The month of September marks World Suicide Prevention month, but mental health isn’t just a topic that needs attention one month or one day of the year, it’s a 365 days a year issue; so let’s talk about it!
Every 40 seconds, someone around the world commits suicide. In the US alone there are 132 suicides on average each day. These statistics are alarming and something that can be prevented by ending the stigma around mental illness and getting help.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
The stress of 2020 alone can be taking a toll on your mental health and you are not alone. It’s important to take steps towards real self-care and addressing these issues.
- Talk to a friend – Pick up your phone, create a Zoom or Teams call, meet up at a park or outside your home, whatever the method is, go talk to a friend or family member you can trust and ask them to listen. Let them know how you’re feeling, oftentimes this helps alleviate the stresses we hold on our shoulders.
- Eat well – Food has a huge impact on our mood and cognition. Not getting a specific nutrient can affect your mental health! In fact, researchers have found that poor diets play a role in worsening mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. It’s important to put food in your body that doesn’t just make you feel better in the moment, but also the next day.
- Meditate or Take A Break – Oftentimes, we’re too busy running around, thinking too much about changes we need to make, or wondering what the future looks like that we forget to slow down and take a breath. It’s critical to give yourself time to decompress and live in the now. You can take a walk, meditate for a few minutes, try out yoga, or work on some breathing exercises, whatever you can do to force yourself to slow down.
- Stay Active – Your physical health affects your mental health! If you are not taking care of your body, this can easily affect your mood and stress levels. Even by just moving your body for 30-60 minutes, three days a week can help relieve stress and sleep better. Exercise can not cure depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses but it can help boost your overall mood and provide an additional outlet to manage your mental health.
- Go Outside – Time spent outside may have a positive impact on your mental health! Some studies have shown that nature can lift your mood or lower anxiety. So take a minute to step outdoors and reduce your screen time!
HOW TO HELP OTHERS
Helping others is also critical we can’t all go through this alone.
- Check-In! Ask Questions – If you know someone who may be struggling or if you don’t know, it’s important to check-in and ask! Everyone shows emotions differently and they may be struggling on the inside and hoping someone will reach out to help.
- Help Them Connect – Help them connect with others who can support them, either through an online group or a local chapter. Having a support group that has felt what they are feeling or helping them find the resources they need for professional guidance can make a significant impact.
- Follow Up and Keep Showing Up – It’s easy to check in on your friends once but it’s important to keep checking in on your friends. Keep the conversation going! Consistency can make a world of difference for someone that is struggling.
Did you know your WCUI Student Services team is also here to help? They are always available to be the listening ear and can help you connect with resources in your area to support you, your education, or your health. Connect with them:
- Los Angeles: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ontario: email@example.com
- Phoenix: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, there are a lot of wonderful foundations and programs available if you are in need, want to help someone in need, or are looking to advocate for suicide prevention. We’ve made a short list here, but your Student Services team can also help you find a resource for your specific needs:
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1(800) 273-8255 or Text START to 741741, En Español 1(888) 628-9454
- Trevor Project Lifeline: Call (866) 488-7386 or Text START to 678-678, thetrevorproject.org
- Jed Foundation: JedFoundation.org
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org
- Veterans Crisis Line: veteranscrisisline.net
- National Institute of Mental Health: nimh.nih.gov
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health: https://wellness.beam.community/
- Inclusive Therapists: inclusivetherapists.com
- Black Mental Health Alliance: blackmentalhealth.com
- The Steve Fund: stevefund.org, or Text STEVE to 741741
- Latinx Therapy: latinxtherapy.org
There is no judgment. You are not alone. So let’s keep talking.
This year, the CDC is recommending everyone receive the flu shot this flu season. The vaccine will help protect yourself and the people around you from the flu. In addition, the flu shot can help reduce the impact on healthcare systems currently fighting to protect our communities from COVID-19. Call your healthcare provider or connect with your local pharmacy today to learn more about the flu shot and schedule an appointment before the flu season is upon us!
Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?
In addition to connecting with your healthcare provider, you can use the below resources to find a clinic and schedule a flu shot. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the flu shot, but there are low-cost options for those without healthcare insurance:
- CVS Pharmacy
- Walgreens Pharmacy
- Rite Aid Pharmacy
- Wal-Mart Pharmacy
- LA County Free Flu Shot Services
- Arizona Department of Health
Why Should I Get A Flu Shot?
Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. In addition, the vaccine can help protect others in your community who are at higher risk to have flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. With the current pandemic still underway, it’s important to reduce the number of respiratory illnesses, like the flu from spreading throughout your community and potentially threatening the health of yourself and others.
Who Can Get a Flu Shot?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every flu season with rare exceptions. More information on who should and who should not get a flu vaccine is available on the CDC website.
When Should I Get My Flu Shot?
The CDC recommends getting your flu shot before flu viruses begin spreading in your community. This is because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Be sure to make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. In fact, this year, the CDC recommends getting your flu shot by September or October to provide the best protection at the start of the flu season.
For the most up-to-date information or questions about the flu vaccine, please visit the CDC website and talk with your healthcare provider.
America’s’ most influential document, the Constitution, was signed on September 17th, 1787 by our Founding Fathers. Now every year on September 17th, we commemorate the signing of this document, which protects individual freedom, and the fundamental principles that govern the United States. The Constitution places the government’s power into the hands of citizens, and through the structure of the Constitution, legislative, judicial, and executive branches are kept in check with one another. To celebrate the day, we’ve put together important facts and activities to help you understand how the document relates to our world today including, why the Constitution is important, knowing your rights, the Liberty Medal Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and interactive online games!
