The Hopeful Journey of Suicide Prevention

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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and in honor of this important cause, Wellness Wednesday will be focused on sharing resources for suicide prevention.

The most important message during this important week is that there is hope, there is help available, and there is healing for all individuals who may struggle with thoughts of hurting themselves. In fact, over 93% of people who have considered or tried taking their own life live among us. You see these people living happy, healthy lives around you every day. The overwhelming majority of people who have experienced that lowest point get better.

It’s important to be aware, informed, and cautious regarding suicide, but having open and caring conversations with those that we love and care about is a great place to start. Information and resources can be found regarding suicide prevention on our Wellness website, including this detailed pamphlet put together by one of our own community members.

Here are some upcoming events that community members should be aware of in support of suicide prevention. Please click the links for more information:

  • Sept. 14: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness Walk” in Salt Lake City.
  • Sept. 17: Jordan Family Education Center will host a QPR Training for community members that would like to develop skills to intervene and recognize warning signs for suicide.
  • Sept. 18: Our Wellness Team will host a Youth Mental Health First Aid training for individuals interested in becoming more informed on mental health and how to help.

To download a detailed spreadsheet of all mental health providers in our Jordan District Community, instructions are included in the document.

If you have questions about specific resources for suicide, please email healthandwellness@jordandistrict.org.

We wish you the best this week and encourage each of you to connect with one another around the hopeful message that there is healing and help available for each of us.

The Secret to a Long, Happy Life

Wellness WednesdaySeptember is suicide prevention month. On Wellness Wednesday’s throughout the month of September, the District Health and Wellness team will address suicide prevention and share resources with our community.

The secret to a long and happy life is what we are talking about today. It is simple and it’s backed by research. So what is the secret to happiness? Are you ready?

Opportunities for a long, happy life surround you every single day. They’re in the grocery store, in your workplace, in your house, and at school…they are literally everywhere.

The most significant secret to a long, happy life is quality connections and caring relationships with others.

Suicide prevention starts here, with each of us looking out for one another and making that extra effort to make quality connections. There is no effort too small to make a difference in someone else’s life, and your own health and happiness will improve as you do.

For a unique opportunity to form new connections and learn about strategies to support individuals who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, you are invited to sign up for Youth Mental Health First Aid taught by our own Jordan District instructors. The first class will take place this month on September 18th & 25th. More information can be found by using the link below. We would love to see you there!

Hamburgers of Happiness

Wellness WednesdayDoes it make you happy when you bite into your favorite hamburger?

Tal Ben Shahar, a psychology professor from Harvard University, created a model for happiness, which compares happiness to hamburgers.

If you want to take a bite out of the happiness hamburger, you have to consider both your present AND future benefit. There are some hamburgers that are terribly delicious and also terribly unhealthy, so they are good at the moment but bad for the future. There are also some hamburgers that are so healthy that they taste bad, so they are good for your future but bad now.

When making choices that will lead to your happiness, you want to choose the hamburger that is both healthy, to benefit your future, and delicious, so that it is good now.

A regular routine of aerobic exercise (walking, biking, running) will help you feel better now and it’s also good for your future. Binge-watching an entire season on Netflix and eating a plate of cookies is good now, but bad for your future, especially if it becomes a routine. Working late hours and sacrificing all your free time to save money is good for your future, but bad now.

Wellness is dependent on our ability to balance both present and future benefits. As you establish new habits and routines devoted to making yourself happier, do your best to choose something you will enjoy now that is also good for your future. Take a big bite out of that happy hamburger!

Wellness Wednesday is provided by the Jordan School District Health and Wellness team. For more information visit wellness.jordandistrict.org

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday LogoEvery Wednesday we will feature a story from our JSD Health and Wellness team designed to help parents, students and members of the community live their best lives. The focus will be on physical and mental health and wellness.

The Wellness Waterfall: Improving Your Personal Wellness through Small, Routine Adjustments

Often, when people think about improving their wellness they are overwhelmed by big commitments to major lifestyle changes. While big changes are sometimes successful, short-term commitments to big changes do not lead to lasting well-being.

The happiest, healthiest people create wellness through small, routine adjustments. Individual wellness is like a waterfall. There is no way to store or keep a beautiful waterfall with us, no matter how large it is. Wellness flows through us daily, and we can’t store yesterday’s wellness. There is no way to “store” six months of healthy, happy living and assume that it will carry us through the rest of our lives.

If the habits that create happiness diminish, so does the individual’s wellness.

So, rather than making a resolution to lose 50 pounds in a month, start by taking a morning walk. It’s the little things you do that will make a big difference in your personal wellness.

For more information on health and wellness visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.