gonzalez-Mulé, Erik, and Bethany Cockburn. “Worked to Death: The Relationships of Job Demands and Job Control with Mortality.” Personnel Psychology 70, no. 1 (2016): 73-112. doi:10.1111/peps.12206.
  • 3. Hill, E. Jeffrey, Brent C. Miller, Sara P. Weiner, and Joe Colihan. “Influences Of The Virtual Office On Aspects Of Work And Work/life Balance.” Personnel Psychology 51, no. 3 (December 7, 1998): 667-83. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6570.1998.tb00256.x.

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The Steve Fund at 2019 CPN Summit June 10-12 in Nashville

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Join experts, policy-makers, thought leaders, and practitioners from member institutions and organizations to examine emerging strategies for solving the critical issues related to campus health and safety.

We are excited to invite you to join us for the 11th Annual Campus Prevention Network Summit taking place at the Renaissance Nashville on June 10-12. The Steve Fund is partnering with EVERFI for this three-day gathering of higher education professionals to learn, share, and explore strategies for enhancing prevention and compliance efforts at their institutions.

Date:
June 10-12, 2019

Location:
Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce St
Nashville, TN 37203

As a Summit Partner in Thought Leadership, we are pleased to provide you with 10% off the registration fee using code summitbound2019.

Register today: CPN SUMMIT

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

 

See Highlights from CPN 2018 held in New Orleans

Self-Care for May 2019: Seeking Work-Life Balance

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“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” —Shonda Rhimes

May is the official Mental Health Month, a time when we turn our focus to raising awareness around the mental health needs of every member of our society. Throughout the month, The Steve Fund community will be spreading the word about the importance of mental health so that this critical area becomes something everyone cares about.

To achieve the mental and emotional wellness we all deserve, we must start by tackling a trend in today’s world: the imbalance between personal life and work and school commitments. People who strike better balance between work and life report remarkable benefits. Surveys show that feeling engaged at work improves the likelihood of overall well-being. At the same time, having more control over your hours and schedule correlate to better mental and physical health (2016 study), as well as better job performance and greater satisfaction (2006 study).

At some point or another, most of us run the risk of letting work and school commitments take on too great a role in our lives, and suffer the consequences. Here are three things you can enact today to achieve more balance in your life.

Know your needs. Do an inventory of what you need to feel good both emotionally and physically. Write down what you come up with, and make an effort to prioritize at least one of those each week.

Establish a routine. Routines can change your life, especially your morning and nighttime habits. Start off with a morning meditation on what you want from the day. End it by taking account of where you went right and where you went wrong, appreciating the journey that brought you to the day’s end and forgiving yourself for what didn’t go as planned.

Hack your schedule. You are in control of how you spend your time, and on what, so take a close look at what you are spending your time on and change it. Research shows that people who plan their free time are happier and have an all-around better quality of life. Check out this TED Talk on time management to get inspired.

This month, as we raise the conversation about mental health, let’s not forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. Work-life equilibrium is a worthy goal to pursue to enhance well-being, so try small changes like the ones listed above. And, check out these tips from our partner, Mental Health America, for even more ways you can work toward greater balance.

Be well,


Anuja Khemka
Executive Director

The Steve Fund Supports CBC Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health

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On the eve of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched an Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health to bring attention to the rising suicide rate among black children, “and to identify legislative recommendations to address this mental health crisis.” (Source: The Root)

Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor, will represent the Steve Fund on a working group of experts and stakeholders to support this new task force.

The purpose of the group is to shed light on the mental health of black youth and related racial disparities. Ultimately, the group will contribute to the development of a report by the end of 2019 that will identify actionable steps and solutions for the community and for Congress, including potential legislative recommendations.

Given the Steve Fund’s focus on the mental health and well-being of students and young people of color, participation in the working group is an ideal opportunity for the Fund to contribute to national progress in addressing the needs of this demographic group.


 

According to a 2008 JAMA Pediatrics article on Black Boys and Suicide, suicide rates in the United States have traditionally been higher among white than black individuals across all age groups. However, in the last 25 years, suicide rates have increased among black children aged 5 to 11 years and decreased among white children of the same age.

“We can no longer stand aside and watch as the youth in our community continue to struggle with depression, traumatic stress, or anxiety. Far too often the pain that African Americans experience is either overlooked or dismissed,” Rep. Karen Bass, CBC Chair, said during the panel. “That has to end today.”

— Read more: The Root

CBC Press Release

Conference Highlights & Video Recap: Young, Gifted & Well at Harvard University

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The Steve Fund and Harvard University led participants in a day-long convening (4/16/19) with leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty and students who came together to understand the mental and emotional health experiences of young people of color within Harvard University.  Follow the discussion online using #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard.

We need to change some things institutionally, and in the name of Steve, we are going to do it.

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Get Engaged & Follow the Discussion Online: #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard