Honored to be a part of Harvard's Making Caring Common's Caring Schools Network :)
"To truly change the world, you must first change the way the world is changed." Tomas
ana and kerri's research for parents, students and the broader community, led to creating multiple programs that work together, creating a triad of support. Parents were desiring information and tools to connect, which led to our letters, and students were desiring very similar resources but wanting it to adapt to their world as teens. With our research, we created curriculum for starting a REACH club, utilizing standards and recommendations from CASEL, ESSA, Making Caring Common, MBSR-T and current research on teens and what could be offered to create more resilience and balance. The students at our piloted campus (Tomas' high school), jumped in and created a REACH club to meet the needs of their student body, that was inclusive to all students, all groups, clubs, etc. The welcomed addition of REACH to the campus has opened the door for numerous collaborations with others on campus, within the community and across the country.
2018-19 REACH club Curriculum-"Strengthening Our Well-Being Muscles"
Students Strengthen Their Well-Being Muscles by Gaining Life Skills:
REACH club is modeling a program that can be created by students, for students of all ages, everywhere. It only takes one student at a time to make a difference!
Want more? This AWESOME handout gives practical tips for dealing with stress and panic attacks!
(Greater Good, 5:31 mins)
Feeling stress? Feeling calm can be 5 minutes away.
(Stop, Breathe & Think, 3:14 mins)
Meditation for Relaxation
(Greater Good, 3 minutes)
(UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, 45 minutes). Treat Yourself!
Mindfulness Meditation Apps
(includes music to help you relax, focus and sleep)
This app has thousands of free guided meditations
It’s a meditation app and their website is a great place to go to learn about meditation- both the science and the art of it.
Helps you check in with what you are thinking and feeling and finds breathing exercises customized to your mood.
Includes something for everyone- meditation videos and audios with scripts included, coloring pages, and STRESS LESS, An Action Guide for Teens)
(2018 Connect Be Well All Rights Reserved)
New research is revealing how to to protect teen's mental health during a challenging part of life. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, June 14, 2016)
In a Q & A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent. (GGSC, Jill Suttie, May 25, 2016)
A recent study investigates how we experience feelings across a lifespan. (GGSC, James MCConchie, July 24, 2018)
Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults. Visiting the website can offer valuable and current insight.
Start by listening without judgement, not trying to 'fix' her. (Child Mind Institute, Stephanie Dowd, PsyD)
In the past decade, the rise in clinical depression and anxiety among adolescents ages of 12-17 has gone up. As medical professionals seek to find the reasons, how can parents determine: When is it typical teen moods, and when is it something more? (Johns Hopkins Health Review, Fall/Winter 2017)
Why Do I Need to Know My Character Strengths?
Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
We have a choice every day whether we greet other people with a smile and genuine connection, or with rudeness and disengagement. CHOOSE to Be a Daymaker
Myths of the Adolescent Brain by Dan Siegel, from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation-May 23, 2018
The Purpose Challenge (Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley)
Why Are Teens So Stressed? 5 Reasons Teens Are More Stressed Than Adults
Please download and fill out the Needs Assessment and Conversation Starter if you are interested in starting a REACH club.
Please email completed form to mindfulSLO@gmail.com