Stronger As One
Stronger As One Celebrate Black History Month!
February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized month celebrating the contributions that Black Americans have made in our county. This month also serves as an opportunity to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice and equity. Stronger As One recognizes the history of oppression and continued challenges facing the Black community, and the many ways this impacts mental health and well-being. Below are Mental Health resources for the Black Community,
WE MAY BE APART, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE ALONE
We are living in stressful times. COVID-19 is impacting all of our lives and affecting each of us in different ways. As this situation continues to unfold it is natural to feel scared, confused, or worried. During times like these, our health—and mental health, too—can suffer, even if we don’t really notice it. Many of us can feel, and in fact are, physically separated or removed from our routines, friends, and families. During this time, separation is often necessary for everyone’s health and safety. And while we are apart or stressed, we do not have to be alone. We may be physically separated, but we can and should stay connected. Please use this list of free resources to support you and your well being during this unprecedented time. And remember, we are in this together, we are Stronger as One.
TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS NEEDED!
Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Focus Group
As we continue through week 46 of this pandemic, the Stronger As One Coalition is committed to supporting everyone in our community to take care of all of our mental health and wellbeing in the face of elevated stress and uncertainty. Young people in our community have experienced more upheaval than nearly any other group, with disruptions to every facet of life. For that reason, Stronger as One and NACA’s Native Connections are hosting Youth Focus Groups on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing of youth in our community.
Youth who participate are helping inform our work to support them during this difficult time, and will receive a gift card to either Dutch Bros or Sprouts!
- We are looking for young people ages 12-18 to participate in any one of our 1 hour focus groups. Please share this opportunity with any youth who may be interested!
-The next Focus Groups will be Wednesday, Thursday December 3, 4 at 3:30, and Saturday December 5 at 11am via zoom:
To participate follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/99485155819?pwd=ekNYbk5FREx1bG13V2JuVlFFdjI1Zz09
WANDERING FOR WELLNESS HAS BEGUN!
There are over 60 prizes available throughout the week for all who participate. We will continue releasing clues every day! Make sure to return the cache to where you found it so others can find it too. Sign the Journal and take a Mental Health and Wellness card as a souvenir. You might even find something else in the cache!
#Wanderingforwellness #weneedyou #maskup #besafe #packinpackout
Clue #11 & 12 Sunday 9.27
It's day 7, and all of the caches are still hidden in their locations! Check out any you may have missed, there are still prizes available!!
Across the street from NAU, in a place where lava once flowed through. A swirl symbol on the left will aid you along your quest. At the end of this secret trail, you'll see exactly where I am hiding.
Clue #9 & 10 Saturday 9.26
Think of a place folks go to walk, sometimes fish, and watch ducks talk. Surrounded by trails and furry little tails, you'll see what you seek at a pond's nearby seat.
Workout on Soldier's Pass, playground or frisbee golf. The scenery is fair. Take a break and breath in the fresh air. Take a look at #18. Then stand back to look at the grey. The 8th shall be seen.
Clue # 7 & 8 Friday 9.25
On top of a hill, overlooking the city, I'm in a spot where you can't miss me. "Enjoy the view" is the best clue that I can provide to you!
The entrance to a circle, named after a portly gentleman, where the birds chirp, spot a squirrel? A path, a trail. On the side a mountainous tree, if you shake my hand you will see, also take some time to smell me.
Clue # 5 & 6 Thursday 9.24
Socialize your dog, swing your tennis racquet, I'm a park that's multi-faceted. Don't bother shooting hoops, but I'm close to those and the parking lot, behind a mini fence on something that's been chopped.
Recognize our children by the Rio De Flag. Stroll the path, flowers dance among the trees. Watch some soccer on a blue butterfly. Boulders stacked is the end game. A hole in one is where you aim.
Clue # 3 & 4 Wednesday 9.23
To find this cache, you'll have to revisit the past. Days of old are the central focus, on our grounds we've got a famous locomotive! If you find #12 you're in the right spot, so check 'round the wheels to hit the jackpot.
If you want to relax I'm the place to be, right near some cool stores and a few eateries. When you think of my name you might picture lumber and that isn't wrong, but in truth I'm names after the road that I sit on! When you find me you'll find the treasure trove, just make sure you go all the way on past The Grove.
Clue #2 Tuesday 9.22
The sun rises on me. Green grass is what you see. Get on the deck, sway fun, glide and ride. Fun in the sun, roll on your side. Are you feeling stumped now?
Clue #1 Monday 9.21
Majestic views for all to see, right away you’ll know beauty when you visit me. You can find me on FUTS if you dare, though you probably won’t find my namesake, or their horns and brown curly hair! Come visit my rise, and look up at open skies. You’ll find what you seek at the base of the peaks.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Stronger As One and NACA’s Native Connections are bringing you two exciting, free events for Suicide Prevention Month! Please share these events with your families, friends, and networks!
Wandering for Wellness: Please join us for our Wandering for Wellness event September 21st through September 27th, as a way to take care of ourselves, get outside and enjoy the area we live, and learn more about mental health. Each day we will release clues about the location of a cache with information and prizes hidden somewhere within the greater Flagstaff area. This event is free and open to the public, with prizes hidden throughout the community, and is open to all ages. Join us for a fun event to learn more about mental health and engage with our surroundings in a safe way!
Shoe Stories: Understanding who we are, and expressing ourselves, is an important part of taking care of our mental health. American artist Duane Koyawena will guide you through the art of painting your story on your shoes, as well as share his story of resilience in his video. Bring your own pair of shoes and register at https://forms.gle/GTF5H9st89xFgaZC7 to join the event this month, and share photos of your completed shoe story with us!
Stronger As One will be sharing suicide prevention resources, coordinating events, and raising awareness on this important topic! Get involved by following our social media @StrongerasoneNAZ, and continuing to check back here for updates and information!
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Promoting a culture of knowledge, compassion, and action for mental health and well being, so that our community can truly be Stronger As One.
Stronger As One is a values driven coalition based in Coconino County, committed to promoting a culture of knowledge, compassion, and action for mental health and wellbeing, and preventing suicide in our community. Our commitment is to engage honestly, respectfully, and with trust for each other and our service organizations so that our collaborative work may help all Coconino County residents experience optimal mental health and wellbeing. We also realize that, through our work, we can create Best Practice’s which can scale for other counties in northern Arizona, developing partner Stronger As One Counties.
Stronger As One is guided by principles with participation encouraged from a wide range of educational, service provider, government, philanthropic, and community programs and perspectives.
Our Collaborative Work
Together, we aim to:
• Expand opportunities for Mental Health First Aid training;
• Promote youth leadership in mental health and wellbeing initiatives;
• Promote knowledge of mental health resources and their availability;
• Support the wellbeing of professionals serving others in crisis;
• Promote messages of belonging, kindness, and hope.