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.
Headspace and the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo 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.
- Mindfulness and Mental Health by Angela Brice
New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Offers Free Online Narcan Training
- New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announces the availability of free virtual naloxone (Narcan®) training to prepare citizens to help save a life during a suspected opioid overdose.
- Replacing OASAS-sponsored in-person events across the state during the COVID-19 New York State PAUSE and the New York Forward reopening process, live two-hour online trainings allow participants to interact with an instructor while learning to recognize, respond to and reverse a suspected overdose using naloxone.
- Participants also learn how to obtain free or very low-cost naloxone without a prescription at a local participating pharmacy using their medical prescription insurance in conjunction with the New York State Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program (N-CAP), or by contacting a local registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.
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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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.
Within our new NCCC Blackboard Wellness Community you can find tools to help you.
- Wellness Challenge with Motivational Incentives & Prizes
- Calorie Calculator
- Videos on yoga and stress reduction
- Resources specific to COVID-19 self-care
- How to self-enroll in NCCC WELLNESS on BLACKBOARD