WCUI Students, you can find all these resources today and after Constitution Day in your Online Student Resource Center (OSRC) in Canvas under the Smith Library module. Make sure to look through the activities and fill out the form to enter into the raffle to win a prize! *One winner will be selected for each campus.
Why the Constitution is Important
Have you heard of the Schoolhouse Rock? If you haven’t seen this already now’s the time to watch this cartoon video! “The Preamble” by Schoolhouse Rock helps explain the purpose of the Constitution in a catchy way, but why is the Consitution still important today?
- Creates a government that puts the power in the hands of the people
- Separates the powers of government into three branches: the legislative branch, which makes the laws; the executive branch, which executes the laws; and the judicial branch, which interprets the laws
- Sets up a system of checks and balances that ensures no one branch has too much power
- Divides power between the states and the federal government
- Describes the purposes and duties of the government
- Defines the scope and limit of government power
- Prescribes the system for electing representatives
- Establishes the process for the document’s ratification and amendment
- Outlines many rights and freedoms of the people – like the right to vote, the right to protest, freedom of speech, and so many other human rights that are key in our political landscape today.
Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, former associate justice of the Supreme Court, put it this way:
“What makes the Constitution worthy of our commitment? First and foremost, the answer is our freedom. It is, quite simply, the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed. It’s also the world’s shortest and oldest national constitution, neither so rigid as to be stifling nor so malleable as to be devoid of meaning.
Our Constitution has been an inspiration that changed the trajectory of world history for the perpetual benefit of mankind. In 1787, no country in the world had ever allowed its citizens to select their own form of government, much less to select a democratic government. What was revolutionary when it was written, and what continues to inspire the world today, is that the Constitution put governance in the hands of the people.”
You can learn more about the Constitution, explore scholarly resources, and understand your rights as a citizen as deemed by this living document by visiting the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution website. (Links to an external site.)
Test your knowledge with games like “Do I Have A Right?”, “Cast Your Vote” and more through free, interactive online games created by iCivics: https://www.icivics.org/games
Know Your Rights
Know your rights by carrying the Interactive Constitution in your pocket.
The app version of the Interactive Constitution features a full analysis of the first 15 Amendments to the Constitution and the Articles, or Structural Constitution, from scholars representing different viewpoints. For each Amendment or Article, the scholars first agree on a Common Interpretation, and then they discuss Matters of Debate on each point.
To learn more and download the app, go to the following links in the App Store or Google Play:
2020 Liberty Medal Ceremony – A Tribute to Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg
On September 17, 2020, Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will receive the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center during a live broadcast at 3:30 p.m. PST. This 32nd annual award will be given to Justice Ginsburg for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all and is the apex of a year-long celebration that marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
To join in, visit the National Constitution Center’s website on Thursday, Sept 17th at 3:30 pm PST!
GAIN CME* CREDIT & REGISTER FOR THE WCUI MRI WEBINAR TODAY!
WCUI is hosting a LIVE webinar and CME opportunity on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 4:00 pm AZT. SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) has approved the webinar for CME credit! The webinar will cover brain cross-sectional anatomy, including, explaining the sectional anatomy landmark approach, describing major divisions of the brain, and more! The registration fee is waived for current WCUI students, alumni and affiliate partners.
This webinar is a great opportunity for MRI Alumni in need of registry review and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Alumni who are interested in pursuing the pediatric registry exam.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR SPEAKER
John P. Lampignano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Boise State University. For 35 years, John taught in the Medical Imaging program at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. John performed radiography for the Arizona State University Sports Medicine department for 10 years and was the lead technologist for the Arizona Cardinal Football team for 25 years. John Lampignano is also the co-author of “Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy“, which is going into its 10th edition this year.
John earned his Academic Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from Gateway Community College, his Bachelor of Science in Education from Weber State University, and his Masters in Education in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. He was awarded his ARRT credentials in Radiography and Computed Tomography.
To sign up, register for the webinar in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 16, 2020 04:00 PM Arizona
Topic: Brain Cross-Sectional Anatomy
Register in advance for this webinar:
In the very near future, we will be issuing new technologies to all active students including Office365 cloud-based subscriptions and a student portal via Orbund. The following features will be available next week:
Student Email Addresses (ex. email@example.com)
Microsoft Word Online, Microsoft PowerPoint Online, Microsoft Excel Online
Microsoft OneDrive (cloud storage)
When Should We Expect These New Features?
Next week! You’ll see student email addresses and cloud-based apps available to you via Office365. Directions and login information will be sent to your current personal email address when the rollout occurs.
A second rollout will be made in early July. As a student, you’ll get limited access to your student portal via Orbund (certain features will be available while others won’t be ready yet). Directions and login information will be sent to your new WCUI email address when the rollout occurs.
There will be many more rollouts to come. Please check your email for future announcements.
Roll Out #1: Office365 (Student email, cloud-based apps)
- Office365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By combining best-in-class apps like Excel and Outlook with powerful cloud services like OneDrive and Microsoft Teams, Office 365 lets anyone create and share anywhere on any device.
- With Office365, students will have a student email (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org) and have the ability to create documents using the cloud-based apps of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and more!
Roll Out #2: Orbund (Student Portal)
- Orbund is a powerful Student Information System that WCUI has partnered with to ensure students, through a student portal, will have access to their information, be able to communicate online with staff and faculty, and make pay payments online.
- Note: Not all features will be available when released to students.
- Please email email@example.com with any questions.