What is wellness?
One School, One Family, One Community
In this together.
Wellness is an awareness and opportunity to make choices that create a fulfilling life experience. Wellness is active, allowing room for growth and change. Why wellness now? Wellness is not a new concept, and there are many ways to view the integration of these ideas. However, during challenging times we can go into survival mode. This is often a way we react to moments versus responding to moments effectively. When our reactions versus responses become frequent and more intense, our wellness takes a back seat. A wellness focus will serve as a reminder that we are more empowered than we sometimes feel and have more supports than we know.
Wellness for the Mustang Community will focus on 8 dimensions of the Wellness Wheel. It is important to note these dimensions are not a prescription that must always occur in balance. The dimensions are areas of awareness to assist with changing circumstances as needed or possible. In each dimension section, you will find links for resources to support your wellness with a focus on school resources in addition to your home or community.
September's Family Wellness Letter Link8 Dimensions of Mustang Wellness (not in any order of importance, all have equal value)
- Emotional: Coping effectively with life while creating fulfilling relationships.
- Coping skills shared by family or peers.
- Connect with School Counseling for skills or resources (School Counseling)
- Connect with the School Wellness center for individual meeting or find out about wellness events or lessons. (Wellness Center)
- Connect with CST if you have a CM (Child Study Team)
- Use this link for community resources outside of school Atlantic County Community Mental Health Services page
- Many of us are coping in various ways during our time of significant social changes. We have many resources for coping available to you, please reach out so we can help. Here is a link related to coping with the changes related to COVID.
- FACE – Dr. Russ Harris shares concepts to cope with COVID19 and changes to our daily lives. Please follow the link below to review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM
If You Know Someone in Crisis
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the Lifeline’s website or the Crisis Text Line’s website.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text messaging service. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone or send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder. You can also start a confidential online chat session at Veterans Crisis Chat.
dial or text the youth helpline at 888-222-2228.
Performcare - https://www.performcarenj.org/index.aspx. See videos below for more information about this resource for families and students
- Environmental: Developing a sense of awareness of, or creating healthy boundaries when possible, to participate in pleasant, stimulating environments that support your health and well-being. Spending time with family and peers who support your health and safety. During our time with changing social interactions there are more opportunities now to see each other face to face while still maintaining safety with social distancing and wearing masks. If you cannot see someone continue to be creative with ways to stay in contact. There are many ways to connect via social sites.
- Participate in fulfilling activities at school or in the community
- Atlantic County Tourism and Recreation link
- Linwood City Recreation
- Northfield Events Calendar Recreation
- Somers Point Recreation and Events
- CELEBRATE: September 15th -October 15th
- Connect with your school counselor (School Counseling)
- Connect with the Wellness center staff for information on and support (Wellness Center)
- Community Environmental Health link Atlantic County environmental health page
- Intellectual: Knowing or developing your creative abilities and ways to explore your knowledge and skills.
- Connect with teachers
- Read more books or look for more information in areas of interest and areas that are challenging. When we learn new things or challenge ourselves, we create new connections in our brains. The more we practice or learn new things the stronger these connections become.
- Connect with school activities (Co-Curricular Clubs & Activities) (Hoofprints - Mainland Newspaper)
- Connect with School Counselors (School Counseling)
- Connect with Wellness center (Wellness Center)
- Connect with CST if you have a CM (Child Study Team Link )
- Physical: Acknowledging the importance of physical activity, nutrition, and sleep.
- Participate in school or community sports or activities. (Athletics)
- Connect with food services at school (Food Services)
- Connect with professionals, if needed, for more support or tools.
- Connect with Wellness center. (Wellness Center)
- Link to Nutrition resources (resources and links coming soon)
- Occupational: If you are old enough to work, finding personal satisfaction in the work you do. Feeling motivated to complete you work based on how the work fulfills goals in your life. Feeling enriched through learning at work or advancing at work.
- Consider jobs available to you.
- Consider internships or volunteering for experience.
- Consider Community Service.
- During Senior year connect with (link to program coming soon)
- Participate in annual job fair (link and information coming soon)
- Connect with School Counselor (School Counseling)
- Connect with Wellness center (Wellness Center)
- Connect with CST if you have a CM. (Child Study Team link)
- Spiritual: This area is very personal. It is often shaped by our values, culture, and family experiences. The focus here is to discover or reinforce a sense of purpose & meaning in life.
- Family connections
- Religious affiliations
- Wellness center for resources in community (Wellness Center)
- Social: Developing a sense of connection and belonging to your Mustang Community and outside community.
- Connect with student activities or sports. There is a wealth of evidence that suggests students do better overall in education if they are also connected with student organizations and activities. You will get to know people and feel a sense of connection and belonging within your Mustang community. There are many activities, clubs, or sports to choose from. If it doesn't exist consider creating it! (Co-Curricular Clubs & Activities)
- Connect with your School Counselor. (School Counseling)
- Connect with the Wellness Center (Wellness Center)
- Connect with CST if you have CM (Child Study Team Link)
- Participate in community activities. (links and information coming soon)
- Participate in activities with family and friends outside of school. (links and information coming soon)
- Financial: Feeling educated and satisfied with current or future financial goals.
- At Mainland taking a course in Financial Literacy is a graduation requirement. If you want to learn more there are several other classes you can take during your studies. (Link to Program of Studies)
- Talk with your parents about learning and understanding finances.
- Connect with your School Counselor (School Counseling)
- Connect with the Wellness Center. (Wellness Center)