It’s easy to put off taking care of ourselves while we are busy with our multiple commitments and responsibilities on top of adjusting to a pandemic. When that sense of feeling overwhelmed is constant, it's even more important to prioritize self-care. And while it may feel like “just one more thing” to do, research shows that taking a walk, practicing yoga, or other stress reductions techniques such as mindfulness, can truly shift our mood and help us increase our immune system response. Practicing gratitude also has the power to center us with practice.

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Headspace and the Office of Governor teamed up to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource. You can access a specially curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home mindful workouts, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. 

Available at www.headspace.com/ny, the collection will also feature Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, who will share special video messages with the people of New York to help offer guidance, support and solidarity.

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NARCAN Training

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Offers Free Online Narcan Training

WANT TO GET NARCAN TRAINED? Citizens and first responders can find registration information at https://oasas.ny.gov/keywords/naloxone. Events are offered multiple times per week on a variety of schedules and are open to anyone.  An internet-connected device with sound and video is required.

This free NYS OASAS naloxone training is supported under the State Opioid Response grant from the federal SubstaFINDnce Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

QPR for Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training: This user-friendly online training is intended to equip all of us—administrators, faculty, staff and students—with the skills needed to identify and respond to a mental health crisis, much in the way that CPR training is designed to prepare people to respond to a cardiac event.

QPR training is brief; it takes about an hour to complete the course. Participants learn how to identify and safely engage with someone who may be having a mental health crisis, in order to direct them to assistance. The training is appropriate for a range of settings and relationships—at work, across campus, or at home, and in both personal and professional settings. The training does not require any clinical expertise, just a willingness to listen, care, and help.

You can participate in Question, Persuade, Refer training by accessing http://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php and using the organizational code SUNY. Participants will also receive a free copy  of Dr. Quinnett's eBook: "Suicide the Forever Decision."

WANT TO GET TRAINED IN QPR? Ask for the SUNY Access Code by emailing StudentLife@nccc.edu.

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