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    Wellness Newsletter - May 2021
    Posted on 05/07/2021
    Wellness Newsletter - May 2021

    Announcements

    We are open for Wellness Center services. Ms. Shoshana our Nurse Practitioner, can see students virtually or in-person.

    Mental Health services are available virtually with Ms. Vero. To schedule an appointment, call (206) 326-2141.


    Upcoming Groups

    Kindness Alliance Meeting – a social justice group that supports the LGBTQ+ community

    Next Meeting: May 5th and May 19th.

    11:00 Current Aki students 
    2:30 Recent Aki grads

    Social Emotional Group - Meets every Wednesday at 1:30

    Sign-up with Ms. Vero & Ms. Shoshana


    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Many people don’t realize the importance of mental health. A lot of people discuss the benefits of diet and exercise, which can affect mental health to some degree, but are mainly focused on physical health. The health of the mind, mental health, is extremely important . We need to pay attention to those in need of mental health support.
    To learn more about common mental health conditions, and other resources https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Teens-Young-Adults


    Mindfulness Activity: Mindful Music

    You can practice mindfulness by listening to music.

    1. Find a relaxing song to play.
    2. Get cozy. Support yourself in a relaxing position with pillows and blankets.
    3. Press play and close your eyes.
    4. Focus fully on the sound.
    5. When your mind wanders – which is natural – come back to the music.
    6. Every time you come back, you are practicing meditation.
    7. Stay with the music until the end of the song.

    What instruments do you hear? Is the song loud or soft? Fast or slow? How do you feel when you listen? Can you feel the beat of the music in your body? Mindfully listening to music is a great stress reliever, AND a great way to practice being completely in the present moment.


    Covid-19 News

    Health and elected officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated. Currently, those 16 and older are eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations in Washington. We will soon learn when 12-15 year olds will be eligible as that research is over. Research has now begun for children younger than 12. It’s important to get vaccinated if you qualify, continue to wear masks, social distance and wash your hands frequently to keep everyone healthy. For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here:

    DOH.WA.Gov-VaccineInformation



    Wellness Center Staff

    Shoshana Mirel – Nurse Practitioner
    Vero Sage van Leuven – Mental Health Counselor
    Lisa McDonald – Program Coordinator
    Marcelene Dorian-Richardson – Health Educator

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