AWARENESS CREATES CHANGE
YWC Ambassadors raise awareness, promote self-care and work to eliminate the stigma around mental health through campus YWC CAMPAIGNS. Parents, teachers, students, and community... let's take the first step by learning the signs of emotional distress so that we can reach out when someone is struggling. Let's make sure our youth know who the trusted adults in their lives are.
We create change when we learn the facts rather than making assumptions. We create change when we show compassion instead of judgment. How do you respond when you hear a friend has just broken their arm or has a physical illness? Now think about how you would respond if someone told you they were bipolar or they struggled with depression? Mental illness is a disorder that disrupts a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental health disorders are not the result of personal weakness, poor upbringing, or lack of character. -NAMI
BE KIND 21
Our YWC focus in October is on BEING AN UPSTANDER in honor of bullying awareness month. This year, the Youth Wellness Connection Clubs are supporting the Be Kind 21 campaign with Lady Gaga's foundation Born This Way.
The focus is on both being kind to others as well as being kind to yourself.
The Challenge invites students, teachers, staff, and parents to build habits that foster kindness and promote the strength and wellness of their communities. Inspired by the idea that habits are formed by repeating an activity for 21 consecutive days. The challenge calls on participants to practice an act of kindness each day for 21 days. We hope you will share how you have practiced kindness by posting on your Instagram account #BeKind21 and tagging us @wcclubs.
Below are some ideas we have put together...