A new report shows that “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs), or traumatic experiences, have long-term effects on the brain and body. For example, an individual reporting four or more traumatic experiences is over five times as likely to cope with depression as an adult. Those individuals are also more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or kidney disease, and more likely to have a stroke. They’re almost three times as likely to smoke, and over three times as likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month – a good time for families, schools, and communities to take stock of current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) have released a variety of resources to inform youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more may be found at Stopbullying.gov. With all of these new resources and attention, it’s a great time to consider how you can help raise awareness about bullying and take action to stop it.
Parenting can be frustrating when we feel that we are always waiting for the next crisis or difficulty to happen. We can find ourselves always reacting to daily challenges instead of having a solid plan to prevent things from falling apart.
This day long (7-hour) training will focus on 6 key elements for developing positive and healthy relationships with children, family members, and those who assist us in supporting our children. Having an understanding of these 6 Elements can assist parents with improving relationships with their children and those who support them.
Participants in this training will learn how to:
- Identify how the home environment and family relationships can help or hinder your child’s growth.
- Identify ways to help your child feel emotionally secure.
- Identify ways to improve family relationships and reduce parental stress.
- Develop a practical plan to successfully prevent and navigate those troubling times that occur throughout the day.
The training is free but space is limited! Lunch will be on your own.
This training is presented by The Center For Positive Living Supports. Register online at www.positivelivingsupport.org/training or call (586) 263-8748.
Over the last 50 years, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking.
Today’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, comes a half century after the historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report, which concluded that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. Over the last 50 years tobacco control efforts have saved 8 million lives. This report provides the push to speed up public health and clinical strategies to drop overall smoking rates to less than 10% in the next decade.
Did you know?
Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 44% of all the cigarettes sold in this country? Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 2 to 3 times more than the average US adult population? Did you know that 70% of people with mental illness want to quit? Did you know that people with mental illness can be just as successful in quitting as anyone else?
Northern Lakes CMH is starting a new grant project to improve this! Read more at Saving Lives: New project will help those with mental illness become smoke-free!