Tips for a Happy Fall Break

Wellness WednesdayNext week, Jordan School District students, teachers and staff will be taking a break from the regular routine of school for a weeklong fall recess. This break is a great opportunity for students and families to spend their time re-charging and focusing on improving their individual wellness.

A fun way to focus on wellness is by playing our Health and Wellness Team’s Self-Care Bingo. Get 5 in a row any direction or, for the ultimate wellness challenge, try and get blackout over fall break!

We wish everyone a fun and safe fall recess and hope you take some time to care of yourselves.

For Health and Wellness resources visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.

SELF-CARE BINGO CARD

Do You Know the Difference Between Being Comfortable and Being Happy?

Smiling family outside their houseIf you are like most people, you make the mistake of using the word “happy” to describe comfort or convenience rather than fulfillment. We believe that a nicer house, a different job, a bigger closet, better weather, a better car, or nicer clothes would help us be happier. In reality, most of our wants only help us feel more comfortable and do not necessarily make us happier.

In fact, researchers estimate that our “circumstances” (cars, houses, jobs, or how comfortably we live) only account for about 10% of happiness. Though it may not make your life more comfortable, or earn you any money; nurturing relationships with friends, neighbors, and family members is a much better investment in your happiness than working long hours to make more money.

As you work towards your own wellbeing, remember this difference and pause to consider: Is this going to make me more comfortable, or will it make me happier?

They are not the same thing.

For more health and wellness information for you and your family visit: wellness.jordandistrict.org

Free Social & Emotional Wellness Screening for Students

Free Social & Emotional Wellness Screening for StudentsEvery person faces social and emotional difficulties throughout the course of their life. There are always ups and downs – we all experience them.

Though struggle is normal, sometimes it may be more than that and parents often wonder when it might be time to get their child help.

On October 9th, Jordan School District will be hosting a Social and Emotional Wellness Screening at Heartland Elementary School. This event is open to all JSD community members. It is an opportunity to have some of your questions answered regarding what your child may be struggling with and what you can do to help them.

We hope to see you and your family there! Please refer to the flyer for full details. Please visit calendly.com/jordanhealthandwellness/mental-health-screening to schedule an appointment or contact Holly Todd at 801-567-8194.

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!