February marks mid-winter and a time when the seasonal shift away from holidays and celebrations may leave us feeling a bit blue. Even Valentine’s Day is not always a happy or hopeful time for all. Recognizing these things, we want you to know that when we say this issue of MHAGC’s newsletter will focus on love, we are speaking of the kind of love we can all share, focused on our collective needs and what each of us can do for ourselves and others.
The beloved Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” These words remind us that we are not only encouraged to show our love for others but also worthy of receiving love ourselves, even from ourselves. Take a few minutes and check out this month’s article on self-care as expressed through journaling and reading.
Another form of love? Standing up for ourselves and others. Take a look at two state advocacy events coming up this month and next that call on community members to convene, learn, and support better mental health and suicide prevention in our state. Will you join us in Columbia?
The dedicated AmeriCorps State Service Program members at MHAGC along with others who staff our 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline show love and compassion every day in service to others. Program Director, Theresa Alvarez, is hoping to sustain and support them in their service through a special series of events. Check it out and consider how you might be able to help with this effort.
If you’re reading this, we also just want to acknowledge you, our supporters, and the love you show by staying engaged with us as we continue our work. There is nothing we’d rather be doing than supporting strong well-being and mental health initiatives and programs for you, ourselves, and the larger community. We all deserve to feel seen, heard, and cared for.
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