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Awareness Day Newsletter

Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is PREVENTIBLE.

This offers a time to remember and a time to act.

The goals of International Overdose Awareness Day are:

  • To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones in a safe environment, some for the first time without feeling guilt or shame.
  • To include the greatest number of people in International Overdose Awareness Day events and encourage non-denominational involvement.
  • To give community members information about the issue of fatal and non-fatal overdose.
  • To send a strong message to current and former people who use drugs that they are valued.
  • To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.
  • To provide basic information on the range of support services that are available.
  • To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.
  • To inform people around the world about the risk of overdose.

August is National Wellness Month

SMALL STEPS THAT LEAD TO HEALTHY HABITS WILL HELP MANAGE STRESS AND PROMOTE HAPPINESS
  • Increase water intake
  • Try breathing meditations
  • Add more fruits and veggies to your meals
  • Monitor sleep and adjust for a better schedule
  • Seek Trauma Informed Care work environments
  • Vacation does not have to stop with summer- an easy day trip to the beach or a planned picnic can do wonders
  • Some drivable options: Bale Grist Mill, Bothe State Park, Old Faithful Geyser, Benicia Waterfront, Bodega Bay, Muir Woods, Old Town Sacramento

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month aka BIPOC Mental Health Month

64% OF PEOPLE THAT ALDEA SERVES ARE MINORITIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
 
MINORITIES MAKE UP 66% OF THE POPULATION BATTLING A MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE U.S. (as researched by Mental Health America) 
 
Are you aware of "the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States?" 
 
Did you know this is why Aldea formed a Cultural Sensitivity Plan; to guarantee clear strategies toward improved cultural and linguistic competence and to improve services for our community and the clients in our care. Aldea is a community of support! 

Independence Day and PTSD

LET'S DO OUR PART TO BE MINDFUL AND SAFE
  • limiting fireworks to official gatherings; not personal use
  • end events with loud noises by 10:00pm; use fireworks within reasonable hours
  • call a friend/family member experiencing PTSD and offer support to them during this time
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not limited to just Veterans but rather it "affects about 8 million Americans each year... it occurs after a major trauma like childhood abuse, exposure to combat, interpersonal violence, or a life threatening car accident." Everyone has been impacted by traumas such as living in a pandemic, financial strain, health issues, increased violence, unrest in our cities, and more. Triggers can happen in anyone; fireworks increase the stimuli following PTSD and also add anxiety, disrupts sleep and aides in avoidable stress.  
 

Disability Independence Day

The 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) serves to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life:
 
Title I: Employment
Title II: Public Services
Title III: Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities
Title IV: Telecommunications
Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions