Wellness in your Community
Are you a Wellness Ambassador in your community? Here are some ideas for you to take action on.
- Complete a Needs Assessment in your community
- Develop an action plan
- Establish goals
- In conversation(s) with community contacts, identify one or more behavioral health topics that would be of interest to local residents.
- Brainstorm key contacts/partners in each targeted community (Tribal, community leaders, behavioral health professionals, informal community leaders)
- Establish home visiting program to provide support to new mother
- Offer parenting support groups and resources to enhance relationships between parents and children
- Discuss ways to use interactive social media as behavioral health marketing tools (Facebook, Twitter,InstaGram, Snap Chat, etc.).
- Provide classes to new/to-be parents explaining the importance of and what constitutes healthy nutrition during pregnancy and for infants and children
- Host Family Fun Nights
- Mentoring Program (Big Brothers, Big Sisters)
- Initiate an early childhood education/ Head Start program
- Construct a Teen Center that offers activities and support for teens and young adults
- Offer culture camps that teach traditional skills and values
OTHER WELLNESS ACTIVITIES
- Hold/co-host a minimum of four community listening sessions.
- Establish inter-generational programs that connect young parents and elders
- Offer a workshop on healthy relationships
- Provide educational opportunities that target local demographic, including elders, youth, young men, and handicapped individuals
- Offer Life Coaching for high risk young adults
- Hold a wellness visioning meeting with the community
- Organize an annual Wellness Fair
- Arrange supervised activities for community service
- Collaborate with spiritual leaders and church groups to advocate for wellness activities
- Offer various support groups for different age groups and genders
- Create a “community timeline” so that a more accurate and complete shared perspective of the community’s history is understood
- Create PSAs (i.e. nutrition, reading to your children, not using tobacco or alcohol) and involve youth in the creation
- Host elder storytelling
- Organize a day for the community to walk together for the wellness of the people and to stand up against suicide and alcohol abuse
- Publicize exemplary individuals efforts in promoting well-being.
- Annually, have community members nominate an exemplary individual and the Task Force select a single individual. Determine ways to honor the individual in the community.
- Collect and share stories about people and their choice to lead sober lives.
Interesting in Learning More?
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- 40 Assets
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Real Men, Real Depression program