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Started in 2019. the purpose of the Community Connections Initiative is to generate awareness in our clubs and our communities by providing educational sessions with leading experts in the areas of Mental Health & SUD (Substance use Disorder).
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health issues have dramatically increased. 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic. Suicides and overdoses are on the rise.
There are a number of initiatives being scheduled over the next year. We are planning Awareness Walks in October (October 10 is World Mental Health Day) and in May (World Mental Health Month).
We will offer training for Mental First Aid, administering Naloxone, and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.
Our Zoom presentations will cover an overview of Mental First Aid training, an overview of Naloxone training, Vaping, and being Stigma Free. In person events will be scheduled once larger indoor events are deemed safe by the committee and in compliance with all state and CDC guidelines.