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The importance of mental health and personal wellness in the lives of migratory students led iSOSY to create several resources that educate and encourage those students, their families, and their service providers. The resources include five lessons focused on mental health, an in-depth look at the role of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in the migratory community, state-specific resource sheets, and an entire Personal Wellness Training Package.

The webinar Suicide Prevention: Introduction to Module 8 introduces participants to the important discussion of what service providers can do when confronted with a student who may be exhibiting suicidal thoughts or plans. The module includes information from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's #bethe1to campaign. 

Interview with Dr. Mona Johnson - Part 1 follows the well-received webinar on the important topic of self-care for service providers. The research behind personal wellness/mental health shows clearly that taking care of ourselves is imperative if we are to succeed in caring for others. It is very difficult for most of us to incorporate the concept of self-care into our busy lives and can too often be something that we put off until tomorrow. Mona, a leader in the field of social emotional wellness in academic environments, is the author of The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success; Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals.

Interview with Dr. Mona Johnson - Part 2 follows the well-received webinar on the important topic of self-care for service providers. The research behind personal wellness/mental health shows clearly that taking care of ourselves is imperative if we are to succeed in caring for others. It is very difficult for most of us to incorporate the concept of self-care into our busy lives and can too often be something that we put off until tomorrow. Mona, a leader in the field of social emotional wellness in academic environments, is the author of The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success; Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals.

The Personal Wellness Training Package Webinar provides an overview of substantive concepts and resources to assist service providers, planners, and trainers in developing the practice of mental health/personal wellness awareness. The goal is for both providers and students to achieve better personal mental health and well-being in order to increase happiness and potential. This training package is also designed to encourage participation in the broader community effort to promote emotional and personal well-being. It is the intention that the full participation of service providers in student/family personal wellness promotion will lead to more fulfilling and productive lives for all migratory students and their families.

Dr. Mona Johnson presents the Professional Self-Care: The Antidote to Combating Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Traumatic Stress Webinar. With continued pressures and ever-increasing demands in the workplace, fostering our own resilience and social emotional wellness often takes a back seat. This presentation addresses the importance of these practices and their direct connection to workplace success. Participants will review current methods for coping with career stress, compassion fatigue, and potential secondary traumatic stress which can result from continuous exposure to school-based and/or other student trauma(s). In addition, they will reflect on their social emotional competence, explore comprehensive areas of professional wellness, and be introduced to a framework to create an individualized self-care plan to support positive resilience and personal growth.

This information is presented for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider. If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. You may also call 1-800-662-4357 to reach the National Helpline.